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[protege-discussion] Ontologies Come of Age in the Semantic Web, OCAS at ISWC

Alexander Garcia Castro alexgarciac at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 21:00:54 PDT 2011


 At ISWC2011.

The real challenge for Semantic Web technologies and ontologies lays in the
adoption; although the need
for this disruptive technology is clear, it has not yet been fully adopted
by the mainstream. Ontologies:
where, what for, how, when and why? Ontologies are being used in several
applications, but is ontology
engineering a mature discipline? Not only are we interested in practical
realizations of the Semantic Web,
but also in visions of technology that illustrate how SW technology and
ontologies could change our
experience of the Web.

The workshop will consist of research papers, position papers, and system
demonstrations (OCAS Challenge <http://ocas.mywikipaper.org/?q=node/8>). The
workshop will start with a keynote on the use of ontologies and SW
technologies in NUXEO; this will be presented b Stefane Fermigier, Founder
and Chairman of NUXEO (confirmed); NUXEO is an open source
Enterprise Content Management System. The workshop will be closed with an
open session addressing one simple question, ontologies and SW in
mainstream, how? We are planning to have a special award for the best system
illustrating the case for ontologies, contacts have been established
with Microsoft, and we are waiting for their confirmation. The workshop will
be closed by a round table discussion around the issue “How to make
ontologies and SW technology mainstream? The workshop will be followed by a
joint dinner with lightning talks. We are expecting a full day workshop.

We would like to have:

*Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5 pages. For
system descriptions, a 3 page paper should be submitted. All papers and
system descriptions  (OCAS Challenge <http://ocas.mywikipaper.org/?q=node/8>)
should be formatted according to theLNCS
format<http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0>.
Proceedings
of the workshop will be published online. Depending on the number and
quality of the submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers
during a poster session.*



IMPORTANT DATES

- Paper submission deadline: August 15
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: September 5
- Camera ready version due: September 16



Please submit via
Easychair<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ocas2011>


The Challenge


Prizes

First place: US$ 2000

Second place: US$ 1000

Three third prizes of $500 each


Selected projects will be funded through implementation by Protech Solutions
Inc.

Projects are to focus on innovative uses of HPC and data mining in semantic
technologies for HealthCare, Medical Informatics and Computer Security.
Projects with high relevance to social networking, low-tech environments,
and third-world countries are encouraged.

         Those participating in the challenge should provide a three-page
manuscript describing their software; from the manuscript it should be clear
for judges:

   - Software availability: judges and general public should be able to
   access the software. In most cases this means that the software, ontologies
   and/or infrastructure is freely accessible -free software is not compulsory.
   - Semantic Web technology: how is this application making use of semantic
   web technology? How is this application making use of existing
   infrastructure? Data sources being used, etc.
   - How is it delivering new layers of functionality based on semantic data
   sources (linked data, RDF stores, ontologies, etc).
   - How is it delivering an intelligent interconnected experience to the
   end user?
   - What is the added value?
   - How is the *Interconnectedness* of semantic data sets being delivered
   to the end user?
   - How are intelligence and interconnectivity being supported by
   the software or infrastructure?
   - Does the software or infrastructure represent a fundamental change
   for the domain rather than just an incremental improvement or just one of
   many added new features?

We would like to have applications from all domains. The GC is not limited
to web based applications, mobile platforms for devices like iPAD, iphone,
Galaxy, XOOM, HTC, etc are also accepted –strongly encouraged.  Authors
submitting to other Challenges, workshops and conferences are welcome to
also submit their work to the OCAS challenge.

For those who require high performance computing facilities our sponsor,
http://protechsolutions.com/, will make them available free of charge.

Submission should be via Easychair
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ocas2011

* All papers submitted for the OCAS
Challenge<http://ocas.mywikipaper.org/?q=node/8> should
be formatted according to the LNCS
format<http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0>
.*



IMPORTANT DATES

- Paper submission deadline: August 15
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: September 5
- Camera ready version due: September 16



Judging the Challenge:

Oscar Corcho, Ontology Engineering Group (OEG), UPM, Madrid, Spain

Pascal Hitzler, Dept. of Computer Science, Wright State University, Dayton,
OH, USA

Alexander Garcia, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA.

Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield, UK

Michelle Dumontier,  Carleton University, Canada


-- 
Alexander Garcia
http://www.alexandergarcia.name/
http://www.usefilm.com/photographer/75943.html
http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexgarciac
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