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DEADLINE EXTENDED - SAAW2006 Semantic Authoring and Annotation Workshop at ISWC-2006

From: Siegfried Handschuh <Siegfried.Handschuh@deri.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 20:46:40 +0100
Message-ID: <44C91820.20703@deri.org>
To: semantic-web@w3.org

       SAAW2006 - Semantic Authoring and Annotation Workshop
               http://saaw2006.semanticweb.org/

workshop to be held at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference,
              Athens, GA, U.S.A. November 5-9 2006
                http://iswc2006.semanticweb.org/


IMPORTANT DATES:

Due to numerous requests, the deadline for contributions to SAWW 2006
has been extended to August 2 (for the abstract) and August 10 (for the
final submission), 2006.

  August 2, 2006      -   Abstract submissions due
  August 10, 2006     -   Paper submissions due
  September 5, 2006     -   Acceptance Notification
  September 18, 2006     -   Camera-ready papers due
  November 6, 2006     -   Workshop date


*** THE ONLINE SUBMISSION SYSTEM IS OPEN !!!

Register as a new Author at:
http://deri.confmaster.net/pages/login.php?Conf=SAAW2006
Abstract submissions by August 2!



SUMMARY

The workshop aims to combine the "traditional" paradigm of Semantic Web
(SW) annotation with SW technologies in the authoring domain (e.g. Blogs
and Wikis, Semantic Word, etc). Together with the popular collaborative
tagging paradigm, these three application domains make up what can
collectively be called Semantic Authoring and Annotation.


MOTIVATION, AIM AND SCOPE

The "traditional" paradigm of Semantic Web (SW) annotation - annotating
existing web sites with the help of external tools - has been
established for a number of years now, e.g. in the form of tools such as
OntoMat or tools based on Annotea, and is continuously being developed
and improved.

At the same time, core technologies of the SW - the common, open
data-model of the Resource Description Framework and the use of shared
vocabularies - are now gradually being introduced into mainstream
publishing and authoring channels such traditional online publications
or office software, as well as in new and "hip" technologies such as
Blogs and Wikis. Regardless of the medium, SW technologies in the
authoring domain aim at aiding human content producers to author,
structure, annotate and publish text and other media right from the
start, rather than enriching them with metadata at a later stage.

The collaborative tagging paradigm, which has its roots in social
bookmarking and folksonomies, is now becoming popular. Unfortunately, it
is often very centralized and does not take users needs for different
levels of sharing into account. Many services would benefit their users
by offering them SW based bookmarks and topics such as in Annotea
bookmarking and topic framework.

Together these three application domains make up what can collectively
be called Semantic Authoring and Annotation, the result of which are
documents with formal, machine-understandable semantics, partly created
by authors and partly by collaborators examining the work in different
angles and in different contexts. An important aspect in all these
technologies is that they are human-centric, target non-computer experts
and aim at making various kinds of content more visible, better
accessible, easier to find, reuse, share, organize, and examine from
different viewpoints. Furthermore, Semantic Annotation and the
introduction of SW technologies into mainstream authoring domains will
result in an increased amount of relevant SW data, and help to achieve a
broader success of the SW.

Finally, various technologies to implement semantic annotation and the
authoring of semantic documents (e.g. GRDDL for deriving formal metadata
or RDFa and Microformats for embedding it) have entered the scene
recently, and are being endorsed by standards bodies such as the W3C.

The SAAW workshop will be organized as a half-day workshop and will
investigate technical and methodological, as well as social issues
surrounding all aspects of Semantic Web Authoring and Annotation.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    * Semantic Authoring and Annotation tools - Semantic Blogs,
      Semantic Wikis, etc. - that allows human users to produce
      content and publish it on the web:
         * Usability - As SW techonologies enter the mainstream,
           the end-users (authors) of authoring tools will often
           not have formal computing background, which is why
           simple and intuitive user interfaces are becoming
           increasingly important.
         * Context - Knowing the context of the authoring and
           publishing process - where and when is an author
           producing content, for which audience, etc. - can be
           exploited in aiding and guiding human users.
         * Integration and Aggregation - Many tasks require
           authors to draw on various often not integrated
           sources. An important goal must therefore be to find
           ways to enable this integration and aggregation
           process.
    * Formats and standards for embedding formal metadata in
      documents (e.g. RDFa or Microformats), or for deriving such
      metadata from documents (e.g. GRDDL):
         * Assessment of such standards - are they sufficient,
           what is still missing?
         * Examples of the use of such technologies (e.g.
           Microformats in Structured Blogging)
    * Semantic Authoring and Annotation for scientific
      publications:
         * What would users (readers) need from and gain by
           semantically authored and annotated documents?
         * What would authors be willing to submit?
         * To what extent can scientific papers be structured?
         * Are current authoring/browsing tools able to handle
           these needs, if not what is the next step?
         * Enabling Semantic Conference Proceedings: Conceptual
           Structures for Publication
         * Cost and benefit of "going semantics" for a large
           (publishing) organization
    * The impact of the Social Semantic Desktop on Semantic
      Authoring and Annotation - the Next generation collaboration
      infrastructure:
         * Means to author and annotate Semantic Documents on the
           Desktop
    * General descriptions of semantic annotation
    * (Common) semantic annotation strategies for upgrading the
      web to the Semantic Web (including multimedia content):
         * Semantic annotation of static vs. dynamic web documents
         * Manual and/or automated semantic annotation of the
           current Web
         * Multimedia semantic annotation (e.g. with adoptions of
           MPEG-7)
    * Collaborative tagging and annotation
         * Relations between tagging systems and full-fledged
           semantic annotation
         * Deriving formal semantics from flat tagging systems
           (tag clustering, etc.)
    * All topics related to the evaluation of authoring and
      annotation for Semantic Web applications
    * Vocabularies and Ontologies for Semantic Authoring and
      Annotation

SUBMISSIONS

  Format requirements for the submission of papers are:

    * Maximum 10 pages, including title page and bibliography for
      technical papers.
    * Maximum 4 pages, including title page and bibliography for
      short position papers.

Although not required for the initial submission, we recommend following
the ACM format guidelines
<http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html>, as this will be
the required format for accepted papers. Also please note that papers in
ACM format tend to have fewer pages, compared to the same paper in other
styles.

To submit a paper, please log on to Confmaster
<http://deri.confmaster.net/pages/login.php?Conf=SAAW2006> and create an
account, following the instructions given there. Please note that an
abstract must be submitted by July 24!


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

   * Knud Möller, DERI/NUI Galway (Ireland)
   * Anita de Waard, Elsevier Publishing (Netherlands)
   * Steve Cayzer, HP Labs, Bristol (United Kingdom)
   * Marja-Riitta Koivunen, Annotea.org (USA)
   * Michael Sintek, DFKI (Germany)
   * Siegfried Handschuh, DERI/NUI Galway (Ireland)
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