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IEEE Intelligent Systems is seeking papers for :Special Issue on Linked Open Government Data

From: Nikos Loutas <nlout@uom.gr>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:06:10 +0300
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IEEE Intelligent Systems is seeking papers for :
Special Issue on Linked Open Government Data

Submission deadline: 1 September 2011

Publication: March/April 2012

Government data, also known as public-sector information, contains
multiyear authoritative information about political regions, such as
societal, economic, or environmental aspects. Government data can be
linked with data from other sources (such as companies and universities)
to support cross-disciplinary scientific analyses as well as
context-dependent business decisions. Recently, Open Government Data
(OGD) initiatives pioneered in the US and UK have been emerging in many
countries around the world. By proving open access to raw government
data, OGD activities are promoting better community participation,
business development, and governmental transparency.

A number of challenges have been observed in current OGD practices:

     * Interoperability: Reusing OGD data is still difficult because OGD
is typically published in various nonstandard formats and encoded using
isolated vocabularies.
     * Tractability: It is hard to find, manage, and interconnect OGD
that is distributed across independent agencies.
     * Scalability: The cost of processing and analyzing OGD can be
prohibitively high due to the huge volume of existing OGD and the
nontrivial cost of processing individual OGD datasets.
     * Open web and society: OGD data can be reused in serendipitous
ways, and its interaction with the social web could increase its value.

These challenges lead to big opportunities for both researchers and
practitioners. In both the US and the UK portals, Linked OGD (LOGD)
infrastructures have been designed and deployed using a variety of
technologies such as the Semantic Web, natural language processing,
entity resolution, machine learning, policy/rule-based reasoning, and
social networking. Such infrastructures helps researchers accumulate
expertise in combining machine power and human power to enable
large-scale collaboration between distributed OGD and other data
sources, especially the Web of Data. In the realm of eGovernment
activity, the World Wide Web Consortium shows strong standardization
interest in OGD metadata and infrastructure. In the European Union,
there is increasing interest and funding for Linked Data research with a
special focus on public-sector information, while the European
Commission, through the SEMIC.EU platform, is promoting the idea of
Linked Government Metadata.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to original research in
the following areas and topics:

     * Interoperable and meaningful LOGD representation
           o Space management of uniform resource identifiers and
identifiers
           o Catalogs and registries for LOGD datasets
           o Ontologies, vocabularies, and semantic annotation for large
and/or dynamic LOGD data
           o Vocabulary management for LOGD metadata reuses and
specializations
           o Context, provenance, quality, uncertainty, and
trustworthiness of LOGD
     * Scalable semantic data management and processing for LOGD
           o Smart integration with legacy systems, barriers, formats
           o Extensible infrastructure for collaborative LOGD data
management and processing
           o Smart link generation, learning, validation, and reasoning
           o Scalable LOGD data discovery, access, query, and search
           o Persistence, version freshness, and obsolescence of LOGD
     * LOGD deployment and society
           o Deployment cost and benefits
           o Transparency vs. privacy
           o Free, open data vs. business models
           o License, policy, and legal issues
           o Community engagement, best practices, and lessons learned
     * Innovative and intelligent LOGD consumption
           o User interaction models: cost reduction and usability
improvements
           o Social LOGD mashups: personalization, collaboration, and trust
           o Mobile applications and "mGovernment"
           o Intelligent web applications using LOGD as a data source
           o Use-cases for scientific discovery, business analysis, and
administrative decision making

Guest Editors

     * Vassilios Peristeras, European Commission, Directorate-General
for Informatics, Interoperability Solutions for European Public
Administrations (ISA) Unit, Belgium
     * Michael Hausenblas, Linked Data Research Centre, DERI, National
University of Ireland
     * Li Ding, Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, USA

Submission Guidelines
Submissions should be 3,000 to 5,400 words (counting a standard figure
or table as 200 words) and should follow IEEE Intelligent Systems style
and presentation guidelines (www.computer.org/intelligent/author). The
manuscripts cannot have been published or be currently submitted for
publication elsewhere.
We strongly encourage submissions that include audio, video, and
community content, which will be featured on the IEEE Computer Society
Web site along with the accepted papers.

Questions?

     * For more information about the special issue focus: contact
Vassilios Peristeras
     * For general author guidelines: see
www.computer.org/intelligent/author
     * For submission details: emailintelligent@computer.org
     * To submit an article:https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/is-cs
(select "Special Issue on OGD")

More information:http://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/iscfp2
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