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CFP ESWC2011 – Social Web and Web Science Track


CALL FOR PAPERS : The 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC)
Social Web and Web Science Track

May 29 – June 2, 2011, Heraklion, Greece


* Chairs: Alexandre Passant, DERI, IE and Denny Vrandecic, KIT, DE
* Abstract submission: December 6, 2010
* Full-paper submission: December 13, 2010



The success of Social Web applications (often referred to as ‘Web 2.0’ applications) is manifested through the fast growth of social networks and sites with user-generated content, like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, Flickr, and many more. Many Social Web applications have simplified the data publishing process using user-friendly and interactive tools and practices (such as Wikis, tagging, and microblogging) and have decreased the cost and increased the incentive to contribute data. In addition, some trends such as ubiquitous computing lead to new ways and means to share content in real-time within social communities.

The combination of Social Web principles and Semantic Web technologies allows end-users to massively produce and use semantic data through social applications, which in turn enables smarter Web-based applications in various domains. This includes the Social Web itself, where it becomes possible to mine Semantic Web data and discover relationships that were not obvious, whether it is in social network identification or for information retrieval purposes. These can be exploited for various purposes: to personalize applications, recommend content, generate new knowledge, and more. But besides the technical aspect, there is also a need to understand the behaviors and patterns of users on the Web, and in particular on the Social Web. Web Science aims to address these issues, also considering other aspects that are important to realize a Social Semantic Web, such as governance, law, policies and decision-making, etc.

This track on Social Web and Web Science aims at bringing together researchers from these communities to address various challenges from improving Social Web user experiences with Semantic Web technologies in order to build novel semantic applications using Social Web data, as well as understanding the various patterns of the Web. Successful submissions will address at least some aspect of both areas. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Collaborative and collective semantic data generation and publishing
* Social and semantic bookmarking, tagging and annotation
* Enriching the Social Web with semantic data: RDFa, micro formats and other approaches
* Linked data on the Social Web
* Semantically-enabled social platforms and applications
- Semantic wikis
- Semantic desktops
- Semantic portals
- Semantic blogs
- Semantic calendars
- Semantic email
- Semantic news, etc.
* Querying, mining and analysis of social semantic data
* User profile construction based on tagging and annotations
* Reasoning and personalization based on semantics
* Recommendations
- Social navigation
- Social search, etc.
- Privacy, policy and access control on Social Semantic Web
* Provenance, reputation and trust on Social Semantic Web
* Formation, management and understanding of semantically interlinked online communities
* Citizen sensing and ubiquitous Social Semantics
* Social Semantic Web and Internet of Things



The proceedings of the conference will be published in Springer’s
Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Paper submission and reviewing
will be electronic. Papers must not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length
and must be formatted according to the information for LNCS authors:

Papers must be submitted as PDF (Adobe’s Portable Document Format)
and will not be accepted in any other format. Papers that exceed 15 pages
or do not follow the LNCS guidelines risk being rejected automatically
without a review. The contributions to the Semantic Data Management track
should be submitted through the track submission site at:




Abstract submission: Dec. 6, 2010 (compulsory)
Full paper submission: Dec. 13,2010 (11:59 pm Hawaii time)
Notifications: Feb. 21,2011
Camera-ready due: March 7,2011



Fabian Abel
Harith Alani
Sören Auer
Edward Benson
Shlomo Berkovsky
John Breslin
Ciro Cattuto
Federica Cena
Richard Cyganiak
Antonina Dattolo
Darina Dicheva
Ying Ding
Jon Dron
Guillaume Erétéo
Anna Fensel
Fabien Gandon
Cristina Gena
Steve Harris
Aidan Hogan
Ekaterini Ioannou
Neil Ireson
Robert Jäschke
Lalana Kagal
Pranam Kolari
Georgia Koutrika
Milos Kravcik
Juanzi Li
Meenakshi Nagarajan
Matthew Rowe
Ansgar Scherp
Juan F. Sequeda
Paul Smart
Sergey Sosnovsky
Steffen Staab
Markus Strohmaier
Mischa Tuffield
Shenghui Wang
Katrin Weller
Mary-Anne Williams
Jie Zhang
Lina Zhou

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BlogTalk2010 in Galway – Call for Papers

BlogTalk2010, the 7th International Conference on Social Software, will be held in the National University of Ireland, Galway from 26th to 28th August 2010. The conference is chaired by John Breslin and I’m glad to be the PC-chair of this year’s edition.

Here’s an abstract of the CfP, that is available in full-length here.

