adasal | 1 Aug 10:29 2010

Semantic Research?

Does anyone on the list know about the nature of this research:-
A search engine based on '25 years of cutting edge research from the Indian Institutes of Technology, the University of Delhi, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley'?
It uses an algorithms described this way:
'... distributed electronic semantic intelligence (DESI) algorithms and our word-sense disambiguation extraction technologies can automatically identify the referential "meanings" embedded in various search terms.'
From this description I can't get a handle on what the technology might be that would be different to something obvious, that the referential meanings in search terms would be important in disambiguating them, and using them can form the basis for grouping search results.
This puts the emphasis on the disambiguation of the search terms which is a different strategy to clustering on the basis of what topics returned documents contain.

In short, my question is whether anyone knows of research in this area that might fit the description in quotes?

Adam Saltiel

Alexandre Passant | 1 Aug 11:24 2010

Semantic Web Journal - 2nd CfP: Real-time and Ubiquitous Social Semantics

(Apologises for multiple posting)

### Second Call for Papers Semantic Web Journal Special Issue on 
### Real-time and Ubiquitous Social Semantics

In the past few years, the Web has increasingly shifted from its initial document and librarian paradigm to
an ecology of socially-generated data and services. Websites such as Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare,
etc. emphasise the huge popularity of sharing information in real-time. In addition, the wealth and
breadth of applications that exploit open social networking APIs to provide new services and
functionalities are growing rapidly, enabling new ways to interact and browse this user-generated content.

At the same time, the deployment of network-enabled mobile devices, RFID and sensors, is realising the
ubiquitous nature of social networks. More objects of our everyday life are getting connected to the
Internet to become part of its applications, including the Web and social networking services. We are
only starting to contemplate the potential of a wide Internet of things, but it is certain that in that new
augmentation of our reality, the Semantic Web will be one of the cornerstones of interoperability.

Advances in the Semantic Web and Linked Data realms offer new capabilities for such paradigms, ranging
from data integration to knowledge representation for such social data, objects, and service
descriptions. However, many challenges remain to be addressed such as scalability, reasoning in
dynamic contexts, quality and provenance, privacy and security, multi-modal accesses, context
capture and awareness, etc. Nevertheless, Semantic Web frameworks provide the means to support the
architecture of such real-time social and ubiquitous platforms.

In this special issue, we seek contributions that tackle the issues of real-time and ubiquitous Social
Semantics. In particular, we expect contributions addressing the following topics:

* From raw social data to semantic data
- semantic grounding of raw social data
- generation and aggregation of social semantics
- ontologies and data models for social data representation and analysis
- real-time semantic mining and analysis of social data
- trends and dynamics in social semantic web
- capturing and representing context in social networking

* Ubiquitous Web and social semantics
- integration of virtual and physical worlds
- integration tools, technologies, and platforms
- privacy, ethics, and confidentiality
- presence tracking and semantic augmentation
- semantic sensors and RFID

* social semantics on mobile devices
- Real-time querying frameworks and languages for social data
- stream querying and reasoning on social data
- location or time based reasoning, context based reasoning
- querying volatile, moving and dynamic networks and data sources
- dynamics, changesets and push-based notifications
- scalability, approximate reasoning and querying in social applications
- provenance and quality for querying social data

We solicit high-quality contributions addressing one or more of the aforementioned topics. Submissions
should clearly address how they relate to the topic of this special issue (more than "potential"
use-cases) and how the contribution enhances the state of the art in its particular domain. We especially
welcome papers dealing with real data, description of deployed systems, and discussions on related
experiments and methodology.

Papers must be submitted using the journal guidelines available at Upon submission on mstracker, the authors should
mention "Social Semantics Special Issue" in the cover letter of their article. In addition, authors must
keep in mind that the journal relies on an open and transparent review process and that their paper(s) will
be available online during the review process. We suggest the authors to carefully check details of the
review process at

### Important dates

- Submissions: 12th of September
- Reviews due: 31st of October
- Camera-ready version: 28th of November
- Online Publication: February 2011
- Printed Publication: March 2011

### Guest Editors

- Alexandre Passant - DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland - - alexandre.passant@...
- Fabien Gandon, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France - - Fabien.Gandon@...
- Harith Alani - KMI, The Open University, UK - - h.alani@...

