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Join us at the UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID (UC3M) for a day long-symposium to addresses challenges, solutions, and research specific to linking and opening vocabularies on the global web.


Symposium description

Students at different levels from UC3M University and other Spanish and international universities are invited to contribute with articles or writings (position papers) in the areas described in the call for papers. This contributions will be the base for the disussion in this symposium about linked open vocabularies.

Place and date of the event

June 18th, 2012, 09:30 AM to 18:00 PM.

Faculty of Humanities, Communication and Information Science

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Room: 17.2.75 Getafe (Madrid) Spain


You can see more practical information here

Virtual attendance

Symposium streamed at: [1] Twitter hashtag: #LOV-HIVE


Participation is free and open to all attendees, presenters, and general participants/viewers. Registration is required. Attendance can be in person or virtual.

  • The symposium will fill up quickly, so please register soon Here.
  • If you chose to participate by submitting a contribution to the symposium, please register first and then send your file to before June, 10th.


We are seeking brief position papers in 3 specific areas.

    • Area 1: Challenges relating to linked open vocabularies.
    • Area 2: Solutions underway to address noted challenges relating to linked open vocabularies.
    • Area 3: Research specific to linked open vocabularies.

A list of relevant topics includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Technological or political issues relating to linked open vocabularies.
  • Metadata for scientific data, e-Science and grid applications
  • Social tagging and user participation in building vocabularies.
  • Knowledge Organization Systems (e.g., ontologies, taxonomies, authority files, folksonomies, and thesauri) and Simple Knowledge Organization Systems (SKOS)
  • Ontology design and development/Integration of metadata and ontologies
  • Vocabularies and the Semantic Web (metadata and applications)
  • Vocabulary registries and registry services
  • Management of social tagging vocabularies to improve metadata systems
  • Metadata Vocabulary-Quality
  • Research tools and solutions to free/open vocabularies

Contribution/Paper requirements

Contributions can be of four different types:

    1. Position statements (approximately 100-200 words) A brief statement conveying an opinion, critique, idea, discussion point relating to linked open vocabularies.
    2. Abstracts (around 200 words) An abstract presenting the synthesis of work in progress, research, or a discussion on linked open vocabularies.
    3. Extended abstracts (1 page) An extension of an abstract, resulting in a brief paper addressing the symposium theme of linked open vocabularies.
    4. Position papers (1 to 3 pages) A short paper addressing the symposium theme of linked open vocabularies.

All submission will be presented in English and posted on the wiki prior to the symposium for symposium participants to read.

Contributions should be sent by email to: [] before June, 10th

Format: OpenOffice, WORD, PDF, RTF. Font size: 11-12 pt.

All papers should clearly state, in the introduction, if they work is addressing a challenge, solution or research aspect of linked open vocabulary, or a combination of these areas. At least one author must be able to attend the symposium in-person or virtually. The accepted papers will be shared with all attendees and serve as a source for symposium discussion. Authors of presented papers will have an opportunity to build on their paper for a special issue of Library Hi Tech following the symposium. New: See Call for Papers for the LHT Special Issue.

Review process

This is an “open an inclusive event.” The scientific committee will review submissions to confirm they are within the scope of the symposium—addressing open linked vocabularies. They will provide feedback to participants on moving work forward following the symposium.

Symposium programme

Pay attention to the Academic approach of this symposium. We do have new responsibilities at the XXI century's University: Teach for the Linked Data World and for the Web of Data. See:

All the slides and related files are going to be added within the Symposium

Timespan Activity
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:45 Welcome. Watch the Video

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Communication and Information Science.
HIVE-ES team and Tecnodoc Director.

9:45-11:00 Panel 1: Opening invited talks on Linking and Opening Vocabularies. Watch the Video

Session Chair: Jane Greenberg

11:00-11:30 Introduction, overview and methodology of the Symposium. Watch the Video
  • Jane Greenberg. UC3M. Chair of Excellence. SILS-MRC. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Eva Méndez. Library and Information Science Department. UC3M. Tecnodoc Research Group. HIVE-ES
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:45 Invited Talk: Vocabulary Commons: Sustainability & Responsability Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche. Mondeca.
Session Chair: Eva Méndez
12:45-13:30 Panel 2: Lightning talks

Session Chair: Gema Bueno

13:30-14:00 ASIST Connection: ASIST presentation and opportunities for graduate students. Graduate Students (Master & PhD) meet Dianne Sonnenwald.
14:00-15:30 Lunch on your own (Suggestions)
15:30-16:30 Panel 3: Experiencies on linking and/or opening vocabularies. Watch the Video

Session Chair: Charles McCathieNevile

16:30-16:45 Coffee Break
16:45-17:45 Panel 4: Analysis and Research regarding Vocabularies. Watch the Video

Session Chair: Emma Tonkin

17:45-18:00 Diane Hillmann's special remarks on DCMI Vocabulary Management Community Dianne Hillmann's presentation.
18:00-18:30 Conclusion and closing

Accommodation and practical information

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