CFP - Semantic Web Workshop, SIGIR2004, July 29, 2004, Sheffield, UK

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Semantic Web Workshop

Workshop at SIGIR 2004 (

27th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
July 25 - 29, 2004, Sheffield, UK

The emergence of the Internet has brewed the revolution of information 
storage and retrieval. The web was initially designed for direct human 
processing. With its current structure, machine-based approaches to web 
applications are not possible unless its content is transformed into a 
machine-readable format encoding semantic information. Ontologies are the 
backbone technology for the Semantic Web by providing machine-processable 
semantics of data and information sources that can be communicated between 
different agents. The Semantic Web goes beyond the simple bag-of-words 
approach used by most search engines and get closer to the meaning of the 
texts. Semantic Web initiatives have met with growing enthusiasm of 
researchers and developers world-wide, both in academia and in industry, 
which encourages the integration of efforts that have been ongoing from 
different disciplines, involving specialists in Information Retrieval, 
Natural Language Processing, Information Extraction, Knowledge 
Representation, Artificial Intelligence and Database. These efforts are 
aimed at capturing the semantics of digital content of all sorts and 
origins, and making current Web to be easily accessed and precisely retrieved.

Information retrieval can benefit from building ontologies and other 
semantic structures, making it possible to have a better understanding of 
the application domains and the user queries. On the other hand, the 
Information Retrieval field has a lot to bring to the Semantic Web 
community, based on 30 years of research and development of very large 
collections of documents. This workshop aims to bring researchers from the 
two communities together, to facilitate a discussion and to consult each 
other on common problems.
This is the 2nd edition of the workshop. The first one was held in Toronto, 
Canada, in conjunction with SIGIR2003, and turned out to be very successful.

Topics of interest may include (but not limited to):

-       Ontology-based Information Retrieval or Semantic Information Retrieval
-       Metadata in Information Retrieval
-       Ontology Learning based on Information Extraction and Natural 
Language Processing Technologies
-       Automatic Indexing and Cataloguing
-       Information Retrieval and Web Services
-       Languages, Tools and Methodologies for Semantic Annotations
-       Knowledge Portals
-       Semantic Web Mining
-       Semantic Web Searching and Querying
-       Semantic Web for multimedia retrieval
-       Semantic Web for multilingual information retrieval
-       Semantic Web for digital library
-       Semantic Interoperability and integration
-       Semantic Web and Peer-to-Peer
-       Semantic Web for Information Visualization
-       Peer-to-Peer for Information Retrieval
-       User studies for Semantic Web
-       Business applications and best of practice

Ying Ding
Digitial Enterprise Research Institute - Innsbruck, Austria.

Keith Van Rijsbergen
Iadh Ounis
Joemon Jose
University of Glasgow, UK, {keith, ounis, jj}

Maximum length of paper should be no more than 15 pages. This workshop uses 
the same guidelines as the main conference. The instructions can be found 
at Submissions should be sent 
electronically by email in WORD or PDF format to and All submissions will be refereed by at least 3 members of 
the PC.

The submission deadline is May 20, 2003

May 20, 2004                    Electronic submission of full papers
June 15, 2004                   Notification of paper acceptance
June 30, 2004                   Camera-ready of accepted papers
July 29, 2004                   Workshop
July 25-29, 2004                Conference & workshops

Alan Gilchrist, UK,
Alain Leger, FrenchTelecom, France
Alexander Maedche, FZI, Germany
Asun Gomez-Perez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Atanas Kiryakov, OntoText, Bulgaria
Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
Chen Chaomei, Drexel University, USA
Chen Hinchun, Arizona University, USA
David Harper, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
Dieter Fensel, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dieter Merkl, TU Vienna, Austria
Enrico Motta, Open University, UK
Fabio Crestani, University of Strathclyde, UK
Gianni Amati, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, IT
Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield, UK
Ian Horrocks, University of Manchester, UK
Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK
Jan Paralic, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia
Jeen Broekstra, Aidministrator, NL
John Davies, BritishTelecom, UK
John Tait, University of Sunderland, UK
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Micheal Klein, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL
Mounia Lamas, Queen Marry University of London, UK
Robert Engels, CognIT, Norway
Robert Meersman, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium
Rudi Studer, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Steffan Staab, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Stefen Decker, University of California, USA
Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
York Wilks, University of Sheffield, UK
Yves Chiaramella, CLIPS-IMAG, FR

Ying Ding
Institute of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck
Technikerstr. 13, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Tel:  +43 512 507 6112, Fax: +43 512 507 9872

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