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CFP - SAAW2006 Semantic Authoring and Annotation Workshop at ISWC-2006

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Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 16:54:29 +0200
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                       FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

        SAAW2006 - Semantic Authoring and Annotation Workshop

workshop to be held at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference,
               Athens, GA, U.S.A. November 5-9 2006


The workshop aims to combine the "traditional" paradigm of Semantic Web (SW)
annotation with SW technologies in the authoring domain (e.g. Blogs and
Wikis, Semantic Word, etc). Together with the popular collaborative tagging
paradigm, these three application domains make up what can collectively be
called Semantic Authoring and Annotation.


   July 24, 2006  	-   Abstract submissions due
   August 1, 2006 	-   Paper submissions due
   September 5, 2006 	-   Acceptance Notification
   September 18, 2006 	-   Camera-ready papers due
   November 6, 2006 	-   Workshop date


The "traditional" paradigm of Semantic Web (SW) annotation - annotating
existing web sites with the help of external tools - has been established
for a number of years now, e.g. in the form of tools such as OntoMat or
tools based on Annotea, and is continuously being developed and improved.

At the same time, core technologies of the SW - the common, open data-model
of the Resource Description Framework and the use of shared vocabularies -
are now gradually being introduced into mainstream publishing and authoring
channels such traditional online publications or office software, as well as
in new and "hip" technologies such as Blogs and Wikis. Regardless of the
medium, SW technologies in the authoring domain aim at aiding human content
producers to author, structure, annotate and publish text and other media
right from the start, rather than enriching them with metadata at a later

The collaborative tagging paradigm, which has its roots in social
bookmarking and folksonomies, is now becoming popular. Unfortunately, it is
often very centralized and does not take users needs for different levels of
sharing into account. Many services would benefit their users by offering
them SW based bookmarks and topics such as in Annotea bookmarking and topic

Together these three application domains make up what can collectively be
called Semantic Authoring and Annotation, the result of which are documents
with formal, machine-understandable semantics, partly created by authors and
partly by collaborators examining the work in different angles and in
different contexts. An important aspect in all these technologies is that
they are human-centric, target non-computer experts and aim at making
various kinds of content more visible, better accessible, easier to find,
reuse, share, organize, and examine from different viewpoints. Furthermore,
Semantic Annotation and the introduction of SW technologies into mainstream
authoring domains will result in an increased amount of relevant SW data,
and help to achieve a broader success of the SW.

Finally, various technologies to implement semantic annotation and the
authoring of semantic documents (e.g. GRDDL for deriving formal metadata or
RDFa and Microformats for embedding it) have entered the scene recently, and
are being endorsed by standards bodies such as the W3C.

The SAAW workshop will be organized as a half-day workshop and will
investigate technical and methodological, as well as social issues
surrounding all aspects of Semantic Web Authoring and Annotation.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

 *  Semantic Authoring and Annotation tools - Semantic Blogs, Semantic
Wikis, etc. - that allows human users to produce content and publish it on
the web:
   o Usability - As SW techonologies enter the mainstream, the end-users
(authors) of authoring tools will often not have formal computing
background, which is why simple and intuitive user interfaces are becoming
increasingly important.
   o Context - Knowing the context of the authoring and publishing process -
where and when is an author producing content, for which audience, etc. -
can be exploited in aiding and guiding human users.
   o Integration and Aggregation - Many tasks require authors to draw on
various often not integrated sources. An important goal must therefore be to
find ways to enable this integration and aggregation process.
* Formats and standards for embedding formal metadata in documents (e.g.
RDFa or Microformats), or for deriving such metadata from documents (e.g.
   o Assessment of such standards - are they sufficient, what is still
   o Examples of the use of such technologies (e.g. Microformats in
Structured Blogging)
* Semantic Authoring and Annotation for scientific publications:
   o What would users (readers) need from and gain by semantically authored
and annotated documents?
   o What would authors be willing to submit?
   o To what extent can scientific papers be structured?
   o Are current authoring/browsing tools able to handle these needs, if not
what is the next step?
   o Enabling Semantic Conference Proceedings: Conceptual Structures for
   o Cost and benefit of "going semantics" for a large (publishing)
* The impact of the Social Semantic Desktop on Semantic Authoring and
Annotation - the Next generation collaboration infrastructure:
   o Means to author and annotate Semantic Documents on the Desktop
* General descriptions of semantic annotation
* (Common) semantic annotation strategies for upgrading the web to the
Semantic Web (including multimedia content):
   o Semantic annotation of static vs. dynamic web documents
   o Manual and/or automated semantic annotation of the current Web
   o Multimedia semantic annotation (e.g. with adoptions of MPEG-7)
* Collaborative tagging and annotation
   o Relations between tagging systems and full-fledged semantic annotation
   o Deriving formal semantics from flat tagging systems (tag clustering,
* All topics related to the evaluation of authoring and annotation for
Semantic Web applications
* Vocabularies and Ontologies for Semantic Authoring and Annotation


Format requirements for the submission of papers are:

* Maximum 10 pages, including title page and bibliography for technical
* Maximum 4 pages, including title page and bibliography for short position

Although not required for the initial submission, we recommend following the
ACM format guidelines <http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html>,
as this will be the required format for accepted papers. Also please note
that papers in ACM format tend to have fewer pages, compared to the same
paper in other styles.


    * Knud Möller, DERI/NUI Galway (Ireland)
    * Anita de Waard, Elsevier Publishing (Netherlands)
    * Steve Cayzer, HP Labs, Bristol (United Kingdom)
    * Marja-Riitta Koivunen, Annotea.org (USA)
    * Michael Sintek, DFKI (Germany)
    * Siegfried Handschuh, DERI/NUI Galway (Ireland)
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