## Online version of the CfP at

Dr. Alexandre Passant
Digital Enterprise Research Institute
National University of Ireland, Galway
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valentina presutti | 1 Aug 23:15 2010

WOP2010 2nd Call for papers and posters - ISWC 2010 Workshop on Ontology Patterns

WOP2010 2nd Call for papers and posters - ISWC 2010 Workshop on Ontology Patterns

=== Apologies for multiple postings ===

             Call for Papers and Posters/Demos
       2nd Workshop on Ontology Patterns (WOP2010)                                  

                           November 8th, 2010
 Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China

Submission deadline - August 20, 2010 (11:59pm Hawaii time)
This workshop provides an arena for proposing and discussing ontology patterns, solutions to relevant
problems of research and practice in the Semantic Web. 
The aim is to broaden the pattern community that will develop its own “language” for discussing and
describing ontology patterns. 
The workshop will be held in conjunction with ISWC2010 on November 8th, 2010. 
It will be a full-day workshop consisting of three parts; papers, posters/demos, and “pattern
writing” sessions. 

---- Research papers and posters Topics  -----

The main aim of the workshop is to discuss and collect solutions to recurrent problems i.e. ontology
that matter to researchers and practitioners of the Semantic Web field, and that impact on ontology design
and engineering. 
Original research papers and poster papers are invited to consider the following (non exhaustive) list of topics:

Ontology Design Patterns (ODPs) and pattern-based ontology design
ODPs for specific knowledge domains e.g. multimedia, fishery and agriculture, user profiling, business
modeling, etc.
Anti-patterns and their relations to ODPs
ODPs for interacting with data
ODPs for expressing relevance of data in context
Collaborative ontology design and collaboration patterns in ontology design and engineering
Correspondence patterns for ontology matching and integration
Lexico-syntactic patterns
Reasoning patterns (workflows made of reasoning steps for addressing specific goals)
Processes and services - process patterns
Re-engineering patterns for conceptual models, folksonomies, lexicons, thesauri
Problem solving methods and patterns

Ontology Design Patterns and Linked Data
Ontology Patterns and Microformats
Patterns for using different vocabularies together e.g. FOAF, SIOC, DC, etc.
Web semantics from a pattern perspective

Good practices of ontology design
Good practices for Linked Data and related applications
Good practices for hybridization of semantic web and NLP techniques
Good Practices and Patterns of semantic social networks, semantic wikis, semantic blogs
Good Practices of Semantic Web in general

Software patterns for Semantic Web applications
Interaction patterns and the Semantic Web
Pattern-based methodologies for Semantic Web ontologies and software engineering
Application Profiles
Domain specific applications based on patterns and success-stories
Pattern-based ontologies

Tools support for pattern-based knowledge engineering
Pattern-based ontology evaluation and selection
Automatic ontology construction (ontology learning) based on patterns
Contextual reasoning and patterns as context
Knowledge patterns and knowledge re-engineering based on patterns
Pattern-based information extraction

Quality evaluation of patterns
Benefits of ontology patterns and knowledge patterns

---- Submissions -----

Submission instructions at

---- Important Dates ----

•    Submission deadline - August 20
•    Notification of acceptance - September 10
•    Workshop date - November 8

---- WOP2010 Chairs ----

Papers, posters and demos – Valentina Presutti, STLab ISTC-CNR(IT) and Vinay K. Chaudhri, SRI
International (US)
Patterns - Eva Blomqvist, STLab ISTC-CNR(IT) and Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)

Steering Committee

Eva Blomqvist, STLab ISTC-CNR (IT)
Aldo Gangemi, STLab ISTC-CNR (IT)
Natasha Noy, Stanford University (US)
Valentina Presutti, STLab ISTC-CNR (IT)
Alan Rector, University of Manchester (UK)
Francois Scharffe, INRIA (FR)
Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz(DE)
Chris Welty, IBM Research (US)

KANZAKI Masahide | 2 Aug 10:17 2010

NDLSH (National Diet Library Subject Headings) as Linked Data


I forgot to announce that National Diet Library of Japan started to
provide its subject headings as Linked Data (Web NDLSH). The service
URI is . This URI also serves as a
SPARQL endpoint. It contains about 1.3M triples for 100 thousands

The subject heading URI (NDLSH-URI) is the service URI plus slash and
subject heading ID (NDLSH-ID). For example, the NDLSH-ID for "Semantic
Web" is 01017771, thus is its

Web NDLSH accepts preferred label instead of NDLSH-ID as the local
part of the URI. For example,セマンティックウェブ (Japanese for Semantic Web)
is owl:sameAs the previous one.

