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Protege-OWL Short Course: Early Bird Rates Expire Tomorrow!

Early bird rates for the Protege-OWL Short Course expire tomorrow (Wednesday, May 2nd) at midnight!

The course provides an in-depth introduction to ontology engineering and the Web Ontology Language (OWL). We cover best practices in ontology building and the latest Semantic Web technologies, including OWL 2, RDF, SPARQL, and SWRL.

During the hands-on portion of the course, participants will learn how to navigate the latest version of the Protege tool set, which supports the full OWL 2 standard. Protege is the most popular and widely used ontology editor, employed in projects by organizations such as the
World Health Organization, eBay, and Yahoo!.

- Dates & location: May 30 - June 1, 2012, Stanford University
- Course content: http://goo.gl/wC7IU
- Course schedule: http://goo.gl/JPP1o
- Online registration: http://goo.gl/uiRxu
- Facebook event page: http://goo.gl/tp3WQ

All portions of the course will be taught by members of the Protege staff:

Matthew Horridge
Natasha Noy
Martin O'Connor
Timothy Redmond
Samson Tu
Tania Tudorache
Jennifer Vendetti

Questions? Contact protege-shortcourse at lists.stanford.edu.

Best Regards,
The Protege Team

Silvio Peroni | 2 May 11:09 2012
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[Second CFP] Semantic Web for the Legal Domain

*** Many apologies for cross-posting ***

SEMANTIC WEB JOURNAL
SPECIAL ISSUE ON

Semantic Web for the legal domain




CALL FOR PAPER

The legal domain is an ideal field of study for Semantic Web researchers, as it uses and contributes to most of the topics that are relevant to the community. Additionally, given the complex interactions of legal actors, legal sources and legal processes, as well as the relevance and potential impact of successful ideas in the political, juridical and social processes of a country, it provides a challenging context and an important opportunity for groundbreaking research results.

Ontologies, knowledge extraction and reasoning techniques have been studied by the AI&LAW community for years but its results have generated few and sparse connections with the Semantic Web community. Thus, the aim of this Special Issue is to look to the legal domain from a Semantic Web perspective, in order to promote the use of legal knowledge for addressing Semantic Web research questions and, vice versa, to use Semantic Web technologies as tools for reasoning over legal texts.

In particular, we are looking for high-level contributions exploring and investigating on (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Modelling access policies to Semantic Web datasets
- Semantic Web and online dispute resolution and mediation
- Law and Regulations patterns of Social Web communities (such as Second Life, Facebook, or Twitter)
- Semantic sensor networks in lawsuits, crisis mapping, emergencies and stand-by forces
- Semantic Web techniques and e-discovery in large legal document collections
- Semantic Web technologies and opinion collection and analysis
- Legal content and knowledge in the Linked Data 
- Knowledge acquisition and concept representation on annotations and legal texts 
- Legal reasoning and query in the Semantic Web
- Text and legal interpretation in legal semantics
- Scalability issues in representing law and legal texts 
- Analysis of provenance information to detect violations of norms/policies 
- Legal knowledge in trust models
- Expressive vs. lightweight representations of legal content
- Core and domain ontologies in the legal domain
- Theories, design patterns and ontologies in legal argumentation
- Time and legal content representation (texts, concepts, norms)
- OWL approaches to reasoning and  legal knowledge
- Linking legal content to external resources
- Provenance, trust and metadata for authoritative sources
- SPARQL queries on large legal  datasets
- Legal knowledge extraction using NLP and ontologies
- User-friendly applications and interface design to interact with legal semantic information
- Publishing/reusing legal-related content in Linked Data
- Legal semantic services and mobile applications
- Rules and Automated Reasoning in the Semantic Web



SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Prospective authors must take notice of the submission guidelines posted at http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/authors. Submissions should be uploaded using the regular submission mechanism of the SW journal (see the journal website) - mentioning in the cover letter that the submission is for the "legal domain" special issue.



