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CfP: SemDeskEng2007: ESEC/FSE 2007 Workshop on Engineering the Semantic Desktop

From: Siegfried Handschuh <Siegfried.Handschuh@deri.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 19:23:20 +0100
To: semantic-web@w3.org
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Engineering the Semantic Desktop (SemDeskEng 2007)

co-located with the 6th joint meeting of the European Software  
Engineering Conference and the ACM
SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineer
Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 3-7, 2007

Technologies, originally developed by the Semantic Web community,  
such as ontologies and RDF graphs, have turned out to be useful also  
in other domains. Software Engineering, Business Processes or  
application integration on the user's desktop take advantage of the  
possibility to model the domain in a machine process-able way through  
ontologies. More and more services come into use that use these  
Semantic Web technologies; Services such as RDF databases, inference  
engines, messaging systems.

Whereas these services are getting mature, the infrastructure to  
integrate these services are not well investigated. Therefore, a  
novel middleware architecture is needed that integrates the services  
in an open framework; Services such as lifting proprietary  
application data to semantic structures, routing data based on  
semantic information, semantic inter-process communication, and  
storing, retrieval, and linking of extracted meta-data. Therefore,  
the Semantic Web community as well as the Software Engineering  
community are challenged to investigate this field and to come up  
with an architecture and middleware support for the integration of  
semantically enriched services. These challenges comprise, i.e.:

• Using Ontologies in the Software Architecture shifts the  
engineering from the software design to ontology design. Significant  
behavior within the system might be modeled by ontologies. What is an  
appropriate methodology and tool support for such an ontology driven  
• What will be the core set of services which denotes a semantic  
• Services will define methods that might use RDF graphs as  
parameters or return values. How to describe the RDF data (or  
ontological concepts) in the interface description?

Together, these technologies provide a means to build the semantic  
bridges necessary for data exchange and application integration. On  
the Semantic Desktop the integration of these technologies is already  
advanced and offers a good area to test scenario for the  
practicability to a semantic middleware. The Semantic Desktop will  
transform the conventional desktop into a seamless, networked working  
environment, by loosening the borders between individual applications  
and the physical workspace of different users.


The goal of this workshop is to start a discussion between the  
relevant communities, such as the semantic community, the software  
engineering community and the open-source community. The expertise of  
these communities in terms of architecture, design, development and  
implementation for a semantic middelware will help to achieve this  
vision of an open framework  that should be exploited on the Semantic  

The workshop intends to bring together researchers and practitioner  
from the semantic web, semantic desktop, the software engineering and  
the open-source communities to discuss various aspects of  
architecture, design, development and implementation issues of the  
Semantic Desktop.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

     * Semantic driven software engineering for a semantic middleware
     * Communication protocols, data exchange formats, data exchange  
interfaces on the basis of RDF
     * Tools developed or being developed for Software Engineering  
for the semantic middleware
     * Shortcomings of the current semantic desktop approaches with  
respect to Software Engineering
     * Standardization of semantic desktop architecture.
     * Engineering techniques and semantic desktop tools or languages
     * Methodology and tool support for a semantic middleware.
     * Application of UML for the Design of a semantic middleware
     * Software specification for a semantic middleware
     * Ontology Driven Architectures for a semantic middleware.
     * Semantic Middleware use on the Semantic Desktop.
     * Middleware Communications, Infrastructure for Semantically and  
Rich Data-excahange.
     * Core set of services that denote a Semantic Desktop.
     * Service Oriented Architecture for the Semantic Desktop.
     * Description of RDF data (or ontological concepts) in the  
interface description.
     * Semantic Web enebled peer-to-peer systems.


Submission deadline: July 1, 2007
Notication of acceptance: July 29, 2007
Camera-ready paper submission: August 12, 2007
Workshop date: September 3, 2007


* Siegfried Handschuh, DERI Galway, Ireland
* Mehdi Jazayeri, University of Lugano, Switzerland and Technical  
University of Vienna, Austria
* Gerald Reif, Department of Informatics, University of Zurich,  


We seek two kinds of submissions:
* Full papers - should not exceed 8 pages in length.
* Short papers - are expected up to 4 pages.
Papers must be submitted as PDF and strictly adhere to ACM  
proceedings format.
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