Call for Participation: 1st Workshop on Question Answering over Linked Data (QALD-1)

============   Call for Participation ==============

1st Workshop on Question Answering over Linked Data (QALD-1)

                                collocated with the

     8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2011)


* Motivation & Scope *

While more and more semantic data is published on the Web, in particular 
following the Linked Data principles,
the question of how typical Web users can access this body of knowledge 
through an intuitive and easy-to-use
interface that hides the complexity of the Semantic Web standards 
becomes of crucial importance. Since users
prefer to express their information need in natural language, one of the 
main challenges lies in translating
the user's information needs into a form such that they can be evaluated 
using standard Semantic Web query
processing and inferencing techniques. In recent years, there have been 
important advances in semantic search
and question answering over RDF data, and in parallel there has been 
substantial progress on question answering
from textual data as well as in the area of natural language interfaces 
to databases. This workshop aimed at
bringing together researchers from these communities working on the 
challenging problem of scaling question answering
approaches to the growing amount of heterogeneous and distributed Linked 

* Open challenge *

In order to facilitate the comparison between different approaches and 
systems, the workshop was preceded by an
open challenge in question answering on DBpedia and MusicBrainz. Five 
systems used the provided datasets for
evaluation, three of them took part in the final evaluation. The results 
can be found at the workshop

* Program *

QALD-1 is a half-day workshop taking place on May 30, from 9-13, 
featuring an invited talk by Chris Welty (IBM)
with the title "Inside the mind of Watson". The full program can be 
found at the workshop website:

* Demos *

If you have a demo of a QA system working on RDF data or Linked Data, 
please bring it along at show it at the workshop.
There will be a dedicate demo session at the workshop.

We kindly invite everyone who is interested in scaling question 
answering to the Semantic Web to participate.
In this case, please register for ESWC 2011:

We hope to see you in Crete!

Best regards,

The organizers

Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano
Semantic Computing Group
Excellence Cluster - Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
University of Bielefeld

Phone: +49 521 106 12249
Fax: +49 521 106 12412

Room H-127
Morgenbreede 39
33615 Bielefeld

Received on Wednesday, 4 May 2011 11:53:43 UTC