Lyne Da Sylva

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Lyne Da Sylva


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I have a multidisciplinary background (in Mathematics, Computer Science, Linguistics and Computational Linguistics). I am now Associate Professor at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information (i.e. the School of Library and Information Science), at the Université de Montréal. Prior to this, I spent several years doing research and development work in natural language processing (syntactic analysis, grammar checking and machine translation). My teaching now includes indexing and abstracting (both manual and automated), thesaurus construction, computer-assisted document management, semiotics of information systems, and digital libraries.
My research focuses on the automation of indexing and abstracting, through the use of natural language processing (NLP) techniques (especially automatic back-of-the-book indexing). I am also active in the field of digital libraries (which include digital library, archival and museum collections), interested particularly in metadata creation and management, as well as recent technological trends such as the semantic web and LOD. I have published a book chapter of the use of NLP in digital libraries (

Interest in LODLAM

I would like to get to know the community of people working to integrate LOD into archives, libraries and museums. I already have contacts with researchers on this topic, but would like to get a feel for what practitioners are doing, what the latest projects are, locally as well as abroad. This seems like the ideal place to do that. Also, I am trying to strengthen the group I am currently building which is interested in different aspects of digital libraries, and again this seems like a great opportunity to do this.


Library, Archive, Academic, Research

Linked Open Data Projects

I am currently awaiting results on my application for a research grant aimed at enriching information retrieval results from a digital library by using LOD. It will involve mining the documents of the digital library and supplementing it with related information taken from LOD. The digital library in question is a bibliographic database of scientific and cultural journals. The main goal of the project is to show how LOD can be coupled with an existing digital collection to enable search within it as well as support discovery outside of it. I am the main investigator for this project and I have three co-investigators, one of whom is active in the semantic web community. My interests lie mainly in applying NLP technology to extract and manage metadata for digital libraries. Last year, I organized a 3-day workshop in digital libraries ( which included a talk on integrating LOD into digital libraries.


EBSI, Université de Montréal