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CfP ISWC2014 Workshop Linked Learning meets LinkedUp

From: Stefan Dietze <stefan.dietze@gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 15:05:17 +0200
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[Apologies for cross-posting]

***** #LILE2014 - “Linked Learning meets LinkedUp: Learning and
Education with the Web of Data“ *****

- Web: http://linkededucation.org/events/lile2014/-
- collocated with ISWC2014 (http://iswc2014.semanticweb.org/), October,
Riva del Garda, Italy -
- sponsored by LinkedUp (http://linkedup-project.eu) -


   * Submission date: 7 July, 2014
   * Author notifications: July 30, 2014
   * Camera-ready papers: August 20, 2014.
   * LILE2014 will be held on October 19-20, 2014.


The huge success and widespread adoption of the Linked Data approach has 
led to the availability of vast amounts of public data which has the 
potential to fundamentally aid and transform the production, delivery 
and consumption of educational services and content. More recently, 
these approaches started to get adopted by education institutions, with 
Linked Data technologies being used to expose public information 
regarding course offerings, open educational resources and educational 
facilities in a readily accessible and reusable way. This has led to the 
creation of an embryonic “Web of Educational Data” and initiatives such 
as LinkedEducation.org (http://LinkedEducation.org), 
LinkedUniversities.org <http://linkededucation.org/> and LinkedUp
(http://www.linkedup-project.eu/). While the very nature of the Linked
Data approach thus clearly offers promising solutions that can 
potentially transform learning, adoption and take-up is still hindered
by issues which are both technical as well interdisciplinary. Building
on the success of Linked Learning editions (2011-2013), LILE2014 aims at 
addressing such challenges by providing a forum for researchers and
practitioners who make innovative use of Linked Data for educational
purposes, and to discuss, exchange and disseminate their work.


The workshop aims to be a highly interactive research forum for
exploring the promises of the Web of Linked Data in the broad area of
learning by gathering researchers from different communities, such as
Linked Data/Semantic Web, Social Web, Technology Enhanced Learning
(TEL), and Education. We will welcome high-quality papers about actual
trends in (a) how education takes advantage of the Web of Data,
especially through Linked Data technologies and (b) how Linked Data
principles are being applied in educational contexts. We will seek
application-oriented, as well as more theoretical papers and position
papers in the following, non-exhaustive list of topics:

   * Linked data for informal learning and Web-based education
   * Using the Web of Data for personalisation and context-awareness
   * Usability and advanced user interfaces in learning environments and
     linked data
   * Light-weight educational metadata schemas
   * Exposing learning objects to the Web of Data
   * Semantic & syntactic mappings between educational metadata schemas
   * Controlled vocabularies, ontologies and terminologies for learning &
   * Schema.org and LRMI for annotating educational related Websites
   * Learning flows and designs with Semantic Web technologies
   * Linked data in learning analytics and educational data mining
   * Visual analytics of educational data
   * Linked data in organizational learning and learning organizations
   * Linked data for harmonizing individual learning goals and
     organizational objectives
   * Competency management with linked data
   * Collaborative learning on the Web of Data
   * Linked-data enhanced social learning