DEADLINES

Submission deadline: 22-Jun-2012
Reviews due: 22-Jul-2012
Notifications: 30-Jul-2012
Second  submission: 30-Sep-2012
Second review due: 30-Oct-2012
Second notifications: 7-Nov-2012
Camera ready: 30-Nov-2012



GUEST EDITORS

Pompeu Casanovas (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona + Victoria University)
Monica Palmirani (University of Bologna)
Silvio Peroni (University of Bologna)
Fabio Vitali (University of Bologna)




EDITORIAL BOARD

Gioele Barabucci (University of Bologna)
Nick Bassiliades (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) 
Eva Blomqvist (Jönköping University)
Guido Boella (University of Turin)
Alexander Boer (University of Amsterdam)
Tom Bruce (University of Cornell)
Nuria Casellas (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Paolo Ciccarese (Harvard University)
Oscar Corcho (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
John Davies (British Telecomm)
Stefan Dietze (Leibniz University)
Dieter Fensel (University of Innsbruck)
Miriam Fernandez (Open University)
Meritxell Fernandez-Barrera (Université Paris 2)
Enrico Francesconi (Italian National Research Council)
Aldo Gangemi (Italian National Research Council)
Tom Gordon (Fraunhofer Society)
Guido Governatori (National ICT Australia)
Jorge Gracia (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
Marco Grobelnik (Jozef Stefan Institute)
Rinke Hoekstra (University of Amsterdam)
Simonetta Montemagni (Italian National Research Council)
Enrico Motta (Open University)
Pablo Noriega (Spanish National Research Council)
Adrian Paschke (Freie Universität Berlin)
Enric Plaza (Spanish National Research Council)
Valentina Presutti (Italian National Research Council)
Piercarlo Rossi (University of Eastern Piedmont)
Marta Sabou (MODUL University Vienna)
Giovanni Sartor (European University Institute)
Christian Sifaqui (Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile)
Rudi Studer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Daniela Tiscornia (Italian National Research Council)
Joan-Josep Vallbé (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Frank van Harmelen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Tom van Engers (University of Amsterdam)
Grant Vergottini (Xcential Group)
John Zeleznikow (University of Victoria)
Jun Zhao (University of Oxford)


Regards,

S.




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Alasdair J G Gray | 2 May 12:24 2012
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VoID Subset

Hello,

I am going through the VoID Note [1] and have some confusion with the way that void:subset is used. It seems that in different parts of the document void:subset is used to declare: (1) "has subset"; and (2) "is subset of".

In Section 4.4, the void:subset property is used to declare that a dataset has subsets. The example given is,
:DBPedia a void:Dataset;
 void:subset :DBPedia_shortabstract.
which is used to declare that dataset :DBPedia_shortabstract is a subset of :DBPedia, i.e. the "has subset" semantics.

However in Section 5.2, the void:subset property is used to declare that the linkset is a subset of a dataset. The example given is,
:DBPedia_Geonames a void:Linkset;
 void:subset :DBPedia.
which is used to declare that dataset :DBPedia_Geonames is a subset of :DBPedia, i.e. the "is subset of" semantics.

Looking at the vocabulary definition for the property [2] it seems that the interpretation in Section 4.4 is the correct one. Will another property be added as the inverse of void:subset, or should the declaration of linksets being subsets of a dataset be made in the dataset description?

Best regards,

Alasdair


Dr Alasdair J G Gray
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Michael Hausenblas | 2 May 12:50 2012

Re: VoID Subset

Alasdair,

Thank you very much for this feedback!

> Looking at the vocabulary definition for the property [2] it seems that the interpretation in Section 4.4
is the correct one.

I *think* you've indeed spotted an inconsistency in the guide. If others (Richard, Keith, Jun maybe?)
could have a quick sanity check as well pls ...

In general, if you (or others) find a bug or have a feature request, please feel free to use the VoID issue
tracker [1] to record this - it tremendously helps us keeping track of things as well as planning for the
next release.

> Will another property be added as the inverse of void:subset, or should the declaration of linksets being
subsets of a dataset be made in the dataset description?

There are currently no plans to include an inverse property of void:subset, AFAICT.