Following the international success of the past six BlogTalk events, the next BlogTalk – to be held in Galway, Ireland from 26-28 August 2010 – is continuing with its focus on social software, while remaining committed to the diverse cultures, practices and tools of our emerging networked society. The conference is designed to maintain a sustainable dialog between developers of innovative social software solutions, academics and researchers who study and advance social software and social media, practitioners and administrators in corporate and educational settings, and other general members of the social software and social media communities.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, audiences will come from different fields of practice and will have different professional backgrounds. We strongly encourage proposals to bridge these cultural differences and to be understandable for all groups alike. For researchers, BlogTalk is an ideal conference for presenting and exchanging research work from current and future social software projects at an international level. For developers, the conference is a great opportunity to fly ideas, visions and prototypes in front of a distinguished audience of peers, to discuss, to link-up and to learn. For practitioners, this is a venue to discuss use cases for social software and social media, and to report on any results you may have with like-minded individuals.

We invite you to submit papers describing your research and applications at the BlogTalk 2010 conference. To encourage submission of various types of work by researchers, developers and practitioners, papers can be submitted in either of two tracks:

  • Regular Track (full paper required, 12-14 pages in LNCS format). We expect papers that discuss mature and implemented work, both regarding (1) practical or industrial implementations and use-case reports for social software and social media, or (2) theoretical and research aspects of social networks and social data. Papers should clearly motivate the approach and provide relevant evaluations. Each submission will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee.
  • Demonstration and Poster Track (a two-page abstract describing what will be presented). This track gives the opportunity to present recent and in-progress work, in a forum that will encourage discussions since this track will be held in a special session with ample time for discussions and networking.
    • In addition to the research papers and the poster session, the conference will feature a set of invited speakers: Stowe Boyd, Dan Gillmor and Don Thibeau. We’re looking forward to your contributions covering any theoretical or practical aspect of social software, and looking forward to seeing you in Galway !

      SPOT2010 – 2nd Workshop on Trust and Privacy on the Social and Semantic Web

      We‘re glad to announce that the second edition of the SPOT workshop – Trust and Privacy on the Social and Semantic Web – will be held at ESWC2010.

      More than ever, the Semantic Web is becoming reality as it is an integrated component of the Web we are browsing everyday – be it the Open Linked Data movement that nowadays exposes over 10 billion triples of RDF or the annotated and structured information available on Web pages used by major search engines, such as Yahoo! SearchMonkey and Google. Moreover, social data about people and their interaction is made available in machine-understandable format in projects like FOAF or SIOC. Facing this amount of data, privacy and trust consideration is an important step to take right now. The challenging research questions arising from this movement include:

      • How do people know that the data gathered from several sources for reasoning purposes can be trusted?
      • How can one avoid that personal data exposed on the Semantic Web will be combined with other available semantic data in a way that sensitive information may be revealed?
      • How shall a safe reasoning process look like that does not end up in a conflict only because a single Semantic Web peer exposed a contradiction?

      As last year, we expect both theoretical and practical contributions (including demos) on these hot topics.
      For more information about the workshop, deadlines, etc. please check the SPOT2010 website.

      Social Data on the Web at ISWC2009

      It has been announcedin the past few weeks but I didn’t really blog about it so far. We’re hosting a second edition of the Social Data on the Web (SDoW) workshop at the next ISWC2009 in Washington. Here’s the call for papers (longer version here).

      The 2nd Social Data on the Web workshop (SDoW2009) co-located with the 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2009) aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners involved in semantically-enhancing social media websites, as well as academics researching more formal aspect of these interactions between the Semantic Web and Social Web.

      Since its first steps in 2001, many research issues have been tackled by the Semantic Web community such as data formalism for knowledge representation, data querying and scalability, or reasoning and inferencing. More recently, Web 2.0 offered new perspectives regarding information sharing, annotation, and social networking on the Web. It opens new research areas for the Semantic Web which has an important role to play to lead to the emergence of a Social Semantic Web that should provide novel services to end-users, combining the best of both Semantic Web and Web 2.0 worlds. To achieve this goal, various tasks and features are needed from data modeling and lightweight ontologies, to knowledge and social networks portability as well as ways to interlink data between Social Media websites, leveraging proprietary data silos to a Giant Global Graph.

      Following the successful SDoW2008 workshop at ISWC2008, SDoW2009 aims to bring together Semantic Web experts and Web 2.0 practitioners and users to discuss the application of semantic technologies to data from the Social Web.

      The workshop welcome submission of short and full papers as well as demos of applications combining Semantic Web and Social Web technologies – all due to the 10th of August.

