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Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 22:06:23 +0200
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1st International Workshop on Semantic Repositories for the Web (SERES 2010)
http://www.ontologydynamics.org/od/index.php/seres2010/    (01)

at the 9th International Semantic Web Conference
   http://iswc2010.semanticweb.org    (02)

November 7, 2010, in Shanghai, China
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Ontologies and Linked Data vocabularies are being actively developed  
and used by numerous applications. Several domains are making their  
vocabularies available for others to reuse. In addition, good  
practices when developing ontologies are often followed, particularly  
for producing reusable modules. The Semantic Web is a modular and  
highly federated environment of reusable knowledge sources; these  
provide the meaning so that SW applications change our experience of  
the web. Within this context, the need for repositories delivering the  
added value that makes the SW a concrete step beyond our current  
experience of the web is palpable. SERES addresses issues around  
semantic repositories within the context of the SW.    (04)

The number of ontologies being built and made available for reuse has  
increased steadily in the last few years. Semantic Web search engines  
such as Swoogle and Watson currently index several tens of thousands  
of them; there are also systems specifically designed to support the  
publication of ontologies, e.g. Cupboard, NCBO Bioportal, and ONKI.  
Some tools also support editing features, e.g. Neologism, Knoodl.  
While being a foundation for the Semantic Web, this new environment  
where ontologies are shared and interlinked online also poses new  
challenges; fostering thus a number of research projects aiming to  
understand, amongst others, ontology reuse, storage, publication,  
versioning, quality control, evaluation, retrieval and modularization.  
For instance, as part of the EU NeOn project new tools supporting  
Knowledge Engineering in the age of ?networked ontologies? have been  
developed, while in the EU OASIS project approaches from software  
engineering and formalization are now also being applied to  
inter-connect ontologies. Moreover, despite initial efforts, ontology  
repositories are hardly interoperable amongst themselves. Although  
sharing similar aims (providing easy access to Semantic Web  
resources), they diverge in the methods and techniques employed for  
gathering these documents and making them available; each interprets  
and uses metadata in a different manner. Furthermore, many features  
are still poorly supported; for instance, modularization, versioning,  
and the relationship between ontology repositories and ontology  
engineering environments (editors) to support the entire ontology  
lifecycle.    (05)

By the same token, there are several domains making available  
knowledge resources; for instance, digital libraries such as Pubmed  
Central offer a large collection of biomedical abstracts and, in some  
cases, open access to the full document. Some researchers are starting  
to bridge the gap between clinical and experimental data and  
literature; such connection is being built via ontologies, some  
approaches have had BioPortal as their ontology repository. Linked  
Data is also being explored as a means for publishers to expose their  
content. Knowledge management over documents is actively aiming to  
make real the notion of self-descriptiveness; being this intrinsically  
related to various resources over the web providing meaning for atomic  
component in documents ?words, tables, figures, maps, etc. In order  
for these systems to be successful, it is necessary to provide a forum  
for researchers and developers to discuss features and exchange ideas  
on the realization of repositories providing semantics. In addition,  
it is now critical to achieve interoperability between these  
repositories, through common interfaces, standard metadata formats,  
etc. SERES10 intends to provide such a forum.    (06)

Questions addressed by SERES10:
∑                How can semantic repositories support the realization  
of the SW?
∑                Semantic repositories, ontology repositories,  
knowledge repositories, where are the boundaries? How are they  
interacting? Are they changing our experience of the web?
∑                How are domain specific knowledge repositories, such  
as biomedical digital libraries, interconnecting knowledge in  
meaningful manners?
∑                How are e-government initiatives using and delivering  
semantics and knowledge repositories?
∑                How can ontology repositories support novel semantic  
∑                How can ontology repositories encourage the  
development of high quality ontologies that are used routinely by  
relevant communities?
∑                How can ontology repositories provide semantics for  
∑                How can ontology repositories contribute to the reuse  
of ontologies across different domains and applications?
∑               How can ontology repositories interoperate with one  
another to support scalability, availability and distributed reasoning?
∑                How can provenance and intellectual property  
information be managed in and across ontology repositories?
∑                How can the abundant and complex knowledge contained  
in relevant ontology repositories be made comprehensible for users?
∑                How can branching, versioning, mappings, dependencies  
and configurations/compositions be managed in and across ontology  
∑                How can ontology repositories interoperate with  
related applications such as ontology editors, automated reasoners,  
and rule engines?
∑                How can modularity be better supported in and across  
ontology repositories; similarly, how could modularization be  
∑                How can ontology repositories support distributed reasoning?
∑                How can ontology repositories support corporate,  
national and domain specific metadata/semantic infrastructures?
∑                What measurements for describing and comparing  
ontologies can we use? How could ontology repositories use these?    (07)

Workshop Audience
We want to bring together researchers and practitioners active in the  
design, development and application of semantic web technology,  
semantic registries and repositories, knowledge management systems,  
knowledge repositories, repository editors, modularization techniques,  
versioning systems and issues around federated ontology systems.  As  
some repository-related tools are already under development, and  
repositories are a crucial part of business infrastructure, we also  
address progressive Chief Technology Officers interested in using  
these technologies.    (08)

  Paper Submission Deadline   August 20, 2010, 23.50 Hawaii time
  Acceptance Notification       September 17, 2010
  Camera Ready                   October 7, 2010
  SERES Workshop (tentative date)               November 7, 2010    (09)

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
http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0    (010)

Proceedings of
the workshop will be published online. Depending on the number and quality of
the submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers during a
poster session.    (011)

Please submit your paper via EasyChair at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=seres10    (012)

Submissions that do not comply with the formatting of LNCS or that exceed the
12 page limit (research papers) or 5 page limit (position papers and  
systems descriptions) will be rejected without review.    (013)

We note that the author list does not need to be anonymized, as we do not have
a double-blind review process in place.    (014)

Submissions will be peer reviewed by three independent reviewers. Accepted
papers have to be presented at the workshop and they will be included in the
workshop proceedings that are published online at CEUR-WS.    (015)

Program Committee    (016)

Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA.
  Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
John Bateman, Universitšt Bremen, Germany.
  Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany.
Raul Palma, Poznan University, Poland.
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
Fabian Neuhaus, University of Maryland, USA.
Aleman-Bonarges Meza, Universidad Politecnica de Victoria, Mexico
Christoph Lange,  Jacobs University, Germany.
Sandro Hawke, W3C.
Christopher Baker, University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Nigam Shah, Stanford University, USA.
Peter Haase, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description  
Methods, Germany.
Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
Leyla Garcia, Bundeswehr University, Germany.
Benjamin Good, USA
Matthew Horridge, University of Manchester, UK    (017)

Organizing Committee    (018)

Alexander Garcia, University of Bremen
Mathieu d'Aquin,  Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University
Mike Dean, Principal Engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies
Kenneth Baclawski, College of Computer and Information Science,  
Northeastern University    (019)

Alexander Garcia
http://www.usefilm.com/photographer/75943.html    (020)

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