[open-development] DownScale-2013 @ ESWC2013 : Deadline Extension and Final CFP

Christophe Guéret christophe.gueret at dans.knaw.nl
Mon Mar 4 11:25:15 UTC 2013

* The paper submission deadline for DownScale-2013 has been extended to
March 18, 2013.
* Martin Murillo, from the IEEE HTC, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker

Second International Workshop on Downscaling the Semantic Web -
co-located with the 10th Extended Semantic Web conference — May 26 or 27,
2013, Montpellier, France

Our current mind set as Semantic Web engineers is to focus on centralized
and very powerful solutions centered (and depending on …) around Web hosted
servers and (mobile) clients accessing it. As a direct consequence of that,
the usage of Linked Data depends on the availability of a Web
infrastructure compassing data-centers, high speed reliable Internet
connection and modern client devices. If any of this is missing, our
community is not able, yet, to provide any Linked Data enabled data
management solution. Still, the digital divide that is currently widely
recognized separates the world into those who have access to Web-based
platforms and those who don’t.
When designing Linked Data platforms we tend to forget those 4 Billion
persons who don’t have access to Internet but would benefit from being able
to use Linked Data.We should keep everyone in mind when we design Linked
Data platforms and aim at helping to reduce this digital divide.

This workshop, organised around an morning of presentations and an hacking
afternoon, as for objective to discuss the steps to take to lower the
requirements for deploying Semantic Web technologies. For instance, making
Semantic Web platforms usable under limited computing power and limited
access to Internet. During the hacking session, a specific focus will be
put on the usage of Semantic Web technology for educational software.

Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

* Off-line linked data synchronisation
* Low resource demanding triple stores
* Application of Semantic Web to disaster data management
* Innovative linked data interfaces for illiterate and/or young users
* De-centralised data management platforms
* Collaborative, de-centralised, educational software

We welcome short papers that present down-scaled revisions of previously
published systems as well as position and systems paper presenting novel
ideas. Papers are expected not to exceed 6 pages and should be formatted
according to the  Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
formatting guide. Submissions are managed via EasyChair: <

We are pleased to announce that Martin Murillo, IEEE HTC Data Connectivity
technical lead, will give the following keynote:

Martin J. Murillo, "All Internet is not created the same: Challenges, best
practices, and opportunities in data connectivity for remote areas of the

> As high as 91% of the population of various developing nations live in
rural areas. When some of these areas enjoy Internet connectivity, such can
be expensive, unreliable, intermittent, and extremely slow. Indeed, the
Internet experience in these regions is different from the Internet we
experience: a low resolution video that takes 10 seconds to download in
capitals, can take hours or days in remote areas.  According experts,
hundreds of millions of  people who experience the Internet for the first
time will do it in a two-inch screen, in black and white and in text only.
The talk will focus on opportunities in these contexts  and how Open Data
and semantic technologies could help leverage the aforementioned problems.

The overall schedule will be organised around a discussion session and a
practical session:

* Morning: discussions
Presentations and discussions around the need for Downscaling the Semantic
Web and the challenges implied.

* Afternoon: hacking session
Implementation of Semantic Web enabled software using the toolkits of Sugar
and SemanticXO. Deployement of these applications on small hardware such as
the XO laptop and the Sheevaplug.

* Submission deadline: March 18, 2013 (extended)
* Notifications: April 1, 2013
* Camera ready version: April 15, 2013
* Workshop date: May 26 or 27, 2013

* Christophe Guéret, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands <
christophe.gueret at dans.knaw.nl>
* Gianluca Demartini, University of Fribourg, Switzerland <
gianluca.demartini at unifr.ch>
* Victor de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands <v.de.boer at vu.nl>
* Bastien Guerry, Association OLPC France, France <bzg at altern.org>
* Jean Thiery, Association OLPC France, France <jean.thiery at modlibre.info>

* Anna Bon, CIS Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
* Victor de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
* Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
* Maria Esther Vidal, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela
* Jérôme David, INRIA Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes, France
* Laurens Rietveld, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
* Mathieu D’Aquin, KMi Open University, UK
* Andreas Thor, University of Leipzig
* Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S Research Center
* Arjen P. de Vries, CWI, Nederlands
* Ivana Marenzi, L3S Research Center
* Elena Simperl, KIT Karlsruhe

Best regards,
Christophe, Gianluca, Victor, Bastien and Jean

+31(0)6 14576494
christophe.gueret at dans.knaw.nl

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