SWAD-Europe and CEN/ISS
MMI-DC Workshop on Metadata for a multilingual world
15 and 16 July 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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This workshop is being run by the SWAD-Europe project in conjunction with
the CEN/ISSS MMI-DC expert group on metadata. The primary goals of the
workshop are to:
- Bring together developers working on the use of metadata and the
semantic web in multilingual contexts
- Examine a number of questions with regards to using metadata for
multilingual content, including
- Translation, versioning and approval processes for multilingual
- Multilingual metadata description and encoding
- Multilingual and multicultural interoperability of metadata
- Reuse of RDF vocabularies in the global community
- Interoperability of metadata in global community
- Provide a brief survey of available tools, development projects, and
areas where further development would be useful.
Please note that this workshop will be conducted entirely in English.
A more detailed agenda will be made available at the beginning of June.
- Thursday, 15 July: 09h30 - 13h00
- Setting up, Introductions
- Participants are asked to take 5 minutes to introduce
themselves and explain the work they are doing or have done in
this area, and their interests
- Identifying things which are currently difficult or apparently
not possible. Scope of "multilingual", use cases, scenarios,
functional specification of tools are starting points for
- Existing tools
- Gather information on existing tools in production use, that
are directly applicable to or could be applied to the problems
described. What do people do by hand, because it is easier?
- Lunch, 13h00
- We will be eating at a local restaurant in Nyhavn
- Afternoon, 14h00 - 17h00
- Working examples
- Work in Progress, demonstrations, approaches being used or
- Are there a lot of different vocabularies interacting, or is
there readily emerging consensus?
- Friday 16 July: 09h30 - 13h00
- Look at list of problems, vocabularies, tools, see if there are
others we want to tackle. Are there things we didn't think of
yesterday? Does a wider perspective on the problem suggest more
solutions, or more problems?
- Cultural and Linguistic Adaptability, Accessibility, Multilingual
- Are these seperate problems? Or are they manifestations of a
complex question whose solutions can be best found by looking for
the common threads?
- Lunch 13h00
- Again in Nyhavn
- Friday afternoon 14h00 - 16h30
- Emerging topics
- What have we recognised as important topics for discussion?
- Development priorities
- What are people actually working on after this meeting? What is
missing from the available tools, or is more important than
current development efforts seem to recognise?
- Conclusions and closing
- Wrapping up - what we can expect to see from the workshop, what
follow up is useful?
The workshop is hosted by the Danish National Library
Authority, located at 31 Nyhavn, Copenhagen and will take place in the
Great Meeting Room. Transport details are provided
Registration is free and open to the public, but required. Participants
must register before the 1st of July, using W3C's online registration.
Note: In order to use this system, you need a W3C site password - if you
are an employee of a W3C member organisation you are likely to have one
already, or can apply for one. Members of the public can get a public access password
access password, your information will not be passed to anyone.
Numbers will be limited, and no places can be guaranteed for people who
have not registered. In general registration will be offered on a first-come,
Participants are expected to provide a brief note (100 - 500 words) about
their relevant work and interest, and to attend both days of the workshop.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge, and coffee / lunch will be
provided, but participants must pay their own expenses (transport,
A report of the
workshop with links to more detailed records of the discussion is
This list of readings will be updated in late June and again shortly
before the workshop.
- W3C Glossary
- A project to maintain a glossary used over a wide range of
specifications. The software permits the addition of translations,
although this feature is disactivated in the online version. Please
note that on 12 July 2004 this system was updated to use the SWAD-E
project's SKOS vocabulary.
- Dublin Core Metadata Intiative (DCMI)
- The DCMI
Localization and Internationalization Working Group works in the
area of applying and using Dublin Core (probably the most widely-known
metadata schema) in a wide range of languages.
- Dublin Core in Multiple Languages
- Tom Baker's position paper, describing the translation of Dublin Core
into multiple languages.
- Translating RDF schemata and
- Charles McCathieNevile's position paper, discussing the problems of
authority and approtpriate techniques for translations of RDF
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Charles McCathieNevile. I will try to answer as
fast as possible - email is generally the most effective channel.
Please note that Denmark is a party to the Schengen treaty, so if you
enter from another EU member which is part of this treaty you will not need
to pass immigration control. However Denmark is not in the Eurozone, and uses
Copenhagen has an international airport served by major airlines and a
number of discount airlines, and well connected to the city's public
transport system by train. There are also trains, buses and ferries from
various parts of Europe.
Trains and taxis provide local transport in Copenhagen.
To get to the National Library Authority, you can catch a bus 1 or 6, from
the ěsterport train station to Kongens Nytorv. More detailed
directions are available from the National Library Authority itself.
Nyhavn is a well-known part of Copenhagen.
Some suggestions for hotels:
Online booking from 810 kronor
Around 1000 kronor
750 - 1200 kronor
A group of 3 hotels, around 500 kronor. The Cab-Inn City is close to the
Tivoli and Main train station - about 15 minutes walk through the main
pedestrian street in Copenhagen to Nyhavn. The other two are close to train
The region close by is "Amalienborg / Royal Theatre"
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