During this 2012 edition of the Symposium on Document Engineering, we have the pleasure to welcome the following keynote speakers who will present their work on documents.

Bruno Bachimont

Document and Archive: Editing the Past

Document engineering has a difficult task: to propose tools and methods to manipulate contents and make sense of them. This task is still harder when dealing with archive, insofar as document engineering has not only to provide tools for expressing sense but above all tools and methods to keep contents accessible in their integrity and intelligible according to their meaning. However, these objectives may be contradictory: access implies to transform contents to make them accessible through networks, tools and devices. Intelligibility may imply to adapt contents to the current state of knowledge and capacity of understanding. But, by doing that, can we still speak of authenticity, integrity, or even the identity of documents?
Document engineering has provided powerful means to express meaning and to turn an intention into a semiotic expression. Document repurposing has become a usual way for exploiting libraries, archives, etc. By enabling to reuse a specific part of a given content, repurposing techniques allow to entirely renegotiate the meaning of this part by changing its context, its interactivity, in short the way people can consider this piece of content and interpret it.
Put in this way, there could be an antinomy between archiving and document engineering. However, transforming document, editing content is an efficient way to keep them alive and compelling for people. Preserving contents does not consist in simply storing them but in actively transforming them to adapt them technically and keep them intelligible. Editing the past is then a new challenge, merging a content deontology with a document technology.
This challenge implies to redefine some classical notions as authenticity and highlight the needs for new concepts and methods. Especially in a digital world, documents are permanently reconfigured by technical tools that produce variants, similar contents calling into question the usual definition the identity of documents. Editing the past calls for a new critics of variants.


Bruno Bachimont is Professor at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne where he teaches computer science, logics and philosophy. More precisely, he is Head of research of UTC since 2006. A graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Prof. Bachimont received a PhD in Computer Science from the Paris 6 University in 1990 as well as a PhD in Philosophy from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1996.
Prof. Bachimont has published widely in the fields of artificial intelligence, knowledge-based systems, indexation, and document engineering and is the author of “knowledge and content engineering: Documents and ontologies” (in french, Paris: Hermès, 2007) and of « Le sens de la technique: le numérique et le calcul » (in french, Paris : Les Belles Lettres, 2010).
Prof. Bachimont is currently involved in projects related to digital preservation, audiovisual/multimedia indexing, using formalisms and theories drawn from the knowledge representation paradigm (ontologies, conceptual graphs, logic), the document paradigm and the audiovisual world. The projects are undertaken within a general conceptual framework on the philosophy of knowledge and technology to explore the mutual influence of mind and the digital.

 Thierry Delprat

Content and document based approach for digital productivity applications

In today’s world most of the data produced and consumed by employees is content. In this talk, we will present our approach to create and deploy content and document based applications to improve business processes and user experience.


Thierry Delprat joined Nuxeo in 2005 as Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, he guides the architectural development of Nuxeo Enterprise Content Management including the adoption of Java as the platform for innovation. 
Prior to joining Nuxeo, Thierry Delprat worked for over 7 years at Unilog, with progressively senior experience across different branches of the consulting company. Thierry was also a technical architect at Cryo-Networks (infrastructure for online games), and has participated in start-up companies. 
Thierry Delprat graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and holds a Master of Telecommunications.