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Forum 3: XML: Towards an Interoperable Semantic Web for Heritage Resources

Gathered on a cold winter's day at Frauenhofer IPSI in Darmstadt for the third in a series of seven DigiCULT Fora, it seemed only appropriate that the invited experts should be asked to deal with a hot topic. A topic that although increasingly quoted in the development arena remains illusive in substance.
The reserved opening statements in the forum echoed this sense of despair, however it soon made way for a lively and provocative discussion that was unleashed, with the questions... what is the Semantic Web, and what will it bring, or not bring to archives, libraries and museums?


Wernher Behrendt

Salzburg Research, Austria

Paolo Buonora

Archivio di Stato di Roma, Italy

Samuel Cruz-Lara

LORIA (UMR 7503) Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications CNRS - INRIA - Universities of Nancy, FRANCE

Costis Dallas

Critical Publics SA, Greece

Bert Degenhart-Drenth

ADLIB Information Systems BV, The Netherlands

Nicola Guarino

Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies National Research Council

Janneke van Kersen

Digital heritage Netherlands, Art Historian, implementation culture portal in the Netherlands

Marco Meli

EDW International, Italy

Paul Miller


Frank Nack

CWI, The Netherlands

Franco Niccolucci

Florence University , Italy

Seamus Ross

HATII & ERPANET, University of Glasgow (Moderator)

Andrea Scotti

Institute & Museum for the History of Science, Florence, Italy