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IEEE Intelligent Systems
Special issue on AI and Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage is transforming as fast as the digital age. While once 
we collected objects such as books, sculptures, statues, and paintings, 
we now also face the preservation and archival of digital artifacts. 
These might be digital representations of physical objects or digital 
creations, such as interactive works of art, blogs, or even the World 
Wide Web itself, that are in their own right culturally significant and 
worthy of preservation.

This special issue seeks to explore the problems and solutions of 
cultural heritage in the digital age. To what extent can computers, and 
particularly knowledge-based technologies, facilitate the processes of 
authentication, preservation, and archiving of physical and digital 

Topics for which we invite submissions include, but aren’t limited to, 

* Knowledge representations and reasoning — for example,
— combining heterogeneous collections;
— integration or evolution of vocabularies, metadata schemas, and 
— syntactic and semantic interoperability issues;
— reasoning strategies (for example, context, temporal, or spatial); and
— novel applications of the Cidoc Conceptual Reference Model (CRM), 

* Intelligent interface support for professional and lay users, for 
— annotating digital (representations of) artifacts,
— techniques for exploring and interacting with repositories of digital 
(representations of) artifacts,
— trust and provenance issues,
— personalization issues, and
— integration of semantics with audiovisual media.

* Feature detection techniques for analyzing digital artifacts, for 
— determining physical artifacts’ authenticity (handwriting or 
brushstroke recognition, x-ray analysis, and so on),
— automatic creation of annotations,
— automatic ontology extraction from collections, and
— use of machine learning and natural language processing techniques.

However, all submissions must contain some form of knowledge-based 
technologies (including the Semantic Web) and directly involve some 
aspect of cultural heritage.

Important Dates

* Submissions due for review: 15 Aug. 2008
* Notification of acceptance: 17 Dec. 2008
* Final version submitted: 29 Dec. 2008
* Issue publication: Mar. 2009

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be 3,000 to 7,500 words (counting a standard figure 
or table as 200 words) and should follow the magazine’s style and 
presentation guidelines (see 
References should be limited to 10 citations. To submit a manuscript, 
access the IEEE Computer Society Web-based system, Manuscript Central, 


Contact Guest Editors Lynda Hardman, [log in to unmask];
Lora Aroyo, [log in to unmask]; Eero Hyvönen, [log in to unmask]; or
Jacco van Ossenbruggen, [log in to unmask]

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