20.120 events on historical & scientific information; music information retrieval

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 09:39:43 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 120.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Allen H Renear <renear_at_uiuc.edu> (113)
         Subject: CFP Deadline Extended: Workshop on limits of global
                 models for integration of historical and scientific

   [2] From: "J. Stephen Downie" <jdownie_at_uiuc.edu> (51)
         Subject: MIREX 2006: Music Retrieval Evaluation Submissions

         Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 09:22:00 +0100
         From: Allen H Renear <renear_at_uiuc.edu>
         Subject: CFP Deadline Extended: Workshop on limits of global
models for integration of historical and scientific information

The abstract deadline for the ICS-FORTH workshop on global ontologies for
cultural information has been extended. -- allen

            * * * ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 20th * * *

                                 Workshop on
         Exploring the limits of global models for integration and use
                     of historical and scientific information

                             October 23-24 2006
                     ICS-FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

NB: The abstract deadline has been extended to August 20th.
Please see "Submission Information" below.

Invited Speaker: Nicola Guarino
                   ISTC-CNR, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento

Effective large scale information integration requires an agreement on
the common semantics of the data structure elements and other
categories employed. Recently, there has been increasing doubt about
the possibility of global ontological models. However, knowledge
integration based on mere similarity of categories, such as "inexact
equivalence" does not allow for precise, global querying advanced
reasoning, or interoperability. On the other hand, practical core
ontologies such as CIDOC/CRM (ISO/PRF 21127) demonstrate a
surprisingly wide validity over multiple domains.

This workshop explores the limits of such global models for
integrating and making use of historical and scientific information,
in order to enhance both, our theoretical understanding of the limits
of ontological agreement in a specific application setting, and our
practical understanding of how to implement effective large scale
knowledge integration services and exploit the power of global models.

The application of formal ontologies in cultural domains such as
museums, libraries, and archives, the semantic web, and other related
areas, inevitably raises difficult theoretical problems which appear
to complicate the development of practical ontologies. For
instance,these problems affect directly the performance of information
systems, when there is no agreement on the identity and unity of
referred items, such as:

* Does Tut-Ankh Amun still exist (i.e. as a mummy)?

* Is Luther's translation an expression of the Holy Bible or another

* Is Caesar's coming to the Curia a part of the event of his

* How can the respective ontological choices be objectified, and how
can they be reconciled in practical applications?

* To which degree compatible generalizations of a model can compensate
inconsistencies following the widening of the scope of a model? What
are the limits of ontology harmonization?

* Which kinds of concepts tend to be globally compatible and which
not, and in which sense? This workshop elicits contributions related
to studies, experiences and practical and theoretical solutions around
the above problems. As well as formal information systems approaches
to these problems we welcome contributions based on perspectives from
philosophy, from cognitive science, and from the social sciences.
On the other side, this workshop elicits contributions about the
application and prospects and limits of domain overarching information
integration, in particular with respect to cultural heritage and
scientific information. Issues in this area include...

* Models for the semantic interoperability and integration of
scientific and cultural information and possibly other disciplines.

* The long-term preservation and future interoperability of data
structure semantics.

* Scalable information architectures, linking and reasoning services
under semantic models, in particular scalable solutions.

The following topics are of particular interest:

* Philosophical implications or controversies with respect ontological
choices of the CIDOC CRM, FRBR and other core ontologies for
information in libraries, archives, museum and scientific data

* Identity and temporal existence of conceptual items. Identity
ofWorks. Can works or texts gain or lose non-relational properties? Is
identity based on the continuity of tradition or essential properties?

* Work as continuant versus Work as occurrent.

* Identity and substance of events, parts of events, spatiotemporal
limits of events in non-discrete models compatible with the nature of
historical records.

Methods for managing the practical needs of information systems...

* Objective criteria for selecting and justifying ontological choices
in information systems

* Harmonization of ontologies. Can Digital Libraries be based on one
global information model, or why not?

* Integrating cultural and scientific heritage: Scientific records as
historical data. Integrated access and (re)use. E-science metadata.
The relevance of factual knowledge for e-science.

* Preservation of data structure semantics -- interoperability with
the future.

* Knowledge extraction and core ontologies.

* Document linking and semantic relationships.

Organizers: CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group, ICS-FORTH, DELOS Network
of Excellence.

Workshop Chairs: Martin Doerr and Allen Renear

Invited Speaker: Nicola Guarino,

Program Committee:

Martin Doer, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research
       and Technology, Heraklion, Greece
Allen Renear, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
       University of Illinois
Dolores Iorizzo, London e-Science Center, Imperial College London
Siegfried Krause, Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Liz Lyon, UKOLN, University of Bath
Laure Vieu, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Trento

Invited Speaker: Nicola Guarino
       Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Trento

Submission Information:

Proposals 1000-1750 word extended abstraact (excluding bibliography
and a 100-300 word short abstract)

Due August 20th 2006.

Notification of Acceptance: August 30th.

Format: PDF. With author's contact information (including phone
numbers and email addresses) clearly evident near the top of the

Email proposal as an attachment to Allen Renear (renear_at_uiuc.edu) cc
to Martin Doerr, martin_at_ics.forth.gr. Receipt of submissions will be

The authors of the best contributions will be invited to submit full
papers for a special issue in the Journal for Applied Ontologies.

Web version of CFP:

         Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 09:24:33 +0100
         From: "J. Stephen Downie" <jdownie_at_uiuc.edu>
         Subject: MIREX 2006: Music Retrieval Evaluation Submissions Open

Hello all -

We at the International Music Information Retrieval Systems
Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) are pleased to announce that the 2006
Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX 2006) is now
accepting submissions of algorithms and abstracts for the 2006 evaluation runs.

You can find the online submission system on the MIREX 2006 wiki:

More information about MIREX 2006 can be found at:

As of 24 July 2006, these are the tasks that we plan to run as part
of MIREX 2006

      * Audio Beat Tracking
      * Audio Melody Extraction
      * Audio Music Similarity and Retrieval
      * Audio Cover Song
      * Audio Onset Detection
      * Audio Tempo Extraction
      * QBSH: Query-by-Singing/Humming
      * Score Following
      * Symbolic Melodic Similarity

Special Pairings of MIREX 2006 Tasks

This year, we seem to have arrived at some sets of evaluation tasks
that are closely related to each other in some way (i.e., similar
data, similar evaluations, and/or similar algorithms that can perform
both tasks, etc.). Given these pairings, do be should sure to check
out the related task to see if you might want to participate. These
pairings are below.

      * Audio Beat Tracking and Audio Tempo Extraction
      * Audio Music Similarity & Retrieval and Audio Cover Song
      * Symbolic Melodic Similarity and QBSH: Query-by-Singing/Humming

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the rules of the
MIREX 2006 evaluation runs, your submission and/or the online
submission system, or if you have any unique circumstances and/or
requests, please contact the IMIRSEL Group at mrx-com09_at_lists.lis.uiuc.edu.

And a hearty thanks to the IMIRSEL/MIREX project sponsors:
The National Science Foundation (IIS 0327371)
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Also, a special thanks to the Task Leaders for helping define and run
each of this year's tasks.


     "Research funding makes the world a better place"
J. Stephen Downie, PhD
Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Library and Information Science; and,
Center Affliate, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
[Voicemail] (217) 265-5018
M2K Project Home: http://music-ir.org/evaluation/m2k
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