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Call for Paper for International Workshop on Emergent Semantics and Ontology Evolution in ISWC2007

From: Ong, Ernie <ernie.ong@sap.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 18:20:29 +0200
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To: "Ong, Ernie" <ernie.ong@sap.com>

International Workshop on Emergent Semantics and Ontology Evolution
- https://km.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/ws/esoe2007
- located at the 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2007
- November 12th, 2007
- Busan, Korea


The Semantic Web and collaborative tagging are two complementary
approaches aiming at making information search, retrieval, navigation
and knowledge discovery easier. While the Semantic Web enforces
semantics top-down via the use of ontologies, collaborative tagging
tries to obtain semantics in a bottom-up fashion. Del.icio.us and flickr
are success stories of collaborative tagging; the winners of the
Semantic Web Challenge demonstrate the success of the Semantic Web.
Still, both approaches face open issues. For the Semantic Web, ontology
engineering, in particular, large-scale ontology construction, has been
a bottleneck. While effort and progress have been made in ontology
matching, alignment, versioning and learning, it has become clear that
constructing large ontologies requires collaboration among multiple
individuals or groups with expertise in specific areas. Also critical is
the ontology evolution in the open, dynamic Web environment in order to
keep pace with the Web dynamics. For collaborative tagging, tags
(metadata) can be generated in large-scale and capture users' collective
wisdom. However, large-scale tagging usually degrades the performance of
re-findability due to the ambiguity of uncontrolled vocabulary and the
flat structure of "tag soup". In such a case tagging alone is not
helpful at all for solving the problem. Bundles, classification,
relations or tagging of tags are some promising ways to enforce some
kinds of structure for tags in order to enable scalability and

There is a growing interest in marrying the two paradigms in order to
create large-scale semantic and intelligent content. The basic idea is
to 1) derive emergent semantics from community-based collaborative
interaction as demonstrated by Web 2.0 application, in particular,
folksonomic tagging; 2) extract and formally model emergent semantics in
structures, such as ontologies; 3) construct and evolve ontologies as
emergent semantics from collaborative applications are of dynamic
nature; and 4) enhance collaborative applications with formal
ontological structures. Against this background, the proposed workshop
aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the relevant
fields of the Semantic Web, ontology engineering, folksonomy, social
Web, artificial intelligence, machine learning, information integration
and relevant application areas (e.g., bioinformatics, enterprise
knowledge management, e-science, e-government, medical informatics,
social informatics, among others) to discuss the current state of the
art and open research problems in emergent semantics and ontology
evolution. A secondary goal of the workshop is to facilitate
collaborations between different research groups.

Topics of Interest

Workshop Topics include (but are not limited to):

Emergent semantics analysis
    * Characterization and analysis of Web 2.0 applications
    * Tagging behavior analysis for online communities
    * Dynamic context modeling
    * Formal foundations and frameworks for emergent semantics
    * Semantic disambiguation and merging
    * Emergent semantic acquisition tools and environments

Emergent semantics modeling - ontologies
    * Emergent semantic extraction approaches and algorithms such as
semiotic, algebraic, logic and statistical methods
    * Collaborative ontology construction
    * Ontology self-organisation
    * Semantic similarity and reasoning

Ontology Evolution
    * Ontology dynamics - change management
    * Ontology learning from collaborative tagging
    * Ontology adaptability and optimization
    * Ontology aggregation and linking

Technologies, tools and proof-of-concept applications
    * Semantic tagging
    * Experiment study
    * Tag recommendation mechanisms
    * Large scale semantic content management
    * Infrastructures and technologies
    * Systems and applications
    * Open problems

As well as papers arising directly from the above areas, we also welcome
contributions from related disciplines which may contribute to the
success of emergent semantics and ontology evolution, including natural
language processing, machine learning, data mining, other applications
of Web 2.0, such as blogs, wikis, etc.

The workshop encourages participation from both academia and industry
with its emphasis on theoretical and practical aspects of emergent
semantics and ontology evolution. Given its novelty and infancy, we
expect academic participants to present their theoretical algorithms,
approaches, initial experiment results and/or work on progress. On the
other hand, we expect representatives from industry to present business
cases, their requirements and insights for emergent semantic and
ontology evolution.


The workshop will consist of:
    * An opening session for introducing the workshop topics, goals,
participants, and expected outcomes
    * Two invited talks from academia and industry respectively,
carefully intermixed with presentation of contributed papers.
    * Technical presentation.
    * Discussion of open problems and future research directions
    * A wrap-up session summarizing the workshop (including formal or

Workshop Organising Committee 

    * Peter Haase, Institute AIFB at University of Karlsruhe (DE).
email: haase [at] aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de
    * Andreas Hotho, KDE Group at University of Kassel (DE). email:
hotho [at] cs.uni-kassel.de
    * Luke Chen, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of
Ulster, UK. email: l.chen [at] ulster.ac.uk
    * Ernie Ong, SAP CEC Research Centre, Belfast, UK. email: ernie.ong
[at] sap.com
    * Philippe Cudre Mauroux, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
(EPFL), Lausanne. email: philippe.cudre-mauroux [at] epfl.ch

Program Committee 

    * Andreas Abecker, FZI, Germany
    * Karl Aberer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL),
    * Harith Alani, University of Southampton, UK
    * Ciro Cattuto, University of Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
    * Stefan Decker, DERI, Galway, Ireland
    * Manfred Hauswirth, DERI, Galway, Ireland
    * Peter Mika, Yahoo, Barcelona, Spain
    * Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA
    * Daniel Oberle, SAP Research Karlsruhe, Germany
    * Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany
    * Ljiljana Stojanovic, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
    * Leo Sauermann, DFKI, Germany
    * Harald Sack, University of Jena, Germany
    * Marta Souba, Knowledge Media Institute, UK
    * Luc Steels, Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium
    * Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands


We invite two types of submissions for this workshop: Technical Papers
and Short Position Papers. Papers can report on completed or work in
progress in any of the topics of interests of the workshop (but not
limited to them), including use-cases and descriptions of
Format requirements for submissions of papers are:

    * Maximum 12 pages, excluding title page and bibliography for
technical papers.
    * Maximum 6 pages, excluding title page and bibliography for short
position papers.
    * All submissions should be formatted according to the formatting
guidelines for Springer-Verlag (LNCS) - see
    * All papers must be submitted in PDF format.
    * All submissions must be entered into the Workshop Submission

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of
these reviews.
Accepted papers will be published in a hardcopy Workshop Proceedings and
online. Selected high-quality papers will be recommended for publication
in an international journal. Authors of accepted papers need to register
for the main conference and present the paper at the workshop.

Important Dates 

    * First call for papers: May 8, 2007
    * ==> Abstract submissions: July 23, 2007
    * ==> Submissions due: July 30, 2007
    * Notification of acceptance: 30 August, 2007
    * Camera-ready versions due: 15 September, 2007
    * Workshop: 12 November, 2007

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