[rdfweb-dev] CFP: WS on the Semantic Desktop @ ISWC - Last Call + Extended Deadline 8th August

Leo Sauermann leo at gnowsis.com
Fri Aug 5 09:35:34 UTC 2005

============================CALL FOR PAPERS============================

                            1st Workshop on
                         The Semantic Desktop

          Next Generation Personal Information Management
                and Collaboration Infrastructure
                                at the
                 International Semantic Web Conference
                   6 November 2005, Galway, Ireland


                   Extended Deadline: 8th of August 2005

[Important Dates and Submission Details]
* Submissions due:               August 8, 2005 (extended date)
* Notification for acceptance:   September 1, 2005
* Camera ready due:              October 7, 2005
* Workshop date:                 November 6, 2005

Please follow the style guides according the Springer LNCS format
outlined at:

Technical papers should have max. 15 pages including references,
position papers should not exceed 5 pages. Papers can be associated
with a demo. Please submit documents as HTML, PDF, or Word to

  semdesk2005 at semanticdesktop.org.

Authors of the selected best papers from the workshop will be asked to
revise their papers based on feedback from the workshop, to appear in
a Special Issue of the Journal of Internet Computing.

[Topics and Content]
The Semantic Web holds promises for information organization and
selective access, providing standards means for formulating and
distributing metadata and Ontologies.
Still, we miss a wide use of Semantic Web technologies on personal
computers. The use of ontologies, metadata annotations, and semantic
web protocols on desktop computers will allow the integration of
desktop applications and the web, enabling a much more focused and
integrated personal information management as well as focused
information distribution and collaboration on the Web beyond sending
emails. The vision of the Semantic Desktop for personal information
management and collaboration has been around for a long time:
visionaries like Vanevar Bush and Doug Engelbart have formulated and
partially realized these ideas. Recently the computer science community
has developed the means to make this vision a reality:

* The Semantic Web effort (http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/)
  provides standards and technologies for the definition
  and exchange of metadata and ontologies.

* Open-source software (like OpenOffice) make it possible to reuse
  and build on top of existing sophisticated systems
* Collaboration, acquisition and dissemination infrastructures
  like Wikis and Blogs are providing the foundation for joint
  collaborative knowledge creation

* Social Software maps the social connections between
  different people into the technical infrastructure.

* P2P and Grid computing, especially in combination with the Semantic
  Web field, develops technology to interconnect large communities

The application of the mentioned technologies, especially in
combination with the Semantic Web, to the desktop computer in order
to improve personal information management and collaboration is the
main topic of this workshop. Several systems have been created already
to explore this field, e.g., the Haystack system at MIT, the Gnowsis
system at DFKI, or the Chandler system by the OSA foundation.

[Areas of Interest]

The main focus of this workshop is on providing an overview of existing
approaches and elaborating the next steps necessary in order to bring
the Semantic Web to the desktop computer. More specifically, workshop
topics include:

* Architectures and frameworks for integrating the Semantic Web into a
  Desktop environment
* Personal Information Management tools (calendar, address books,
  email, documents, ideas) that interoperate with the Semantic Web
* Enhance searching and information retrieval on desktop computers
  using ontologies and metadata.
* Means to extract metadata from desktop applications
  (e.g., OpenOffice etc.)
* Knowledge Acquisition and Visualization tools for desktop
* Integration and exploitation of semantic social networks into a
  semantic desktop environment
* P2P models for distributed architecture enabling collaboration with
  Semantic Desktop nodes
* Applications of the Semantic Desktop, for e.g, eScience and


* Stefan Decker (DERI, National University of Ireland , Galway, Ireland)
* Jack Park (SRI International, Menlo Park, USA)
* Dennis Quan (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA)
* Leo Sauermann (DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany)

[Program Committee]

* Andreas Abecker (FZI, Karlsruhe, Germany)
* Dan Brickley (W3C, Sophia Antipolis, France)
* Daniel Schwabe (PUC Rio, Brasil)
* David O'Sullivan (DERI, NUIG, Ireland)
* David Schwartz (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
* Dirk-Willem van Gulik (Apache Foundation, Netherlands)
* Doug Engelbart (Bootstrap Institute, USA)
* Gerald Reif (TU Vienna, Austria)
* Giovanni Tummarello (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)
* Gregoris Mentzas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
* Jeen Broekstra (Aduna BV, Netherlands)
* Manfred Hauswirth (EPFL, Switzerland)
* Michael Sintek (DFKI, Germany)
* Pat Croke (Hewlett Packard, Galway, Ireland)
* Peter Mika (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
* Simon Phipps (Sun, UK, USA)
* Stéphane Laurière (Mandriva, France)
* Wolfgang Nejdl (L3S, Hannover)
* Wolfgang Prinz (Fraunhofer and RWTH Aachen, Germany)

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