The annual Linked Learning workshop series was established 4 years ago
and has gathered a significant and constantly growing community since
its first edition, proving the high relevance and timeliness of the
workshop scope: use of Linked Data in educational scenarios. The first
edition (Linked Learning 2011, http://purl.org/linkedlearning) was held
together with the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC2011in
Heraklion, Crete in May 2011, while the second edition
<http://lile2012.linkededucation.org/> was collocated with WWW2012 in
Lyon and the LILE2013 (http://lile2013.linkededucation.org/) with
WWW2013 in Rio de Janeiro. All three previous editions of LILE/Linked
Learning featured an interactive mix of keynotes, paper sessions (10-13
accepted high-quality papers per workshop) and panel discussions and
were among the best attended workshops of their respective conferences,
bringing together key players in the field of Linked Data, Semantic Web, 
Knowledge-based Systems and education. All previous workshops were very 
successful, outstandingly well attended and highly productive as well as 
engaging; the success and establishment of a growing “Linked Learning” 
community has been proven by several related follow-up activities which 
emerged out of the workshop series: outstanding papers from the workshop 
were selected to be published in specific post-proceedings (in addition 
to the general workshop proceedings), and extended versions of some of 
the workshop papers were invited to submit to a special issue of 
Interactive Learning Environments dedicated to the workshop theme which 
is guest-edited by the workshop chairs. In addition, the community 
platforms http://linkededucation.org and
http://linkeduniversities.org evolved partially out of the workshop as a 
means to share and disseminate related work in the area of Linked Data 
for Education. This year’s LILE workshop will be organized in 
cooperation with LinkedUp, an FP7 Support Action that seeks to explore 
and exploit open and linked data for education and is not only highly 
related to LILE but also emerged out of activities driven by the 
workshop chairs. The LinkedUp project organises
the Vici Competition, the final edition of a series of three consecutive 
open competitions (http://linkedup-challenge.org/) that ask for 
innovative and robust tools that analyse and/or integrate open web data 
for educational purposes. The selected entries of the second
competition, Vidi, will present their work at ESWC 2014. The
presentations and award ceremony of the first competition was held at
the OKCon 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland and the extended versions of the
selected entries have been published in open-access proceedings.


We target a public full day workshop and expect between 30 and 40
participants and approximately 15 paper presentations (incl. LinkedUp
Vici presentations) and 5-10 posters and system demonstrations. The
intended audience consists of researchers and practitioners from both
the general area of TEL and the semantic technologies field, but also
takes into account related areas such as Web science, social learning,
multimedia or context-awareness. We also intend to invite
representatives from highly related (past, current and future) projects
and initiatives such as: LinkedUp (http://www.linkedup-project.eu
http://www.linkedup-project.eu/), VIVO (http://vivoweb.org/),
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, LRMI(http://www.lrmi.net/),
Mature IP (http://mature-ip.eu/), SOLAR(http://solaresearch.org
<http://solaresearch.org/>), Commonwealth of Learning
(http://www.col.org <http://www.col.org/>), or Open Discovery Space
(http://opendiscoveryspace.eu/) which are already well-represented in
the workshop committees. The schedule is designed to stimulate a highly
interactive event by leaving significant time for discussions:


The workshop will accept poster or demonstration abstracts (max. 2
pages), short position papers (max. 6 pages) and longer technical papers 
not exceeding 15 pages. Papers should follow the LNCS proceedings style. 
Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the PC. 
Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as a 
volume of CEUR-WS. Please submit your papers via Easychair using the 
following link: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lile2014.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (to be extended)

* Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
* Charalampos Bratsas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
* Ebrahim Bagheri,Ryerson University, Canada
* Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
* Marco Antonio Casanova, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de 
Janeiro, Brazil
* Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
* Gianluca Demartini, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
* Hendrik Drachsler, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
* Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, UK
* Nikolas Dovrolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
* Hannes Ebner, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
* Fabrizio Giorgini, Lattanzio Learning
* Tom Heath, The ODI, UK
* Jelena Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
* Carsten Keßler, University of Münster, Germany
* Ivana Marenzi, L3S Research Center, Germany
* Lyndon Nixon, Semantic Technologies Institute, Austria
* Abelardo Pardo, University of Sydney, Australia
* Elisabetta Parodi, Lattanzio Learning; Italy
* Bernardo Pereira Nunes, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de 
Janeiro, Brazil
* Davide Taibi, Institute for Educational Technologies, Italian National 
Research Council, Italy
* Dhavalkumar Thakker, University of Leeds, UK
* Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton, UK
* Amal Zouaq, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada


  * Stefan Dietze (L3S Research Center, Germany)
  * Mathieu d’Aquin (The Open University, UK)
  * Eelco Herder (L3S Research Center, Germany)
  * Dragan Gasevic (Athabasca University, Canada)
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