Workshop on Semantic Web for Collaborative Knowledge Acquisition
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Hyderabad, India
January 2007

Call for Papers

SWeCKa 2007

Workshop Description

Recent advances in computing and communications together with the rapid
proliferation of information sources and services present unprecedented
opportunities in integrative and collaborative analysis and
interpretation of distributed, autonomous (and hence, inevitably
semantically heterogeneous) data and knowledge sources and services in
virtually every area of human activity. Fundamental advances in
collaborative approaches to knowledge acquisition and data-driven
decision making from distributed, autonomous, semantically heterogeneous
data and knowledge sources require synergistic synthesis of research
advances, insights, algorithms, and results in multiple areas of:
* Artificial Intelligence - especially machine learning, data mining,
knowledge representation and inference, intelligent agents and
multi-agent systems;
* Information Systems - especially databases, information integration,
semantic web; and
* Distributed computing and software engineering (e.g., service-oriented
The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the
relevant areas of artificial intelligence, databases, knowledge bases,
machine learning, information integration, ontologies, semantic web, web
services, and relevant application areas ( e.g., bioinformatics,
environmental informatics, enterprise informatics e-science,
e-government, medical informatics, security informatics, social
informatics, among others). to discuss the current state of the art and
open research problems in ontology modularization and integration. A
secondary goal of the workshop is to facilitate collaborations between
different research groups.

Workshop Topics

* Cyber-infrastructure and semantic web technologies for collaborative
knowledge acquisition
* Modeling semantically heterogeneous data and knowledge sources and
* Collaboratively developing and sharing ontologies and inter-ontology
* Representing and reasoning with ontologies and mappings between ontologies
* Discovering mappings between data source schema and between ontologies
* Reasoning with distributed modular ontologies
* Integrating modular ontologies
* Visualizing large distributed ontologies
* Semantically annotating information sources
* Querying distributed, semantically heterogeneous information sources
* Acquiring knowledge from distributed data sources /span>
* Acquiring knowledge from semantically heterogeneous data sources
* Extracting knowledge and facts from distributed text and multimedia data
* Exploiting distributed knowledge and data in dynamic data-driven
* Finding, composing, and using semantically heterogeneous services
* Modeling, tracking, and using information provenance
* Modeling, and reasoning about trust of information sources and services
* Preserving privacy, selectively sharing information and knowledge
* Applications in bioinformatics, security informatics, enterprise
informatics, social informatics, engineering informatics, health
informatics, environmental informatics, and related areas
* Case studies, software tools, use cases, and application
* Open problems

Workshop Format

The workshop will consist of:
* An opening session for introducing the workshop topics, goals,
participants, and expected outcomes
* A small number of invited talks carefully intermixed with presentation
of contributed papers.
* Breaks between sessions, meant to encourage informal discussions
related to the topics discussed in the sessions and to create
opportunities for collaborations.
* Discussion of open problems and future research directions
* A wrap-up session summarizing the workshop (including formal or
informal discussions).

Paper Submissions
We invite papers that report on completed or work in progress on
relevant topic areas. All papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the
program committee. The contributions should be submitted in the form of
PDF documents using the templates provided for WORD and LaTeX.
Submissions should be limited to a maximum of 6 pages for short papers,
and 10 pages for long papers. PDF versions of the papers should be
submitted through the SWeCKa 2007 paper submission web site at no later than September 30, 2006.
Extended versions of selected papers may be published in a special issue
of a journal or an edited book.

Important Dates

* Submissions Due: September 30, 2006
* Notification of Acceptance: October 23, 2006
* Camera-ready versions due: November 1, 2006
* Workshop: January 6, 7, or 8, 2007

Dr. Vasant Honavar (Workshop Chair)
Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA.
Dr. Tim Finin, (Workshop Co-Chair)
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of
Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.
Dr. Doina Caragea
Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Kansas State
University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
Dr. Dunja Mladenic
Department of Knowledge Technologies, J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana,
Dr. York Sure
Institut AIFB, Universitat Karlsruhe, Germany.