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SemAst 2009 Final call for papers

From: Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 18:02:08 +0000
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Second International Workshop on Practical Semantic Astronomy

2-5 March 2009

Glasgow, UK.


Semantic astronomy promises to expand the scientific discovery  
potential of exponentially growing data collections by enabling  
natural language querying, content-based searching, rich metadata  
markup and retrieval, rapid integration of diverse data collections,  
and machine-assisted scientific discovery.

Practical Semantic Astronomy 2009 is the second in a series of  
workshops first held at Caltech in February 2008. The workshop brings  
together experts from a broad range of disciplines using semantic  
technologies, alongside practitioners experimenting with these  
techniques to address current problems in astroinformatics.

The Virtual Observatory is a loose planet-wide collaboration of  
astronomy computing projects, aiming to make available the high-volume  
and rich data of astronomy. Although astronomical data is generally  
well-described, it is very dispersed, so that there is a substantial  
data-discovery and integration problem, making it fertile ground for  
the sorts of semantic approaches applied with such success in other  

In SemAst 2009, we will pair keynote speakers and astronomical use- 
cases, focusing broad expertise on challenging and exciting problems  
in astroinformatics. The keynotes speakers will be:

   * Danny Ayers, Talis, UK

   * Peter Fox, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA

   * Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

   * Amedeo Napoli, LORIA, France

   * Joel Sachs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

   * Robert Stevens, University of Manchester, UK

Topics of Interest

	 Astronomy and solar ontologies
	 Metadata for astronomical databases
	 Semantic integration
	 Semantic queries and data mining
	 Semantic technologies

Submissions should be in the form of an extended abstract of no more  
than 1 page. Abstracts should be submitted electronically with the  
EasyChair system

Important Dates

   * Abstract Submissions: 12 January 2009 (was 4 January)

   * Paper Notification: 16 January 2009

   * Early-bird Registration: 31 January 2009

   * Workshop: 2-5 March 2009


   * Alasdair J G Gray, University of Glasgow, UK

   * Norman Gray, University of Leicester/University of Glasgow, UK

   * Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow, UK

   * Jon Ritchie, University of Glasgow, UK

Scientific Organising Committee

   * Norman Gray (Chair), University of Leicester/University of  
Glasgow, UK

   * Kirk Borne, George Mason University, USA

   * Doug Burke, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

   * Sebastien Derriere, Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, France

   * Matthew Graham, California Institute of Technology, USA

   * Bob Mann, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, UK

Further Information

More information is available from the web site http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/workshops/semast09/ 
  or by email to
semast09 at dcs.gla.ac.uk

Have a good 2009.


Norman Gray  :  http://nxg.me.uk
Dept Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
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