SSHOC WP4 Workshop: Developing the SSHOC Reference Ontology (Task 4.7)


One of the aims of SSHOC T4.7 is to develop a common metalevel schema - the SSHOC Reference Ontology (SSHOCro) - which will provide a "semantic interoperability framework for the description of the SSHOC data life cycle". SSHOCro will have the function of providing a conceptual model that can be used in order to (re)describe, at a generic level, the real-world life cycle of creating, using and finding data - amongst other actions - as it actually takes place in the various domains of social sciences and humanities. The eventual use of such a conceptual model to the research community, in practical terms, would be:

  • to be applied as a standard to be used in the step of devising and implementing metadata capture schemes for tracking the data life cycle in individual projects/institutions/disciplines and
  • to be of use when encoded in a semantic data format (ef. RDF) in order to map, transform and integrate existing data across projects, institutions and disciplines into interoperable pools of information for re-use and exploitation.

In order to build a properly representative and functional reference ontology which will be of practical service to the SSHOC community, it is necessary to study the actual, empirical processes that are undertaken by social sciences and humanities scholars in the data life cycle.

To this end, we are organizing a workshop (May 21-22, Heraklion, Crete at ICS-FORTH premises) to consult with expert partners from the SSH scientific community who produce and process data directly in order to receive their input and control on the foundational questions regarding this important task.

The workshop will aim to identify representative, high level research workflows and their interaction within the data lifecycle: what tools and services are used by the different research communities at what point in the data life cycle, what data is generated and when, how is it corrected, who uses it, what standard data sources are commonly integrated, where is data sought, where is it archived and under what conditions etc. By identifying the sets of tools, services and data used by researchers on the one hand, their respective ends and order of application on the other, we will set the basic empirical foundations for building a first iteration of a conceptual model. While the tools, services and data standards adopted by different communities within SSH will differ significantly, by identifying the basic workflows that exist, we will be able to begin defining common features and relations, in order to establish the general conceptual model.


If you want to take part to the workshop please send an email to ICS FORTH at:




Tuesday, 21 May 2019 (9:00 – 18:00)

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome

9:45 – 10.30 Presentation of preliminary thoughts regarding the SSHOC Reference Ontology (FORTH)

10:30 – 10:45 COFFEE BREAK

10:45 – 13:30 Workflows in use by research communities within the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Participants are expected to give an outline of the practices and processes involved in the data lifecycles that are relevant το their research.

13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH

14:30 – 16:00 Workflows in use by research communities within the Social Sciences and Humanities (continuation)

16:00 – 18:00 Discussion session
During this session we will try to reveal commonalities in high-level research workflows and comment the top level presented draft proposal.

20:00 – Social Dinner

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 (9:00 – 13:00)

9.00 – 10:30 Discussion session (continuation)

10:30 – 10:45 COFFEE BREAK

10:45 – 13:15 final remarks and closing session

13:15 – 14:15 LUNCH (optional)



FORTH Foundation for Research and Technology -  Institute of Computer Science (ICS)

Ν. Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton
GR - 700 13, Heraklion, Crete

Tel.: +30 2810 391500-2
Fax: +30 2810 391555

The “The WP4 Task 4.7 Workshop ” will take place in the meeting room (211) on the first floor of the STEP-C Building A.

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21 May 2019 - 09:00 to 22 May 2019 - 14:15
Heraklion, Crete