CFP: Special Issue on Multimedia Semantics @ IJ on Semantic Web and Informatuion Systems

        International Journal of Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS) 
        Special Issue on Multimedia Semantics

Information is increasingly becoming ubiquitous and all-pervasive, with the World-Wide Web as its primary repository. The rapid growth of information on the Web creates new challenges for information retrieval. Recently, there has been a growing interest in the investigation and development of the next generation web – the semantic web. The semantic web enables programs/agents to automatically understand what data is about, and therefore, bridge the, so-called, semantic gap between the ways in which users request web resources and the real needs of those users, ultimately improving the quality of web information retrieval. 
Multimedia information has always been part of the semantic web paradigm, but, in general, has been discussed very simplistically by the semantic web community. We believe that, rather than trying to discover a media object’s hidden meaning, one should formulate ways of managing media objects so as to help people make more intelligent use of them. The relationship between users and media objects should be studied. Media objects should be interpreted relative to the particular goal or point-of-view of a particular user at a particular time. Media objects that would satisfy a user at one time may not satisfy him at other times. And, of course, media objects that would satisfy one user may not satisfy other users, even at the same time. 

Content-based descriptors are necessary to this process.  Recently, a major European wireless service provider managed to have all its digital media content providers supply metadata in RDF, and saw the revenues increase by 20% in three months.  Major search engines are in the process of rolling out A/V search capabilities. At the same time, such descriptions   are definitely not sufficient. Context is also important, and should be managed. The area of emergent multimedia semantics has been initiated to study the measured interactions between users and media objects, with the ultimate goal of trying to satisfy the user community by providing them with the media objects they require, based on their individual previous media interactions.
For this special issue on the Multimedia Semantic Web, we welcome all papers relevant to topics at the confluence of multimedia information management and the semantic web, such as multimedia ontologies, multimedia extraction and annotation, multimedia semantics, semantics-based search and integration of multimedia and digital content, emergent semantics, semantics enabled multimedia applications (including search, browsing, retrieval, visualization), semantics enabled networks and middleware for multimedia applications, semantic metadata for mobile applications, tool-based approaches utilizing such artifacts as RDF Schema and OWL, approaches using metadata standards such as MPEG-7, and industrial use cases and applications.

Submission Guidelines and Important Dates:

Submitting authors should follow the Style and Author Guidelines for
regular IJSWIS papers available at

Manuscripts should be submitted to William Grosky at

Submission Deadline for Papers:  March 1, 2006    
Completion of 1st Round of Reviews:  April 1, 2006
Major/Minor Revisions Due:  April 15, 2006         
Completion of 2nd Round of Reviews:  May 1, 2006
Editorial Decisions Sent:  May 15, 2006          
Planned Publication: Issue 2(3) or 2(4)                 

Special Issue Guest Editors:

William Grosky, University of Michigan-Dearborn,
Farshad Fotouhi, Wayne State University,

Received on Friday, 4 November 2005 19:36:36 UTC