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SemWiki 2008 : 3rd Workshop: The Wiki Way of Semantics


When Jun 2, 2008 - Jun 2, 2008
Where Tenerife, Spain
Submission Deadline Mar 5, 2008
Notification Due Apr 4, 2008
Categories    semantic web   collaboration   web 2.0

Call For Papers

SemWiki2008, the third workshop on Semantic Wikis, aims at reviewing the progress that has been made in the field of Semantic Wikis since the last workshops in 2006. We are interested in reviewing existing semantic wiki systems against the core wiki principles and thus identifying possibilities to improve them, in applying semantic technologies to existing wiki sites such as Wikipedia in order to make them even more productive for mass collaboration, but also in innovative, entirely new ideas for semantic wikis.

Semantic Wikis try to combine the strengths of Semantic Web (machine processable, data integration, complex queries) and Wiki (easy to use and contribute, strongly interconnected, collaborativeness) technologies. Goals are diverse and include:

* simple annotations of existing Wiki content;
* tools that guide users from informal knowledge contained in texts to more formal structures;
* full-fledged tools for ontology editing where the text is no longer in the focus of the system.

Semantic Wikis contain in an integrated fashion many of the core challenges of the Semantic Web community: authoring, versioning, interlinked data, semantic browsing, semantic annotating, semantic diffs, semantic search and getting overview. In a Semantic Wiki, such methods have to be integrated into a coherent whole, while still remaining lightweight and easy to use. In this workshop, we investigate how these challenges can be tackled in an integrated fashion.

For further details, please see:

* Description of the Field
* Goals and Objectives
* Anticipated Outcome
* Target Audience
* Related Events

Important Dates (all dates GMT)

* Paper submission: March 5, 2008
* Notification of acceptance: April 4, 2008
* Camera ready deadline: April 18, 2008
* Workshop: June 2, 2008

Call for Contributions

We invite submissions as full and short papers, as well as posters/demos. Papers should describe original, unpublished research and must not be under review by another conference, journal, or workshop. Authors of the highest quality contributions will be invited to present their work at the workshop. Since Semantic Wikis are a very practical topic, we are also very interested in poster and demo submissions. Posters and Demos should describe prototypical implementations of systems related to the workshop topics. Highest quality submissions will be presented in a separate poster/demo session.

Contributions should adhere to the following formats:

* Papers 5-15 pages
* Posters/Demos 2-5 pages
* Short/Position Papers: 2-5 pages

Papers should be formatted using the standard LNCS format and should include an abstract of no more than 120 words.

Submission system (Easychair)

Authors will be required to submit their camera ready versions using SALT (semantically annotated LaTeX). It allows authors to annotate their articles directly with semantic markup. This semantic markup will be used to extract and publish metadata of the submissions on the Semantic Web. A specialized LaTeX template will be provided by the workshop organisers that allows to easily add these annotations.

Pre-proceedings will appear at the time of the conference online and in print. Post-proceedings will be published in the CEUR-WS series.
Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Text-Based Semantic Authoring
* Acquisition of Formal Knowledge from Structured Text
* Wikipedia and the Semantic Web (Mining Wikipedia, extending Wikipedia with semantic web features, ...)
* Collaborative Authoring of Formal Knowledge
* Continuous and Integrated Knowledge Usage and Refinement
* Usability and empirical studies of semantic wikis and human factors
* Application of semantic wikis in E-learning, software engineering, knowledge engineering and other domains
* Semantic Wikis in Enterprises
* New Ways of Authoring, Browsing and Navigating Semantically Enhanced Data
* Reusing data from Semantic Wikis in other systems
* Personal Semantic Wikis


The workshop will consist of research papers, position papers, and system demonstrations. Because of the high interest in this topic we encountered at ESWC 2006, we plan to run a full-day workshop.

We will start with an Invited Talk on Corporate Knowledge Management with Semantic Wikis at SUN. The first half day will continue with presentations of research and position papers. Since we expect many demo submissions, the second half of the day will consist of demonstrations.

We will conclude the workshop with a joint dinner, including a discussion on standardisation of semantic wiki data formats and ontologies (building on existing work such as WSR 3).

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