By dereferencing this URI, you'll get an HTML document or an RDF
description, depending on the accept header of your user agent. If you
add an extension e.g. ".html" or ".rdf" or ".ttl", a document with
according format will be returned.

Note this means an NDLSH is an information resource, not directly
denoting a real world entity, just like a Subject Indicator of Topic
Maps is.



 <at> prefix : <> . <> :from [:name
"KANZAKI Masahide"; :nick "masaka"; :email "mkanzaki <at>"].

Sergio Fernández | 2 Aug 10:35 2010

2nd CfP: 3rd International Workshop on Social Data on the Web (SDoW2010), co-located with ISWC2010

Apologies for cross-postings. Please forward to interested colleagues
and mailing lists.

                    CALL FOR PAPERS: SDoW2010


                     3rd International Workshop on
                Social Data on the Web (SDoW2010)

                        November 8, 2010

                   co-located with ISWC 2010
                        Shanghai (China)

               Paper submission: August 27, 2010



The 3rd international workshop Social Data on the Web (SDoW2010),
co-located with the 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2010).
aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners involved
in semantically-enhancing social media websites, as well as academics
researching more formal aspect of these interactions between the Semantic
Web and Social Web.

Important dates
* Submission deadline:  Aug 27, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: Sep 17, 2010
* Camera-ready paper submission: Oct 19, 2010
* Camera-ready proceedings: Oct 15, 2010
* Workshop: Nov 08, 2010

It is now widely agreed that the Semantic Web and the Social Web can benefit
from each other. On the one hand, the speed at which data is being created
on the Social Web is growing at exponential rate, as it offers users a variety
of applications for rapidly publishing and disseminating information to a
community of interest: blogs, wikis, microblogging, status notification, etc.
On the other hand, the Semantic Web plays a crucial role in the management of
all this networked knowledge, providing new ways to share and co-operate on
the Web using formal semantics. However, while both can be efficiently combined
to take into account the social aspect and the semantics of this data, there
are still a variety of important issues and research questions that must be
considered regarding data that arises from social interactions, such as
scalability, reasoning, privacy, context-awareness, security, etc.

Following the success of SDoW2008 and SDoW2009, this workshop aims to discuss
techniques, methods and applications that are appearing and that are required
to manage the data from the Social Web using semantic technologies, taking into
account social relations, information overload, aggregations and summaries,
trust and privacy, and other related research topics.

Topics of interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Applications and tools using Social Semantic Web technologies
* Creating RDF-based knowledge using social media services
* Data Portability and Social Network Portability
* Emerging semantic platforms for the Social Web
* Enriching Social Web with semantic data - RDFa, microformats and
  other approaches
* Linked Data on the Social Web - providing linked data from social
  media sites
* Mining and analysis of Social Data
* Ontologies for the Social Web - developing, using and extending
  lightweight ontologies/vocabularies for social media sites
* Querying and mining social semantic data
* Policies, authentication, security, and trust within collaborative
* Producing Semantic Web data from social software applications
* Reasoning for Social Web applications
* Semantic blogging, wikis and social networks
* Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC)
* Social and semantic bookmarking, tagging and annotation
* Using Semantic Web technologies for Social Data integration

The following types of contributions are welcomed:

* Full technical papers, up to 12 pages.
* Short technical papers and position papers, up to 6 pages.
* Posters and Demos, 2-3 pages with a description of the
  application, ideally accompanied with a link to an online demo.

Workshop Chairs
* Alexandre Passant, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
* John Breslin, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
* Sergio Fernández, Fundación CTIC, Spain
* Uldis Bojārs, University of Latvia, Latvia