Cheers,
	   Michael

[1] http://code.google.com/p/void-impl/issues/list?q=product=vocab

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On 2 May 2012, at 11:24, Alasdair J G Gray wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> I am going through the VoID Note [1] and have some confusion with the way that void:subset is used. It seems
that in different parts of the document void:subset is used to declare: (1) "has subset"; and (2) "is
subset of".
> 
> In Section 4.4, the void:subset property is used to declare that a dataset has subsets. The example given is,
> :DBPedia a void:Dataset;
> 	 void:subset :DBPedia_shortabstract.
> which is used to declare that dataset :DBPedia_shortabstract is a subset of :DBPedia, i.e. the "has
subset" semantics.
> 
> However in Section 5.2, the void:subset property is used to declare that the linkset is a subset of a
dataset. The example given is,
> :DBPedia_Geonames a void:Linkset;
> 	 void:subset :DBPedia.
> which is used to declare that dataset :DBPedia_Geonames is a subset of :DBPedia, i.e. the "is subset of" semantics.
> 
> Looking at the vocabulary definition for the property [2] it seems that the interpretation in Section 4.4
is the correct one. Will another property be added as the inverse of void:subset, or should the
declaration of linksets being subsets of a dataset be made in the dataset description?
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Alasdair
> 
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/void/
> [2] http://vocab.deri.ie/void#subset
> 
> Dr Alasdair J G Gray
> Research Associate
> Alasdair.Gray <at> manchester.ac.uk
> +44 161 275 0145
> 
> Room 1.17
> Kilburn Building
> School of Computer Science
> University of Manchester
> Oxford Road
> Manchester
> M13 9PL, UK
> 
> Please consider the environment before printing this email.
> 

Tim Finin | 2 May 14:45 2012

Journal of Web Semantics v14 preprints available

The Journal of Web Semantics preprint server has five new papers from
volume 14 (http://bit.ly/JWSv14).  Two are regular submissions:

  A General Datalog-Based Framework for Tractable Query Answering over
  Ontologies by Thomas Lukasiewicz, Andrea Cali and Georg
  Gottlob. http://bit.ly/JWS14a

  A Novel Approach to Ontology Classification by Giorgos Stoilos, Birte
  Glimm, Ian Horrocks, Boris Motik and Rob Shearer. http://bit.ly/JWS14b

Three make up a special issue on the Messiness of the Web of Data
edited by Stefan Schlobach and Craig Knoblock:

  Emerging practices for mapping and linking life sciences data using
  RDF - a case series, by Scott Marshall, Richard Boyce, Helena Deus,
  Jun Zhao, Egon Willighagen, Matthias Samwald, Elgar Pichler, Janos
  Hajagos and Eric Prud'hommeaux. http://bit.ly/JWS14c

  An empirical survey of Linked Data conformance, by Aidan Hogan,
  Jürgen Umbrich, Andreas Harth, Richard Cyganiak, Axel Polleres and
  Stefan Decker. http://bit.ly/JWS14d

  Integrating Open Government Data with Stratosphere for more
  Transparency, by Arvid Heise and Felix Naumann. http://bit.ly/JWS14e

Richard Cyganiak | 2 May 16:33 2012
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Re: VoID Subset

Hi Alasdair,

On 2 May 2012, at 11:24, Alasdair J G Gray wrote:
> I am going through the VoID Note [1] and have some confusion with the way that void:subset is used. It seems
that in different parts of the document void:subset is used to declare: (1) "has subset"; and (2) "is
subset of".
> 
> In Section 4.4, the void:subset property is used to declare that a dataset has subsets. […] Looking at
the vocabulary definition for the property [2] it seems that the interpretation in Section 4.4 is the
correct one.

As Michael said, you're right, there is an error in the document. Indeed, the 4.4 example is what we
intended; the other example is a mistake.

We'll get this fixed — might take a while as the process for modifying published W3C documents is not very fast.

> Will another property be added as the inverse of void:subset,

Seems unlikely.

> or should the declaration of linksets being subsets of a dataset be made in the dataset description?

Either that, or the triple can be added as an “incoming arc” in the linkset description.

