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Semantic Desktop and Social Semantic Collaboration Workshop
Subevent of ISWC2006
Start November 6 2006 9:00 (iCal)
End November 6 2006 17:30
Homepage: Homepage
City: Athens, Georgia
Country: USA
Important dates
Abstracts due: August 2 2006
Papers due: August 10 2006
Notification: September 5 2006
Camera ready due: September 18 2006
Event in series SemanticDesktopWS

The Semantic Web holds promises for information organization and selective access, providing standard means for formulating and distributing metadata and Ontologies.

However, we miss a wide use of Semantic Web technologies on personal computers. The use of ontologies, metadata annotations, and semantic web protocols on desktop computers will allow the integration of desktop applications and the web, enabling a much more focused and integrated personal information management as well as focused information distribution and collaboration on the Web beyond sending emails. The goal is an open personal information management system and collaborative infrastructure based on Semantic Web technology build into the operating system of current machines.

Collaboration, acquisition and dissemination infrastructures like Wikis and Blogs are providing the foundation for joint collaborative knowledge creation and are essentially simplified knowledge acquisition tools. Social Software maps the social connections between different people into the technical infrastructure. Online Social Networking enables collaboration relationships as first class citizens, and allows exploiting these relationships for automated information distribution and classification.

P2P and Grid computing develops technology to interconnect large communities without centralized infrastructures for data and computation sharing, which is necessary to build heterogeneous, multi-organizational collaboration networks. The application of the mentioned technologies, especially in combination with the Semantic Web, to the desktop computer in order to improve personal information management and collaboration is the main topic of this workshop.


Top.css of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures and frameworks for integrating the Semantic Web into a Desktop environment
  • Personal Information Management tools (calendar, address books, email, documents, ideas) that interoperate with the Semantic Web
  • Enhance searching and information retrieval on desktop computers using ontologies and metadata.
  • Means to extract metadata from desktop applications (e.g., OpenOffice etc.)
  • Knowledge Acquisition and Visualization tools for desktop applications
  • Integration and exploitation of semantic social networks into a semantic desktop environment
  • P2P models for distributed architecture enabling collaboration with Semantic Desktop nodes
  • Applications of the Semantic Desktop, e.g, eScience and eGovernment.
  • Methods employing the community factor for knowledge engineering,
  • Policies, authentication and trust within agile collaborative knowledge engineering scenarios,
  • Querying, aggregation and presentation for adaptive scenarios,
  • Joining Web 2.0 and Semantic Web strategies and technologies,
  • Applications enabling massively distributed knowledge elicitation



Please follow the style guides according the Springer LNCS format: Technical papers should have max. 15 pages including references, position papers should not exceed 5 pages. Papers can be associated with a demo. Please submit documents as HTML, PDF, or Word to


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