Program Committee
* Alessandra Toninelli, INRIA, France
* Axel Ngonga, Universität Leipzig, Germany
* Dan Brickley, FOAF project & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Daniel Schwabe, PUC Rio, Brasil
* Diego Berrueta, Fundación CTIC, Spain
* Emanuele Della Valle, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
* Fabien Gandon, INRIA, France
* Gunnar Aastrand Grimnes, DFKI Knowledge Management Lab, Germany
* Harry Halpin, University of Edinburgh, UK
* Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
* Jose E. Labra, University of Oviedo, Spain
* Knud Möller, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
* Libby Miller, BBC, UK
* Marta Sabou, MODUL University Vienna, UK
* Matthew Rowe, Univ. Of Sheffield, UK
* Michael Hausenblas, DERI, NUI Galway Ireland
* Olaf Hartig, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
* Pablo Mendes, Kno.e.sis, Wright State University, USA
* Philipp Kaerger, L3S, Germany
* Richard Cyganiak, DERI, NUI Galway Ireland
* Sebastian Tramp, Universität Leipzig, Germany
* Sheila Kinsella, DERI, NUI Galway
* Sofia Angeletou, KMi, The Open University, UK
* Steve Harris, Garlik, UK
* Yves Raimond, BBC, UK
* Zhongli Ding, Google, USA

Sergio Fernández
CTIC - Technological Center
Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Gijón
C/ Ada Byron, 39 Edificio Centros Tecnológicos
33203 Gijón - Asturias - Spain
Tel.: +34 984 29 12 12
Fax: +34 984 39 06 12
E-mail: sergio.fernandez@...
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Norbert E. Fuchs | 2 Aug 15:53 2010

2nd Workshop on Controlled Natural Languages CNL 2010: Final Call for Participation

Final Call for Participation

CNL 2010
2nd Workshop on Controlled Natural Languages

Marettimo Island, Sicily (Italy)
13-15 September 2010

Controlled natural languages (CNLs) are subsets of natural languages, obtained by restricting the
grammar and vocabulary in order to reduce or eliminate ambiguity and complexity. Traditionally,
controlled languages fall into two major types: those that improve readability for human readers (e.g.
non-native speakers), and those that enable reliable automatic semantic analysis of the language.

The workshop will be informal with plenty of time for presentations and discussions. To ensure the
informal atmosphere the number of participants will be limited.


A full programme ( of refereed papers and invited
tutorial presentations is now online. Details are available on the conference website.


The workshop will take place on the Italian island Marettimo at the Marettimo Residence
( This consists of a set of two-storey houses set
within a beautiful garden. On top of the garden of the residence there is a large lecture hall with wireless internet.

Marettimo is the outermost of the Egadian Islands to the west of Sicily, and is easily reached from the
airports of Palermo and Trapani. Marettimo offers the simple and relaxed life of southern Italy,
unspoilt landscape, stupendous views, hiking, swimming, diving, boat trips, and excursions on
donkeys. There are several restaurants and bars, and some shops. What the island does not offer: traffic -
there are practically no roads - fancy shops and restaurants, night life, and sandy beaches.


The Marettimo Residence ( offers one- and two-bedroom
apartments with fully equipped kitchens. A number of apartments for the participants of CNL 2010 will be
reserved until 15 July 2010 at a price 10% below the regular price. Participants should get into direct
contact with the Marettimo Residence to organise their accommodation, citing "CNL 2010" and the names of
the organisers when claiming the reduced price. Please indicate the length of your stay – perhaps you
want to bring your family for additional days of vacation – and whether you would like to share your
apartment with another participant of CNL 2010. The Marettimo Residence can also organise your
transfers from and to the airports of Palermo or Trapani.


There is no registration fee for CNL 2010.

Participants should contact the Marettimo Residence for accommodation until 15 July 2010. Alternative
accommodations on Marettimo can be found via the internet, for instance by googling for "case vacanze Marettimo".

Once your accommodation is confirmed, please send the registration form
( ) to the organisers.


A workshop dinner will be arranged during the workshop, and will be paid individually by the participants.


Michael Rosner (University of Malta) mike.rosner <at>
Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland) fuchs <at>

Pavel Shvaiko | 2 Aug 18:00 2010

3rd CFP: ISWC'10 workshop on Ontology Matching (OM-2010)

Apologies for cross-postings
                             CALL FOR PAPERS

                   The Fifth International Workshop on
                            ONTOLOGY MATCHING
      November 7, 2010, ISWC'10 Workshop Program, Shanghai, China