Best,
Richard

> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Alasdair
> 
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/void/
> [2] http://vocab.deri.ie/void#subset
> 
> Dr Alasdair J G Gray
> Research Associate
> Alasdair.Gray <at> manchester.ac.uk
> +44 161 275 0145
> 
> Room 1.17
> Kilburn Building
> School of Computer Science
> University of Manchester
> Oxford Road
> Manchester
> M13 9PL, UK
> 
> Please consider the environment before printing this email.
> 

Thomas Krennwallner | 2 May 16:57 2012
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8th Reasoning Web Summer School (RW 2012) - Final Call for Applications

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          * Application deadline approaching: May 4th, 2012 *
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		  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS/PARTICIPATION

			   REASONING WEB 2012
	     The 8th Reasoning Web Summer School (RW 2012)
		 Vienna, Austria, September 03-08, 2012
		   http://www.reasoningweb.org/2012/

co-located with the

- 6th Int'l Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems (RR 2012),
  September 10-12, 2012
  http://www.rr-conference.org/RR2012/

- 4th Int'l Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2012),
  September 10-12, 2012
  http://www.kr.tuwien.ac.at/events/comma2012/

- 2nd Datalog 2.0 Workshop, September 11-13, 2012
  http://www.dbai.tuwien.ac.at/event/datalog-2.0/

- 23rd Int'l Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications
  (DEXA 2012), September 03-07, 2012
  http://www.dexa.org/

The Reasoning Web Summer School 2012 is primarily intended for
postgraduate (PhD or MSc) students, postdocs, and other young
researchers investigating aspects related to Reasoning on the Semantic
Web and related issues.  The Summer School will also be open to senior
researchers wishing to learn about Semantic Web issues related to their
own fields of research.

For further details please visit http://www.reasoningweb.org/2012/

As in the previous years, we managed again to attract a distinguished
group of expert lecturers, the majority of which will - apart from their
lectures - also be present for the duration of the school to interact
with students.

Interaction with senior researchers and establishing contacts within
young researchers is a main focus of the school, which will be supported
through social activities and an interactive, amicable atmosphere.

This year's summer school will be co-located with a number of related
conferences and workshop, viz. Int'l Conference on Web Reasoning and
Rule Systems 2012, the Int'l Conference on Computational Models of
Argument 2012, the Int'l Conference on Database and Expert Systems
Applications 2012, and the 2nd Datalog 2.0 Workshop 2012 (dates and
links are given above).  This will be a great opportunity to attend
major conferences and workshops in the area directly subsequent to the
school.  Reasoning Web 2012 is part of the Vienna Logic Weeks 2012:
http://www.vcla.at/events/vienna-logic-weeks_2012/

As a further highlight, we want to point out the opportunity of PhD
students to present their research at the RR 2012 Doctoral Consortium.
Joint applications for the Reasoning Web Summer School 2012 and the RR
2012 Doctoral Consortium are explicitly encouraged.  More details are
given on the RR-DC 2012 website:
http://www.kr.tuwien.ac.at/events/rr2012/DoctoralConsortium.html

== IMPORTANT DATES ==

Application deadline:  May  4, 2012
Notifications:         May 21, 2012

== CONFIRMED LECTURES ==

- Federation and Navigation in SPARQL 1.1
  Marcelo Arenas (PUC Chile) and Jorge Pérez (U Chile)

- Semantic Wikis: Approaches, Applications, and Perspectives
  François Bry (U Munich), Sebastian Schaffert (Salzburg Research),
  Denny Vrandečić (KIT), and Klara Weiand (U Munich)

- Reasoning and Ontologies in Data Extraction
  Sergio Flesca (U Calabria) and Tim Furche (U Oxford)

- Linked Data Stream Processing
  Manfred Hauswirth, Danh Le Phuoc, and Josiane Xavier Parreira (DERI,
  NUI Galway)

- Data Models and Query Languages for Linked Geospatial Data
  Manolis Koubarakis, Manos Karpathiotakis, Kostis Kyzirakos, Babis
  Nikolaou, Michael Sioutis (U Athens)

- OWL 2 Profiles: An Introduction to Lightweight Ontology Languages
  Markus Krötzsch (U Oxford)

- Reasoning and Query Answering in Description Logics
  Magdalena Ortiz and Mantas Simkus (TU Vienna)

