[Elsnet-list] 1st KYOTO Workshop (Knowledge Yielding Ontologies for Transition-based Organization)

Wauter Bosma w.bosma at let.vu.nl
Wed Jan 7 10:52:37 CET 2009

****** Announcing 1st KYOTO Workshop (Knowledge Yielding Ontologies for 
Transition-based Organization) ******

"Environmental Knowledge Transition and Exchange"
Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
February 2-3, 2009

Kyoto is organizing an open workshop where the environment community meets the 
language technology community in a historical place in Amsterdam: the Artist 
Zoo, on February 2nd and 3rd 2009.

KYOTO is funded by the European Commission in the 7th FrameWork and by local 
authorities in Taiwain and Japan and officially started March 1, 2008.

Information sharing and gathering is essential for environmental communities 
that address global issues that cross culture and language borders. 
Transition of widespread knowledge from one region to another region can help 
us creating awareness and collaboration to address our care for the 
environment. The KYOTO project is developing a system that should help people 
organize their knowledge and information across cultures and languages to 
support communication and collaboration. The KYOTO system allows 
environmentalists to agree on the meaning of their terms in a shared 
Wikipedia platform. Terms become anchored across languages and cultures but 
also in such a way that a computer can use them to detect knowledge and facts 
in documents. For example, the notion of environmental footprint can be 
defined in the same way in all these languages but also in such a way that 
the computer knows what information is necessary to calculate a footprint. 
With these definitions it will be possible to find information on footprints 
in documents, websites and reports on a massive scale so that users can 
directly ask the computer for actual information in their environment.

The project has now completed its initial design phase and the first 
prototypes are being released and tested. At this point, we would like to 
invite you for a workshop that brings together two groups of people:
- from environmental organizations, those who have an interest in 
technological innovations and cross-lingual and cross-cultural collaboration;
- from the knowledge and language-technology engineering community, those who 
have an interest in generic and domain-specific solutions within 
cross-lingual and cross-cultural settings.

For more information about the workshop/registration and KYOTO, please visit 
the web site at www.kyoto-project.eu or contact the project coordinator Piek 
Vossen at p.vossen at let.vu.nl

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