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SWJ Special Issue on 'The Semantics of Microposts'

From: Aba-Sah Dadzie <a.dadzie@dcs.shef.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:27:08 +0100
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Call for Papers
Semantic Web Journal
Special Issue on The Semantics of Microposts

Deadline: November 15, 2011




The aim of this special issue is to publish a collection of papers 
covering the range of topics relevant to the analysis, use and reuse of 
Micropost data. This should cover a wide scope of work that represents 
current efforts in the fields collaborating with the Semantic Web 
community to address the challenges identified for the extraction of 
semantics in Microposts, and the development of intuitive, effective 
tools that make use of the rich, collective knowledge. We especially 
solicit new research in the field that explores the particular 
challenges due to, and the influence of the mainstream user, as compared 
to publication and management by technical experts.

Additionally, we encourage revised versions of research papers and 
practical demonstrations presented at relevant workshops, symposia and 
conferences, extended to increase depth and review the authors' own and 
other relevant work, and take into account also feedback from 
discussions and panels at such events.

Of particular interest are papers that:
	1. illustrate the benefits in an interdisciplinary approach to tackling 
the challenges identified;
	2. identify solutions that cater to mainstream end users, in addition 
to technical and domain experts.

	* Microposts and Semantic Web technologies
		- Knowledge Discovery and Information Extraction
		- Factual Inference
		- Ontology/vocabulary modelling and learning from Microposts
		- Integrating Microposts into the Web of Linked Data
	* Social/Web Science studies
		- Analysis of Micropost data patterns
		- Motivations for creating and consuming Microposts
		- Relevance of Microposts and factors that influence them
		- Community/network analysis of Micropost dynamics
		- Ethics/privacy implications of publishing and consuming Microposts
	* Context
		- Utilising context (time, location, feeling)
		- Contextual inference mechanisms
		- Social awareness streams and Online Presence
		- Event Detection
	* Applying Microposts
		- User profiling/recommendation/personalisation approaches using 
		- Public opinion mining
		- Trend prediction
		- Expertise finding
		- Business analysis/market scanning
		- Emergency systems
		- Urban sensing and location-based applications



containing original research results. Results previously published at 
conferences or workshops may be submitted as extended versions. These 
submissions will be reviewed along the usual dimensions for research 
contributions which include originality, significance of the results, 
and quality of writing.


short papers describing deployed applications of Semantic Web 
technologies. The reports should be brief and pointed, indicating 
clearly, in what sense and to what extent semantic technologies have 
been used in the application. These submissions will be reviewed along 
the following dimensions: (1) Quality, importance, and impact of the 
described application (convincing evidence must be provided). (2) 
Clarity and readability of the describing paper, which shall convey to 
the reader the key ideas regarding the application of Semantic Web 
technologies in the application.


short papers describing mature Semantic Web related tools and systems. 
These reports should be brief and pointed, indicating clearly the 
capabilities of the described tool or system. It is strongly encouraged, 
that the described tools or systems are free, open, and accessible on 
the Web. If this is not possible, then they have to be made available to 
the reviewers. For commercial tools and systems, exceptions can be 
arranged through the editors. These submissions will be reviewed along 
the following dimensions: (1) Quality, importance, and impact of the 
described tool or system (convincing evidence must be provided). (2) 
Clarity, illustration, and readability of the describing paper, which 
shall convey to the reader both the capabilities and the limitations of 
the tool.


Initial Submission: 15 Nov 2011
Author Notification: 15 Jan 2012
2nd Round Submission: 15 Mar 2012 (subject to change)
Final Notification: 31 May 2012 (subject to change)


All papers must demonstrate the validity of the approach taken and 
include an objective review of the state of the art and the contribution 
made to improve on this.

All submissions are subject to an open review process, and will be made 
publicly available on the journal's website. Further, in addition to 
solicited reviews by members of the editorial board, public reviews and 
comments are welcome by any researcher and can be uploaded using the 
journal website. Submission and reviewing guidelines may be found in 
full at: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/reviewers
See also, the author guidelines at 


The guest editors were also the co-organisers of the ESWC 2011 workshop 
'Making Sense of Microposts'.