- Reasoning with Uncertain and Inconsistent Ontologies for the Semantic Web
  Guilin Qi (South Eastern U) and Jianfeng Du (Guangdong U Foreign Studies)

- Argumentation and the Web
  Francesca Toni (Imperial College London)

- Datalog and Its Extensions for the Semantic Web
  Georg Gottlob, Giorgio Orsi, Andreas Pieris (U Oxford) and Mantas
  Simkus (TU Vienna)

== APPLICATIONS ==

The number of attendees will be limited, applications for participation
have to be submitted via Easychair using the "Application" category:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=reasoningweb2012

The program of the school will include a poster session, where students
can present and discuss their ongoing research with lecturers and
colleagues.  Applicants who wish to participate in the poster session
shall tick the "Participation in poster session" group and include a
poster title and abstract with their application submission.

Applications must be submitted in PDF format not exceeding 2 pages
(min. font size 11pt) and contain the following information:

- Name, contact details
- Affiliation
- Motivation for participation
- Summary of profile
- Willing to present a poster? (if yes, add a poster title and abstract)
- Supervisor (if applicable)
- Publications (if applicable)

== GRANTS ==

The organizing committee is considering to offer scholarships to summer
school participants to partially cover registration and/or accommodation
fees, depending on available sponsorships.  There are further grants for
students participating in the RR 2012 Doctoral Consortium who would like
to extend their stay to also attend the summer school.

== REGISTRATION ==

Details of the registration process will be announced on the summer
school website, after the application deadline.  As in previous years we
will keep the registration fee moderate.

== LECTURE NOTES ==

The course material used during the summer school will be published with
Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.  A copy of
the proceedings will be included in the registration fees.

== PROGRAM COMMITTEE ==

- Grigoris Antoniou (FORTH Crete)
- Abraham Bernstein (U Zuerich)
- François Bry (U Munich)
- Thomas Eiter (TU Vienna, chair)
- Birte Glimm (U Ulm)
- Claudio Gutierrez (UC Santiago)
- Axel Polleres (Siemens)

== CONTACT ==

For further information including sponsorship opportunities, please
contact the local organizers:

- Thomas Eiter <http://www.kr.tuwien.ac.at/staff/eiter/>
- Thomas Krennwallner <http://www.kr.tuwien.ac.at/staff/tkren/>

Stijn Heymans | 1 May 19:35 2012
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visiting positions and research position at SRI International

We have  a project at SRI International to represent a biology textbook in a way that it could
be used for machine-based answering of questions.  Please see

http://www.projecthalo.com for an overview of our project, and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKqCCDd-MA4
for a demo of our system.

We are looking for help with ontological modeling for different areas of biology.

We have several visiting positions, and were wondering if you might consider visiting us for a short duration to work with us.
See https://careers.sri.com/psp/ps/CAREERS/CAREERS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=101453&SiteId=2&PostingSeq=1
for an overview of this position.

We also have an open research position that might be well-suited for your graduating or former
students.  Please see
https://careers.sri.com/psp/ps/CAREERS/CAREERS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=101475&SiteId=2&PostingSeq=1
for an overview of this position.


Best regards,
Stijn Heymans
Delroy Cameron | 2 May 19:23 2012

[CFP] SWLBD2012 (Workshop)

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Apologies for cross posting

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The First International Workshop on the role of Semantic Web in Literature-Based Discovery
http://knoesis.org/swlbd2012/

(SWLBD 2012)

in conjunction with

The IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2012)
http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/ieeebibm/bibm12/
October 4-7, 2012, Philadelphia PA, USA

 

Call For Papers


Literature-Based Discovery (LBD) is characterized by uncovering hidden but novel information implicit in non-interacting literatures. The notion of LBD was first proposed by Don R. Swanson over two decades ago when he postulated that two concepts (A, C) may be logically related through some intermediate concept (B), common to seemingly disjoint literatures. This seminal idea has largely influenced efforts towards LBD automation in the biomedical domain and LBD continues to be an integral part of the evolution of biomedical science. Primarily, LBD has been instrumental in supplementing and guiding scientific experiments that lead to innovations in diagnosis, treatment and preventions mechanisms.

