** apologies for cross-posting **
==== Final Call for Workshops ====
The organizers of the 11th ESWC 2014 cordially invite you to submit a workshop proposal. ESWC is a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and innovations in the field of semantic technologies on the Web and Linked Data, attracting a high number of high quality submissions and participants from academia and industry alike.
Co-located workshops at ESWC conferences are distinguished meeting points for discussing ongoing work and latest ideas related to semantic technologies and the Semantic Web. Of particular interest are workshop proposals with an interdisciplinary standpoint, proposals focusing on a specific technology of general interest, or gathering a sub-community. We encourage the submission of workshop proposals on:
* Fundamental problems of the Semantic Web / Linked Data such as ontology mining, heterogeneity, scalability and distribution, uncertainty, etc.
* Applications of Semantic Web technologies in specific domains,
* Important enabling technologies and their adaptation to the needs of the Semantic Web, and
* Aspects of Semantic Web research that have been neglected so far,
* Techniques from other research fields that are of relevance for Semantic Web research (e.g., machine learning, NLP, data mining)
# General Information and Criteria
Each proposal will be reviewed by the members of the workshop programme committee, and ranked based on the overall quality of the proposal and the workshop's fit to the conference as detailed below. Their recommendation will determine the final decision on the acceptance/rejection of each proposal, which is to be taken by the workshop and tutorial chairs as well as by the local and the general chair of ESWC 2014.
The criteria for judging the quality of workshop proposals are as follows:
* Co-located workshops cover topics falling in the general scope of the ESWC conference.
* Workshops are intended to be genuine interactive events and not mini-conferences.
* We welcome workshops with creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure rich interactions.
* Workshops should have a clear focus on a specific technology, problem or application.
* There is potentially a significant community interested in the workshop's topic.
* Workshop duration can be half a day or a full day.
* We strongly advise having more than one organizer and no more than four, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic.
In case overlapping workshops are proposed, the workshop chair may contact the organisers to discuss the possibility of merging workshops. Please note that the duration of a workshop might need to be adjusted based on the overall number of submissions received. Further, workshops that receive less than 5 submissions or have less than 10 people registered at the early registration deadline might be canceled.
The organizers of accepted workshops will be responsible for their own reviewing process, publicity (e.g., website, timelines and call for papers), and proceedings production. They will be required to closely cooperate with the Workshop Chair and the ESWC 2014 local organizers to finalize all organizational details. Workshop attendees must pay the ESWC 2014 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference registration fee.
Organizers of workshops and tutorials will get a free registration for workshops and tutorials at the pre-conference days, i.e. they will only have to pay the main conference fee.
# Important Dates
Workshop proposals due: Nov 22, 2013 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Notification of acceptance: Dec 6, 2013 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Workshop Web site due: Dec 16, 2013 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Workshop camera-ready proceedings due: Apr 25, 2014 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Workshop days: May 25 and May 26, 2014
# Suggested Timeline for Workshops
Submission deadline: March 6, 2014
Notifications: April 1, 2014
Camera ready version: April 15, 2014
# Submission Guidelines
Workshop proposals have to be submitted via Easychair at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eswc2014workshops-tutorials. Each proposal must consist of a single PDF document written in English, not longer than 3 pages, which contains the following information:
1. The title and brief technical description of the workshop, specifying its goals and motivation.
2. A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time.
3. A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest, the workshop audience, as well as the expected number of participants.
4. A brief description (draft outline) of the proposed workshop format, discussing the mix of events and activities such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, hacking session, or general discussion, and and an approximate timeline.
5. A list of (potential) members of the program committee (at least 50% have to be known and confirmed at the time of the proposal).
6. An indication of whether the workshop should be considered for a half-day or full-day event.
7. Related Workshops and Conferences: Is this the continuation of a workshop series or a new workshop to address an emerging issue? Please provide information about past versions of this workshop and other related workshops (including URLs and submission/acceptance counts, if available).
