UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


What can be said, can be said clearly? The role of ontologies in the Digital Humanities

30 May 2018, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Susan Hockey Lecture 2018: Ontologies

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Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Gower Street
United Kingdom

In this, the fourth lecture in the annual Susan Hockey Lecture series, Prof Carlo Meghini will discuss the role of ontologies in the Digital Humanities.

Ontologies are logical theories that account for the formal definition of the terms of a vocabulary. They are widely employed in many sectors of science, as they provide a solid logico-linguistic basis for the development and the communication of knowledge. They also provide an ideal place where different disciplines and different competences can meet to collaboratively address scientific and technological problems. 

The lecture will make the case for the Digital Humanities, highlighting the specific contributions that ontologies can bring to this scientific community, with exemplifications from past and ongoing research projects.

Please note this lecture will be filmed. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome but please register to attend.


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Carlo Meghini is prime researcher at CNR-ISTI in the area of Conceptual Modelling, Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation. He graduated in Computer Science at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1979 with a research thesis on distributed databases. He has participated in several EC funded research projects in the areas of information systems, digital libraries and digital preservation. He has been involved in various European projects since 1988, including DELOS Network of Excellence, BRICKS, EDLNet, ASSETS and CASPAR. Since 2007 he has been involved in the making of the European digital library, Europeana, taking care of the scientific aspects of the project. He has published about 90 scientific papers in international journals, books and conferences.