CFP: ESWC06 Workshop on Semantic Network Analysis

***  1st Call for Papers for the
***  ESWC 2006 Workshop on
***       Semantic Network Analysis
***  Date of workshop: 12 June 2006
***  To be held at
***  ESWC 2006 (3rd European Semantic Web Conference)
***  Budva, Montenegro, June 11-14, 2006

During the past years a shift in the fundamental understanding of the aims
of Computer Science, especially in AI, could be observed. While early
research in AI aimed at replacing the human being with better tools, the
prevalent current vision is nowadays to support him in his tasks. This shows
up in the rise of research areas like communities of practice, knowledge
management, web communities, and peer to peer. In particular the notion of
collaborative work - and thus the need of its systematic analysis - becomes
more and more important.

On the other hand, techniques for analysing such structures have a long
tradition within sociology. While in the beginning, researchers in that area
had to spent huge efforts in collecting data, they nowadays harvest the data
free from the WWW. Popular examples are citation and co-author graphs,
friend of a friend etc. 

A new kind of user-centered applications such as blogs, folksonomies, and
wikis, now known as "Web 2.0", consist of large networks of individual
contributions, providing a testbed for Social Network Analysis (SNA)
techniques at the intersection of the semantic web and SNA areas.

The semantic web provides an additional aspect to SNA on the Web as it
distinguishes between different kinds of relations, allowing for more
complex analysis schemes.

Our aim is to bring together the semantic web community, the SNA
community, and the Web 2.0 community, in order to increase collaboration and
exchange of experiences. We expect especially that the semantic web
community can largely benefit from the long tradition present in SNA, and to
uncover new possibilities and test beds for semantic technology within the
Web 2.0 community.

Besides analysing social networks and cooperative structures within the
(semantic) web, our second aim is to exploit the results for supporting and
improving communities in their interaction. An important research topic is
thus how to include network analysis tools in working environments such as
knowledge management systems, peer to peer systems or knowledge portals.

Potential Audience

The workshop aims at any researchers working on social communities on the
web. It focuses especially on approaches to social network analysis that are
related to the semantic web. The participants are expected to be primarily
computer scientists, although submissions from sociology and Web 2.0
community application developers are also welcome. The primary goal of the
workshop is to establish and enhance communication between these

The workshop follows the successful first SNA workshop held at ISWC 2005,
and continues a series of workshops on Semantic Web Mining which have been
held at ECML/PKDD data mining conferences in 2000-2003 and on Ontologies in
P2P communities at ESWC 2005.

We will publicise the workshop via several active and relevant mailing lists
will invite the contributors and attendees of the first SNA workshop, and to
the Semantic Web Mining workshops organised at the ECML/PKDD conference


Submissions are invited on work relating the Semantic Web with Social
Network Analysis. Both theoretical as well as application papers are
welcome. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the

   * Social Network Analysis of the Semantic Web
   * Network Analysis Methods
   * Analysis of Large Online Communities (Wikipedia, DMOZ, EBay, ...)
   * Semantic Web Communities
   * Web Communities of Practice
   * Online Harvesting of Semantic Network Information
   * Network Analysis for Building the Semantic Web
   * Emergent Semantics in Communities
   * Change Detection
   * Self-organization and Management of Semantic Networks
   * Trust Issues in Semantic Networks
   * Semantic Network Metadata
   * Folksonomies
   * Communities in P2P systems
   * Online Social Networking (FOAF, Orkut, ...)
   * Applications of Online Semantic Networks
   * Knowledge Management with Semantic Networks

We invite papers that report on completed or current work related to the
topic of this workshop. Submissions are to be emailed in Postscript or Adobe
PDF format to Bettina Hoser ( ), no later
than March 6, 2006. Papers should be formatted according to the official
formatting guidelines of the ESWC'06 main conference (LNCS). Page
limit is set to a maximum of 6 for short papers, and 14 for full papers.

Important Dates

* Submission deadline:   6 March 06
* Notification:         28 April 06
* Camera ready due:     19 May 06
* Workshop day:         12 June 06


* Harith Alani (University of Southampton, UK)
* Bettina Hoser (University of Karlsruhe)
* Christoph Schmitz (University of Kassel)
* Gerd Stumme (University of Kassel)

Programme Committee (tentative)

Vladimir Batagelj (University of Ljublijana) 
Stefan Bornholdt (University of Bremen) 
Ulrik Brandes (University of Konstanz) 
John Davies (BT Exact) 
Patrick Doreian (University of Pittsburg)
Andreas Hotho (University of Kassel) 
Nick Kings (BT Exact) 
Sebastian Kruk (DERI Galway)
Stéphane Laurière (Mandrake)
Kieron O'Hara (University of Southampton)
Alex Pentland (MIT Media Lab)
Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton)
Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz)
Tom Heath (Open University)
Enrico Motta (Open University)

Dr Harith Alani 
Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia 
Electronics & Computer Science
University of Southampton 

Received on Thursday, 26 January 2006 08:57:18 UTC