[public-lod2] 1st Call for Papers - International Workshop on "Crowdsourcing the Semantic Web" (CrowdSem2013) at ISWC2013

Jens Lehmann lehmann at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Fri Apr 26 07:57:47 UTC 2013

1st Call for Papers CrowdSem2013

1st International Workshop on "Crowdsourcing the Semantic Web" 

Full-Day Workshop in conjunction with ISWC 2013
12th International Semantic Web Conference
21-25 October 2013, in Sydney, Australia

Workshop website: http://crowdsem.wordpress.com/
Stay tuned on twitter: @crowdsem #crowdsem2013

Submission deadline: 12 July, 2013 (23:59 Hawaii time)

The Global Brain Semantic Web—a Semantic Web interleaving a large number 
of human and machine computation—has great potential to overcome some of 
the issues of the current Semantic Web. In particular, semantic 
technologies have been deployed in the context of a wide range of 
information management tasks in scenarios that are increasingly 
significant in both technical (data size, variety and complexity of data 
sources) and economical terms (industries addressed and their market 
volume). For many of these tasks, machine-driven algorithmic techniques 
aiming at full automation do not reach a level of accuracy that many 
production environments require. Enhancing automatic techniques with 
human computation capabilities is becoming a viable solution in many 
cases. We believe that there is huge potential at the intersection of 
these disciplines – large scale, knowledge-driven, information 
management and crowdsourcing – to solve technically challenging problems 
purposefully and in a cost effective manner.

The topic of using human computation to address some of the more 
intractable problems in semantic web research has been gaining attention 
recently, with a crop of papers appearing in the last 12-18 months. This 
workshop is the first opportunity to bridge the diverse communities 
whilst giving it a focus on both humans as part of the Semantic Web as 
well as humans as consumers of Semantic Web data within the Collective 
Intelligence context. It aims at providing a framework for interaction 
and exchange among researchers studying these specific aspects, and 
presenting and discussing the latest insights in human computation and 
crowdsourcing research and their application and use in a Semantic Web 

As part of the workshop we plan "Live crowdsourcing exercise" to 
collectively design an experiment that we will be posted on a 
crowdsourcing platform (e.g., Amazon Mechanical Turk) and results 
analyzed as a concrete example of how to use crowdsourcing for those who 
are just exploring the field.

Applications of crowdsourcing for traditional semantic web tasks:
- approaches and systems hiding the authoring of ontologies, semantic 
annotations, links between entities in heterogeneous sources behind more 
accessible user activities
- models and approaches for community-based crowdsourced support of the 
different lifecycle stages of Linked Data such as knowledge extraction, 
authoring, and repair
- crowdsourcing tasks for gathering content semantics
- paradigms for user involvement during semantic bootstrapping 
activities and studies discussing experiences in this area;
- architectures for the combined use of different crowdsourcing 
approaches and means to enable interoperability and data reuse

Improvement of existing human computation approaches through usage of 
semantic web technologies:
- applications of semantic technologies in building flexible and 
scalable crowdsourcing technology (e.g., declarative task models)

Crowdsourcing fundamentals (in the context of the Semantic Web):
- frameworks for using crowdsourcing
- human-computation workflows optimizing user and machine performance
- crowd management (incl. expertise identification, worker task 
assignment, incentive management)
- evaluation metrics of crowdsourcing tasks
- methods for quality control and validation of crowd-produced work
- paid vs. not paid crowdsourcing workflows
- gaming platforms for supporting crowdsourcing activities
- nichesourcing for specific domain knowledge acquisition
- hybrid models, languages, techniques and implementations leveraging 
both machine and human intelligence
- studies exploring the added value of crowd-generated knowledge 
compared to expert-driven scenarios
- methods for resource management and task assignment in 
crowdsourcing-enabled systems

This full-day workshop is aimed at an interdisciplinary audience of 
researchers and practitioners involved or interested in the Semantic 
Web, and coming from fields as diverse as machine learning, social 
computing, natural language processing, data integration, HCI. The 
workshop also targets practitioners who make use of Web-based 
information sharing applications in enterprise environments. The 
workshop will be suitable both for researchers who have begun to use 
crowdsourcing as one of the components of their semantic web toolkits, 
as well as for those who are only considering these ideas and want to 
learn more.

All papers must represent original and unpublished work that is not 
currently under review. Papers will be evaluated according to their 
significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and 
relevance to the workshop. At least one author of each accepted paper is 
expected to attend the workshop.

We welcome the following types of contributions:
- Full research papers (up to 15 pages).
- Experiment papers (up to 10 pages).
- Position statements (up to 3 pages).
- Demo papers (up to 4 pages).

All papers are due on July 12, 2013

Full instructions are available at: 

Maribel Acosta, Institute AIFB, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Lora Aroyo, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Abraham Bernstein, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jens Lehmann, University of Leipzig, Germany
Natasha Noy, Stanford University, US
Elena Simperl, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

More information: crowdsem2013 at easychair.org
Twitter Feed: @crowdsem
Twitter HashTag: #crowdsem2013

Dr. Jens Lehmann
AKSW/MOLE Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Leipzig
Homepage: http://www.jens-lehmann.org
GPG Key: http://jens-lehmann.org/jens_lehmann.asc

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