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Interacting with Linked Data (ILD) workshop at the ESWC 2012

From: V.Lopez <v.lopez@open.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:33:04 +0000
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[Apologies for cross-posting]

This may be of interest for the Linked Data communities.

Also, the second challenge on Question Answering over Linked Data is on!.


              Interacting with Linked Data (ILD)


 Workshop co-located with the Extended Semantic Web Conference 2012

* Motivation and Scope *

While more and more semantic data is published on the Web, the question of how typical Web users can access this body of knowledge becomes of crucial importance. There is now a growing amount of research on interaction paradigms that allow end users to profit from the expressive power of Semantic Web standards while at the same time hiding the complexity behind an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. These paradigms range from keyword search, faceted browsing and exploration to natural language question answering. 

Despite different goals and different kinds of interaction, the main challenge involved in interacting with Linked Data is the same for all approaches: dealing with a heterogeneous, distributed and very large set of highly interconnected data. The availability of such an amount of open and structured data has no precedents in computer science and approaches that can deal with the specific character of Linked Data are urgently needed.

The workshop is aimed at all researchers and practitioners working on the interaction with Linked Data and related topics. Its goal is to bring together expertise from different communities, including NLP, HCI and Semantic Web, and to encourage communication across interaction paradigms.

* Open Challenge * 

The workshop will be accompanied by an open challenge on a particular interaction paradigm: Question Answering over Linked Data. We will provide two datasets together with a set of training questions of different complexity levels with manually specified SPARQL queries and answers for each dataset. Participating systems will then be evaluated on similarly annotated test questions with respect to precision and recall. For more information please consult the workshop website.

* Call for Papers * 

We welcome the submission of research papers on all aspects of interaction with Linked Data, system descriptions of systems participating in the open challenge, and short papers on preliminary research.

The following topics are of special interest:

- Question answering and natural language interfaces to Linked Data
- HCI and Linked Data
- Faceted browsing and exploration
- New interaction metaphors for Linked Data
- Multimodal interfaces to Linked Data
- Disambiguation and inferencing across multiple sources and domains
- Natural language generation
- Discovery on the fly of relevant Linked Data sources
- Efficiency and performance aspects
- Dealing with data and schema heterogeneity
- Summarization and aggregation
- Providing justifications of answers and conveying trust
- Personalization in accessing Linked Data
- User feedback and interaction
- Habitability and usability aspects

* Important Dates * 

Deadline for workshop papers: March 4 
Notification of acceptance: April 1
Deadline for camera-ready version: April 15

Release of training dataset and instructions: January 31
Release of test set: March 28
Submission of results by participants: April 1
Evaluation of results to participants: April 10

* Submission details *

Research papers should not exceed 12 pages in length (excluding references), system descriptions should not exceed 8 pages (excluding references). Short papers describing preliminary research or positions can also be submitted and should not exceed 4 pages in length. All papers have to be submitted in PDF format; camera-ready versions must be formatted according to the LNCS guidelines.

Submission and reviewing will be via EasyChair: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ild2012

For detailed information and updates on the open challenge, there is an ILD mailing list: https://lists.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/cit-ec/mailman/listinfo/ild

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