 

Much of the early LBD research however, relied almost entirely on Information Retrieval (IR) techniques, such as term and concept co-occurrence, to uncover unknown associations in the large volume of scientific literature now publicly available. Only recently has significant attention been devoted to semantics-based techniques that leverage Semantic Web technologies to exploit the meaning of associations between concepts to facilitate LBD. While generally more intuitive than IR techniques, the feasibility of semantics-based approaches has not been fully demonstrated. Many challenges still exist. Some of these include:

  • Fine-grained extraction of semantic information (called semantic predications) from text corpora
  • Extraction and identification of meaningful (semantic) associations between concepts. Such associations are typically represented by paths in large data graphs.
  • Achieving scalability given the combinatorial explosion that arises when traversing large graphs. The overwhelming number of edges between concepts increases the complexity of graph traversal and compounds the difficulty of finding relevant associations.
  • Developing techniques for clustering, aggregating, and analyzing extracted semantic associations for sense making, question answering and ultimately LBD.
  • The semantic integration of information expressed in text corpora with background knowledge.

By engaging researchers from both the Semantic Web and LBD communities, we anticipate an exchange that will facilitate the advancement of LBD by exploiting available Semantic Web resources. Researchers are encouraged to submit original manuscripts on the application of Semantic Web technologies, representations and techniques to Literature-Based Discovery.

 

Some specific research topics include (but are not limited to):

 

  1. Extraction of Semantic Information from text corpora.
  2. Semantic Models and Representations for LBD.
  3. Semantic Association Identification and Extraction methods from large data graphs.
  4. Semantic Association Clustering, Aggregation and Analysis (i.e., Subgraph Creation) for LBD.
  5. Semantic Integration of Scientific Literature and Background Knowledge.

 

Steering Committee:

Amit P. Sheth, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, amit <at> knoesis.org

Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, NLM, olivier <at> nlm.nih.gov

 

Program Co-Chairs:

Thomas C. Rindflesch, National Library of Medicine, NLM, tcr <at> nlm.nih.gov

Neil R. Smalheiser, University of Illinois at Chicago, neils <at> uic.edu

Delroy Cameron, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, delroy <at> knoesis.org

 

Program Committee

Varun Bhagwan, IBM Research

Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Marcelo Fiszman, National Library of Medicine, NLM

Dimitar Hristovski, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ramakanth Kavuluru, University of Kentucky

         Halil Kilicoglu, Concordia University

Cartic Ramakrishnan, ISI, University of Southern California

Padmini Srinivasan, University of Iowa

Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan, Wright State University

 

Invited Talk

Dr. Trevor Cohen, University of Texas, Houston

 

Paper Submission:

The workshop will solicit the submission of original research papers (4-6 pages) addressing analytical, theoretical and/or practical aspects of the role of Semantic Web techniques and technologies in Literature-based Discovery.

 

Online Submissions:

Electronic submissions (in PDF or Postscript format) are required. Selected participants will be asked to submit their revised papers in a format to be specified at the time of acceptance. Please make submissions using the online submission system: http://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2012/bibm12/cbc_index.html

 

Important Dates:

Due date for full workshop papers submission: July 30, 2012
Notification of paper acceptance to authors: August 20, 2012
Camera-ready version of accepted papers: September 4, 2012
Workshops: October 4-7, 2012



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Giorgio Orsi | 2 May 21:51 2012
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Deadline approaching - CfP: 1st ER Int. Workshop on Non-Conventional Data-Access (NoCoDA 2012)

--- Apologies for cross-posting ---

1st ER Int. Workshop on Non-Conventional Data-Access (NoCoDA 2012)
In conjunction with ER 2012, Florence, Italy
15-18 October, 2012

Web site: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/nocoda2012/

Aim and Scope

As more and more information becomes available to a growing multitude of 
people, the ways to access data are rapidly evolving as they must take 
into consideration, on one front, the kind of data available today and, 
on the other front, a new population of prospective users.

As an example of the first front, data is scattered among very diverse 
sources and need to be retrieved, transformed and merged to provide 
valuable information, while search queries on semi- or totally 
un-structured data impose novel modelling and access approaches.

