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ESWC 2005 Workshop Summaries

  1. Ontologies in P2P Communities
  2. Scripting for the Semantic Web
  3. Multimedia and the Semantic Web
  4. End User Aspects of the Semantic Web
  5. Framework 6 Project Collaboration for the Future Semantic Web


1. "Ontologies in P2P Communities"


Recently, a lot of research has been aimed combining the benefits of Semantic Web and P2P technologies. Ontologies are a vital part of the Semantic Web vision, providing machine-understandable, shared conceptualizations of the respective domains of interest within communities, while Peer-to-peer (P2P) systems are a means for communities to establish communication among their members. In contrast to most existing P2P implementations, ontology-based P2P systems will open up new possibilities with richer, potentially more useful descriptions of peers, services, and shared artifacts. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the P2P, Semantic Web, and Knowledge Management fields to present work done at the intersection of these areas.



2. "Scripting for the Semantic Web"


Large parts of the current Web rely on scripting languages such as Python, PHP, Perl, JavaScript, ASP, JSP, ActionScript and ColdFusion. These languages are the tools of a generation of web programmers and it is likely that they will also play a crucial role in the Semantic Web gaining critical mass. The goal of the 'Scripting for the Semantic Web' workshop is to give an overview of the current support for Semantic Web technologies within scripting languages, to showcase innovative Semantic Web applications relying on these languages.


3. "Multimedia and the Semantic Web"


This one day workshop on Multimedia and the Semantic Web aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the multimedia and Semantic Web domains in order to assist in forming bridges between the communities for mutual benefit. European Commission part-funded projects such as aceMedia are already investigating means to draw benefits from both domains in order to enable advances in multimedia processing from use of Semantic Web techniques, and to create new multimedia applications in order to enhance the value of the Semantic Web. In addition, the SDK project cluster is investigating the application of semantic web technology to knowledge management, web services and eBusiness. It is therefore timely to bring together researchers and practitioners from these two complementary and closely related areas. Topics include Knowledge driven multimedia content analysis and understanding, Semantic media creation and processing tools, Knowledge based inference for semantic media annotation, Multimedia ontologies, Reasoning on multimedia data, and Knowledge driven multimedia applications and systems.


4. "End User Aspects of the Semantic Web"


The aim of this workshop is to look at how an "ordinary user" might be able to tap into the resources of the Semantic Web, find out about the value of these resources for their work practice or their general web use, and feel compelled to use and perhaps even contribute to Semantic Web resources. We intend to:

  • Analyze state-of-the-art of Semantic Web applications with emphasis on end users
  • Identify the use cases where Semantic Web applications offer tangible and immediate benefits to an "ordinary web user"
  • Discuss the challenges and limitations in practical deployment of applications for Semantic Web from the viewpoint of an "ordinary web user"


5."Framework 6 Project Collaboration for the Future Semantic Web"


The Semantic Web has risen from the fusion of many research areas; knowledge representation and the generation/management of onotologies, the axiomatisation of ontological artifacts and the resulting reasoning mechanisms that can be harnessed to infer new knowledge, and of services and autonomous agents both to provide and support the emerging and evolving knowledge. In 2004, six large projects commenced across Europe, each funded under European Commissions FP6 First Call of the IST Priority under the strategic objective Semantic-based knowledge systems. The objectives of the Workshop Framework 6 Collaboration for the Future Semantic Web will be to provide a forum where researchers within the European Semantic Web community who are working on synergistic technologies within Knoweldge Web, AIM@SHAPE, REWERSE, MUSCLE, AgentLink III and KnoweldgeBoard 2.0 to come together and share their experiences with other members of these partner Networks. The aims are to explore, for example, how agent technology, using emerging reasoning techniques, can support and manage Semantic Web knowledge; how semantic, geometric models can be represented and used within multimedia contexts, how the cretation and refinement of knowledge can be used to support collaboration between on-line communities.


ESWC2005 Workshop Chair: Wolfgang Nejdl


Workshop proceedings due:        May 7, 2005

Workshop Dates:                      May 29 & 30, 2005

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