[expertfinder-dev] CfP PICKME, the 3rd ExpertFinder workshop

Lyndon Nixon nixon at inf.fu-berlin.de
Tue May 13 09:42:38 BST 2008

Apologies for multiple postings

Call for Papers

3rd International ExpertFinder Workshop:
PICKME2008 (Personal Identification and Collaborations - Knowledge
Mediation and Extraction)

Karlsruhe, Germany, October 2008
co-located with the 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2008)

The Semantic Web, Social Networks and other emerging technology
streams promise to enable
finding experts more efficiently on a Web scale across boundaries. To
leverage synergies
among these streams, the ExpertFinder initiative started in 2006
with the aim of devising vocabularies, rule extensions (for e.g. FOAF
and SIOC) and best practices to annotate and extract
expertise-relevant information from personal and organizational web
pages, blogs, wikis, conferences, publication indexes, etc.
Following two previous workshops - EFW
(http://www.expertfinder.info/efw2007) and
FEWS (http://www.expertfinder.info/fews2007) - we solicit new research
contributions from the
Semantic Web community towards the tasks of formally representing and
reusing knowledge of
skills and collaborations on the Web and consequently finding people
according to their
expertise. The goal of PICKME2008 is to discuss:
* the feasibility of a Web-scale infrastructure for the creation,
publication and use of
semantic descriptions of experts and their collaborations on the Web,
* concrete application scenarios such as group management, disaster
response, recruitment,
team building, problem solving and on-the-fly consultation (Such
scenarios can be found at
* enabling technologies such as annotation, knowledge extraction,
ontology engineering,
reasoning, ontology mediation, social network and interaction analysis.

Topics of Interest
We welcome all research contributions that contribute to one or more
of the following topics:
* Specification of vocabularies and reuse of existing
standards/taxonomies to describe experts to capture knowledge about
people, their expertise  and collaborations with other people,
* Extraction of descriptions of persons and collaborations from
loosely structured data (e.g. Web pages) and databases,
* Use of microformats to express and extract knowledge about persons
and collaborations,
* International & cross-organizational heterogeneity issues in
personal descriptions,
* Algorithms for expert & expertise finding and recommendation (e.g.
mining of social networks),
* Expressivity extensions (in logics, rules) to support expertise
extraction from knowledge about collaborations,
* Tools for the intuitive creation and maintenance of personal and
organizational descriptions and associated rules,
* Web infrastructures for the publication and sharing of personal and
organizational descriptions (storage, access, querying, rule
execution, coordination, communication),
* Extension of collaborative tools, e.g. blogs and wikis, to capture
knowledge about persons and collaborations,
* Security, trust and privacy aspects of expert & expertise finding, and
* Deployment of these areas in business scenarios and requirements for
the industrial uptake of these applications.

Event Information
The workshop will take place during the 7th International Semantic Web
Conference (ISWC2008). For every accepted paper at least one of the
authors must attend the workshop and must register for the workshop
and the main conference.

Submission Information
We invite submissions of full papers no longer than 12 pages or
position papers no longer than 2 pages (both including figures,
references and appendices). Paper submissions must be formatted in the
style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in
Computer Science (LNCS).
Guidelines and templates are available at
Papers need to be submitted electronically through the EasyChair
system (http://www.easychair.org/conferences?conf=pickme2008). Both
full and position papers will be published in accompanying online
proceedings (CEUR).

Important Dates
August 04, 2008:	Submission of papers
September 05, 2008:	Notification of acceptance
September 26, 2008:	Camera-ready
October, 2008:		Workshop

Program Committee
W. Abramowicz, Poznan Unviersity of Economics, Poland;
D. Berrueta, CTIC Foundation, Spain;
C. Bizer, Freie Unversität Berlin;
A.-M. Boanerges, LSDIS Lab, Univ. of Georgia, USA;
H. Boley, NRC Institute of Information Technology, Canada;
I. Celino, CERIEL Politecnico di Milano, Italy;
T. Heath, Talis Information Lt, UK;
A. Leger, France Telekom, France;
N. Li, University of Surrey, UK;
B. Nowack, semsol web semantics, Germany;
C. Petrie, Stanford Unviersity, USA;
R. Tolksdorf, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Organizing Committee
Malgorzata Mochol, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Anna V. Zhdanova, ftw. Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien, Austria
Lyndon J. B. Nixon, Free University of Berlin, Germany
John Breslin, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
Axel Polleres, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland

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