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CFP : Workshop on Open Data in a Semantic Web Perspective

From: Eric Charton <eric.charton@polymtl.ca>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:20:10 -0500
Message-ID: <4EF358BA.3050005@polymtl.ca>
To: semantic-web@w3.org

Workshop on Open Data in a Semantic Web Perspective

May 27th, 2012
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(co-located with Canadia AI 2012)


Open Data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to 
everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from 
copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. Open Data recently, 
gaining popularity with the rise of the W3C Semantic Web prospective 

The LinkedData network, promoted by the W3C, is the most visible part of 
what an open Web of data, as a complement of a Web of document could be. 
Vast repositories of normalized data like those from DBPedia, PubMed, 
GeneID, DrugBank, OECD or UNESCO are now stimulating an intensive new 
field of research related to the possible uses of those data in IA and 
knowledge management applications. Major companies involved in data 
exploration and information retrieval invest in this new field and study 
new interfaces and algorithms to bring the gap between data and users 
like Google and the Public Data Explorer.

Governments are increasingly recognizing the benefits of making their 
data open and reusable. The launch of open-data government initiatives 
such as Data.gov in USA or various initiatives in Europe like the Open 
Data Challenge, or data.gov.uk is a strong encouragement to the 
development of the open data movement.

The wide availability of Public Sector Information can be a key driver 
to develop content markets in North America, which can generate new 
businesses and jobs and provide more information to consumers and 
citizens. In Canada, the Open Data Pilot is part of the Government 
commitment to open government, which is being pursued along three 
streams: open data, open information and open dialogue, and aims to 
drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians.

We would like to invite researchers and actors of the open data movement 
to present their work to the workshop. This workshop would like to bring 
together data providers, initiative groups, technology providers, and 
researchers to facilitate the dissemination of ideas, methods and 
promote new research perspectives related to the Open Data and the 
Semantic Web applications.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1.Open Data sets and catalogs (including Semantic Web, LinkedData, 
public data sets)
2.Open Data pilot initiatives (including governmental, non-profit, academic)
3.Relation between Open Data and Natural Language Processing
4.Architectures and systems using Open Data
5.Tools and resources related to Open Data
6.Open Data construction tools
7.Format of Open Data (including RDF, OWL)
8.Application of Open Data in maps, encyclopedic knowledge, genomics, 
chemical compounds, mathematical and scientific formulae, medical data 
and practice, bioscience and biodiversity.
9.Evaluation and metrics related to Open Data sets quality, processing 
and software performances
10.Open Data and translation
11.Open Data visualization

Demos and papers related to working application or systems under 
development will be encouraged. We hope to cover three main 
perspectives: government and administrations (e.g., open ), industry 
(e.g., marketing, software applications and services), and academic 
(e.g., theoretical research related to Open Data production and uses).


Two formats are proposed :

1.Full paper (up to 8 pages)
2.Demo paper (up to 4 pages)

Submission of commercial applications and research related papers are 
strongly encouraged when they are strictly related to real open data 
(e.g., innovative commercial software tool using public data-sets)

Authors are invited to submit electronically on the website of the 
workshop by February 22th, 2012, full papers in PDF, Postscript or 
MS-Word RTF. All papers must be written in English.

For submission please use our easychair site.


Paper submission: February, 22, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March, 30, 2012
Camera ready: April, 27, 2012
Workshop: May 27, 2012


Christopher Baker, UNB, Saint John, Canada
Yevgen Biletskiy, UNB, Fredericton, Canada
Pierre-Antoine Champin, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France
Eric De La Clergerie, INRIA Alpage, Paris-Rocquencourt, France
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada
Volker Haarslev, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
Anja Jentzsch, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Birgitta König-Ries, University of Jena, Jena, Germany
Guy Lapalme, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Daniel Lemire, UQAM, Montréal, Canada
Jian-Yun Nie, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Roger Nkambou, UQAM, Montréal, Canada
Francois Scharffe, Université de Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France
Raphael Troncy, Eurécom, Sophia Antipolis, France
Petko Valtchev, UQAM, Montréal, Canada
René Witte, Semantic Software Lab - Concordia University, Montréal, Canada


Eric Charton (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Michel Gagnon (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Marie-Jean Meurs (Concordia University)

Contact eric.charton@polymtl.ca
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