CfP: Special Issue of the Journal of Web Semantic (JWS) on "The Web of Data"

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   			    2nd CALL FOR PAPERS		
Special Issue of the Journal of Web Semantic (JWS) on "The Web of Data"

Guest editors: Axel Polleres and David Huynh

to appear in Summer 2009

As the core of the Semantic Web matures, we see parallel trends such as
microformats, RDFa, and Linked Data evolve with it, all of which
complementing each other in what we may well call a machine-readable
Web. Yet, scalable techniques to deal with this Web of Data in its
entirety, i.e. using the "Web as the data base", as the Semantic Web was
once envisioned, still misses some important puzzle pieces. Scalability
here does not only include the ability to handle amounts of data at Web
scale in terms of actual data processing, but also human-scalable and
user-friendly tools that open the Web of Data to the current Web user.
This special issue shall encompass the recent trends of the
"traditional" Web and the Semantic Web converging into the Web of Data.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

* Querying the Web of Data
* Searching and Browsing the Web of Data
* Reasoning for the Web of Data
* Using models of provenance and trust
* Probabilistic models for data integration
* Strategies for dealing with the natural inconsistencies on the Web
* Populating the Web of Data (information retrieval, linked data,
automatic annotation, deep Web crawling, etc.)
* Principles and Structure of the Web of Data
* Data Models for the Web - RDF & its "alternatives" (GRDDL, RDFa,
* Personal/personalized Web of Data (particularly, consumer-oriented
* Tools & Mash-ups
* Web of Data vs. Web 2.0
* Web of Data and Social Networks
* The Web of Data as a New Medium
* Practical Stepping Stones & Strategies Towards the Web of Data

Particularly, for the first three items we solicit contributions which
for instance (i) push the boundaries of scale towards Web size, (ii)
suggest novel ranking techniques for the Web of data, or (iii) deal with
the evolutionary and structural characteristics of the Web of Data. We
also solicit reports on novel applications using the Web of Data, as
well as strategic and practical contributions with the potential to
drive the idea of the Web of Data forward.

Submission guidelines:

The Journal of Web Semantics solicits original scientific contributions
of high quality. Following the overall mission of the journal, we
emphasize the publication of papers that combine theories, methods and
experiments from different subject areas in order to deliver innovative
semantic methods and applications. The publication of large-scale
experiments and their analysis is also encouraged to clearly illustrate
scenarios and methods that introduce semantics into existing Web
interfaces, contents and services. Submission of your manuscript is
welcome provided that it, or any translation of it, has not been
copyrighted or published and is not being submitted for publication
elsewhere. Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will be asked to
transfer copyright of the article to the publisher. This transfer will
ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. Manuscripts
should be prepared for publication in accordance with instructions given
in the "Guide for Authors" (available from the publisher), details of
which can be found at: 

The submission and review process will be carried out using Elsevier's
Web-based EES system, cf.

Final decisions of accepted papers will be approved by an editor in chief.

Important Dates:

We aim at an efficient publication cycle in order to guarantee
up-to-dateness of the published results. We will review papers on a
rolling basis as they are submitted and explicitly encourage submissions
well before the final deadline.

Submission deadline:      	21 January 2009
Reviews due:              		18 March 2009
Notification:             		30 March 2009
Final version submitted:  	27 April 2009
Publication:              		July 2009

About the Journal of Web Semantics:

The Journal of Web Semantics is published by Elsevier since 2003. It is
an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of
various subject areas that contribute to the development of a
knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web. These areas include:
knowledge technologies, ontology, agents, databases and the semantic
grid, obviously disciplines like information retrieval, language
technology, human-computer interaction and knowledge discovery are of
major relevance as well. All aspects of the Semantic Web development are

Editors-in-Chief: Tim Finin, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Steffen Staab
For all editors information, see 

The Journal of Web Semantics offers to its authors and readers:

* Free availability of papers on the Web at

* Professional support with publishing by Elsevier staff

* Indexed by Thomson-Reuters web of science

* Impact factor 3.41: the third highest out of 92 titles in
   Thomson-Reuters' category "Computer Science, Information Systems"

For any further questions regarding the special issue (appropriateness
of your contribution, editorial issues, etc.), please feel free to
contact the guest editors:

  Axel Polleres (
  David Huynh (

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