Knowledge Organization and Management in the domain
of Environment and Earth Observation (KOMEEO)

The environment domain is rich in Knowledge Organization Systems (KOSs), covering different subdomains and aiming at different purposes.
For the last four years Labdoc has been involved in the ERA-PLANET (The European Network for observing our changing Planet) program1, whose main objective has been to strengthen the European Research Area in the domain of Earth Observation in coherence with the European participation to Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and the Copernicus. The rationale behind the program is to face up to the significant number of projects and programmes in different domains of environmental monitoring and Earth Observation, which in the last decades, have generated a substantial amount of data and knowledge on different aspects related to the environmental quality and sustainability. The large amount and the heterogeneity of the collected and archived data make it difficult to share them with stakeholders and policy makers and to support decision making. For these reasons, the projects financed within the ERA-PLANET program have also included activities belonging to the so-called KETs (Key-Enabling Technologies) and oriented to the construction of KOSs (Knowledge Organization Systems) for semantic interoperability.
Furthermore, the domain of environment is receiving great attention from the European Union. The vision of Horizon Europe - the research and innovation framework programme from 2021-2027 - aims at “a sustainable, fair and prosperous future for people and planet” and reserves the 35% of the budgetary target to tackling climate change2. Two of the six clusters belonging to the Pillar 2 “Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness” concern respectively Climate, Energy and Mobility and Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment. Similarly, NextGenerationEU, the “temporary recovery instrument to help repair the immediate economic and social damage brought about by the coronavirus pandemic”3, is oriented to make European societies more sustainable, resilient and better prepared for the challenges of the green and digital transitions.

Considering these premises, we promote a virtual conference to share and exchange experiences and research results on all aspects concerning knowledge organization and management in the environmental and earth observation domain.

We welcome in particular original contributions related but not limited to the following themes:
● Construction and evaluation of new domain KOSs
● Reengineering, enrichment and mapping of existing KOSs
● Application of domain KOSs
● Theoretical, methodological and technological issues related to Knowledge Organization and Management
● Development and application of metadata schemes and standards
● Digital objects preservation solutions
● Big data and artificial intelligence
● Information retrieval and data mining
● Digital libraries and archives
● Domain specific terminological issues
● Semantic interoperability


Virtual Conference Organization

The Virtual Conference is co-organized by the Laboratory of Documentation (LabDoc) belonging to the Department of Education, Culture and Society of the University of Calabria and by the Italian Chapter of the International Society of Knowledge Organization (ISKO).


Call for papers

Important Dates
Extended abstract deadline (500-1200 words, excluding references): May 17 2021 May 24 2021 (Submission closes at Midnight Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12 time zone))
Notice of abstract acceptance for further development: June 7 2021
Virtual Conference: July 15 2021
Full paper/Short paper/Poster submission deadline: September 30, 2021  October 17, 2021
Notice of Full paper/Short paper/Poster acceptance: November 8, 2021  November 21, 2021
Camera-ready submission: November 30, 2021  December 14, 2021 
Publication of conference proceedings: March 2022

Abstract submission guidelines
Extended abstracts must be sent in .doc or .docx format to the following address:
Authors should submit original and unpublished manuscripts that are neither under consideration in any other journal.

Abstract and Full Paper review process
We have planned a two-step review process for full papers, short papers and posters where first 1) abstracts will be reviewed and accepted as either full paper, short paper, or poster for the conference and 2) later accepted for publication when a full, developed version has been submitted. Each abstract will be evaluated by two reviewers through a double-blind peer review process.

Submission types
Full papers: 30-minute presentation
Short papers: 15-minute presentation
Posters: presented at a poster session

Author Guidelines
Format your article according to the template
 Articles should not exceed 13 pages + 2 of references

Publication and Proceedings
Conference proceedings will be published by Ergon-Verlag (, in the series "Advances in Knowledge Organization" (



The conference will be held virtually on the Microsoft Teams Platform.

In order to receive the link to the event, please fill in the following registration form by Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 12 a.m.:

The link to participate will be sent by email  within 24 hours of registration. If you do not receive it, please write to the following address:

The event will be recorded and some photos will be taken. By participating in the conference, you will agree with these indications.


We suggest that all participants access Microsoft Teams by using Google Chrome, as other browsers do not support all the functionalities provided by the platform.

We suggest that authors download the Microsoft Teams app instead of using the web access, in order to dispose of all the necessary functions required for the presentation.


