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Subject: semantics in publications

1st International Workshop on Semantic Publication (SePublica 2011)

at the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2011)

May 30th, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
Keynote by Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK.

“Utopia Documents and The Semantic Biochemical Journal experiment”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE March 4 (extended)


The Best Paper Award is presented to the author(s) deemed to have

written the paper covering the most innovative and feasible proposal

concerning semantic publishing in the workshop. All submissions to the
SePublica workshop will be considered, and a panel of experts will rate

the papers according to originality of the idea, feasibility and
presentation. The Best Paper award is sponsored by Elsevier as an

incentive for researchers working on defining the next generation of
scientific publishing concepts. The Best Paper Award will be handed out

at the end of the SePublica workshop.

• As a cash prize, the Best Paper Award will receive: US$ 750

• The runner-up will be awarded a prize of US$ 250.

The MISSION of the SePublica workshop is to bring together researchers

and practitioners dealing with different aspects of Semantic
Technologies in the Publishing Industry. How is the Semantic Web

impacting the publishing industry? How is our experience of
publications changing because of Semantic Web technologies being

applied to the publishing industry?

The CHALLENGE of the Semantic Web is to allow the Web to move from a

dissemination platform to an interactive platform for networked
information. The Semantic Web promises to “fundamentally change our

experience of the Web”.

In spite of improvements in the distribution, accessibility and

retrieval of information, little has changed in the publishing
industry so far. The Web has succeeded as a dissemination platform for

scientific and non-scientific papers, news, and communication in
general; however, most of that information remains locked up in

discrete documents, which are poorly interconnected to one another and
to the Web.

The connectivity tissues provided by RDF technology and the Social Web
have barely made an impact on scientific communication nor on ebook

publishing, neither on the format of publications, nor on repositories

and digital libraries. The worst problem is in accessing and reusing
the computable data which the literature represents and describes.

• Consider research publications: Data sets and code are essential

elements of data intensive research, but these are absent when the

research is recorded and preserved in perpetuity by way of a scholarly
journal article.
• Or consider news reports: Governments increasingly make public

sector information available on the Web, and reporters use it, but

news reports very rarely contain fine-grained links to such data


• What does a network of truly interconnected papers look like?

How could interoperability across documents be enabled?

• How could concept-centric social networks emerge?
• Are blogs and wikis new means for scholarly communication?
• What lessons can be learned from humanities and social science publishers

(i.e. going beyond scientific publishing towards scholarly publishing)?

• How could we move beyond the PDF?
How can we embed and link semantics in EPUB and other e-book formats?
• How are digital libraries related to semantic e-science?

What is the relationship between a paper and its digital library?

• How could we realize a paper with an API?
How could we have a paper as a database, as a knowledge base?
• How is the paper an interface, gateway, to the web of data?

How could such and interface be delivered in a contextual manner?

• How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge encoded
in scientific documents and in general-interest media publications?
• What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in a

• How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in
scholarly communication, and of hypotheses and scientific evidence?


• researchers from diverse backgrounds such as argumentative

structures, scholarly communication, multi-modality in publications,
digital libraries, semantics in publications, and ontology
• practitioners active in the publishing industry, repositories of

experimental information and document standards.


Paper/Demo Submission Deadline (extended): Friday March 4, 23:59 Hawaii Time
Acceptance Notification: April 1
Camera Ready Version: April 15

SePublica Workshop: May 30


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


We encourage the submission of semantic documents. LaTeX documents in

the LNCS format can, e.g., be annotated using SALT
(http://salt.semanticauthoring.org) or sTeX

. We also invite submissions in

XHTML+RDFa or in the format or YOUR semantic publishing tool.
However, to ensure a fair review procedure, authors must additionally

export them to PDF. For submissions that are not in the LNCS PDF
format, 400 words count as one page. Submissions that exceed the page

limit will be rejected without review.

Depending on the number and quality of submissions, authors might

be invited to present their papers during a poster session.

Please submit your paper via EasyChair at


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 papers have to be presented at the workshop

(requires registering for the ESWC conference and the workshop) and

will be included in the workshop proceedings that are published online


• Christopher Baker, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada

• Paolo Ciccarese, Harvard Medical School, USA

• Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School, USA
• Oscar Corcho, Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
• Stéphane Corlosquet, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
• Joe Corneli, Open University, UK

• Michael Dreusicke, PAUX Technologies, Germany

• Henrik Eriksson, Linköping University, Sweden
• Benjamin Good, Genomic Institute, Novartis, USA
• Tudor Groza, University of Queensland, Australia
• Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany

• Sebastian Kruk, knowledgehives.com, Poland

• Thomas Kurz, Salzburg Research, Austria
• Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK
• Matthias Samwald, Information Retrieval Facility, Austria

• Jodi Schneider, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
• Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland, USA

• Robert Stevens, Manchester University, UK


• Alexander García Castro, University of Bremen, Germany

• Christoph Lange, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
• Anita de Waard, Elsevier, USA/Netherlands

• Evan Sandhaus, New York Times, USA

QUESTIONS? → sepublica@googlegroups.com

Alexander Garcia
Postal address:
Alexander Garcia, Tel.: +49 421 218 64211
Universität Bremen
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
D-28359 Bremen

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