On the second front, ranked solutions to keyword-based searches is 
emerging as the standard paradigm for querying data repositories, while 
recommendation applications tend even to anticipate user needs by 
automatically suggesting the information which is most appropriate to 
the preferences of the users and to the current situation. In addition, 
the availability of semantic information is increasingly exploited to 
better understand user intentions.

This need on two opposite fronts has already originated a steadily 
growing set of proposals of non-conventional ways to access data while 
inheriting, where possible, the formidable equipment of methods, 
techniques and methodologies that have been produced in the database 
field during the last forty years. These new proposals embrace the new 
challenges, suggesting fresh approaches to data access that rethink 
fundamentally the traditional information access methods in which SQL 
queries are posed against a known and rigid schema over a structured 
database.

This workshop welcomes contributions on the conceptual and semantic 
aspects of non-conventional methods for data access and on their 
practical application to modern data and knowledge management.

Topics of Interest

Addressing the above challenges requires understanding the conceptual 
and formal aspects of non-conventional data-access as well as the 
practical aspects of its application in real-world scenarios. Relevant 
topics of the proposed workshop include, but are not limited to, the 
following:

- Context-aware data access
- Preference queries
- Personalized data access
- Keyword-search over databases
- Provenance-aware data access
- Ontology-based data access
- Database summarization
- Query relaxation
- Approximate query-answering
- Probabilistic querying
- Schema-agnostic data access
- Query annotation
- Question answering
- Natural language querying
- Mobile and pervasive data access
- Query Mediators
- Push-based data delivery
- Privacy-preserving data access

Paper Submission

We invite submissions of technical research papers as well as 
speculative/visionary papers addressing one (or more) of the workshop 
topics. The page limit for workshop papers is 10 pages for full papers
and 6 pages for short, position, and vision papers. Papers should be 
formatted according to Springer LNCS style 
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html. They need to be original 
and not submitted or accepted for publication in any other workshop, 
conference, or journal. Manuscripts not submitted in the LNCS style or 
having more than 10 pages will not be reviewed and thus automatically 
rejected. Papers should be submitted through EasyChair at: 
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nocoda2012

Publication

Workshop proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series as 
the official ER workshop proceedings. We are planning to organize a 
special issue at a high-quality journal on the field with invited 
extended versions of selected papers.

Important dates

- Paper submission: May 7, 2012
- Notifications sent: June 4, 2012
- Camera-ready papers: June, 11th 2012

Organizing Committee & Workshop Co-chairs

Giorgio Orsi (University of Oxford)
Letizia Tanca (Politecnico di Milano)
Riccardo Torlone (Università Roma Tre)

Local Organization

Marco Bertini (Università di Firenze)

Program Committee

- Leopoldo Bertossi (Carleton University, Canada)
- Francois Bry (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany)
- Andrea Calì (Birkbeck University of London, UK)
- Diego Calvanese (Università di Bolzano, Italy)
- Paolo Ciaccia (Università di Bologna, Italy)
- George Fletcher (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
- Georg Gottlob (University of Oxford, UK)
- Francesco Guerra (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)
- Georgia Koutrika (IBM Almaden, USA)
- Marco Manna (Università della Calabria, Italy)
- Ioana Manolescu (INRIA/LRI, France)
- Davide Martinenghi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
- Wilfred Ng (University of Hong Kong, PRC)
- Dan Olteanu (University of Oxford, UK)
- Jan Paredaens (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
- Andreas Pieris (University of Oxford, UK)
- Evaggelia Pitoura (University of Ioannina, Greece)
- Mike Rosner (University of Malta, Malta)
- Pierre Senellart (Télécom ParisTech, France)
- Timos Sellis (Research Center "Athena" and NTUA, Greece)
- Stijn Vansummeren (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
- Yannis Velegrakis (University of Trento, Italy)

Contacts

General enquiries: nocoda2012 <at> easychair.org
Deadline and submissions: torlone <at> dia.uniroma3.it
Workshop organization: tanca <at> elet.polimi.it
Local arrangements: bertini <at> dsi.unifi.it
Website: giorgio.orsi <at> cs.ox.ac.uk

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