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IJMSO: Special Issue on Search using Metadata, Semantics, and Ontologies

From: Francesco Guerra <guerra.francesco@unimore.it>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 17:27:02 +0200
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International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (IJMSO)

Special Issue on
Search using Metadata, Semantics, and Ontologies

The objective of this special issue is to collect and report on 
recent high quality research that enables the search of artifacts 
like documents, resources, audiovisual media, and records, using 
metadata, ontologies, and Semantic Web technologies. Research in this 
area is important because of the overwhelming amount of information 
available in many organizations and on the Internet itself. Syntactic 
Web search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, have given people the 
ability to access knowledge whenever they need to verify a piece of 
information, compare prices or read the news. In contrast to 
syntactic Web search, semantic "Web search" and "Semantic Web" search 
aim to make information accessible to computer programs by encoding 
using interpretable forms such as RDF and OWL. Some interesting 
projects have already been launched and have achieved a considerable success.

For example, Swoogle, a crawler-based search engine, indexing and 
retrieval system for the Semantic Web built on top of the Google API, 
serves knowledge engineers by providing a means for them to find 
ontologies, terms and data. Currently, Swoogle contains information 
on over 700,000 RDF documents. Digital Libraries have also benefited 
from the use of Semantic Web technologies. RDF and OWL can be used as 
a common interchange format for catalog metadata and shared 
vocabularies, which can be used by all libraries and search engines 
across the Web. This is important since it is not uncommon to find 
library systems based on various metadata formats and built by 
different persons for their special purposes. By publishing 
ontologies, which can then be accessed by all users across the Web, 
library catalogs can use the same vocabularies for cataloging, 
marking up items with the most relevant terms for the domain of 
interest. RDF and OWL provide a single and consistent encoding so im!
  plementers of digital library metadata systems will have their task 
simplified when interoperating with other digital library systems. 
Another example is Vodafone, a leading mobile phone company. Vodafone 
has used RDF to describe and search ring tones, games and pictures in 
their Web site. As a result, the page viewed per download has 
decreased by 50% and revenues have risen by 20%. Many more successful 
examples could be enumerated.

High quality contributions addressing related theoretical and 
practical aspects are expected. Topics of interest include, but are 
not limited to:

Semantic-driven indexing and retrieval
Semantic browsing of large data archives
Semantic interfaces for interaction with large repositories
Syntactic browsers enhanced with semantics
Annotation of documents to increase search precision
Search in RDF databases
Annotating HTML documents with semantics
Discovery of semantic Web Services
Semantic Web information retrieval : searching, querying, and ranking
Meta-search engines

Submission Procedure
Prospective contributors are invited to submit papers in A4/US 
letter, single column, and double space format, up to 30 pages long 
including figures, tables and references. Authors should submit their 
manuscripts in pdf format to jcardoso@uma.pt. Camera-ready papers 
will have to conform to the style of the target journal.

Important Dates
Deadline for manuscript submission: 30 June 2007
Notification to authors: 30 August 2007
Final accepted manuscript due: 30 September 2007
Publication Date: 2008

Guest Editors
Jorge Cardoso, University of Madeira, Portugal
Christoph Bussler, CISCO Systems, Inc., USA
Francesco Guerra, Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy

dott. ing. Francesco Guerra
Researcher in Computer Engineering, Ph. D.
Dipartimento di Economia Aziendale
Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Phone: +39  059  205 6264 / +39  059  205 6828
Fax:   +39  059  205 6129
Web: www.dbgroup.unimo.it/~guerra
Email: guerra.francesco@unimore.it  
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