8. Names and contact information of the workshop organizers/chair(s) (name, affiliation, email address, homepage and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, explaining the chair's expertise for the workshop including past experience in organizing/facilitating workshops). Preferably a single contact person per submission.
The best papers of each workshop will be included in the supplementary proceedings of ESWC 2014, which will appear in the Springer LNCS series.
# Workshop Chair
Harald Sack (Hasso-Plattner Institute for IT Systems Engineering, DE)
# Programme Committee
Abraham Bernstein (University of Zuerich, CH)
Chris Bizer (University of Mannheim, DE)
Jerome Euzenat (INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes, FR)
Dieter Fensel (University of Innsbruck, AT)
Aldo Gangemi (CNR Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology, IT)
Asuncion Gomez-Perez (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, ES)
Frank van Harmelen (VU University Amsterdam, NL)
Manfred Hauswirth (DERI, National University of Ireland, Galway, IE)
Pascal Hitzler (Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, US)
Enrico Motta (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Rudi Studer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE)
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==== Final Call for Tutorials ====
ESWC 2014 invites tutorials that address the interests of its varied audience: people new to the Semantic Web, Semantic Web researchers and practitioners that wish to learn new technologies, users of Semantic Web technologies, and representatives of government and funding agencies as well as potential private investors in Semantic Web technologies. We welcome submissions of tutorial proposals on all major topics related to semantic technologies.
We especially solicit proposals for tutorials of the following types:
- Tutorials with a coherent theme providing an introduction to new semantic technologies and trends.
- Tutorials describing the application of semantic technologies in specific domains (e.g., life-sciences, e-government, e-commerce, cultural heritage, etc.).
- Tutorials presenting techniques from other research fields that are of relevance for Semantic Web research especially in relationship to the tracks of the conference (e.g., techniques from social science, database techniques, NLP techniques etc.).
Tutorials can be half a day or a full day.
We advise having more than one presenter and no more than three, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the tutorial topic.
Tutorials may focus entirely on theoretical aspects; however, we encourage organisers to incorporate hands-on sessions where appropriate. The tutorials should reach a good balance between the topic coverage and its relevance to the community.
Timeline for Tutorials
Proposals due: Nov 22, 2013 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Notification of acceptance: Dec 6, 2013 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Tutorial Web site due: Dec 16, 2013 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Camera-ready material due: Apr 25, 2014 - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Tutorial days: May 25 and May 26, 2014
Organizers of accepted tutorials are responsible for preparing and maintaining a Web site that describes the tutorial and includes all relevant information. Organizers are also responsible for submitting the material for attendees (slide sets, additional teaching material, software installation and usage guides for practical hands-on sessions, etc.) to the Tutorial Chair. The ESWC 2014 Organizing Committee is responsible for providing publicity for the tutorials as part of the conference publicity activities, and on-site logistical support to the organizers and attendees. Tutorial attendees must pay the ESWC 2014 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference registration fee.
Each tutorial will have one reduced registration fee (pre-conference days registration will be free i.e. one of the chairs will only have to pay the main conference fees).
In the interest of the overall quality of the conference, the Tutorial Chair reserves the right to merge tutorials and/or adjust the scope thereof in case a mimimum number of registrations is not reached by the early registration deadline.
Tutorial proposals should not exceed 5 pages, using an 11 pt font for the body of the text of the proposal and should contain the following information:
- Abstract (200 words maximum, for inclusion on the ESWC 2014 website).
- Tutorial description: More specifically, it should specify the objectives of the tutorial and relevance to ESWC 2014, include enough details on the scope of the material to be covered and the depth to which it will be covered and specify the intended audience and any prerequisite knowledge. Appropriate references to the material to be covered by the tutorial must be included.
- Tutorial length. The tutorial can be full or half day (if the tutorial can be either length, please be sure to identify which material is included for each length).
