Appel: Workshop on Open Data in a Semantic Web Perspective

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Dec 21 22:18:38 UTC 2011

Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:25:01 -0500
From: eric charton <eric.charton at>
Message-ID: <CAD91nOH++dyqea9igZcrvUnJNOsxLGbGx9D-VP7Nv-vS48b=gQ at>

First Call for paper

Workshop on Open Data in a Semantic Web Perspective

May 27th, 2012
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(co-located with Canadia AI 2012)



Open Data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to
everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from
copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. Open Data recently,
gaining popularity with the rise of the W3C Semantic Web prospective

The LinkedData network, promoted by the W3C, is the most visible part of
what an open Web of data, as a complement of a Web of document could be.
Vast repositories of normalized data like those from DBPedia, PubMed,
GeneID, DrugBank, OECD or UNESCO are now stimulating an intensive new
field of research related to the possible uses of those data in IA and
knowledge management applications. Major companies involved in data
exploration and information retrieval invest in this new field and study
new interfaces and algorithms to bring the gap between data and users
like Google and the Public Data Explorer.

Governments are increasingly recognizing the benefits of making their
data open and reusable. The launch of open-data government initiatives
such as in USA or various initiatives in Europe like the Open
Data Challenge, or is a strong encouragement to the
development of the open data movement.

The wide availability of Public Sector Information can be a key driver
to develop content markets in North America, which can generate new
businesses and jobs and provide more information to consumers and
citizens. In Canada, the Open Data Pilot is part of the Government
commitment to open government, which is being pursued along three
streams: open data, open information and open dialogue, and aims to
drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians.

We would like to invite researchers and actors of the open data movement
to present their work to the workshop. This workshop would like to bring
together data providers, initiative groups, technology providers, and
researchers to facilitate the dissemination of ideas, methods and
promote new research perspectives related to the Open Data and the
Semantic Web applications.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Open Data sets and catalogs (including Semantic Web, LinkedData,
   public data sets)
2. Open Data pilot initiatives (including governmental, non-profit,
3. Relation between Open Data and Natural Language Processing
4. Architectures and systems using Open Data
5. Tools and resources related to Open Data
6. Open Data construction tools
7. Format of Open Data (including RDF, OWL)
8. Application of Open Data in maps, encyclopedic knowledge, genomics,
   chemical compounds, mathematical and scientific formulae, medical
   data and practice, bioscience and biodiversity.
9. Evaluation and metrics related to Open Data sets quality, processing
   and software performances
10.Open Data and translation
11.Open Data visualization

Demos and papers related to working application or systems under
development will be encouraged. We hope to cover three main
perspectives: government and administrations (e.g., open ), industry
(e.g., marketing, software applications and services), and academic
(e.g., theoretical research related to Open Data production and uses).


Two formats are proposed :

1.Full paper (up to 8 pages)
2.Demo paper (up to 4 pages)

Submission of commercial applications and research related papers are
strongly encouraged when they are strictly related to real open data
(e.g., innovative commercial software tool using public data-sets)

Authors are invited to submit electronically on the website of the
workshop by February 22th, 2012, full papers in PDF, Postscript or
MS-Word RTF. All papers must be written in English.

For submission please use our easychair site.


Paper submission: February, 22, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March, 30, 2012
Camera ready: April, 27, 2012
Workshop: May 27, 2012


Christopher Baker, UNB, Saint John, Canada
Pierre-Antoine Champin, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada
Volker Haarslev, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
Anja Jentzsch, , Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Birgitta König-Ries, University of Jena, Jena, Germany
Guy Lapalme, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Daniel Lemire, UQAM, Montréal, Canada
Roger Nkambou, UQAM, Montréal, Canada
Raphael Troncy, Eurécom, Sophia Antipolis, France
Petko Valtchev, UQAM, Montréal, Canada
René Witte, Semantic Software Lab - Concordia University, Montréal, Canada


Eric Charton (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Michel Gagnon (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Marie-Jean Meurs (Concordia University)

Contact eric.charton at

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