[Humanist] 23.223 events: web semantics; collaborative knowing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Aug 8 10:17:19 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 223.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Reimer, Torsten" <torsten.reimer at kcl.ac.uk>              (86)
        Subject: Web Semantics in Action: Web 3.0 in e-Science

  [2]   From:    Tania Tudorache <tudorache at STANFORD.EDU>                  (48)
        Subject: Deadline extension: ISWC Workshop on Collaborative
                Construction,Management and Linking of Structured Knowledge
                - CK 2009

        Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 14:47:40 +0100
        From: "Reimer, Torsten" <torsten.reimer at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Web Semantics in Action: Web 3.0 in e-Science

Call for proposals: Workshop on
Web Semantics in Action: Web 3.0 in e-Science

- Annamaria Carusi, OeRC, University of Oxford
- Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School and Massachussets General Institute 
for Neurodegenerative Disease
- M. Scott Marshall, University of Amsterdam, & co-chair of HCLS

Semantic Web technologies have moved beyond the point of being promising 
futuristic technologies and demonstration projects, to being 
technologies in action in realistic contexts and conditions. Semantic 
Web applications are being developed for many aspects of scientific 
research, from experimental data management, discovery and retrieval, to 
analytic workflows, hypothesis development and testing, to research 
publishing and dissemination.

This workshop intends to explore the questions that arise as Semantic 
Web applications are increasingly grounded within the actual lifecycle 
of scientific research, from observation and hypothesis formulation to 
publication, dissemination and criticism. We aim to bring together 
researchers across the disciplines, to discuss the use, development and 
embedding of these technologies in varied research domains and contexts. 
We will discuss the actuality of Semantic Web technologies in use and 
the emergent practices through which they are being developed and 
deployed. We aim to encourage vigorous discussion around aims, methods, 
applications and pragmatics.

This workshop will look at the theoretical, methodological and pragmatic 
issues of grounding the development, deployment and evolution of 
ontologies and applications in Semantic e-Science in practical 
scientific problems and activity. How do we ground deductive Semantic 
Web information management and retrieval in the practical conditions of 
evolving sciences based on experiment, observation and induction?  How 
do we bridge gaps and conflicts in approach between computer scientists 
developing research tools, and research practitioners using those tools? 
  Is it possible to develop Semantic Web practices in e-Science that 
deal explicitly with hypothesis formulation, testing, challenge and 

Semantic Web applications have the potential to substantially accelerate 
research. Are all domains of research equally promising for the 
development of targeted semantic web applications? Are “semantic” 
domains defined by particular areas of research, by a particular form of 
scientific question, by discipline or sub-discipline or by particular 
aspects or stages of the scientific process?  Are there types of enquiry 
which are intractable to the solutions offered by the Semantic Web, and 
if so, why?  What are the specific challenges of Semantic Web 
applications in different disciplines, and how might Semantic Web 
applications shape and be shaped by them?

The incorporation of semantic technologies with existing social web 
practices – "Web 3.0" – promises to change the scientific research, 
publication and discussion model we now have to a much more fluid, 
"higher-velocity" model.  It also poses many questions for technologists 
and researchers alike.

Can abstract and formal understandings of the underlying ontologies be 
supplemented or even replaced by more informal social conceptions of 
ontologies? What are the advantages and disadvantages of top-down or 
bottom-up development processes? What are best practices regarding user 
engagement and usability; what are the different roles of stakeholders 
in the process of development and deployment? What if any changes in 
scientific practice may be required to exploit the promise of semantic 

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

     * Semantic Web applications in use by researchers in specific 
domains with issues raised and lessons learned in practice;
     *  Requirements engineering for Semantic Web;
     * Spectrum and evolutionary models of ontology development;
     * Relations in practice between taxonomies, vocabularies, and 
ontologies; formal versus informal ontologies;
     * Social studies of Semantic Web in action;
     * Activity theory and other HCI approaches as applied to Semantic Web.
     * Semantics of things, processes and discourse;
     * Formal approaches to ontology development in e-Science, and 
practical outcomes;
     * Research questions, methods and methodologies particularly suited 
or unsuited to being addressed by semantic web applications;
     * Semantics of Hypotheses, evidence and relationships;
     * Humanities and e-Social Science approaches and applications in 
Semantic Web.

500 word proposals are invited, on any one of these topics or a related 
topic. Proposals should reach us by September 1, 2009, and should be 
sent to annamaria.carusi at oerc.ox.ac.uk or tim_clark at harvard.edu.

Programme Committee will include:

Anita de Waard (Elsevier)

William Hayes (Biogen Idec)

Dave Randall (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Simon Buckingham Shum (Open University / Knowledge Media Institute)

David Shotton (University of Oxford)

Susie Stephens (Johnson & Johnson)

Mark Wilkinson (University of British Columbia)

        Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2009 22:09:39 +0100
        From: Tania Tudorache <tudorache at STANFORD.EDU>
        Subject: Deadline extension: ISWC Workshop on Collaborative Construction,Management and Linking of Structured Knowledge - CK 2009



      Workshop on Collaborative Construction, Management
            and Linking of Structured Knowledge

                   October 25, 2009
               Collocated with ISWC-2009
      Westfields Conference Center, near Washington, DC., USA

      *******  DEADLINE EXTENSION TO: August 13, 2009  *******   




Many have argued that the next generation of the Web (Web 3.0) will grow 
out of an integration between Semantic Web and Social Web (Web 2.0) 
technologies.Can ontology management benefits from social web? Can 
Wikipidia be a style of collaborative ontology authoring? How to exploit 
user feedback for constructing structured knowledge? In these and many 
other questions lie the opportunity and the challenge to integrate 
knowledge bases approaches to social web ones. This integration involves 
several very different aspects of technology and social practice. Recent 
workshops and journal special issues have been devoted to methods for 
extracting ontologies and other structured knowledge from resources such 
as Wikipedia and other loosely structured data; or on using Semantic Web 
representations to describe the social structures and interactions in 
Web 2.0; or on mapping existing data using semantic technologies. In 
this workshop, we want to focus on another aspect of linkage between 
Social Web and Semantic Web techniques:  collaborative and distributed 
methods for constructing and maintaining ontologies, terminologies, 
vocabularies, and mappings between them, throughout their entire life cycle.

Topics of interest

They include (but are not limited to):
- Collaborative creation and editing of structured knowledge
- Collaborative creation of ontology mappings
- Efficient methods for maintenance and evolution of structured 
knowledge that was created collaboratively
- Individual and group incentives for collaborative knowledge 
construction and maintenance
- Ontology repositories, knowledge bases, and their utility in the 
Social Web.
- Metadata management
- User interfaces for collaborative tools for creating structured knowledge
- Inconsistency management and user-specific views of ontologies
- Workflows for collaborative construction and linking of structured 
- Evaluation of collaborative tools: methods, metrics, and experimental 


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