Monday, March 19, 2007

JWS special issue on Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web

The Journal of Web Semantics solicits papers for a special issue on the impact the Web 2.0 revolution on the Semantic Web to be edited by Mark Greaves and Peter Mika.

The cluster of technologies and design patterns known as Web 2.0 has now emerged as the leading contender for “the next evolution of the Web.” Researchers, developers, and venture capitalists are all flocking toward the banner of Web 2.0, based on its promise of massively increased sharing and participation among web users. At the same time, the technologies of the Semantic Web have been quietly maturing and spreading, and now provide a clear way to apply a basic level of formal semantics to a web infrastructure. In their own way, both of these technologies address the fundamental semantic concepts of shared meaning. The Journal of Web Semantics solicits high quality papers on the impact of the Web 2.0 revolution and the technology, deployment, and vision of the Semantic Web. We are interested comparative papers that address both directions of the impact: Semantic Web technologies were initially designed before the rise of the Web 2.0 methods for large-scale socially-contributed content. What lessons should Semantic Web technologies draw from the popularity of tag systems, social networks, mashups, and other Web 2.0 techniques? Does the success of the social, user-oriented contribution models of Web 2.0 impact the way that Semantic Web data should be created, deployed, exploited, managed, and shared? In short, should particular aspects of the Semantic Web be reconsidered in the light of Web 2.0? For example:
  • How can we exploit the wisdom of crowds to extend and maintain ontologies and instance information? Could social software provide the missing mechanisms for sharing ontologies and metadata? Are there implications for existing family of web ontology languages?
  • Is the existing work on Semantic Web Services adequate to support the Web 2.0 world's practice of creating mashups?
  • Are there particular extensions to the Semantic Web base architecture, such as privacy, trust, and provenance, that could provide elegant and economical solutions to Web 2.0 issues?
Web 2.0 applications always depend on some type of shared semantics -- for example, between the software components of a mashup, or within the user community that contributes to a particular tagging system. Can the relative precision and rigor of Semantic Web representations and inference add significant value to Web 2.0 applications?
  • Are the various Semantic Web "bridge" technologies (like RDFa, GRDDL, and SPARQL) adequate to the semantic demands of Web 2.0 applications?
  • Can Semantic Web techniques be used to substantially enhance perceived user value in Web 2.0 social networks, for example by linking across communities?
  • How could we leverage commercial Web 2.0 applications and design patterns to increase the traction and uptake of the Semantic Web?
Topics of interest range from theoretical issues, methods, tools, system descriptions and applications. We are also interested in high-quality, carefully-argued discussion papers on the possibilities for convergence between these two technologies.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission: 1 June 2007
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 July 2007
  • Final Papers due: 10 August 2007
  • Special issue's publication: December 2007


We are interested in shorter (~10 pages), highly-targeted papers, which may include concurrent publication (via the Journal of Web Semantics’ Preprint Server) of companion ontologies, folksonomies, open-source code, and the like. On-line paper submission is required, via Elsevier’s Author’s Portal for the Journal of Web Semantics. Elsevier has requested that we remind authors to select “Special Issue: Socio-Semantic Web” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the on-line submission process.

Key URLs and Contact Info

Elsevier "Journal of Web Semantics" home page and Author Portal Journal of Web Semantics Preprint Server For any questions, please contact the guest editors.
Mark Greaves Vulcan Inc. 505 Fifth Ave S., Suite 900 Seattle, WA 98104 USA +1 (206) 342 2276 Peter Mika Yahoo! Research Barcelona Ocata 1, 1st floor 08003 Barcelona Catalunya, Spain +34 935 421 165

Sunday, March 18, 2007

JWS special issue on Semantic Multimedia

The Journal of Web Semantics solicits papers for a special issue on "Semantic Multimedia".

The objective of this special issue is to collect and report on recent high quality research that narrows the large disparity between the low-level descriptors typically computed automatically from multimedia content and the richness and subjectivity of semantics in user queries and human interpretations of audiovisual media i.e. the so called Semantic Gap. Research in this area is important because of the overwhelming amount of information available as multimedia for the purpose of entertainment, security, teaching or technical documentation and the very limited understanding of the semantics of such data sources and, hence, the limited ways in which they can be accessed by users. In spite of the multitude of such activities, there is a lack of appropriate outlets for presenting high-quality research in the area of “Semantic Multimedia”. This special issue of the Journal of Web Semantics will cater towards those members of the Semantic Web community interested in applying their semantic technologies to the field of multimedia. This means that it targets core semantic web research with multimedia as its field of application. The benefit is to explore how multimedia content and annotation can be used in Semantic Web applications, increasing the value of the Semantic Web. High quality contributions addressing related theoretical and practical aspects are expected. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Integration of multimedia processing and Semantic Web technologies
  • Multimedia ontologies and infrastructures
  • Knowledge assisted multimedia data mining
  • Knowledge based inference for semi-automatic semantic media annotation
  • Revelance feedback for finding semantics
  • Semantic-driven multimedia indexing and retrieval
  • Metadata management for multimedia
  • Semantic Browsing of large multimedia archives
  • Semantic interfaces and semantic personalisation for interaction with large multimedia repositories
  • Semantics-driven multimedia presentation generation
  • Standards bridging the multimedia and knowledge domains

A Double Special Issue

Simultaneously with this special issue, another special issue of the Multimedia Tools and Applications Journal is addressed to core research in multimedia being improved by exploiting Semantic Web technologies. Authors have the possibility to submit specifically to either the Journal of Web Semantics or to Multimedia Tools and Applications. However it is also possible to submit to this joint double special issue and leave it to the editors to decide about acceptance for one of the two journals.

Submission Procedure

Prospective contributors are invited to submit papers in A4/US letter, single column, double space format, up to 30 pages long including figures, tables and references. Authors should submit their manuscripts in pdf format described online indicating their submission target as “MTAP”, “JoWS” or “BOTH”. Camera-ready papers will have to conform to the style of the target journal.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for manuscript submission: March 2007
  • Notification to authors: June 2007
  • Final accepted manuscript due: July 2007
  • Publication date: 2008

Guest Editors

Journal of Web Semantics blog

The Journal of Web Semantics is an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of various subject areas that contribute to the development of a knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web. These areas include: knowledge technologies, ontology, agents, databases and the semantic grid, obviously disciplines like information retrieval, language technology, human-computer interaction and knowledge discovery are of major relevance as well. All aspects of the Semantic Web development are covered. The publication of large-scale experiments and their analysis is also encouraged to clearly illustrate scenarios and methods that introduce semantics into existing Web interfaces, contents and services. The journal emphasizes the publication of papers that combine theories, methods and experiments from different subject areas in order to deliver innovative semantic methods and applications. The blog is run by the JWS editors-in-chief with occasional posts by area editors and editors of special issues. We will use it for news and announcements about the journal, including calls for papers, descriptions of upcoming special issues and their deadlines, availability of preprints, publication of online material, etc.