[okfn-discuss] METHOD 2015: The 4th International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust of (Open) Data @ ISWC2015 - 1st CFP

Tom De Nies tom.denies at ugent.be
Wed May 13 09:40:50 UTC 2015

Dear members of the OKFN discussion list,

We would like to bring our workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust of
Open Data to your attention, which will be held together with the
International Semantic Web Conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October
11th or 12th.

Further, we would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the call for
papers below to your network, and of course consider submitting one (or
multiple) of the four paper types from within your own organization. We
would also like to draw special attention to the "data paper", describing
and linking to a data set that can be used to support and/or evaluate
approaches related to trust. So if you know any organizations within the
Open Data community that could participate in METHOD through this type of
paper, please let them know of our CFP. We believe it would be a great
opportunity to bridge the gap between researchers and data publishers when
it comes to trust.

We look forward to seeing your ideas!

Best regards,
Tom De Nies and Davide Ceolin,
Chairs of METHOD 2015
1st Call for Papers
METHOD 2015: The 4th International Workshop on Methods for Establishing
Trust of (Open) Data

The METHOD workshop aims to bring together researchers working on the
problem of trust and quality assessment of (open) data, and all components
that contribute to this goal. This year, METHOD will be co-located for the
second time with the International Semantic Web Conference in Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania, on October 11th or 12th.

Trust assessment of content on the Web is a highly complex concept that
depends on objective as well as subjective criteria, including the
content's provenance, but also the consumer's background, personality, and
context. However, the exact criteria and tolerances will differ for each
domain, requiring detailed knowledge about the data and its users. This
also makes it very challenging to find generic solutions that are
applicable everywhere. Therefore, stakeholders in this field are
continuously investigating new techniques to handle and prepare data in
such a way that it becomes easier for machines to process it with the goal
of trust and/or quality assessment. We found that our research community
lacks a platform for researchers and engineers to exchange views on this
matter from a technical perspective. The METHOD workshops provide a forum
for researchers and engineers to discuss approaches, theories, and concrete
technical means required to establish trust in informati!
 on on the Web.

Furthermore, because this field is so new, we have observed that
researchers in the community lack a place to submit ongoing work and
untested ideas. Due to a shortage of ground-truth data, fully evaluated
approaches are scarce (and when they do appear, they are rarely sent to a
workshop). On the other hand, stakeholders in the field often own data sets
that might be useful for researchers, but these data sets remain unexposed
to the research community. Therefore, this edition of METHOD will
specifically focus on bringing research ideas and data together.

This year, there are more ways to participate in METHOD than ever!
You can participate as follows:
1) submit a short research paper (2 to 4 pages), describing a research idea
that is highly motivated, but not necessarily fully evaluated;
2) submit a full research paper (up to 10 pages), describing more mature
research, including evaluation;
3) submit a data paper (2 to 4 pages), describing and linking to a data set
that can be used to support and/or evaluate approaches related to the
workshop topics;
4) submit a demo paper (4 to 6 pages), describing a demonstration related
to the workshop.

Submissions are handled via Easychair (submission information will be
available soon).

Submissions should be submitted in PDF, formatted according to the Lecture
Notes in Computer Science guidelines for proceedings. Submissions to
ISWC-2015/METHOD-2015 are not anonymous or blinded. All accepted
submissions will be published in the online proceedings of METHOD 2015. At
least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and
for the main conference, ISWC2015.

Authors of selected papers may be invited to submit an extended version to
the SpringerOpen Journal of Trust Management.

The topics of METHOD highlight many different aspects of trust, including
(but not limited to):

Trust as Predictive Quality:
    Information quality & trustworthiness
    Reasoning over data provenance, trust and quality

Trust as Soft Security:
    Data curation through trust
    Data fusion and conflict resolution
    Attestation for data services and operations
    Integrity of information

Trust through Provenance:
    Data source attribution
    Traceable data publishing and re-use
    Transparency and verification of information flows
    Usage of metadata for establishing trust
    Provenance of (open) data

Trust through Reputation:
    Community- and reputation-based accountability & trust
    Trustworthiness of user ratings & recommender systems

Representing Trust:
    Trust representation and derivation from (open) data
    Modeling trust in data-centric applications

Trust Management:
    Systems for transparent management of open data
    Trust management in the Semantic Web

Important Dates
    submission deadline: July 1, 2015
    author notifications: July 31, 2015
    camera-ready deadline for accepted papers: August 14, 2015
    workshop date: October 11 or 12, 2015
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