IT@LIA 2015

1st AI*IA Workshop on Intelligent Techniques At LIbraries and Archives

co-located with XIV Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA 2015)
22 September 2015, Ferrara, Italy



Huge amounts of very heterogeneous data are nowadays available in either born-digital or digitized format, both in the Web and in personal collections, ranging from structured to semi-structured and unstructured contents in multiple media and languages. All aspects of human knowledge and interests are involved, from cultural heritage to administration, from leisure to work, from government to industry.

Part of this data has already been collected into digital libraries while others still need to be properly organized and made available to stakeholders. However, even using a digital library system for managing and organizing the contents, we cannot let it operate alone, but we need to make it interoperate with other collections and systems as well as let it to (semantically) link its contents to other sources in order to provide more powerful end-user services.

Developing intelligent techniques to provide powerful functionalities requires the strict interaction and cooperation of many different areas and skills: standardization, document processing, natural language processing, library development and organization, multimedia management, fruition, semantic processing, etc. Artificial Intelligence techniques may provide significant support in many of these areas, in order to face some of the complexities of this domain.

The Italian communities in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Libraries have developed significant skills in their own areas, but they still have not started a stable and strict cooperation. This workshop aims at bridging this gap, bringing together researchers from different fields that may provide a contribution in this landscape. People from the Digital Libraries community may find a venue to highlight problems and needs, and people from Artificial Intelligence may find a real-world domain in which proposing advanced solutions aimed at tackling significant problems.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: June 22th, 2015 (June 12th, 2015)

Notification of acceptance: July 3rd, 2015

Camera ready: July 10th, 2015

Early registration: July 31st, 2015

Workshop day: 22 September 2015

Conference days: September 23-25, 2015

Call for Papers

General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Representing and extracting information from digitized cultural heritage artefacts
  • Digital document processing
  • Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
  • Exploring semantic web and linked data for linking cultural heritage artefacts
  • Metadata aggregation models, integration and disambiguation
  • Ontologies and knowledge organization systems, networked information
  • Social networking, Web 2.0 and collective intelligence in Digital Libraries
  • Digital libraries as source of big data for humanities
  • Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication

Papers should be formatted according to the LNCS format (

We foresee two kinds of contributions: full papers not exceeding 12 pages and short/discussion papers not exceeding 6 pages.

Demos are also welcome, concerning either AI systems applied in a Cultural Heritage (CH) context or DL systems where AI techniques could help to address currently open issues. Demo papers should not exceed 3 pages.

Papers and demos will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee. Selection will be based on originality, clarity, and technical quality. Papers should be submitted in PDF format to the following address:

Accepted papers will be published online as a volume of the CEUR-WS proceeding series. We also aim to publish a selection of the best papers presented at the workshop in a special issue of the journal Intelligenza Artificiale.


Stefano Ferilli, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", ferilli (at)

Nicola Ferro, University of Padua, ferro (at)

Program Committee

  • Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy
  • Giuseppe Amato, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Tiziana Catarci, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Rodolfo Delmonte, Ca' Foscari University Venice, Italy
  • Floriana Esposito, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
  • Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Simone Marinai, University of Florence, Italy
  • Christos Papatheodorou, Ionian University, Greece
  • Marco Schaerf, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Carlo Tasso, University of Udine, Italy


Room 4
Department of Law (Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza), University of Ferrara
Corso Ercole I d'Este, 37, 44121 Ferrara

09:00-09:30 - Opening
09:30-10:30 - Session I: Logical Approaches

Discovering Knowledge through Multi-modal Association Rule Mining for Document Image Analysis   

Corrado Loglisci, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Michelangelo Ceci, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Lynn Rudd, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Donato Malerba, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy

An Abstract Argumentation-based Strategy for Reading Order Detection   

Stefano Ferilli, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Andrea Pazienza, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
10:30-11:00 - Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 - Panel: "Digital Libraries and Digital Archives: Problems and Challenges for AI Approaches"
Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy
Fabio Ciotti, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Floriana Esposito, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Maurizio Lana, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Nicola Orio, University of Padua, Italy
12:30-14:30 - Lunch
14:30-16:00 - Session II: Collection Management

A Sentiment Polarity Analyser based on a Lexical-Probabilistic Approach   

Berardina De Carolis, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Domenico Redavid, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Angelo Bruno, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy

Linked Open Data Framework for Serendipity in History of Art Research   

Gianmaria Silvello, University of Padua, Italy

Large-scale information extraction for assisted curation of the biomedical literature   

Fabio Rinaldi, University of Zurich, Swtizerland
16:00-16:30 - Coffee Break
16:30-17:30 - Session III: Knowledge Management

Introducing Distiller: a unifying framework for Knowledge Extraction   

Marco Basaldella, University of Udine, Italy
Dario De Nart, University of Udine, Italy
Carlo Tasso, University of Udine, Italy

Using ontologies as a faceted browsing for heterogeneous cultural heritage collections   

Francesca Tomasi, University of Bologna, Italy
Fabio Ciotti, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Marilena Daquino, University of Bologna, Italy
Maurizio Lana, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
17:30-18:00 - Closing