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METHOD 2012 : The 1st IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data


When Jul 16, 2012 - Jul 20, 2012
Where Izmir, Turkey
Submission Deadline Mar 30, 2012
Notification Due Apr 20, 2012
Final Version Due May 2, 2012
Categories    trust   privacy   security   linked data

Call For Papers

Submission deadline has been extended by two weeks!

The 1st IEEE International Workshop on
Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data

July 16-20, 2012 - Izmir, Turkey
(co-located with IEEE COMPSAC 2012)

New EXTENDED Submission Deadline 30th March 2012

Aims and Scope
Technological advancements enables the gathering and analysis of large amounts of data, as well as the worldwide distribution in a matter of seconds. As a consequence, various information is routinely collected and utilized, for example to calculate more accurate bus schedules, optimise goods storage, have a better public administration, and generally to foster transparency in science, societal and economic processes. There is also strong effort, especially at the level of national and regional administrations, to provide already collected data based on "Open Data" principles. Open data implies that data is available in standardized formats, with liberal licensing models, free for everyone to use, and with no restrictions on its usage. One goal is the creation of a secondary market based on business models that offer new services by combination and enrichment of available open data sets.
Unfortunately, by employing large-scale data analysis processes and by giving away control over the provided information, society also becomes increasingly vulnerable to information misuse. This prospect is met with rightful scepticism by the larger population and researchers are not only called upon to find new ways to protect citizen's privacy, but also to prevent data forgery, and identity theft. Solely relying on the structures of the current internet, which is worldwide connected and abundant with information, it is not possible to prove the provenance of data, or to decide if a certain piece of information is true. In other words: it is very hard to make an informed decision on the trustworthiness of a given piece of information.

In the METHOD workshop we plan to discuss approaches and concrete technical means required to establish trust in information that is processed, collected, managed, and provided using open data principles. In doing so, the workshop will bring together experts from two different areas. On the one hand from a technical field, namely trust research and trusted computing. On the other hand, there is the idea of open data, as put forward by researchers, activists and political stakeholders. Combining these two areas raises many interesting questions: Is there a way to assure the trustworthiness of an information source while keeping the identity of the source protected? How would engineers create systems with built-in accountability? Could one apply non-repudiation protocols to applications using linked open data? Is large-scale involvement of citizens a feasible approach to ensure data quality?

We invite authors to submit original papers that are relevant to both fields: open data and trust research. Contributions from the following list of topics are especially welcome:

Open data provenance
- Information quality & trustworthiness
- Attribution and integrity of information
- Transparency and verification of information flows
- Smart data

Expressing trust
- Modeling trust in data-centric applications
- Trust representation and derivation from open data
- Attestation for data services and operations

Open trust management
- Trust management in the semantic web
- Management of reputation and user ratings
- Community-based accountability
- Trustable recommendation systems

Privacy preservation
- De-identification of data
- Anonymous authentication
- Escrow services
- Criticality assessment for data sets

Invited Speaker
To be announced

Important Dates
30 March 2012 Deadline for paper submission
20 April 2012 Notification of acceptance
02 May 2012 Camera-ready and registration

Papers must be submitted electronically via the METHOD 2012 submission page found at
The format of submitted papers should follow the guidelines for the IEEE conference proceedings. All papers will be carefully reviewed by at least three reviewers. Papers should be no more than 6 pages. The IEEE Computer Society Press will publish accepted papers in the workshop proceedings of COMPSAC 2012. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a participant of the workshop and present the paper at the workshop, in order to have the paper published in the proceedings.

Program Committee
Esteve Almirall, Esade Business School, Spain
Nils Barnickel, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Lizzie Coles-Kemp, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Daniel Dietrich, Open Knowledge Foundation, Germany
Rino Falcone, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy
Matthias Fluegge, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Olaf Hartig, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany
Gabriele Lenzini, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Florian Marienfeld, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Steve Marsh, Communications Research Centre, Canada
Sjouke Mauw, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Uwe Nestmann, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Miquel Oliver, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Graeme John Proudler, HP Labs Bristol, UK
Marco Viviani, University of Insubria, Italy
Peng Zhang, Xi'an University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Xinwen Zhang, Huawei Research Center, USA

Edzard Hoefig, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany;
Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany;


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