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Global Information Infrastructures for Science & Cultural Heritage: The Interoperability Challenge

1102, 29/09/2010 (9:00-10:30)

Opening up new research perspectives relies on accessibility and interoperability across geographical and discipline boundaries.

A coordinated approach is needed, however, to achieve the interconnected information infrastructures necessary to support innovation and co-operation in Europe’s scientific and cultural communities. Technical, organisational and policy-related challenges have to be addressed. This networking session is hosted by three EU projects and will explore key interoperability challenges, policy and research priorities for application domains spanning digital libraries, cultural heritage and eScience. The projects –, GRDI2020 and DC-Net – address digital library interoperability, enabling technologies for global research data infrastructures, and cultural heritage infrastructures, respectively.

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Coordinator: Hilary HANAHOE (Trust-IT Services Ltd., N/A, United Kingdom)

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Stephanie PARKER, 12/07/2010 14:51

Interoperability is crucial to take information infrastructures to the next level and open up new research perspectives for Europe and her global partnerships. This session will shed light on current initiatives, as well as bring into sharp focus long-term visions for interoperability.


Anna NIKA, 19/07/2010 19:19

I strongly support this session because it will provide a deeper understanding of key interoperability problems and will spotlight recent advances in achieving interoperability among information infrastructures.


Katerina EL RAHEB, 20/07/2010 10:56

When it comes to interoperability in global infrastructures, it is of high importance to combine expertise from different backgrounds (scientific, technological, cultural, organizational), beyond physical or disciplinary boundaries.

I absolutely support this session, as it is a great opportunity to bring on discussion different perspectives on the digital library interoperability challenge.


Costantino THANOS, 21/07/2010 14:26

Interoperability is a very complex concept and depends very much on the context.I think that this Workshop is very interesting since it will address this concept from the prospective of three important application areas: Digital Libraries, Cultural heritage, and e-Science. It will be very useful the presentation and discussion of the interoperability challenges faced and possible solutions adopted by these application areas.


Antonella FRESA, 29/07/2010 19:53

I support this section that is an interesting opportunity, not only to hear about the new technology-powered solutions to interoperability of services, systems and data, but also to discuss about the actual inter-operation of different sectors, different areas of research and different communities.


Alexandru STAN, 13/08/2010 19:57

I am very interested to hear about the lessons learned during these projects. A very good topic indeed


Guy-Noel MARECHAL, 16/08/2010 16:34

Indeed, interoperability is a very complex problematic. One of the best way of addressing the issue is to use "Conceptual Reference Models" based on semantics. By such a level of abstraction, the implementation of concrete "Interoperability Wickets" become easy (fully automatic in the simple cases to template guided in the most complex situations). Such CRM's exist already: the most well known is the FRBR-CRM (in the bibliographic sector). I have contributed to the definition of the AXIS-CRM which is more general covering, in particular the layered construction of the interoperability. An introduction to the AXIS-CRM is visible at: . Unfortunately the links to the figures are temporarely missing (they were present in the previous version). I am ready to contribute to the debate on the interporability methodology


Ricarda KOSCH, 22/09/2010 12:12

I am interested in lessons learned and we are looking for Partners in the field of virtual archeology.


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