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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: http://sepublica.mywikipaper.org/drupal/

Relevant dates

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


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 linked environment?

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 (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sepublica2013). 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.


Please email sepublica2013@easychair.org For any enquiries.

Organizing Committee

Alexander Garcia Castro, alexgarciac@gmail.com, Florida State University Christoph Lange, math.semantic.web@gmail.com, University of Birmingham Phillip Lord, phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk, University of Newcastle Robert Stevens, Robert.stevens@manchester.ac.uk, University of Manchester

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