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From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
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Date: Mon,  9 Feb 2009 06:53:27 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist] 22.510 events: semantic web, semantic search


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 510.
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  [1]   From:    Todd Schneider <tschneider-AT-rayva.org>                     (12)
        Subject: ISWC 2009: Call for Papers

  [2]   From:    Tran Thanh <dtr-AT-aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de>                    (44)
        Subject: SEMSEARCH09 2nd Call for Papers


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        Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 18:53:19 +0000
        From: Todd Schneider <tschneider-AT-rayva.org>
        Subject: ISWC 2009: Call for Papers


ISWC 2009 Call for Papers

The 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) will be held 25 - 29 October, 2009, in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. Invited speakers include Patrick Hayes, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, and Nova Spivack, Radar Networks.

IS WC is the major international forum where the latest research results and technical innovations on all aspects of the Semantic Web are presented.

As the Semantic Web is rapidly entering the mainstream, IS WC 2009 will pay particular attention to showcasing scalable and usable solutions, which bring semantic technologies to web users in authentic application settings.

The tracks for ISWC 2009 include Research, Semantic Web in Use, Posters & Demonstrations, Industry, Doctorial Consortium, Tutorials, and Workshops. Calls for each of these tracks is below.

The International Semantic Web Conference (IS WC) series is organized and managed by the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA ).

See http://iswc2009.semanticweb.org/ for full details.

Research Track - Call for Papers
The web continues to grow and increasing amounts of data are available for human and machine consumption, processing, and re-dissemination. As Semantic Web technologies (including linked data approaches) mature and become usable by end-users we can expect to encounter new technologies, modes of interactions, and applications that enable us to "surf" this web of data. These new approaches give rise to new challenges - both from a technical and human-computer interaction perspective.
The goal of the research track at ISWC is to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users from the areas of artificial intelligence, databases, social networks, distributed computing, web engineering, information systems, natural language processing, soft computing, and human-computer interaction to discuss the biggest challenges and proposed solutions. It solicits the submission of original, principled research papers dealing with both analytical theoretical, empirical, and practical aspects of all areas of Semantic Web research. Papers to the research track are expected to clearly present their contribution and provide some well-principled means of evaluation. We especially encourage papers that ensure the repeatability of their experiments and share with the community their data and test harnesses.
        General Information
ISWC 2009 calls for papers for its research track. The research track solicits the submission of original, principled research papers dealing with both analytical theoretical, empirical, and practical aspects of all areas of Semantic Web research. Papers to the research track are expected to clearly present their contribution and provide some well-principled means of evaluation. We especially encourage papers that ensure the repeatability of their experiments, and share with the community their data and test harnesses.
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        Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 15:46:00 +0000
        From: Tran Thanh <dtr-AT-aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de>
        Subject: SEMSEARCH09 2nd Call for Papers



2nd Call for Papers SEMSEARCH'09
Semantic Search 2009 Workshop                                               
Located at the 18th Int. World Wide Web Conference WWW2009
April 21, 2009, Madrid, Spain
http://km.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/ws/semsearch09

Submission deadline for full papers: March 1st, 2009 (12.00 AM, GMT)
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In recent years we have witnessed tremendous interest and substantial
economic exploitation of search technologies, both at web and enterprise
scale. However, the representation of user queries and resource content in
existing search appliances is still almost exclusively achieved by simple
syntax-based descriptions of the resource content and the information need
such as in the predominant keyword-centric paradigm (i.e. keyword queries
matched against bag of words document representation).

On the other hand, recent advances in the field of semantic technologies
have resulted in tools and standards that allow for the articulation of
domain knowledge in a formal manner at a high level of expressivity. At the
same time, semantic repositories and reasoning engines have only now
advanced to a state where querying and processing of this knowledge can
scale to realistic IR scenarios.

In parallel to these developments, in the past years we have also seen the
emergence of important results in adapting ideas from IR to the problem of
search in RDF/OWL data, folksonomies, microformat collections or
semantically tagged natural text. Common to these scenarios is that the
search is focused not on a document collection, but on metadata (which may
be possibly linked to or embedded in textual information). Search and
ranking in metadata stores is another key topic addressed by the workshop.

As such, semantic technologies are now in a state to provide significant
contributions to IR problems. 

In this context, several challenges arise for Semantic Search systems. These
include, among others: 

* How can semantic technologies be exploited to capture the information need
of the user? 

* How can the information need of the user be translated to expressive
formal queries without enforcing the user to be capable of handling the
difficult query syntax? 

* How can expressive resource descriptions be extracted (acquired) from
documents (users)? 

* How can expressive resource descriptions be stored and queried efficiently
on a large scale? 

* How can vague information needs and incomplete resource descriptions be
handled? 

* How can semantic search systems be evaluated and compared with standard IR
systems?

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