Call for Participation : ISWC 05 Markup and Annotation Workshop

From: Siegfried Handschuh (
Date: 09/16/05

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      ++ SemAnnot 2005 Call for Participation ++
      ++ Program available online! ++
    5th International Workshop on Knowledge Markup and Semantic Annotation
     (SemAnnot 2005)
    Workshop at the  4rd International Semantic Web Conference 
     (ISWC 2005)
     7 November 2005
     Galway, Ireland
    *** OBJECTIVES ***
    While a lot of basic infrastructure exists now for the Semantic Web
    (OWL, Editors, Inference-Engines), the lack of semantic metadata is
    still a major hurdle for the broad success of the Semantic Web. To
    overcome this obstacle, one needs methods that facilitate and
    accelerate the creation of metadata at a mass scale.  
    The workshop will address the issue of upgrading the actual web towards
    the semantic web by means of (automated) annotated strategies for web
    documents. The target audience are researchers and developers working
    towards the proliferation of semantic annotation. The goal of the
    workshop is to share experiences and to establish common strategies for
    semantic annotation of the current web covering various aspects of the
    actual web, like structured vs. instructed information, static vs.
    dynamic web pages, textual vs. multimedia or multi-modal information.
    These aspects require complementary approaches to semantic annotation
    as they bear their own set of characteristics.
    The annotation strategy for upgrading the actual web towards the
    semantic web will thus have to ensure the exchange of content
    annotation of various types of information modalities, their merging
    and interoperability. 
    *** Workshop Goals  ***
    The workshop intends to bring together researchers and practitioners
    from such research areas as the Semantic Web, knowledge acquisition,
    human language technology, document processing, terminology,
    information science, and multimedia content, among others, to discuss
    various aspects of knowledge markup and semantic annotation in an
    interdisciplinary way.
    Potential topics include but are not limited to: 
    - General description of semantic annotation tools/strategies for
    upgrading the current web to the Semantic Web;
    - A common semantic annotation strategy for upgrading the web to the
    semantic web (including multimedia content) 
    - NLP tools/strategies for semantic annotation of the current web
    - Multimedia tools/strategies for semantic annotation of the current web
    - Semantic annotation of static vs. dynamic web documents
    - Manual vs. automated annotation.  Can automation be effectively
    - Statistical vs. rule-based semantic annotation strategies
    - Manual and/or automated semantic annotation of the current web: when
    only manually? In which cases can automation be effectively deployed? 
    - Multimedia annotation (e.g. by using MPEG-7)
    - Collaborative, shared annotation
    - Evaluation of Semantic Annotation
    Workshop Organising Committee 
        * Siegfried Handschuh (co-chair, contact person), FZI & Ontoprise
        * Thierry Declerck (co-chair), Saarland University & DFKI GmbH
        * Marja-Riitta Koivunen, Annotea
        * Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz
    Program Committee 
        * Paul Buitelaar (DFKI)
        * Philipp Cimiano (AIFB)
        * Nigel Collier (National Institute for Informatics, Japan)
        * Olivier Corby (INRIA)
        * Oscar Corcho (University of Manchester)
        * Fabien Gandon (CMU)
        * Sofia Pinto (Instituto Superior Tecnico)
        * Alun Preece (University of Aberdeen)
        * Michael Sintek (DFKI)
        * Sylvie Szulman (LIPN, University Paris-Nord)
        * Hideaki Takeda (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
        * Maria Vargas-Vera (Open University)
        * Martin Wolpers (Learning Lab Lower Saxony)
        * Yiannis Kompatsiaris, CERTH/ITI (Thessaloniki, Greece)

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