This thematic cycle addresses challenges 

raised by the emerging field of Open Data in the context of the access to cultural heritage information, and focuses on the following key issues:
– structuring, publishing and sharing Open Data;
– privacy and protection for such data;
– exploiting Open Data resources.

It is intended for researchers and experts on topics related to Open Data management, together with actors involved in digitized cultural heritage, such as cultural data administrators, copyright and data protection specialists, application designers and developers. A series of tutorials and workshops will be co-organized with FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas) in 2013.


This thematic cycle is placed under the auspices of the Research Laboratory in Information Processing and Systems (Équipes Traitement de l’Information et Systèmes - ETIS) of Cergy Pontoise University.

Scientific coordinators

Vassilis CHRISTOPHIDES, FORTH-ICS, University of Crete, christop @

Vassilis Christophides is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Crete and affiliated researcher at the Information Systems and Software Technology Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH-ICS). His main research interests include Databases and Web Information Systems, Digital Libraries and Scientific Systems. He has extensive experience in the scientific coordination of research projects at the Institute of Computer Science at FORTH. He has published over 120 articles in high-quality international conferences, workshops and journals and has received the 2004 SIGMOD Test of Time Award and the Best Paper Award at the 2nd and 6th International Semantic Web Conference in 2003 & 2007. He will be the General Chair of the upcoming join EDBT/ICDT Conference in 2014 at Athens.

Dan VODISLAV, ETIS laboratory, University of Cergy-Pontoise, dan.vodislav @

Dan Vodislav is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, head of the MIDI team (Multimedia Indexing and Data Integration) of the ETIS laboratory. His main research interests include Databases, Web Data Integration, Information Streams and Social Networks. He actively participates to the Patrima LabEx – he is the initiator of the EDOP Patrima project on open data for cultural heritage information and he is in charge of the Database section in the related Patrimex EquipEx project.

Partners: ETIS, BnF, FORTH-ICS, LIP6, Patrima


Open Data Tutorials

« Models, Languages and Tools for the Web of Data »

LIP6 laboratory, Paris, May 29-31, 2013

Public: PhD students, researchers and practitioners who work in creating, searching and analyzing data collections for sharing over the Web.

Objectives: Present models, languages and tools proposed to address the new challenges to information management posed by the new developments of data at Web scale. The target audience will learn what are the major Data Deluge movements, how to represent and query data collections using Semantic Web standards, what fragments of logic can be used to reason over data collections, how to resolve real work entities and link data collections, as well as successful stories from analyzing data collections in reality.

Partners: LIP6 laboratory, University Pierre et Marie Curie

Registration and other information at

Program: available here (PDF)


International Workshop WOD 2013

« 2nd International Workshop on Open Data »

Bibliothèque nationale de France, June 3, 2013

Public: MSc and PhD students, researchers in fields related to Open Data Management, practitioners interested by this topic.

Objectives: Foster research on existing technology barriers that currently impede progress to create value from Open Data. Present work on Web-scale Open Data issues addressed by different research communities such as Data Management, Data Mining and Knowledge Management, Distributed Systems, Data Privacy, and Data Visualization.

More details at

Program: available here (PDF)


Symposium on cultural heritage data

« Publishing cultural heritage data on the Web: semantics and protection »

University of Cergy-Pontoise, October, 2013

Public: Data administrators in cultural institutions, intellectual property specialists, researchers in data publishing on the Web and in data protection / confidentiality, etc.

Objectives: Initiate exchanges between people from cultural institutions and researchers on Open Data issues, about the current status, the success stories and the difficulties of publishing and protecting cultural heritage data on the Web.

Program: in progress