Dr. MATTHEW ROWE is a postdoctoral researcher working at the Knowledge 
Media Institute at the Open University. His current work explores 
automated techniques to predict discussion levels on Social Web 
platforms as part of the EU funded projects ROBUST and WeGov. On ROBUST 
he is the leader of a work package responsible for modelling user 
behaviour and community evolution. His PhD thesis explored automated 
techniques for the disambiguation of identity web references, where such 
techniques were supported with data leveraged from the Social Web. He 
has an extensive publication record including papers in the Journal of 
Web Semantics and the European Semantic Web Conference. He has reviewed 
papers for many conferences and journals including the Journal of Web 
Semantics and the World Wide Web journal. Matthew was involved in the 
organisation of the 'Essential HCI for the Semantic Web' Tutorial at 
ESWC 2010, and he is the coordinator of the Semantic Technologies 
activity at ESWC 2011.
Web page: http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/rowe
e-mail: m.c.rowe@open.ac.uk

Mr. MILAN STANKOVIC has been conducting Social Semantic Web research 
since the early days of the field. His pioneering work on Semantic 
Online Presence set the ground for many research initiatives working to 
make online presence systems (including Twitter) a part of the Semantic 
Web, and make the most use of them and their underlying semantics. As a 
result of his continuing dedication to making sense of Twitter, Milan 
has published a number of papers on the topic at high impact workshops 
such as SDoW 2008, SDoW 2010, LDoW 2010, as well as in Springer 
Journals. He is currently a researcher at hypios - a Social Semantic 
facilitator of Open Innovation.
Web page: http://milstan.net
e-mail: milstan@hypios.com

Dr. ABA-SAH DADZIE is a research associate with the Organisations, 
Information & Knowledge Group at The University of Sheffield. Her 
research focuses on user-centred knowledge management that exploits 
Semantic Web technology and visual analytics. In previous projects, 
X-Media, IPAS and XSPAN, she explored methods for identifying links 
across and integrating distributed data, to enable effective, intuitive 
knowledge discovery, retrieval, enrichment and use. She also contributed 
to the EU project WeKnowIt. She currently works on the EU project 
SmartProducts, where she is looking at ontology-guided, proactive 
knowledge discovery and integration from domain, online and other 
community-driven resources to enhance interaction within smart environments.
Aba-Sah was a co-organiser and assistant tutor for the 'Essential HCI 
for the Semantic Web' Tutorial at ESWC 2010, and a co-organiser of the 
'Knowledge Acquisition from Social Networking Sites' Tutorial at EKAW 
2010. She has published work at major conferences including ESWC, ISWC 
and IEEE VAST, in addition to high impact journals. She also acts as a 
peer reviewer for a number of major conferences. Aba-Sah previously 
worked as a lecturer and in management in industry.
Web page: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~aba-sah
e-mail: a.dadzie@dcs.shef.ac.uk

Dr. MARIANN HARDEY is newly appointed to the Marketing Group at Durham 
Business School, Durham University. She is a social media professional 
with a strong background in sociology and the social consequences of 
digital communications technology, in particular Social Network Sites. 
Mariann is an academic in the main, but also works on commercial 
consulting projects and is the BBC North East commentator for social 
media and digital networks. Before Facebook, she read literature at the 
University of Sussex and later undertook a research MA followed by a PhD 
at the University of York. In her work Mariann seeks to identify and 
understand how real social relationships are mediated through digital 
social networks and Web 2.0 applications. Mariann is, therefore, a 
member of a new generation of academics and researchers who have not 
only grown up with digital technology, but are pushing new research 
boundaries and thinking futures through them.
Web page: http://www.properfacebooketiquette.com
e-mail: mariann.hardey@durham.ac.uk
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