Ontology matching is a key interoperability enabler for the Semantic Web,
as well as a useful tactic in some classical data integration tasks.
It takes the ontologies as input and determines as output an alignment,
that is, a set of correspondences between the semantically
related entities of those ontologies. These correspondences can be used
for various tasks, such as ontology merging and data translation.
Thus, matching ontologies enables the knowledge and data expressed
in the matched ontologies to interoperate.
The workshop has two goals:
1. To bring together leaders from academia, industry and user institutions
to assess how academic advances are addressing real-world requirements.
The workshop will strive to improve academic awareness of industrial
and final user needs, and therefore direct research towards those needs.
Simultaneously, the workshop will serve to inform industry and user
representatives about existing research efforts that may meet their
requirements. The workshop will also investigate how the ontology
matching technology is going to evolve.
2. To conduct an extensive and rigorous evaluation of ontology matching
approaches through the OAEI (Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative)
2010 campaign:
The particular focus of this year's OAEI campaign is on real-world
specific matching tasks involving, e.g., biomedical ontologies and
linked data. Therefore, the ontology matching evaluation initiative
itself will provide a solid ground for discussion of how well
the current approaches are meeting business needs.

TOPICS of interest include but are not limited to:
    Business and use cases for matching (e.g., open linked data);
    Requirements to matching from specific domains;
    Application of matching techniques in real-world scenarios;
    Formal foundations and frameworks for ontology matching;
    Ontology matching patterns;
    Instance matching;
    Large-scale ontology matching evaluation;
    Performance of matching techniques;
    Matcher selection and self-configuration;
    Uncertainty in ontology matching;
    User involvement (including both technical and organizational aspects);
    Explanations in matching;
    Social and collaborative matching;
    Alignment management;
    Reasoning with alignments;
    Matching for traditional applications (e.g., information integration);
    Matching for dynamic applications (e.g., search, web-services).

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of technical papers and
posters/statements of interest addressing different issues of ontology matching
as well as participating in the OAEI 2010 campaign. Technical papers should
be not longer than 12 pages using the LNCS Style:
Posters/statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages and
should be handled according to the guidelines for technical papers.
All contributions should be prepared in PDF format and should be submitted
through the workshop submission site at:
Contributors to the OAEI 2010 campaign have to follow the campaign conditions
and schedule at

September 1, 2010: Deadline for the submission of papers.
September 27, 2010: Deadline for the notification of acceptance/rejection.
October 12, 2010: Workshop camera ready copy submission.
November 7, 2010: OM-2010, Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China

1. Pavel Shvaiko (Main contact)
TasLab, Informatica Trentina SpA, Italy
2. Jérôme Euzenat
INRIA & LIG, France
3. Fausto Giunchiglia
University of Trento, Italy
4. Heiner Stuckenschmidt
University of Mannheim, Germany
5. Ming Mao
6. Isabel Cruz
The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Paolo Besana, Universite de Rennes 1, France
Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, USA
Marco Combetto, Informatica Trentina, Italy
Jérôme David, INRIA & LIG, France
AnHai Doan, University of Wisconsin and Kosmix Corp., USA
Alfio Ferrara, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Tom Heath, Talis, UK
Wei Hu, Nanjing University, China
Ryutaro Ichise, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Krzysztof Janowicz, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Bin He, IBM, USA
Yannis Kalfoglou, Ricoh Europe plc, UK
Monika Lanzenberger, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Patrick Lambrix, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
Maurizio Lenzerini, University of Rome - Sapienza, Italy
Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, China
Augusto Mabboni, Business Process Engineering, Italy
Vincenzo Maltese, University of Trento, Italy
Fiona McNeill, University of Edinburgh, UK
Christian Meilicke, University of Mannheim, Germany
Luca Mion, Informatica Trentina, Italy
Peter Mork, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Filippo Nardelli, Cogito, Italy
Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA
Leo Obrst, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Yefei Peng, Yahoo Labs, USA
Erhard Rahm, University of Leipzig, Germany
François Scharffe, INRIA, France
Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (IRST), Italy
Kavitha Srinivas, IBM, USA
Umberto Straccia, ISTI-C.N.R., Italy
Andrei Tamilin, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (IRST), Italy
Cassia Trojahn dos Santos, INRIA, France
Lorenzino Vaccari, EC DG Environment, Italy
Ludger van Elst, DFKI, Germany
Yannis Velegrakis, University of Trento, Italy
Shenghui Wang, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Italy
Baoshi Yan, Bosch Research, USA
Rui Zhang, Jilin University, China
Songmao Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
More about ontology matching:

Best Regards,
Pavel Shvaiko, PhD
Innovation and Research Project Manager
TasLab, Informatica Trentina SpA, Italy
Diego Calvanese | 3 Aug 10:50 2010

In Bressanone (Italy) - 6th Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Perspectives (SWAP2010) - 2nd Call for Papers

Apologies for multiple copies.

