The Scent of Information – Symposium

Feb 13, 2009

This two-day expert meeting is dedicated to the discussion and comparison of new approaches to organize, analyze and visualize large bodies of archival information.  Archives like the ars electronica archive present themselves as massive collections of heterogeneous and, in some ways, conflicting data organized in many different formats. In order to make sense of this information, traditional database structures and query interfaces are not sufficient.
At the same time, it becomes more and more important to connect and contextualize information resources that already exist. For example, the past ten years have seen numerous initiatives for the documentation and preservation of media art, each contributing to the knowledge in the field. However, their content is usually fragmentary and employs a different form of knowledge organization. This workshop is also dedicated to current approaches that can help to bridge these islands of information. We will compare methods for the exploration,  contextualization and disambiguation of information through computational analysis, social approaches and interaction design. We will also discuss frameworks for knowledge architectures that are flexible enough to accommodate heterogeneous and often ambiguous information. We will bring together international experts who work in relevant areas, such as machine learning, visual analytics, knowledge technologies and interface design.

February 13-14, 2009 Art University / Audimax, Kollegiumgasse 2, 4010 Linz

10.30h Introduction
Dietmar Offenhuber  -Art University Linz, LBI for Media.Art.Research.

11.00 – 13.00h Panel: Knowledge Discovery
Strategies for knowledge discovery through content analysis, statistics or the social context Moderation: Dietmar Offenhuber (LBI)

11.00 – 11.30 “Visual Analytics – Intertwining Interactive
Visualization and Data Mining Methods”
Prof. Dr. Silvia Miksch Danube University Krems department of information and knowledge engineering

11.30 – 12.00
Prof. Dr. Lev Manovich
University of California, San Diego
Software Studies Initiative

12.00 – 12.30 “Visual tools for the socio-semantic web”
Moritz Stefaner
FH Potsdam
Interaction Design

12.30 – 13.00 Questions & Discussion
13.00 – 15.00h Lunch Break15.00 – 17.00h Panel: Structuring Knowledge
Strategies for structuring knowledge from heterogeneous sources
Moderation and Introduction: Sandor Herramhof (LBI)

15.15 – 15.45 “Smart Archives: The Brave New Semantic World”
Georg Güntner
Salzburg Research
Knowledge-based Information Systems

15.45 – 16.15 “mæve / Poetry on the Road”
Prof. Boris Müller
FH Potsdam,
Interaction Design

16.15 – 16.45 “Knowledge Visualization in Groups: Experimental
Evaluation and Archival Challenges”
Sabrina Bresciani
Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)
Institute of Marketing and Communication Management

16.45 – 17.45 – Questions & Discussion
17.15h Break18.00h Keynote Lecture “Cultural Analytics”
Prof. Dr. Lev Manovich
University of California, San Diego
Software Studies Initiative
20.00h Dinner

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

10.30- 13.00h Panel:
Knowledge Interfaces
Interfaces and access methods for hybrid archives
Moderation: Evelyn Münster (LBI)

10.30 – 11.00
Evelyn Münster / Jaume Nualart
LBI f. Medien Kunst Forschung

11.00 – 11.30
Prof. Dr. Gerhard M. Buurman
Zurich University of the Arts
Interaction Design and Design theory

11.30 – 12.00 Break

12.00 – 12.30
Wolfgang Strauss
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis

12.30 – 13.00 “Bestiario, comprehensible complexity”
Andez Ortiz & Miguel Cardoso
bestiario, Bacelona/Lisbon

13.00- 14.00h Discussion 14h End of Workshop