      PhD fellowship position in Social Software and Semantic Web at DERI, NUI Galway

      The Unit Social Software (USS) in DERI is currently looking for Ph.D. candidates. Applications must be sent by the end of the week at hr.ie@deri.org and positions will start in September.
      More details in the add below:

      The Unit Social Software (USS) at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute – DERI: http://www.deri.ie/ – of the National University of Ireland, Galway invites applications for a 4 years fully-funded PhD fellowship position.

      DERI is a leading research institute in semantic technologies that offers a stimulating, dynamic and multi-cultural research environment, excellent ties to research-groups worldwide and standardization bodies, close collaboration with industrial partners and up-to-date infrastructure and resources.

      The DERI Unit Social Software focuses on the convergence of Social Software and the Semantic Web by developing models and tools that support and take advantage of these two trends. Achievements of DERI USS include SIOC – Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities – and a large number of publications and tutorials on the topic in international venues and journals. USS Research is performed in collaboration with other DERI units and industrial partners. The PhD position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (http://sfi.ie) within the Lion2 project and offers for the successful candidate an annual stipend, course fees and conference travel when presenting.

      Applicants should have a strong interest in Social Software, Semantic Web and Web Science in general and hold an excellent primary degree or Masters qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. computer science, information
      science, knowledge representation), with an emphasis on practical aspects of research (e.g. industrial project experience, ontology development and open-source software developement being distinct advantages). Selected
      candidates are expected to have the willingness to combine formal scientific work with application-oriented research and development in projects funded by national and international (EU) funding agencies, as well as participating in
      open-source projects and standardization activities.

      Please submit your application (including cover letter, relevant publications or software implementation, full CV and contact details for two referees) to hr.ie@deri.org by 5pm on Friday, July 3rd with the subject line ‘PhD Position – DERI USS’. Candidates will be contacted in the first week of July and interviews will be then conducted for successful applications. For further information please contact Alexandre Passant (alexandre.passant@deri.org) and John Breslin (john.breslin@deri.org).

      CommonTag – An easy-to-use vocabulary for Semantic Tagging

      I’m happy to announce CommonTag, a new RDFS vocabulary for Semantic Tagging, designed to bridge the gap between free-text tagging and Linked Data. In a similar way that what I’ve done in the past with MOAT, CommonTag allows one to create links between his tags (as simple keywords) and the concept they represent, defined as URIs of Semantic Web resources, from public knowledge bases such as Freebase or DBpedia.

      What is especially relevant with regards to CommonTag is that the vocabulary aims to be simple to understand, easily accessible, and with an easy RDFa annotation process for end-users and Web developers. On the other hand, it features mappings with existing tagging vocabularies (the Tag Ontology, MOAT, SCOT, SIOC and SKOS) for those who want to go further or use their existing applications with this new model.

      But most interestingly, as one can see when browsing the website, a key feature is that CommonTag is not an isolated initiative but supported by various companies involved in the Semantic Web and the Social Web — and especially in both ! — namely (for the initial nucleus and by alphabetical order, hope it will grow soon !) AdaptiveBlue, DERI (NUI Galway), Faviki, Freebase, Yahoo, Zemanta and ZigTag – and I must add that was a great experience to design this vocabulary together !

      CommonTag is already supported in various applications as you can see on the website and on the following picture, from Zemanta to index your blog posts to Sindice to build applications on the top of it. And there is more to come soon, stay tuned ;-)

      SDoW2008: Program and proceedings

      The program of SDoW2008 has just been published on the workshop website. In addition to the 7 full papers, 2 short papers and 2 demos, there will be two keynotes: the first one by Peter Mika on “Semantic Search and the Social Web” and the second one by Harry Halpin entitled “Beyond Walled Gardens: Open Standards for the Social Web”. Attending TPAC this week, I can tell that the second one is really a hot-topic: there were some discussions yesterday in the SWIG group meeting, two related lightning talks today, and an upcoming “Workshop on the Future of Social Networking” lead by the W3C Mobile Web Initiative.

      The SDoW proceedings were also officially published today on CEUR-WS, volume 405:
      http://CEUR-WS.org/Vol-405. If you’re attending the workshop, consider reading it before, as it might help Q/A and discussions. There will also be a lightnight talk session, so that any attendee will be able to present his works / ideas regarding Social Web and the Semantic Web.