                          CALL FOR PAPERS

     6th Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Perspectives
                             SWAP 2010
                      Bressanone-Brixen, Italy
                       September 21-22, 2010

               Organized by the KRDB Research Centre
                  Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Collocated with the 4th Int. Conf. on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems

     ****  SUBMIT YOUR MOST INTERESTING 2009-2010 PAPER!!  ****
     ****                        AND                       ****

The Semantic Web is currently one of the most interesting and
ambitious challenges that the scientific and technological community
is facing. While great progresses have been made in terms of
consolidation of base philosophy and infrastructure, new issues,
technologies, and tools are emerging.

These issues include creating, presenting and managing Semantic Web
content, making semantics explicit in order to automatically integrate
data from different sources, and to search for information based on
its meaning rather than its syntactic form.

New and advanced methods, models, tools, and technologies for services
related to creation, access, retrieval, integration, and filtering of
Web content are being developed at the intersection of relevant
disciplines that are making the Semantic Web fly, such as Artificial
Intelligence, Databases and Information Systems, Distributed
Computing, Multimedia Systems, Natural Language Processing,
Human-Computer Interaction, Social Networks, and Web Science.

Applications that use Semantic Web technologies and succeed in
leveraging the added value of semantics on the Web are emerging.
However, designing and building them is still a challenge due to the
rapid evolution of standards, technologies, and tools, and the need
for well-established methodologies.  This happens in the context of a
widespread interest in semantic techniques for web data access and
integration, e.g. for linked open data, microformats, and social

SWAP 2010 aims at being a relaxed meeting for brainstorming and
debating among international researchers and developers on the
Semantic Web, with a special focus on aspects which can enable
wide-scale use of Semantic Web technologies.  See below for a detailed
list of topics.


The workshop aims at attracting researchers, developers and interested
practitioners alike.  The setting for the workshop is highly
interactive, and presentations are expected to focus on practical
issues and the underlying theoretical aspects and open problems,
reporting both on learned experiences and on ongoing work.  The
presentation language is English.


Submission requirements

We encourage submissions from researchers and practitioners in
academia, industry, government, and consulting.  Submitted manuscripts
may describe either:
* original research, or work in progress that is sufficiently mature
  to be presented to the Semantic Web community at large;
* work that is of high relevance for the Semantic Web community and
  that has already been published or accepted recently (i.e., in 2009
  or 2010) at a highly ranked conference in the Semantic Web area
  (ISWC, ESWC) or in related areas (e.g., KR, IJCAI, AAAI, PODS,
  SIGMOD, VLDB, ...);
* a position statement on one or more aspects of relevance for the
  Semantic Web.

We especially welcome what the authors consider as their recent most
important contribution to Semantic Web research, whether original,
work in progress, or already accepted or published.

Authors should clearly indicate on the cover page to which of the
above categories (original, work in progress, accepted, published, or
position paper) their submission belongs.  For already published or
accepted papers they should indicate also the publication venue and

Papers will be reviewed by the PC co-chairs and the members of the
SWAP steering committee, to judge relevance to SWAP and potential
interest for the Semantic Web community.  Based on the evaluation,
papers will be accepted either for oral presentation, or for poster
presentation. Submissions that are not relevant to SWAP 2010 will be

Accepted contributions will be distributed in electronic format at the
workshop.  After the workshop, selected contributions will undergo a
further critical reviewing process and, if accepted, will be published
online in a volume of post-workshop proceedings of the CEUR Workshop
Proceedings series, ISSN 1613-0073,

Papers must be submitted electronically at the conference website
using the EasyChair submission system.  Manuscripts should be in pdf
and formatted according to the Springer LNCS style.  Information
concerning typesetting can be obtained directly from Springer at:
The maximum length of submissions is 16 pages for regular papers
(original, work in progress, accepted, or published), and 2 pages for
positions papers.

