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CFP: Workshop on Semantic Integration at ISWC'2003

From: Natasha F. Noy <noy@SMI.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 09:55:49 -0800
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                                       Call For Papers

                               Workshop on Semantic Integration
                                          at ISWC'2003


                                  Monday, October 20, 2003
                          Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA

In numerous distributed environments, including today's World-Wide 
Web, organizational intranets, and the emerging Semantic Web, the 
applications will inevitably use the information described by 
multiple ontologies and schemas. Interoperability among applications 
depends critically on the ability to map between them. Today, 
matching between ontologies and schemas is still largely done by 
hand, in a labor-intensive and error-prone process. As a consequence, 
semantic integration issues have now become a key bottleneck in the 
deployment of a wide variety of information management applications.

The high cost of this bottleneck has motivated numerous research 
activities on methods for describing mappings, manipulating them, and 
generating them semi-automatically. This research has spanned several 
communities (Databases, AI, WWW), but unfortunately, there has been 
little cross fertilization between the communities considering the 

This workshop examines semantic integration issues, with an emphasis 
on schema and ontology matching, ontology integration, and object 
matching and fusion. It will bring together researchers from 
different communities to examine cutting-edge approaches to semantic 
integration, to consider how different communities can leverage each 
other's strengths, and to discuss additional challenges brought by 
new application contexts.

Workshop Format
Invited Talks

Phil Bernstein, Microsoft Research
Eduard Hovy, Information Sciences Institute of the University of 
Southern California

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

€  matching schemas and ontologies
€  languages to express semantic mappings
€  tools for user-driven mapping between ontologies and schemas
€  reasoning with semantic mappings
€  mapping negotiation, semantic negotiation
€  using semantic mappings for query answering, data transformation, 
and other applications
€  object matching and fusion
€  maintenance of semantic mappings
€  discovery and usage of approximate mappings
€  evaluation of matching techniques
€  merging schemas and ontologies
€  model management
€  specialized matching techniques for specific application contexts

We plan to have both presentations of research papers and 
demonstrations of implemented systems. There will be a panel 
discussion as well as ample time for general discussion.

Submission procedure
We solicit three types of submissions:

1.  Research papers (6 pages, at least 10pt)
2.  Demo proposals to present demonstration of implemented 
semantic-integration systems at the workshop (2-5 pages)
3.  Position statements (1-2 pages)

Important dates
€  Submission deadline for research papers: July 21, 2003
€  Notification of paper acceptance: August 20, 2003
€  Camera-ready copy due: September 20, 2003
€  Position statements due: September 20, 2003
€  Workshop: October 20, 2003

Submission instructions
Please send submissions in PDF or PostScript format to si2003@smi.stanford.edu

Organizing committee
AnHai Doan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alon Halevy, University of Washington
Natasha Noy, Stanford University

Program committee
Kevin Chang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Isabel Cruz (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Dave Embley (Brigham Young University)
Venkatesh Ganti (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Michael Gruninger (University of Maryland College Park and NIST)
Yannis Kalfoglou (University of Southampton)
Vipul Kashyap (National Library of Medicine)
Michel Klein (Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam)
Craig Knoblock (Information Sciences Institute, University of 
Southern California)
Jayant Madhavan (University of Washington)
Alexander Maedche (FZI)
Prasenjit Mitra (Stanford University)
Ami Motro (George Mason University)
Lucian Popa (IBM)
Erhard Rahm (Universitšt Leipzig)
Marco Schorlemmer (University of Edinburgh)
Len Seligman (MITRE)
Amit Sheth (University of Georgia)
Mike Uschold (Boeing)
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