1st KYOTO workshop

Environmental Knowledge Transition and Exchange


February 2-3, 2009 at the Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Piek Vossen is organizing the 1st KYOTO workshop which will be held on February 2-3, 2009, at the Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Kyoto is organizing an open workshop where the environment community meets the language technology community in a historical place in Amsterdam.

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:

bullet from environmental organizations, those who have an interest in technological innovations and cross-lingual and cross-cultural collaboration
bullet 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


To know more about the workshop/registration and KYOTO, please visit the web site or contact the project coordinator Piek Vossen.