SemSearch 08

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SemSearch 08
1st Workshop on Semantic Search
Subevent of ESWC2008
Start June 2 2008 08:00 (iCal)
End June 2 2008 18:00
Homepage: Homepage
City: Tenerife
Country: Spain
Important dates
Papers due: March 15, 2008
Demos due: March 15, 2008
Notification: April 11, 2008
Camera ready due: May 2, 2008
Event in series SemSearch

In recent years we have witnessed tremendous interest and substantial economic exploitation of search technologies. However, the representation of user queries and resource content in existing search appliances is still almost exclusively achieved by simple syntax-based descriptions of the resource content and the information need such as in the predominant keyword-centric paradigm.

On the other hand, recent advances in the field of semantic technologies have resulted in tools and standards that allow for the articulation of domain knowledge in a formal manner at a high level of expressiveness. At the same time, semantic repositories and reasoning engines have advanced to a state where querying and processing of this knowledge can scale to realistic IR scenarios.

As such, semantic technologies are now in a state to provide significant contributions to IR problems. In this context, several challenges arise for Semantic Search systems. These include, among others:

  • How can semantic technologies be exploited to capture the information need of the user?
  • How can the information need of the user be translated to expressive formal queries without enforcing the user to be capable of handling the difficult query syntax?
  • How can expressive resource descriptions be extracted (acquired) from documents (users)?
  • How can expressive resource descriptions be stored and queried efficiently on a large scale?
  • How can vague information needs and incomplete resource descriptions be handled?
  • How can semantic search systems be evaluated and compared with standard IR systems?



Proceedings are available as Vol-334 at

BibTeX entires for the Workshop papers are available at Bibsonomy.


  • Fausto Giunchiglia, Uladzimir Kharkevich and Ilya Zaihrayeu Concept Search: Semant.css Enabled Syntactic Search
  • Kotaro Nakayama, Takahiro Hara and Shojiro Nishio Wikipedia Link Structure and Text Mining for Semantic Relation Extraction
  • Heiko Haller QuiKey
  • Juergen Umbrich and Sebastian Blohm Exploring the knowledge in Semi Structured Data Sets with Rich Queries
  • Joan Codina and Emanuele Pianta Integration of Semantic, Metadata and Image search engines with a text search engine for patent retrieval
  • Peter Mika Microsearch: An Interface for Semantic Search
  • Mohammad Nauman Resolving Lexical Ambiguities in Folksonomy Based Search Systems through Common Sense and Personalization
  • Veronique Malaise, Laura Hollink and Luit Gazendam The Interaction Between Automatic Annotation and Query Expansion: a Retrieval Experiment on a Large Cultural Heritage Archive
  • Andrew Russell Green and José Antonio Villarreal Martínez Search, Natural Language Generation and Record Display Configuration: Research Directions Stemming From a Digital Library Application Development Experience (Discussion Paper)
  • Pierpaolo Basile, Annalina Caputo, Anna Lisa Gentile, Marco de Gemmis, Pasquale Lops and Giovanni Semeraro Enhancing Semantic Search using N-Levels Document Representation