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From: Miltiadis Lytras <mdl@eltrun.gr>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 15:21:28 +0200
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The contents of the inaugural issue of:
International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS)
Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association
Inaugural Issue: Volume 1, Issue 1, January  March 2005
Publshished: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 1552-6283
EISSN: 1552-6291
Amit Sheth, University of Georgia, USA and Semagix, Inc., USA
Co-Editor-In-Chief and Executive Editor: 
Miltiadis Lytras, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
To obtain a copy of the entire inaugural issue, please visit  <http://www.idea-group.com/ijswis> http://www.idea-group.com/ijswis 
"Semantic Web and Information Systems: An Agenda Based on Discourse with Community Leaders"
Miltiadis D. Lytras, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Last January, when AIS approved the proposal for a new SIG on Semantic Web and Information Systems (  <http://www.sigs> www.sigs emis.org), I never thought that we could gain the support of so many renowned academics and practitioners. Moreover, I couldn't imagine that all these people would be so excited concerning knowledge sharing and community building around the Semantic Web and its catalytic influence on our traditional perceptions of expressing and exploiting meaning through tools, services, and applications. Having already interviewed four key people for the evolution of the Semantic Web, we decided instead to provide a simple editorial to sketch the open Semantic Web and information systems research agenda.

"Semantics for the Semantic Web: The Implicit, the Formal and the Powerful"
Amit Sheth, University of Georgia, USA
Cartic Ramakrishnan, University of Georgia, USA
Christopher Thomas, University of Georgia, USA
Considering the role of semantics in a number of research areas in computer science, the authors organize semantics in three forms  implicit, formal, and powerful  and explore their roles in enabling some of the key capabilities related to the semantic Web. The central message of this article is that building the Semantic Web purely on description logics will artificially limit its potential, and exploiting well-known techniques that support implicit semantics, and developing more powerful semantic techniques is needed.
"Semantic eBusiness"
Rahul Singh, Lakshmi Iyer, A.F. Salam
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Semantic eBusiness seeks to apply fundamental work done in semantic Web technologies to support the transparent flow of semantically enriched information and knowledgeincluding content and know-howto enable, enhance, and coordinate collaborative eBusiness processes within and across organizational boundaries. Semantic eBusiness processes are characterized by the seamless and transparent flow of semantically enriched information and knowledge. A holistic view of semantic eBusiness that integrates emergent and well-grounded semantic Web technologies to improve the current state of the art in the transparency of eBusiness processes is presented.
"A Tool for Working with Web Ontologies"
Aditya Kalyanpur, Bijan Parsia, James Hendler
University of Maryland, USA
The task of building an open and scalable ontology browsing and editing tool based on OWL, the first standardized Web-oriented ontology language, requires the rethinking of critical user interface and ontological engineering issues. In this article, the authors describe Swoop, a browser and editor specifically tailored to OWL ontologies. Taking a "Web view" of things has proven quite instructive, and some insights into Web ontologies that they gained through their experience with Swoop, including issues related to the display, navigation, editing, and collaborative annotation of OWL ontological data are discussed.
"An Ontology-Based Multimedia Annotator for the Semantic Web of Language Engineering"
Artem Chebotko, Yu Deng, Shiyong Lu, Farshad Fotouhi, Anthony Aristar
Wayne State University, USA
The development of the semantic Web, the next-generation Web, greatly relies on the availability of ontologies and powerful annotation tools. However, there is a lack of ontology-based annotation tools for linguistic multimedia data. Existing tools either lack ontology support or provide limited support for multimedia. To fill the gap, the authors present an ontology-based linguistic multimedia annotation tool, OntoELAN, which features: (1) the support for OWL ontologies; (2) the management of language profiles, which allow the user to choose a subset of ontological terms for annotation; (3) the management of ontological tiers, which can be annotated with language profile terms and, therefore, corresponding ontological terms; and (4) storing OntoELAN annotation documents in XML format based on multimedia and domain ontologies. To our best knowledge, OntoELAN is the first audio/video annotation tool in the linguistic domain that provides support for ontology-based annotation. It is expected that the availability of such a tool will greatly facilitate the creation of linguistic multimedia repositories as islands of the semantic Web of language engineering.
For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS) in your Institution's library.
Mission of IJSWIS:
The International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems is an open forum aiming to cultivate the semantic Web vision within the information systems research community. In the common practice of anticipating Semantic Web as a technology driven phenomenon, a scientific insight is provided, which reveals the practical implications and the research challenges of SW in the context of information systems. It goes beyond the traditional research agenda of information systems and critical themes are analyzed through a semantic Web perspective in horizontal and vertical pillars. The main idea is to communicate high quality research findings in the leading edge aspects of semantic Web and information systems convergence. This statement distinguishes the journal and differentiates the publishing strategy from other publications: Traditionally semantic Web is treated as a technological phenomenon with the main emphasis on technologies, languages and tools without similar attention given to theoretical constructions or linkages to multidisciplinary references. The focus is on the information systems discipline and working towards the delivery of the main implications that the semantic Web brings to information systems and the information/knowledge society.
Coverage of IJSWIS:

*	Semantic Web issues, challenges and implications in each of the IS research streams 

*	Real world applications towards the development of the knowledge society 

*	New semantic Web enabled tools for the citizen/ learner/ organization/ business 

*	New semantic Web enabled business models 

*	New semantic Web enabled information systems 

*	Integration with other disciplines 

*	Intelligent systems 

*	Standards 

*	Semantic enabled business intelligence 

*	Enterprise application integration 

*	Metadata-driven (bottom-up) versus ontology-driven (top-down) SW development 

*	From e-Government to e-Democracy

Interested authors should consult the Journal's manuscript
submission guidelines at  <http://www.idea-group.com/ijswis> http://www.idea-group.com/ijswis 
All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:
Dr. Miltiadis Lytras at 
 <mailto:Lytras@ceid.upatras.gr> Lytras@ceid.upatras.gr or   <mailto:mdl@eltrun.gr> mdl@eltrun.gr 

Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras 
Association for Information Systems, SIG on Semantic Web and Information Systems AIS SIGSEMIS, http://www.sigsemis.org <http://www.sigsemis.org/>  
International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IDEA Group, http://www.idea-group.com/journals/details.asp?id=4625)
International Journal of Knowledge and Learning (IJKL) - http://www.inderscience.com/ijkl/ 
International Journal of Learning and Change (IJLC)- http://www.inderscience.com/ijlc/ 
International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (IJMSO)- http://www.inderscience.com/ijmso/ 
ECIS Track on Semantic Web and Information Systems:  http://www.ecis2005.de/semantic.html 
Computers Engineering and Informatics Department - CEID 
University of Patras & 
Computer Technology Insitute - CTI 
Patra, Greece 
e-mail: lytras@ceid.upatras.gr  
site: http://www.ceid.upatras.gr <http://www.ceid.upatras.gr/>   ; http://www.cti.gr <http://www.cti.gr/>  
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