Important dates:
- Sep.  1, 2010  Paper submission deadline
- Sep.  9, 2010  Author notification
- Sep. 15, 2010  Final version due
- Sep. 21-22, 2010  SWAP 2010 Workshop


The workshop will cover both theoretical and implementation issues
that relate to Semantic Web applications.  The following is a partial
list of topics of interests:

 * Applications of Semantic Web technologies, such as:
    - Semantic Web in life sciences and e-science
    - Semantic Web for e-business
    - Semantic Web for e-government
    - Semantic Web for e-learning
    - Semantic Web for P2P systems and grids
    - Semantic Web and multimedia
    - Novel Semantic Web applications
    - Presentation and discussions of application scenarios
 * Representation and Management of Semantic Web data
    - Methodologies for Semantic Web data management
    - Tools for Semantic Web data management
    - Robust, scalable knowledge management and reasoning on the Web
    - Data semantics and linked data
    - Searching and querying Semantic Web data
    - Machine learning and information extraction on the Semantic Web
    - Large-scale knowledge management
    - Semantic coordination, integration, matching, interoperability
    - Semantic Web mining
    - Semantic information retrieval
    - Semantic wikis
    - Semantic Web middleware
    - Systems of annotation extraction
 * Ontologies and Languages in the Semantic Web
    - Ontology design, extraction, and evolution
    - Ontology mapping, merging, and alignment
    - Reasoning over ontologies and data
    - Linked data and microformats
    - New languages for the Semantic Web
    - Web 2.0-based ontology learning
    - Semantic Web services
 * User Interfaces to the Semantic Web
    - Visualizing Semantic Web data
    - Natural language technologies for the Semantic Web
    - Assistive technologies and the Semantic Web
    - Web 2.0 personalization
    - Web 2.0 technologies for recommender systems
 * Social Semantic Web
    - Social networks on the Semantic Web
    - Semantic Portals
    - Semantic Web technology for collaboration and cooperation
    - Semantic Web personalization
    - Semantic Web trust, privacy, security, and intellectual
      property rights
    - Analysis of social online communities
    - Social aspects of distributed cooperative annotation
 * Semantic Web Agents
 * Evaluation and benchmarking of Semantic Web techniques and tools


- Paolo Traverso, University of Trento (general chair)
- Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (PC co-chair)
- Giovanni Semeraro, University of Bari (PC co-chair)
- Mariano Rodriguez-Muro, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
 (local arrangements)

SWAP Steering Committee:
- Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento
- Oreste Signore, W3C Office in Italy/CNR
- Heiko Stoermer, FBK, Trento, Italy
- Giovanni Tummarello, FBK Trento, Italy & DERI Galway, Ireland

See for previous editions of SWAP.

Contact chairs by email at swap2010-chairs <at>

HR | 3 Aug 11:07 2010

Open position: PhD student in EU projects PeerAssist and PlanetData

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PhD student in EU projects PeerAssist and PlanetData

The Semantic Technology Institute (STI) Innsbruck (, formerly known as DERI Innsbruck, was founded in 2002 and has developed into a challenging and dynamic research institute of approximately 40 people. STI Innsbruck collaborates with an international network of institutes in Asia, Europe and the USA, as well as with global industrial partners.

Our major objective is to establish Semantic technologies as a core pillar of modern Computer Science, thereby providing interoperability and scalability for Semantically Enabled Service Orientated Architectures.

STI Innsbruck is currently seeking candidates for the position of a PhD student.

We offer:

  • The stimulating environment of a leading research institute in the fields of Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures and formal languages and reasoning.

  • Long-term collaboration to well-known academic institutions and major companies around the world.

  • A multicultural working place with state-of-the-art infrastructure and resources including funding for attending international conferences, PhD symposia, summer schools, etc.

 We expect:

  • A strong background in Computer Science or Information Technologies and focused research interest and expertise in at least one of the following areas: knowledge representation, ontology engineering, semantic technologies, social networks and web communities research, mobile and RFID-enabled services, information retrieval methods, reasoning, formal languages, data mining, visualization techniques, human-computer interaction.

  • A formal degree and interest required for pursuing a PhD at the University of Innsbruck.

  • Interest in working for the EU projects PeerAssist and PlanetData.


The main objectives of the PeerAssist project are the conceptualization, design, implementation and demonstration of a flexible Peer-to-Peer (P2P) platform, which will allow elderly people (not necessarily familiar with ICT technologies) to build virtual communities dynamically based on interests and needs they share. The PeerAssist platform will facilitate establishing on demand ad-hoc communities with friends, family, neighbors, caregivers, facilitators, care providers, etc., based on shared interests and communication needs. The community building and the P2P interaction will be achieved using information extracted from peer roles, profiles and user modeling, context that describes the overall user environment, and the specific request initiated, or service provided, by a peer, all of which are represented semantically in a machine understandable form. 


