The First KYOTO Workshop
Environmental Knowledge Transition and Exchange
February 2-3, 2009, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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- Invited Speakers and KYOTO Presentations (slides) held at the First KYOTO Workshop are now available online in the Program or in the Invited speakers section.

- Pictures of the 1st Kyoto Workshop in Artis Zoo Amsterdam, February 2-3, 2009 are on-line.

KYOTO has organized a workshop where the environment community has met the language technology community in a historical place in Amsterdam: the Artist Zoo, on February 2nd and 3rd 2009.
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. KYOTO is funded by the European Committee as project ICT 211423 in the 7th FrameWork and local authorities in Taiwan and Japan and started in March 2008.
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:
We would like both groups to meet but also to have in-depth discussions among the experts in each field. The workshop is thus organized in two parts. In the first day, we will focus on the application of the future that will help experts and laymen in the environmental domain to organize their knowledge and information to provide global access across languages and cultures. We want to raise issues and have a free discussion on solutions. As an input to this discussion, we will use the User-Requirements document D1.3 that is released in KYOTO as deliverable. The second day is used for a technical discussion, revealing the state-of-the-art of the technology, the progress in KYOTO, the first results and a realistic discussion on what is feasible.
The meeting on Monday, February 2, 2009 from 09.00 a.m. until Tuesday, February 3, 2009 17.00 p.m. will take place in the "Koningszaal" (King's Room).
In the past the Koningszaal was used by members of the Artis Association as a meeting room. The "Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten" (Nature Conservation Trust) was founded here in this room in 1905. Dinner on Monday evening will take place in the "Tijgerzaal" (Tiger Room).