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Subject: [ E-Conf ] ISWC 2012 workshop Detection, Representation, and Exploitation of Events in the Semantic Web (DeRiVE 2012)
From: <marieke_(on)_cs.vu.nl>
Date received: 30 May 2012
Deadline: -
Start date: 11 Nov 2012

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Detection, Representation, and Exploitation of Events in the
Semantic Web (DeRiVE 2012) http://semanticweb.cs.vu.nl/derive2012

Workshop in conjunction with ISWC 2012, the 10th International
Semantic Web Conference 11/12 November 2012, Boston, USA

*Submission deadline*: Tuesday, 31 July 2012, 23:59 (Hawaii Time)


The goal of DeRiVE 2012 is to strengthen the participation of the
semantic web community in the recent surge of research on the use
of events as a key concept for representing knowledge and
organising and structuring media on the web. The workshop invites
contributions to three central questions, and its goal is to
formulate answers to these questions that advance and reflect the
current state of understanding. Each submission will be expected
to address at least two questions explicitly, if possible
including a system demonstration. This year, we specifically
invite contributions that address both event and conversation
semantics in multimedia and social media. The most substantial
contributions to the workshop will be presented orally (and if
possible with a demo) in sessions organised according to the
questions addressed, with time allocated for deep discussion. The
workshop will also include a lightning talk session for
late-breaking work.


In recent years, researchers in several communities involved in
aspects of the web have begun to realise the potential benefits
of assigning an important role to events in the representation
and organisation of knowledge and media-benefits which can be
compared to those of representing entities such as persons or
locations instead of just dealing with more superficial objects
such as proper names and geographical coordinates. While a good
deal of relevant research-for example, on the modelling of
events-has been done in the semantic web community, much
complementary research has been done in other, partially
overlapping communities, such as those involved in multimedia
processing and information retrieval. However, there is a shift
in semantics in multimedia research, one that moves away from
content semantics towards conversation semantics that is
contained in social media. With respect to events and
information, what happens in an event becomes secondary to how
people react and/or what they talk about. The attendance of
DeRiVE 2011# proved that there is a great interest from many
different communities in the role of events. The goal of DeRiVE
2012 to further strengthen and expand on the results from DeRiVE
2011 and to advance research on the role of events within the
semantic web community, both building on existing work and
integrating results and methods from other areas, while focusing
on issues of special importance for the semantic web.


Participants will come from various areas of research that are
represented in the semantic web community such as: artificial
intelligence, information, multimedia, and communication
technologies, data mining, data science, human-computer
interaction, humanities, and web information systems. Some
participants will probably be especially interested in particular
application areas, such as tourism, entertainment, cultural
heritage, or government.


Each submission should explicitly address at least two of the
three questions. In addition to presenting specific results, the
paper should discuss the more general implications for the
questions that it addresses.

Where feasible, a workshop presentation should include a system
demonstration that illustrates the key ideas of the work and
encourages interactive discussion at the workshop. In such cases,
the submission should include some text describing the
demonstration. Papers that present tangible contributions
independently of a demonstration will also be accepted.

Question 1: How can events be detected and extracted for the
semantic web?

    How can events be recognised in particular types of material
    on the web, such as calendars of public events, social
    networks, microblogging sites, semantic wikis, and regular
    web pages? How can events be summarised, segmented and
    described using social media? How can the quality and
    veracity of the events mentioned in noisy microblogging sites
    such as Twitter be verified? How can a system recognise a
    complex event that comprises separately recognisable
    subevents? How can a system recognise when a newly detected
    event is the same as a previously detected and represented

Question 2: How can events be modelled and represented in the
semantic web?

    How can we improve the interoperability of the various event
    vocabularies such as EVENT, LODE, SEM, or F to name a few?
    How deployed is the schema.org Event class on the web? To
    what extent can the many different event infoboxes of
    Wikipedia be reconciled for Wikidata? What are the
    requirements for event representations for qualitatively
    different types of events (e.g., historical events such as
    wars; cultural events such as upcoming concerts; personal
    events such as family vacations)? How can aspects of existing
    event representations developed in other communities be
    adapted to the needs of the semantic web?

    To what extent can/should a unified event model be employed
    for such different types of events? How do social contexts
    (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) change the implicit content

Question 3: What is the relationship between events, data, and

    How can events be represented in a way to support
    conversation semantics, search, or enhanced browsing? How do
    tools for event annotation and consumption alter or change
    the content semantics of the event itself?

    How can we improve existing methods for visualising event
    representations and enabling users to interact with them in
    semantic web user interfaces?

    What are the requirements for event detection,
    representation, and systems creation implicitly or explicitly
    defined by these three questions?


Deadline for paper submission: Tuesday, 31 July 2012, 23:59
(Hawaiian time) Notification of acceptance/rejection: Tuesday, 21
August 2012 Deadline for camera-ready version: Tuesday, 4
September 2012

Deadline for lightning talk abstract submission: Sunday 4
November 2012, 23:59 (Hawaiian time)

Workshop: Sunday or Monday, 11 or 12 November 2012


Submissions should explicitly address two or more of the three
main workshop questions and not exceed 10 pages. In addition to
presenting specific results, the paper should discuss the more
general implications for the questions that it addresses.
Abstracts for lightning talks should describe ongoing work
concerning one or more of the three main workshop questions and
not exceed 2 pages. The abstracts will be reviewed lightly by the
organising committee for appropriateness to the workshop.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the LNCS
Contributions must be submitted through the DeRiVE 2012 Workshop
EasyChair page

Please direct any questions regarding the workshop to


    Marieke van Erp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Laura Hollink, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Willem Robert van Hage, VU University Amsterdam, The
    Netherlands Raphaël Troncy, EURECOM, France David A. Shamma,
    Yahoo! Research, USA


    Jans Aasman, Franz, Inc., Klaus Berberich, Max-Planck
    Institute for Informatics Fausto Giunchiglia, University of
    Trento Christian Hirsch, The University of Auckland Diana
    Maynard, University of Sheffield Vasileios Mezaris, CERTH/ITI
    Yves Raimond, BBC Matthew Rowe, Knowledge Media Institute
    Ansgar Scherp, University of Koblenz-Landau Nicu Sebe,
    University of Trento Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina
    Thomas Steiner, Google Nenad Stojanovic, Forschungszentrum
    Informatik Denis Teyssou, AFP Sarah Vieweg, University of
    Colorado Boulder

VU University Amsterdam Faculty of Sciences De Boelelaan 1081a,
Room U334 1081 HV Amsterdam The Netherlands Tel: +31 20 598 7449
Fax: +31 20 598 7728 http://www.cs.vu.nl/~marieke

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