- Specify other venues to which the tutorial or part thereof has or will be presented, in addition to explaining how the current tutorial differs from the other editions. Links to the slides of those tutorial editions should be included in the proposal.
- Brief professional biography of the presenter(s) indicating previous training and speaking experience (such as teaching and tutorial presentation).
Each proposal will be reviewed by the members of the tutorial programme committee, and ranked based on the overall quality of the proposal and the tutorial's fit to the conference. Their recommendation will determine the final decision on the acceptance/rejection of each proposal.
Submission will be through the Easychair system (please note that it is the same site to submit workshops and tutorials) https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eswc2014workshops-tutorials
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, Fr)
A really elegant use-case for Wikidata here, thanks to Andy Mabbett
and the BBC R&D department:
As a piece of research we're looking to investigate whether voice
samples on Wikimedia/pedia could be used to generate a voice box
"fingerprint" which could then be used to identify speakers across a
large archive. Which would close the circle of archive audio to
speaker recognition to Wikimedia voice fingerprint to Wikipedia,
DBpedia or Wikidata identifier toLinked Open Data for speakers in an
To do that we'd need longer (duration) and higher quality samples than
suggested by the Voice Intro Project. So we're looking to upload 30-40
second voice samples losslessly encoded as FLAC. (...) the voice
samples will be openly licenced so other researchers and cultural
institutions will be able to use the same methods to annotate audio /
video with identified speakers. And hopefully contribute to the
project by uploading voice samples from their own archives. By
releasing small nuggets of their archives they'd be both improving
Wikipedia and putting just enough in place to make the further
contextualisation of their (and other) archives possible.
- Andrew Gray
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==== Call for PhD Symposium ====
The ESWC 2014 PhD Symposium is a chance for PhD students working in all areas of Semantic Web research to present their work, meet with peers and experienced researchers, obtain feedback and learn from each other's experiences. It aims at helping future researchers in building up the skills and confidence required to conduct and promote their research, as well as providing them with an opportunity to attend one of the most important research conferences on the Semantic Web.
The ESWC PhD Symposium will give to students the opportunity to:
1. Learn from a mentor: Established researchers and PhD student advisors will provide direct feedback. Each selected student will be assigned a member of the programme committee with whom they will interact on the revision of the paper and the preparation of the presentation.
2. Learn about research in general: Doing good research goes beyond writing a good paper; it includes perspectives on research as an endeavour and a career. Besides the presentations, coffee breaks and the PhD Symposium lunch will be used to exchange ideas and ask questions about all aspects of conducting a PhD and a research career in general.
3. Learn by constructive criticism: Thinking and writing about strengths and weaknesses of other research contributions shapes your own research capabilities. As a participant to the PhD symposium, you will be expected to also review submissions from others, allowing you to juxtapose and learn from convergence and divergence of opinions.
4. Learn by presenting: Accepted contributions will be presented in the PhD symposium. All accepted contributions will also appear at the general poster session of ESWC. Students' posters will be presented alongside posters and demonstrations of the main conference.
Submissions will be considered from two different categories depending on the advancement into the PhD:
- Early Stage PhD: For students who may have identified the main research problem they want to address, the relevant literature, and are building their research methodology, but might not yet have obtained significant results, or only preliminary ones.
- Late Stage PhD: For students who have already defined their approach (even if incompletely) and obtained significant results (e.g., that might already have been published).
These categories do not affect the chances of being selected. They will however be taken into account by reviewers in their feedback, and in the length and format of the presentation. The organisers might decide to move a submission from one category to the other, if they think it is justified.
PhD students in all areas of Semantic Web research are invited to submit papers having 5 to 10 pages describing their PhD research, in the PDF format following the LNCS template. Submissions should be sent using the PhD Symposium submission system, through which participants will be also asked to decide on the category of their submission and to write a paragraph regarding their motivation for participating in the ESWC PhD Symposium.
