WETICE-2006 2nd CfP: International Workshop on Semantic Technologies in Collaborative Applications STICA06

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WETICE-2006 2nd CfP: International Workshop on Semantic Technologies in Collaborative Applications STICA06

Elena Paslaru

*** Apology for multiple cross-postings ***
 
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Second Call for Papers STICA06
 
1st International Workshop on Semantic Technologies in Collaborative
Applications STICA06  
 
at the
 
15th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies:
Infrastructures
for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE-2006) The University of
Manchester,
Manchester, U.K. (26th-28th June 2006)
 
http://nbi.inf.fu-berlin.de/conf/STICA06
 
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MOTIVATION
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With distributed information systems and the Internet continually
increasing in significance, collaboratively creating and managing
information has become an essential requirement for the success of (virtual)

organizations. This situation has led to a plethora of platforms supporting
cooperation as well as joint information access among geographically
dispersed
user communities that have emerged in the last decades: collaborative
information spaces, tele-cooperation, autonomous agents or, more recently,
various Web-related forms of communication and cooperation such as
discussion forums,
community portals, Wikis and blogs.
 
A fundamental requirement for an effective collaboration is the
Availability of technologies and tools which provide an explicit and
unambiguous representation of the shared information and a feasible
management of
such semantics-enhanced information repositories.  The emergence of the
Semantic Web has marked an important stage in the evolution of semantic
technologies. In this context the knowledge components i.e. ontologies are
formalized using Web-suitable, but in the same time semantically unambiguous
representation languages, are accessible and can be shared and reused across
the World Wide Web.  
 
The Semantic Web offers new opportunities for the next generation of
collaborative
applications: it provides us with novel means to classify information items
i.e.
by means of ontologies which formally represent the consensual understanding
of the
application users w.r.t. a particular domain of interest. Taking advantage
of this technology,
the first promising implementations of Semantic Web-based collaboration
platforms
such as Semantic Web portals, semantic Wikis and blogs, to name only a few,
have been proposed.
 
This workshop aims at contributing to this young application field by
providing a forum
for practitioners and researchers to present innovative approaches to
applying Semantic Web
technologies in collaborative environments and to discuss the opportunities
and challenges
related to this topic.
 
OBJECTIVES
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The primary objective of this workshop is to gather researchers and
practitioners working
in different emerging aspects of semantics-enabled collaboration, ranging
from
discovering new application scenarios, proposing new methods to apply
Semantic Web and
related emerging technologies to current environments, pointing out issues
that still need to be solved, and reporting results and experiences gained
during
the deployment of collaborative methods and the realization of support
systems.
 
TOPICS OF INTEREST
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We invite original academic and industry contributions which report on
issues related to
semantic collaboration.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
 
            -- Methodologies for collaboratively creating and managing
shared information
            -- Collaborative ontology engineering
            -- Semantic collaboration applications
            -- Collaborative Semantic Web portals
            -- Semantic community support systems
            -- Semantic Wikis
            -- Semantic Blogging
            -- Semantic Mindmapping and Conceptmapping
            -- Case studies, lessons learned and experience reports on
semantics-aware
collaborative applications
            -- Studies on the value added to collaboration by semantic
technologies
            -- Future research directions in the area of semantic
collaboration
 
ORGANIZERS
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Robert Tolksdorf, Elena Paslaru Bontas, Klaus Schild
 
Freie Universität Berlin
AG Netzbasierte Informationssysteme
Takustr. 9
D-14195 Berlin
Germany
 
{tolk|paslaru|schild}@inf.fu-berlin.de

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
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Sören Auer, Universität Leipzig
David Aumüller, Universität Leipzig
Matteo Bonifacio, University of Trento
Alberto J. Cañas, Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
Björn Decker, FhG IESE
John Domingue, Open University
Nicola Henze, Universität Hannover
Martin Hepp, DERI Innsbruck
Peter Mika, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Sofia Pinto, University of Lisbon
Dirk Riehle, Bayave Software GmbH
Sebastian Schaffert, Salzburg Research
Hans Peter Schnurr, Ontoprise
Adam Souzis, Liminal Systems
Steffen Staab, Universität Koblenz-Landau
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Universität Mannheim
York Sure, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Christoph Tempich, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Ludger van Elst, DFKI
 
SUBMISSION AND PROCEEDINGS
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Submission of papers will take place electronically at
http://conference.ag-nbi.de/stica06. The papers should be submitted in
PDF format and should not exceed 6 pages in IEEE format
(this will also be the page limit for the proceedings).

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by a minimum of three people.
The accepted papers and the summary report on the workshop will be published
in
the post-conference proceedings and directly mailed to the registered
authors
by the IEEE Computer Press after the conference. Please note that in order
for
an accepted paper to be published in the conference proceedings at least one
of
its authors is required to register and present the paper at WETICE-2006.

IMPORTANT DATES
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Deadline for paper submission: February 10, 2006
Decision to paper authors: April 7, 2006
Final version of accepted papers due to IEEE: May 12, 2006
Advance Registration discount and deadline
On-site registration after this date: May 12, 2006
WETICE-2006 Workshops and On-site registration: June 26-28, 2006

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Dipl. -Inform. Elena Paslaru Bontas Simperl
Netzbasierte Informationssysteme
Institut für Informatik
Freie Universität Berlin
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