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[protege-discussion] Call for Participation: Sepublica 2013 -an ESWC Workshop

Robert Stevens robert.stevens at
Fri Jan 18 02:33:43 PST 2013

Call for Participation: Sepublica 2013 -an ESWC Workshop

“Machine-comprehensible Documents Bridging the Gap between Publications 
and Data”.

** May 26-30, 2013, Montpelier, France.

Workshop Web site:

*** Relevant dates ***

Submission Deadline: March 4, 2013
Acceptance Notification: April 1, 2013?
?Camera-Ready: April 15, 2013

*** Topics ***

Publishing of scholarly works is on the cusp of great change. Data is 
now routinely published accompanied by or in some semantic form, but 
this is not the case for scholarly works. Advances in technology have 
made it possible for the scientific article to adopt electronic 
dissemination channels, from paper-based journals to purely electronic 
formats. Yet, despite the improvements in the distribution, 
accessibility and retrieval of information, little has really changed in 
the publishing of scholarly works compared to that of the data about 
which scholarly works are written. The availability of data and the 
open, digital form of scholarly works is leading to a drive to 
semantically enable scholarly works to make the works themselves more 
computationally useful as well as to link them intimately to the data 
about which they are written. Sepublica is a forum in which to discuss 
and present what is best and up and coming in semantic publishing.

How are new technologies changing scholarly communication? How do we 
want scholarly communication to change? Where do we want it to go? 
Semantics, within publication workflows, is usually added post hoc, how 
could we support publications to be born semantic? At Sepublica we will 
discuss and present new ways of publishing, sharing, linking, and 
analyzing such scientific resources as well as reasoning over the data 
to discover new links and scientific insights. Sepublica is not, 
however, limited to the scientific domain; the humanities, cultural 
industries, news, commerce etc. all have published works that can 
benefit from semantic enhancement and data to which they can link; all 
are welcome.

topics include, but are not limited to:
* ? How could we realize a paper with an API? How could we have a paper 
as a database, as a knowledge base?
* ? How is the paper an interface, gateway, to the web of data? How 
could such an interface be delivered in a contextual manner?
* How are semantic scholarly works to be created?
* ? How are news agencies adopting technologies in support of their 
publications? Has the delivered technology been adopted? What are the 
experiences from news agencies been so far? Lessons learnt.
* ? How could semantic technologies be used to represent the knowledge 
encoded in scientific documents and in general-interest media publications?
* ? Connecting scientific publications with underlying research data sets
* ? What semantics and ontologies do we need for representing structural 
elements in a document?
* ? Moving from the bibliographic reference to the full content within a 

*** Call for Papers ***

Sepublica 2013 is soliciting submissions of novel (not previously 
published nor concurrently submitted) research papers in the areas of 
the topics outlined above. The organizing committee is happy to discuss 
possible submissions with authors.

Submissions will be welcome from a broad range of approaches to semantic 
publishing. We are particularly keen on submissions that are themselves 
examples of semantic publishing of scholarly works. LaTeX documents in 
the LNCS format can, e.g., be annotated using SALT or sTeX. We also 
invite submissions in XHTML+RDFa or in the format of YOUR semantic 
publishing tool. However, to ensure a fair review procedure, authors 
must additionally produce a narrative submitted as a PDF that is 
submitted as normal.

Submission is via EasyChair (
Papers must formatted according to the LNCS format

*** Submission Types ***

1. Full paper, 12 pages
2. Position paper, 5 pages.
3. Software demo papers, 2 pages
4. Late-breaking news, 1 page.

*** Contact ***

Please email sepublica2013 at For any enquiries.

*** Organizing Committee ***

Alexander Garcia Castro, alexgarciac at, Florida State University
Christoph LANGE, allegristas at, University of Birmingham
Phillip Lord, phillip.lord at, University of Newcastle
Robert Stevens, Robert.stevens at, University of Manchester

Robert Stevens
Reader in Bio-Health Informatics
School of Computer Science
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
United Kingdom
M13 9PL

robert.Stevens at Manchester.Ac.UK


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