Submissions should follow the following template of sections:
Give a general introduction to the domain/area/topic and indication of its importance/impact in Semantic Web research or other domains.
2. State of the Art
Describe existing work in the area, work focusing on the same/similar problems or that might be useful to realising your PhD.
3. Problem Statement and Contributions
Based on motivation and state of the art, formulate the problem you intend to solve, and how you intend to contribute to Semantic Web research. This section should include a clear formulation of one (or very few) research hypothesis (what you will validate through your methodology, approach and evaluation) and the research questions that need to be answered. Late Stage PhD submissions should focus on contributions to such a hypothesis.
4. Research Methodology and Approach
Describe the research methodology you will apply in your research, including the different steps from the formulation of your research questions to answering them. Also describe the approach you are taking (or you intend to take for Early Stage PhD submissions) to instantiate the research methodology, hence contributing to solve the problem described in Section 3 and confirm or reject your hypothesis. Discuss how this approach is innovative and novel, and how it is (might be) implemented.
5. Preliminary or Intermediate Results
In a full conference paper, the approach would be fully described (in section 4) and fully evaluated (in section 6). Being at an intermediate stage, you should report here about the results achieved up to now in applying your approach that might not yet be sufficient for a full evaluation. .
6. Evaluation Plan
Describe your evaluation plan, which is the way you intend to validate your hypothesis, your results, and the value of your approach. For Early Stage PhD submissions, this might be only partially defined, and details might be ommited. For Late Stage PhD submissions, you might have partial evaluation results.
Describe how your results will or might impact research or the world at large.
Submission deadline: 13th January 2014
Notification: 10th February 2014
Revised version of submission to mentor: 24th February 2014
Final version: 10th March 2014
Draft presentation to mentor: 12th May 2014
*PhD Symposium Chairs*
Steffen Staab (Institute for Web Science and Technologies - WeST, University of Koblenz-Landau, DE)
Mathieu d'Aquin (Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK)
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==== Second Call for Papers ====
CFP: 11th ESWC Conference 2014
Dates: May 25 - 29, 2014
Venue: Anissaras, Crete, Greece
General Chair: Valentina Presutti (STLab, ISTC-CNR, IT)
- Claudia d'Amato (Department of Computer Science, University of Bari, IT)
- Fabien Gandon (Wimmics, Inria, I3S, CNRS, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, FR)
ESWC is a A rank conference according to CORE classificarion and a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations related to the Semantic Web. The 11th edition of ESWC will take place from May 25th, 2014 to May 29th, 2014 in Anissaras, Crete, Greece. Besides a main focus on advances in Semantic Web research and technologies, ESWC 2014 is seeking to broaden its attention to span other relevant research areas in which Web semantics plays an important role.
The goal of the Semantic Web is to create a Web of knowledge and services in which the semantics of content is made explicit and content is linked to both other content and services. This arrangement of knowledge-based functionalities is weaving together a large network of human knowledge, and making this knowledge machine-processable to support intelligent behaviour by machines. Additionally, it supports novel applications allowing content from heterogeneous sources to be combined in unforeseen ways and support enhanced matching between users needs, software functionalities and online content.
Creating such an interlinked Web of knowledge which bridges between heterogeneous content and services requires collaboration between several computer science domains. Also, within this hybrid space that the Web has become, where humans and software interact in a complex manner, fundamentally requires an inter-disciplinary approach to find novel solutions to the problems generated.
ESWC 2014 will feature twelve thematic research tracks (see below) and an in-use and industrial track. Submissions of interdisciplinary research papers, covering more than one thematic track, are also encouraged. In addition, the in-use and industrial track will provide an opportunity for dialogue and discussion on industrial applications, tools, deployment experiences, case studies and usage analysis.
Submitted papers should describe original work, present significant results, and provide rigorous, principled, and repeatable evaluation. We strongly encourage and appreciate the submission of papers incorporating links to data sets and other material used for evaluation as well as to live demos and software source code.