      SIOC goes OWL-DL

      Just sent that to sioc-dev, but I guess it worth a larger announcement :

      We just made some changes to the SIOC Core ontology and to the related modules:

      - Added OWL-DL compliance statements for SIOC Core and the Types / Access / Services modules
      - Edited owl:disjointWith statements for some classes of SIOC Core
      - Removed domain of sioc:note
      - Removed domain of sioc:has_owner and range of sioc:owner_of
      - Defined sioc:account_of as inverse property of foaf:holdsAccount
      - Defined sioc:avatar as a subproperty of foaf:depiction

      So, SIOC is now OWL-DL !
      This change was motivated by the current SWANSIOC integration project that will be introduced during the upcoming ISWC tutorial on Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences.

      The SIOC Core Ontology Specification has been updated according to the changes.

      The other good news regarding SIOC is that Yahoo! SearchMonkey now supports (and recommends !) it in its developer documentation. Moreover, in case you did not already read it, John published the Tales from the SIOC-o-sphere #8 about two weeks ago.

      More generally, if you want to join the SIOC community, by developing new applications or APIs, or if you request some help regarding implementing SIOC in your existing tools, feel free to come on #sioc on irc.freenode.net or ask on the sioc-dev ML.

      Where are all the Semantic Web presentations ?

      A follow-up to my previous LODr introduction post, and as you might guess with the title, one more way to show the value of RDF-based applications in general. Or more precisely, open-RDF-based and LOD-compliant:

      • By open-RDF-based, I mean using RDF but also publishing it, eitheir through a SPARQL endpoint, Semantic sitemaps or RDFa. What I want to focus on here is that using RDF ‘inside-only’ doesn’t make your service be part of the Semantic / Linked Data Web, while it can indeed be considered as Semantic-Web based – I hope that’s clear enough. If you don’t expose anything, you can have the better RDF infrastructure that you want, you will still be a Web-of-Documents application. (Some related thoughs here);
      • Regarding LOD-compliance, I refer to reusing or interlinking existing resources in order to benefit from it within your application. The value of your service can then reside not only on the data you provide, but on the way you interact with – and reuse – other datasources. Moreover, this can also concern corporate environments.

      What I want to stress in that post is how such applications can become components of a general infrastructure (the Semantic Web itself) that will provide new services to end-users. Especially, regarding LODr, it lets users interlink popular Web 2.0 content to Semantic Web resources and such interaction can then be used for data discovery. For instance, the following query will retrieve all Slideshare presentations related to the Semantic Web, i.e. linked to a resource that is itself linked to the SW category in DBpedia. This query involves various vocabularies, as SIOC (to retrieve the item), FOAF (its author), the Tag Ontology (its tags), MOAT (tags meanings) and a DBpedia URI as an entry point to find related topics.

      SELECT DISTINCT ?item ?author ?date ?tag ?meaning
      WHERE {
        ?item a sioc:Item ;
        dct:created ?date ;
        sioc:has_space <http://slideshare.net> ;
        foaf:maker ?author .
        [] a tags:RestrictedTagging ;
          tags:taggedResource ?item ;
          tags:taggedWithTag [
            tags:name ?tag .
          ] ;
          moat:tagMeaning ?meaning .
        ?meaning ?p <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Category:Semantic_Web> .
      ORDER BY DESC(?date)
      LIMIT 5

      You can browse the answer here, formatted in HTML.

      Of course, the URIs that you can use in LODr and with MOAT in general are not restricted to DBpedia ones. You can use URIs defining some of your friends, conferences you attended, etc. Consequently, those URIs can be used in queries patterns, as well as other interlinked URIs. For instance, the following one will retrieve all pictures from Flickr linked to an event that happened in Tenerife, and in that case it will use the ESWC2008 URI, going through some Geonames data:

      SELECT DISTINCT ?item ?author ?date ?tag ?meaning
      WHERE {
        ?item a sioc:Item ;
        dct:created ?date ;
        sioc:has_space <http://flickr.com> ;
        foaf:maker ?author .
        [] a tags:RestrictedTagging ;
          tags:taggedResource ?item ;
          tags:taggedWithTag [
            tags:name ?tag .
          ] ;
          moat:tagMeaning ?meaning .
        ?meaning foaf:based_near <http://sws.geonames.org/2522437/> .
      ORDER BY DESC(?date)
      LIMIT 5


      Finally, while all those queries involve the lodr.info endpoint, each LODr intance comes with its own triplestore (and related endpoint), so that one can add some more RDF in it for advanced mash-ups. And as it also provides RDFa and semantic sitemap support, semantic web crawlers and indexes as SWSE or Sindice can also consume it and then deliver it when you look for a particular URI.