Linked Archives

International Workshop

September 13, 2021 | Online


The International Workshop on Archives and Linked Data run in conjunction with the
25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2021). 
TPDL 2021 will be an online event and registration will be free of cost.

Cultural Heritage deals with treasures that are expected to survive generations. Many digital initiatives have explored segments of this global asset, with much more to uncover. They tend to be oriented by the organizations that have traditionally curated these valuable objects: libraries, museums, archives. 

This workshop takes the perspective of archives, the guardians of immense volumes of information, both historical and current, driven by the need to keep a record of our past processes, achievements, and results. The growing interest in archival records and the availability of technologies that can take large volumes of data and process them is leading archives into the world of linked data. In this vision, the archives’ information is joined with data from other cultural heritage institutions and more informal sources. Later, users can explore archives in rich interfaces where the data are available in their context, with explicit metadata.

The workshop’s goal is to gather researchers and specialists who are engaged in
initiatives that cross Archives and the Semantic Web and those planning similar
initiatives in cultural heritage organizations. This is a naturally
interdisciplinary workshop that aims to stimulate the dialogue between the
technical-oriented communities, researchers from the digital humanities, as
well as specialists from cultural heritage institutions.


  • Submission deadline: June 20, 2021 July 4, 2021
  • Author feedback: July 18, 2021 July 25, 2021
  • Camera-ready version due: August 1, 2021 September 3, 2021
  • Workshop: September 13, 2021



The workshop is open to original papers of theoretical or practical nature. Papers should be formatted according to LNCS instructions for authors. The review process will be single-blind. Papers have to be submitted via the workshop’s EasyChair submission page in PDF format.

We welcome the following types of contributions:

  • Research papers (up to 7 pages + references): finished or ongoing works with relevant results, open to discussion.
  • Short papers and demos (up to 5 pages + references): demos and prototypes; preliminary research results; project reports; position papers.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop to present the paper. For further instructions, please refer to the TPDL 2021 page.


Relevant topics include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Ontologies for archives
  • New forms of records and archives, including Web, social media, audio-visual archives
  • Architectures, frameworks, and infrastructures for linked archives
  • Implementations and evaluations of linked archives
  • Information retrieval in linked archives
  • ‘Big data’ technologies (e.g., NoSQL databases) in archives
  • Analytics in archival material, including data mining and network analysis
  • Artificial intelligence and archives
  • User interfaces for linked archives
  • User studies focusing on user needs and their information-seeking behavior
  • Authenticity and provenance 
  • Methodologies for publishing linked archival data


Accepted papers will be published at CEUR. Extended versions of the best papers will be selected to be published in the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH).


We expect to run a four-hour workshop divided into 2 sessions of 2 hours to accommodate participation from different time zones. The foreseen program for these sessions is:

Session 1

  • Brief introduction of the participants;
  • Keynote presentation;
  • Presentation of papers.

Session 2

  • Brief introduction of the participants;
  • Short recap of the 1st block;
  • Presentation of short papers and demos;
  • Discussion on the latest developments and opportunities in the field.


  • Alexandra Lourenço (General Secretariat of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal)
  • Ana Alice Baptista (University of Minho)
  • Antoine Isaac (Europeana, VU University Amsterdam)
  • Barbara Revuelta-Eugercios (Danish National Archives)
  • Carla Teixeira Lopes (University of Porto, INESC TEC)
  • Cristina Ribeiro (University of Porto, INESC TEC)
  • Daniel Flores (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
  • Daniel Gomes (
  • Florence Clavaud (ICA-EGAD, lead of RiC-O team)
  • Franco Niccolucci (University of Florence)
  • Irene Rodrigues (University of Évora)
  • José Carlos Ramalho (Keep Solutions, University of Minho)
  • Kerstin Arnold (Archives Portal Europe)
  • Kuldar Aas (National Archives of Estonia)
  • Lise Jaillant (Loughborough University)
  • Maja Žumer (University of Ljubljana)
  • Nuno Freire (INESC-ID)
  • Treasa Harkin (Irish Traditional Music Archive)



University of Porto  and INESC TEC



University of Porto and INESC TEC






University of Évora



Loughborough University






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