PlanetData ( is an EU Network of Excellence coordinated by STI Innsbruck. Its main aim is to establish an interdisciplinary, sustainable European community of researchers, helping organizations to expose their data on the Web in a useful way. PlanetData will push forward the state-of-the-art in large-scale data management and its application to the creation of useful, open data sets.


The projects’ consortia are interdisciplinary team of engineers and researchers in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Web Science and Knowledge Management from all over Europe of industrial and academic organizations. The contribution of STI Innsbruck is on semantic technologies for context-aware knowledge representation, capturing and processing of the information arriving from sensors, as well as on the design, prototyping and end-user evaluation of novel mobile and augmented reality services that comprise information about the communities and social networks. As part of the projects, the candidate will be also involved in community building, workshop and symposium organization, contributing to roadmaps and white papers, as well as supporting the provision of semantic and service infrastructures to the wider research community.


The projects will run for 24 (PeerAssist) and 48 (PlanetData) months, while starting in September-October 2010.


We kindly invite you to submit your application to Please include a current resume, a list of publications (if applicable), and digital versions of your most relevant works (such as graduation thesis or latest publications).


In case of further questions regarding this position please contact Dr. Anna Fensel (



Lejla Ibralic Halilovic | 3 Aug 17:04 2010

ESTC2010: Invitation to the Innovation Seed Camp

4th European Semantic Technology Conference 2010

December 2-3, 2010

Vienna, Austria



The 4th European Semantic Technology Conference - ESTC2010 - will be
organized in Vienna, Austria for the fourth time in a row.
The aim of the conference is to bring together the world's leading thinkers,
innovators, developers, engineers, and senior practitioners responsible for
information technology to learn about how to integrate this advanced
technology into their current systems.
The ESTC2010 program will consist of several interesting workshops, keynotes
by prominent international experts, round tables and the innovation seed


After the successful initiation of the Innovation Seed Camp last year (based
on the previous ESTC business idea competitions), ESTC2010 will continue
this tradition, offering those with innovative business ideas involving the
use of semantics or Internet technology the chance to reach out to the
exploitation network of experts and investors.
The innovation seed camp will be organized as a full day workshop, starting
with elevator pitches of the best submitted ideas, continuing with private
expert mentoring sessions for participants with investors and VCs, and
conclude with an investors forum.


Don't miss your chance to present your application idea of Semantics or
Internet technology to the panel of investors - best ideas will be awarded a
prize! Submission deadline is October 11, 2010.

Submit your idea here:


We invite experts, VCs and investors to apply to act as mentors for the ESTC
Innovation Seed Camp. Your role will be to evaluate new business ideas and
to discuss with and support new up-and-coming entrepreneurs. You will gain
access to all submission data and will be able to participate in the
evaluation process as well as in the Seed Camp itself.
Take this opportunity to discover up-and-coming innovations, entrepreneurs
and start-up companies for your future investments!

If you are interested to join in as mentor, please send an email to
seedcamp <at>


The ESTC2010 will take place in the Imperial Riding School Vienna, a
Renaissance Hotel (Marriott Group) in the 3rd Vienna district.

For more information about the venue and how to get there, please visit:

The ESTC2010 participants can book their accommodation at a special group
price. For more information about the accommodation and the special
discount, please visit:


ACTIVE - A consortium of twelve partner organisations from seven different
European countries, co-ordinated by British Telecommunications, which aims
to increase the productivity of knowledge workers in a pro-active,
contextualised, yet easy and unobtrusive way.

AVCO - The Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Organisation

AWS - The Austrian National Promotion Bank

BMVIT - Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology

FFG - The Austrian Research Promotion Agency

OCG - The Austrian Computer Society

KiWi - Knowledge in a Wiki is a service-oriented platform for building
Social Media applications augmented by semantic technologies

seekda GmbH - Based upon recent research results from the World Wide Web,
seekda is developing high-end industry solutions for e-Tourism.


For more information please visit the conference website
( or contact:

STI International
Lejla Ibralic Halilovic
lejla.ibralic-halilovic <at>
phone: +43 1 23 64 002
fax: +43 1 23 64 002-99