CfP: First International Workshop on Multisensory Data & Knowledge in conjunction with LDK 2021

23 Apr 2021 - 00:00 

Important dates:
Workshop papers submissions - April 23, 2021 - 23:59 AOE
Notification - May 14, 2021
Camera Ready Submission - June 14, 2021
Workshop Day - September 1, 2021

Our senses are the gateways to our memories and emotions. However, they are under-represented in language technology and semantic web research. In this workshop, two recently awarded H2020 projects, Odeuropa and Polifonia, are teaming up to advance our understanding of how smells and music are represented in texts and structured data. The topics we want to address revolve around extracting references to smells, music, context, and visual information from text as well as relevant data describing their cultural, historical and political context, and model them in the form of interlinked knowledge graphs. This research has a strong interdisciplinary character, hence the workshop has the potential to attract researchers from diverse disciplines from both social sciences and humanities and computer science. Its potential impact is significant to many application areas including: preservation and valorisation of cultural heritage, data-driven policy making in cultural heritage, urban planning, artistic performances, applications for scholars in musicology and history, applications for museums, innovation in teaching, maintenance and exploitation of large catalogues, archives and libraries. We aim at creating a reference venue where new ideas and results can be shared and lead the way towards a technological and cultural shift in how we understand and experience our cultural heritage.

Topics of interest:
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Olfactory, musical and visual information extraction from text
    Olfactory, musical and visual knowledge representation
    Resources for olfactory, musical and visual knowledge
    Extraction of socio-cultural and historical context information from text
    Extraction of time, space, events, people and (musical, olfactory and visual) artifacts from text
    Knowledge graphs integrating olfactory, musical and visual knowledge
    Multilingual text corpora on musical and olfactory heritage
    Automatic and semi-automatic generation of language descriptions of sensory experience
    Methods and approaches to represent degrees of sensorial experiences (e.g. intensity, dissipation)
    Applications for teaching/training/valorisation of multisensory data and knowledge

We welcome submissions of long and short papers covering a wide range of NLP and semantic web topics dealing with the extraction and analysis of information from multisensory data. Papers presenting collaborations among researchers with different backgrounds or from different research communities are particularly welcome. All submissions must be in PDF and written in English, single-blind and formatted in the style of the OASIcs template as the main LDK 2021 conference (see the instruction for authors). Long papers should be between 10 and 15 pages, while short papers should include 6 to 8 pages and present a more focused contribution or a position paper.

The MDK 2021 proceedings will be published with The submission web site is 

For any questions, please feel free to contact the organisers directly, or via

Marieke van Erp, KNAW Humanities Cluster, the Netherlands
Valentina Presutti, University of Bologna, Italy 
Raphaël Troncy, EURECOM, France
Albert Meroño-Peñuela, King's College London, UK
Sara Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Enrico Daga, the Open University, UK

Programme Committee:
    Elena Cabrio, INRIA, France
    Ilja Croijmans, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Marilena Daquino, University of Bologna, Italy
    Tommaso Di Noia, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
    Desmond Elliot, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Asifa Majid, the University of York, UK
    Barbara McGillivray, The Alan Turing Institute & Cambridge University, UK
    Stefano Menini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
    Dunja Mladenic, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
    Philippe Rigaux, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), France
    Marco Rospocher, University of Verona, Italy
    Serra Sinem Tekiroğlu, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
    Rachele Sprugnoli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
    Chiara Veninata, The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Italy
    Valeria Zotti, University of Bologna, Italy