Semantic web at CAA 2009

There will be a semantic web session at the 37th annual international conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, 22-26 March 2009 in Williamsburg, VA [CAA 2009]:

The Semantic Web: 2nd Generation Applications

Chairs: Leif Isaksen, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and Tom Elliott, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, USA


Semantic Web technologies are increasingly touted as a potential solution to the data integration and silo problems which are ever more prevalent in digital archaeology. On other hand, there is still much work to be done establishing best practices and useful tools. Now that a number of projects have been undertaken by interdisciplinary partnerships with Computer Science departments, it is time to start drawing together the lessons learned from them in order to begin creating second generation applications. These are likely to move away from (or at least complement) the monolithic and large-scale 'semanticization' projects more appropriate to the museums community. In their place we will need light-weight and adaptable methodologies more suited to the time and cash-poor realities of contemporary archaeology.

See Leif's post to the Antiquist group for details.