CFP: ISWC-2011 Workshop on Web Scale Knowledge Extraction

Call for Papers

   Workshop on Web Scale Knowledge Extraction
   October 23-27 2011, Bonn, Germany
   (Co-located with the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011),
Exact Date TBD)


Recently, there has been a significant amount of interest in automatically
creating large-scale knowledge bases from unstructured text. Compared to
traditional, manually created representations, these knowledge bases have
the advantage of scale and coverage. They often contain tens of millions of
propositions, represented using a variety of encodings, from simple binary
assertions to more complicated frame-like structures, and are extracted by
parsing and analyzing large text corpora.

Such proposition stores have been enriched by linking to the Semantic Web,
in particular, the growing linked open dataset (LOD). These semantic
knowledge bases have been used for a wide variety of NLP and KR&R
applications such as semantic search, question answering, entity
resolution, ontology mapping etc.

This workshop is designed to gather researchers in the area of building and
applying textually mined, structured and semantic knowledge bases and to
discuss key related issues

    * Extraction Challenges
          o How to extract knowledge from a large amount of text
          o How to deal with multiple sources, especially with different
granularity, reliability
          o How to deal with incorrect or noisy data
          o How to deal with the problem of entity disambiguation and
identification in text
          o How to evaluate and compare with different extraction results

    * Representation and Storage Issues
          o How to represent the extracted information, e.g. as assertions,
rules, frames
          o How to store and index the information for quick and flexible
          o How to capture and represent the knowledge probabilistically
          o How to model the context from which the extraction comes
          o How to represent modal (beliefs/opinions etc) and incomplete

    * Relationship with Formal KR&R and Semantic Web
          o How to combine/link textually mined knowledge to Semantic Web
data (ontologies)
          o How to combine fuzzy inference over mined data with formal
logic based inference

    * Applications of Textually Mined and Semantically Enhanced Knowledge
          o Semantic Search
          o Question Answering
          o Semantic Entity Resolution
          o Ontology Mapping/Merging

We invite submissions of full technical papers not exceeding 16 pages.
Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their papers in the
workshop. Papers must use LNCS as a format for submission (see ISWC
conference website for details).

Submissions must be in PDF format. Papers do not need to be anonymized.

Papers can be submitted through EasyChair at

Important Dates
Submission deadline:    15 August 2011
Notifications:               5 September 2011
Camera-ready version:   15 September 2011

Program Committee
    * Soren Auer (University of Leipzig, Germany)
    * Ken Barker (University of Texas, US)
    * Peter Clark (Vulcan Inc, US)
    * Alfio Gliozzo (IBM Research, US)
    * Raphael Hoffman (University of Washington, US)
    * Ed Hovy (USC/ISI, US)
    * Doo Soon Kim (University of Texas, US)
    * Vladimir Kolovski (Novartis, US)
    * Rutu Mulkar-mehta (USC/ISI, US)
    * Goran Nenadic (University of Manchester, UK)
    * Patrick Pantel (Microsoft Research, US)
    * Fabien Suchanek (INRIA Saclay, France)
    * Martin Theobald (Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Germany)
    * Peter Yeh (Accenture, US)

Organizing Chairs
    * James Fan (IBM Research, US), Contact e-mail: fanj AT
    * Aditya Kalyanpur (IBM Research, US), Contact e-mail: adityakal AT

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