Natasha Noy, Peter Yim and Jeff Pan will be at our round table discussion.
Keynote speakers: Natasha Noy and Peter Yim
CALL FOR PAPERS
at the 9th International Semantic Web Conference
Natasha Noy and Peter Yim will be our keynote speakers at the 1st International Workshop on Semantic Repositories for the Web (SERES 2010).
and Linked Data vocabularies are being actively developed and used by
numerous applications. Several domains are making their vocabularies
available for others to reuse. In addition, good practices when
developing ontologies are often followed, particularly for producing
reusable modules. The Semantic Web is a modular and highly federated
environment of reusable knowledge sources; these provide the meaning so
that SW applications change our experience of the web. Within this
context, the need for repositories delivering the added value that makes
the SW a concrete step beyond our current experience of the web is
palpable. SERES addresses issues around semantic repositories within the context of the SW.
The number of ontologies being built and made available for reuse has
increased steadily in the last few years. Semantic Web search engines
such as Swoogle and Watson currently
index several tens of thousands of them; there are also systems
specifically designed to support the publication of ontologies, e.g. Cupboard, NCBO Bioportal, and ONKI. Some tools also support editing features, e.g. Neologism, Knoodl.
While being a foundation for the Semantic Web, this new environment
where ontologies are shared and interlinked online also poses new
challenges; fostering thus a number of research projects aiming to
understand, amongst others, ontology reuse, storage, publication,
versioning, quality control, evaluation, retrieval and modularization.
For instance, as part of the EU NeOn project new
tools supporting Knowledge Engineering in the age of “networked
ontologies” have been developed, while in the EU OASIS project
approaches from software engineering and formalization are now also
being applied to inter-connect ontologies. Moreover, despite initial
efforts, ontology repositories are hardly interoperable amongst themselves.
Although sharing similar aims (providing easy access to Semantic Web
resources), they diverge in the methods and techniques employed for
gathering these documents and making them available; each interprets and
uses metadata in a different manner. Furthermore, many features are
still poorly supported; for instance, modularization, versioning, and
the relationship between ontology repositories and ontology engineering
environments (editors) to support the entire ontology lifecycle.
By the same token, there are several domains making available knowledge
resources; for instance, digital libraries such as Pubmed Central offer a
large collection of biomedical abstracts and, in some cases, open
access to the full document. Some researchers are starting to bridge the
gap between clinical and experimental data and literature; such
connection is being built via ontologies, some approaches have had
BioPortal as their ontology repository. Linked Data is also being
explored as a means for publishers to expose their content. Knowledge
management over documents is actively aiming to make real the notion of
self-descriptiveness; being this intrinsically related to various
resources over the web providing meaning for atomic component in
documents –words, tables, figures, maps, etc. In order for these systems
to be successful, it is necessary to provide a forum for researchers
and developers to discuss features and exchange ideas on the realization
of repositories providing semantics. In addition, it is now critical to
achieve interoperability between these repositories, through common interfaces, standard metadata formats, etc. SERES10 intends to provide such a forum.
Questions addressed by SERES10:
· How can semantic repositories support the realization of the SW?
repositories, ontology repositories, knowledge repositories, where are
the boundaries? How are they interacting? Are they changing our
experience of the web?
are domain specific knowledge repositories, such as biomedical digital
libraries, interconnecting knowledge in meaningful manners?
· How are e-government initiatives using and delivering semantics and knowledge repositories?
· How can ontology repositories support novel semantic applications?
can ontology repositories encourage the development of high quality
ontologies that are used routinely by relevant communities?
· How can ontology repositories provide semantics for applications?
· How can ontology repositories contribute to the reuse of ontologies across different domains and applications?
· How can ontology repositories interoperate with one another to support scalability, availability and distributed reasoning?
· How can provenance and intellectual property information be managed in and across ontology repositories?
· How can the abundant and complex knowledge contained in relevant ontology repositories be made comprehensible for users?
can branching, versioning, mappings, dependencies and
configurations/compositions be managed in and across ontology
can ontology repositories interoperate with related applications such
as ontology editors, automated reasoners, and rule engines?
· How can modularity be better supported in and across ontology repositories; similarly, how could modularization be formalized?
· How can ontology repositories support distributed reasoning?
· How can ontology repositories support corporate, national and domain specific metadata/semantic infrastructures?
· What measurements for describing and comparing ontologies can we use? How could ontology repositories use these?
want to bring together researchers and practitioners active in the
design, development and application of semantic web technology, semantic
registries and repositories, knowledge management systems, knowledge
repositories, repository editors, modularization techniques, versioning
systems and issues around federated ontology systems. As some
repository-related tools are already under development, and repositories
are a crucial part of business infrastructure, we also address
progressive Chief Technology Officers interested in using these
Paper Submission Deadline August 20, 2010, 23.50 Hawaii time
Acceptance Notification September 17, 2010
Camera Ready October 7, 2010
SERES Workshop (tentative date) November 7, 2010
SUBMISSION AND PROCEEDINGS
Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5 pages. For
system descriptions, a 5 page paper should be submitted. All papers and system
descriptions should be formatted according to the LNCS format
the workshop will be published online. Depending on the number and quality of
the submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers during a
Please submit your paper via EasyChair at
12 page limit (research papers) or 5 page limit (position papers and systems descriptions) will be rejected without review.
Submissions that do not comply with the formatting of LNCS or that exceed the
papers have to be presented at the workshop and they will be included in the
We note that the author list does not need to be anonymized, as we do not have
a double-blind review process in place.
Submissions will be peer reviewed by three independent reviewers. Accepted
workshop proceedings that are published online at CEUR-WS.
Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA.
Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany.
Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany.
Raul Palma, Poznan University, Poland.
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
Fabian Neuhaus, University of Maryland, USA.
Aleman-Bonarges Meza, Universidad Politecnica de Victoria, Mexico
Christoph Lange, Jacobs University, Germany.
Sandro Hawke, W3C.
Christopher Baker, University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Nigam Shah, Stanford University, USA.
Peter Haase, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods, Germany.
Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
Leyla Garcia, Bundeswehr University, Germany.
Benjamin Good, USA
Matthew Horridge, University of Manchester, UK
Alexander Garcia, University of Bremen
Mathieu d'Aquin, Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University
Mike Dean, Principal Engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies
Kenneth Baclawski, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University