Friday, 25th September 2015
Centre for Cultural Informatics – Institute of Computer Science
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas
The rapid development of computer science not only has impacted everyday life, it has also created a number of issues and questions relating to information theories, processes and the methods for organizing and displaying information and knowledge.
One of the main concerns of the information scientists is to ensure the objectivity of the transmitted information which must have also a certain meaning for the users. Despite all efforts, information scientists seem to have been involved in a vicious circle, since the requirement for the objectivity of the transmitted information calls for the detachment of the data form their meaning when, at the same time, the goal of designing information systems is communicating the meaning of the information to the users.
This paradoxical issue proves even more crucial as the main goals of the information scientists, which include improving the interoperability, compatibility and efficiency of the information systems, are closely connected with that issue. The problem of serving adequately the meaning of information for system users is mostly addressed in a technology-driven way, based on naïve interviews “what users want” and testing of “user satisfaction” with statistical means.
It appears that there are fundamental questions to be resolved about understanding the relationship of knowledge, information and information modelling in a way compatible with the sense and methods of verification and falsification in empirical sciences and cultural-historical studies, which should find their adequate reflection in the machine-supported information handling methods that more and more dominate all areas of knowledge creation.
In order to contribute to the discussions aiming at providing answers to questions emerging from the requirement for objectivity, comprehensibility and adequate evolution of the transmitted information for the advancement of scientific and scholarly knowledge, we organize the Epistemological Questions in Knowledge Representation Systems workshop that will take place οn September 25th in Heraklion Crete, and we invite all interested parties to participate in the discussion.
The workshop is supported by the Operational Programme Competiveness and Entrepreneurship II (OPCE II) implemented within the Framework of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) and is organized and hosted by the Centre for Cultural Informatics of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH.
FORTH campus, Step C
Thursday 24 September
17:30-19:30 | Workshop evaluation: current state and road ahead
Friday 25 September
09:45-10:00 | Welcome
Issues in digital representation of knowledge in the humanities: some examples
H. Goulis, Academy of Athens
Formal Ontologies: Seeking Theoretical Foundations
Martin Doerr, ICS-Forth Presentation
From the “Theatrum mundi” to metaphorical cartography: Languages, models, and methods for displaying and sharing knowledge
Chr. Marras, ILIESI-CNR
11:30-12:00 | Coffee Break
Background-assumptions in knowledge representation systems
M. Daskalaki, ICS-Forth
Theories on sense and reference
The philosophy of meaning of early and late Wittgenstein”
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Pedagogical University of Cracow
13:30-14:30 | Lunch
14:30-15:00 | Knowledge and experience in logical positivism
Maria Venieri, University of Crete
15:00-15:15 | Coffee Break
15:15-16:00 | Discussion – future work Closing workshop
Maria Daskalaki mailto:email@example.com
Lida Harami mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org