Colloquium: Karen Wickett, "Accounting for Context in Markup: Which Situation, Whose Semantics?"


Title: Accounting for Context in Markup: Which Situation, Whose Semantics?

Speaker: Karen Wickett (UT Austin iSchool)

Abstract: Situation semantics - as developed by Barwise and Perry - is a general theory of meaning for natural language, and can be used to understand the role of context in markup and metadata semantics. While the notion of a

discourse situation provides many of the right hooks for accounting for contextual assignment of meaning to markup structures, there are still many open questions. One critical issue is that situation semantics itself is open enough to allow many different approaches to identifying the relevant discourse situation. Three core types of discourse situations for descriptive markup - documentary, transport, and discovery - lead to distinct features in the discourse situations connected to those scenarios. Beyond developing a fuller picture of the discourse situations that shape the meaning of markup, this modeling exercise lays essential groundwork for a full analysis of the assignment of meaning to metadata


Speaker Bio:

Karen Wickett completed a Postdoctoral position in 2014 at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her core research interests are in the conceptual foundations of information organization systems and the semantics of metadata vocabularies. Wickett has taught courses in information organization, information modeling, and data curation at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and worked in several research projects hosted by the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship. She has participated in the development of a framework of concepts around the encoding and transmission of scientific data as part of the Data Conservancy, an NSF Datanet project, and has conducted research on relationships between collection-level and item-level metadata as part of the IMLS Digital Collections and Content project.

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8:15am to 9:45am


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