10.00 - 10.40 – Opening of the conference

Welcome by the organizers

Anna Maria De Bartolo, Department of Culture, Education and Society – University of Calabria

Nicola Pirrone, ERA-PLANET Program Coordinator – Research Director CNR – Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research

Claudio Gnoli, ISKO Italian Chapter – University of Pavia

Official opening of the conference

Gilles Ollier, Head of Sector on Earth Observation at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation in Brussels, Belgium

 10.40 - 11.10 – Keynote speaker presentation                 

Rodolfo Maslias - Head of the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament, European Union Terminology, Green Resources and Projects

 11.10 – 12.50 – Session 1

11.10 - 11.30
Exploring semantic connections through a thesaurus in the earth observation domain

Erika Pasceri, Claudia Lanza, Anna Perri


11.30 - 11.50
SnowTerm reloaded: a terminology database on snow and ice

Paolo Plini, Rosamaria Salvatori, Sabina Di Franco


11.50 - 12.10
Crowdsourcing classification and cause-and-effect to power a Citizen Science search-and-innovation engine

Richard Absalom


12.10 - 12.30
Evaluation of LOINC semantic coverage for coding clinical observations related to environmental influenced diseases

           Maria Teresa Chiaravalloti


12.30 - 12.50 – Q&A Session

12.50 -14.30 – Lunch

14.30 - 16.50 – Session 2

14.30 -14.50
An ontology for the representation of Earth Observation data: a step towards semantic interoperability

Giovanna Aracri, Assunta Caruso, Antonietta Folino

14.50 - 15.10

The hydro ontology powering the WMO Hydrological Observing System (WHOS)

Enrico Boldrini, Paolo Mazzetti, Fabrizio Papeschi, Roberto Roncella, Mattia Santoro, Massimiliano Olivieri, Stefano Nativi, Silvano Pecora, Igor Chernov, Claudio Caponi

15.10 - 15.30
From Earth Observation to Human Knowledge: a Generative Semantic Model for wine quality prediction

Claudio De Blasio, Fabrizio Danieli, Daniela Malizia, Herbert Natta, Ludovica Pettorossi


15.30 - 15.50

Analysis, evaluation and comparison of knowledge extraction tools in the Environmental and Health domain. A holistic approach.

Anna Rovella, Alexander Murzaku, Eugenio Cesario, Martin Critelli, Armando Bartucci, Francesca M. C. Messiniti


15.50 - 16.10
Analyzing clinical processes and detecting potential correlation between CKD and air pollution

Erika Pasceri, Anna Perri, Giovanna Aracri, Sergio Cinnirella


16.10 - 16.30
The FITS file format for the long-term preservation of digital objects in the earth observation field

Stefano Allegrezza


16.30 - 16.50 – Q&A Session

16.50 - 17.00 – Closing remarks

Moderator: Emanuele Bompan - Environmental Journalist and Geographer


Scientific Committee

Maria Teresa Biagetti, Sapienza - University of Rome and ISKO Italian Chapter
Carlo Bianchini, University of Pavia and ISKO Italian Chapter
Giuseppe Buizza, ISKO Italian Chapter
Sergio Cinnirella, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution - National Research Council (IIA-CNR)
Béatrice Daille, University of Nantes
Laurence Favier, University of Lille and ISKO French Chapter
Claudio Gnoli, University of Pavia and ISKO Italian Chapter
Roberto Guarasci, University of Calabria
Mauro Guerrini, University of Florence
Marianne Lykke, University of Aalborg and ISO UK Chapter
Paolo Mazzetti, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution - National Research Council (IIA-CNR)
Fulvio Mazzocchi, Institute of Heritage Science - National Research Council (ISPC-CNR) and ISKO Italian Chapter
Widad Mustafa El-Hadi, University of Lille and ISKO French Chapter
Jiri Pika, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and ISKO German Chapter
Nicola Pirrone, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution - National Research Council (IIA-CNR)
Anna Rovella, University of Calabria
Mattia Santoro, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution - National Research Council (IIA-CNR)
Domenico Talia, University of Calabria
Douglas Tudhope, University of South Wales and ISKO UK Chapter
Federico Valacchi, University of Macerata

Organizing Committee

Giovanna Aracri, Institute of Informatics and Telematics - National Research Council (IIT-CNR)
Armando Bartucci, University of Macerata
Susie Caruso, University of Calabria
Martin Critelli, University of Calabria
Antonietta Folino, University of Calabria
Maria Teresa Guaglianone, Institute of Informatics and Telematics - National Research Council (IIT-CNR)
Claudia Lanza, University of Calabria
Erika Pasceri, University of Calabria

Technical support

Antonio Stumpo, Institute of Informatics and Telematics - National Research Council (IIT-CNR)

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