W3C SWAD-Europe

SWAD-Europe and CEN/ISS MMI-DC Workshop on Metadata for a multilingual world
15 and 16 July 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Agenda | Location | Registration | Minutes | Suggested Readings | Logistics

Nearby: SWAD-Europe events page | workshop report

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:

  1. Bring together developers working on the use of metadata and the semantic web in multilingual contexts
  2. Examine a number of questions with regards to using metadata for multilingual content, including
  3. 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.

Provisional agenda

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 discussion.
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 tried.
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 variety
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 below.


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 online

According to the privacy policy for the 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, first-served basis.

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, accommodation, etc).


A report of the workshop with links to more detailed records of the discussion is available.

Preparation - readings

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.

Position papers

Dublin Core in Multiple Languages
Tom Baker's position paper, describing the translation of Dublin Core into multiple languages.
Translating RDF schemata and ontologies
Charles McCathieNevile's position paper, discussing the problems of authority and approtpriate techniques for translations of RDF vocabularies.


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 the Kronor.


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:

The Sophie Amalie Hotel

Online booking from 810 kronor

Best Western Hotel City

Around 1000 kronor

Hotel Maritime

750 - 1200 kronor

Cab-inn Hotels

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 stations.

More Hotels online

The region close by is "Amalienborg / Royal Theatre"

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