We therefore encourage submissions addressing several conference research topics. However, each paper should be associated with at least one of the topics of the conference. The main research topics this year are:
- Vocabularies, Schemas, Ontologies;
- Linked Open Data;
- Social Web;
- Web Science;
- Data Management, Big data, Scalability;
- Natural Language Processing;
- Information Retrieval;
- Machine Learning;
- Mobile Web;
- Services, processes, and cloud computing.
Additional special research topics this year are:
- Cognition and Semantic Web;
- Policies, Rights, Governance;
- Semantic multimedia web.
Abstract submission: Wednesday 8th January 2014 (sharp) - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Full-paper submission: Monday 13th January 2014 (sharp) - 23:59 Hawaii Time
Authors' Rebuttals: Wednesday 19th-Friday 21 Feb 2014
Acceptance notifications: Wednesday 26 February 2014
Camera-ready papers: Monday 10th of March 2014
ESWC2014 welcomes the submission of original research and application papers dealing with all aspects of representing and using semantics on the Web. We encourage theoretical, methodological, empirical, and applications papers. The proceedings of this conference will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.
This year three of the best papers presented at the conference will have the opportunity to submit an extended version to a special issue of the journal "Semantic Web - Interoperability, Usability, Applicability" (IOS Press).
Papers should not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length and must be formatted according to the information for LNCS authors. Papers must be submitted in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) format. Papers that exceed 15 pages or do not follow the LNCS guidelines will be automatically rejected without a review. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission - details of this process will be given on the conference Web page at the time of acceptance. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference. More information about the Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) are available on the Springer LNCS Web site (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs/lncs+authors).
Submissions and reviewing will be supported by the EasyChair system: https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=eswc2014
as you know, I have recently started a new job. My mission to get more free
data out to the world has not changed due to that, though.
Thus, I am happy to point you today to a step in this direction. We have
created a mapping of Wikidata Qids to Freebase Mids, and are publishing it
under CC0, so that anyone can use it in any way they want. The file
contains about 2 Million mappings.
The download and all further data is available here:
In particular, I hope that the data will be uploaded to Wikidata. We also
plan to upload the data to Freebase. The two-way links will ensure that
systems using either knowledge base can easily merge data, go from one to
the other, enrich data with each other, etc. We opted to first publish the
mappings standalone, to make clear that they are under CC0.
The mapping is created based on the Wikidata dumps from end of October.
Wikidata Items are matched with Freebase Topics based on their respective
links to Wikipedia. Each mapping says that there have been no disagreeing
Wikipedia-Links and at least two agreeing Wikipedia-Links, so the data
should be very clean. Furthermore, the mappings are sorted by the number of
agreeing Wikipedia-Links, so it is kinda sorted by relevance.
The data is in RDF format. To get the Mids as they are used in Wikidata,
the replace the namespace
The Wikidata Qids are using the Wikidata namespace, i.e. the Qids
themselves are concatenated to
If anyone wants to take up the task to upload the data to Wikidata, I can
offer to help and answer questions and to help.
I'll be holding an office hour together with addshore on Wednesday,
November 13 at 17:00 UTC. For your timezone see
We'll be meeting in #wikimedia-office on freenode. I'll start with a
short overview of the current state of Wikidata and then there will be
time for all your Wikidata related questions.
I hope to see many of you there.
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
At this moment, it seems like a secret that you need to add a #Babel
template in order to get to see labels in multiple languages. As a
consequence there are people that think that Wikidata is English only.
That is bad.
Wikidata does make use of the ULS or Universal Lannguage Selector. It
provides everybody with three languages they are likely to be interested in
based on things like geo location and stuff. They do research this quite
heavily so it is a reasonable guess.
Do you agree with me that it would be a good idea to use these three
languages as a default for new users and not logged in users. What I hope
we will achieve is more awareness of the multi lingual status of our