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call for chapters: Linking Government Data

From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:18:33 -0400
Message-ID: <AANLkTikCyQiCPTBgadENCLYj_OO-4RyRKVMpURwUTAYB@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-egov-ig <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
I'm not sure if this has made the rounds on here yet, but I thought it
could be of potential interest... //Ed

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David Wood announces a Call for Chapters for a new book to be entitled
Linking Government Data. First proposal submissions are due November
30, 2010 to david@3roundstones.com.

The book is intended to be published in print, ebooks format and on
the Web, but a publisher has not yet been chosen. More than one
publisher is interested.
CHAPTER PROPOSALS INVITED FROM RESEARCHERS AND PRACTITIONERS IN LINKED
DATA, DATA MANAGEMENT AND WEB INFORMATION SYSTEMS

1st Proposal Submission Deadline: November 30, 2010
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: March 1, 2011

Linking Government Data
A book edited by David Wood, Talis, USA

I. Introduction

Linking Government Data is the application of Semantic Web
architecture principles to real-world information management issues
faced by government agencies. The term LGD is a play on Linking Open
Data (LOD), a community project started by the World Wide Web
Consortium’s Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group aimed
at exposing data sets to the Web in standard formats and actively
relating them to one another with hyperlinks.

Data in general is growing at a much faster rate than traditional
technologies allow. The World Wide Web is the only information system
we know that scales to the degree that it does and is robust to both
changes and failure of components. Most software does not work nearly
as well as the Web does. Applying the Web’s architectural principles
to government information distribution programs may be the only way to
effectively address the current and future information glut.
Challenges remain, however, because the publication of data to the Web
requires government agencies to give up the central control and
planning traditionally applied by IT departments.

A primary goal of this book is to highlight both costs and benefits to
broader society of the publication of raw data to the Web by
government agencies. How might the use of government Linked Data by
the Fourth Estate of the public press change societies? How can
agencies fulfill their missions with less cost? How must intra-agency
culture change to allow public presentation of Linked Data? What the
means and methods by which Linked Data can best be published by
government agencies?

This book follows the successful publication of Linking Enterprise
Data by Springer Science+Business Media in October 2011.

II. Objective of the Book

This book aims to provide practical approaches to addressing common
information management issues by the application of Semantic Web and
Linked Data research to government environments and to report early
experiences with the publication of Linked Data by government
agencies. The approaches taken are based on international standards.
The book is to be written and edited by leaders in Semantic Web and
Linked Data research and standards development and early adopters of
Semantic Web and Linked Data standards and techniques.

III. Target Audience

This book is meant for Semantic Web researchers and academicians, and
CTOs, CIOs, enterprise architects, project managers and application
developers in commercial, not-for-profit and government organizations
concerned with scalability, flexibility and robustness of information
management systems. Not-for-profit organizations specifically include
the library and museum communities.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following: –
social, technical and mission values of applying Web architecture to
government content, such as the means by which deployment agility,
resilience and reuse of data may be accomplished – Relating to other
eGov initiatives – Building of social (human-centered) communities to
curate distributed data – Enterprise infrastructure for Linking
Government Data – Persistent Identifiers – Linking the government
cloud – Applications of Linked Data to government transparency,
organizational learning or curation of/access to distributed
information – Publishing large-scale Linked Data.

Contributions from those working with government Linked Data projects
of all sizes are sought. Many stories exist from the U.S. and U.K.
government agencies, but contributions from Estonia, Germany, New
Zealand, Norway, etc, etc, are more than welcome.

IV. Publisher

The book is intended to be published in print, ebooks format and on
the Web, but a publisher has not yet been chosen. More than one
publisher is interested. This book is expected to be published in late
2011.

V. Proposals

Proposals for chapters should consist of a summary of intended
material, approximately 1-2 pages in length. Please provide a working
chapter title, authors names and affiliations, relevant experience
with Linked Data projects for a government entity (or approaches
applicable to such entities) and a description of the proposed
chapter’s contents.

VI. Important Dates

November 30, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 22, 2010: Notification of Proposal Acceptance
February 28, 2011: Full Chapter Submission
March 21, 2011: Review Results Notification
April 15, 2011: Revised Chapter Submission
May 1, 2011: Final Decision Notification
May 15, 2011: Final Revised and Formatted Chapter Submission

Inquiries and submissions should be sent by electronic mail to:
David Wood (david@3roundstones.com)
VP Engineering
Talis Inc.
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