WibKE2006

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The 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Wikis (http://wibke2006.semwiki.org)

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Agenda[edit]

  • 14:00 – 15:30 : Session 1
    • What is the semantic web?
    • Where do semantic technologies help in wikis?
    • Q & A
  • 15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break
  • 16:00 – 17:30: Session 2
    • Talk: Science in a Wiki (Jens Gulden, Berlin)
    • Discussion: What is the future of (semantic) wikis?

Background[edit]

Semantic Wikis try to combine the strengths of Semantic Web (machine processable, data integration, complex queries) and Wiki (easy to use and contribute, strongly interconnected, collaborativeness) technologies. In the future, Semantic Wiki systems might play an important role for "knowledge acquisition", enabling non-technical users to contribute to the Semantic Web.

Wikis are collaborative environments for authoring Web content. Some of the key aspects of Wikis are:

  • they “hide” the complexity of Web technologies (like HTML) from non-technical users,
  • their content is usually strongly connected via hyperlinks, and
  • they allow for continuous changes of the content that are immediately accessible and usable.

In the last decade Wiki systems have found applicability in public and private sectors for a variety of purposes. Their simplicity and flexibility had a central contribution to their growing popularity as enabling technology in numerous application areas ranging from collaborative content management (e.g. online encyclopaedias) and software development to project management (e.g. many open source initiatives), personal knowledge management, e-Learning and e-Government. Recent developments in the context of distributed knowledge management and the Semantic Web evidence that Wikis are a promising approach to cope with the usability and acceptance problems related to these technologies. As a consequence we are experiencing the rapid emergence of a number of Wiki engines which provide human experts with technical support in collaboratively articulating, structuring, managing and using informal knowledge at a feasible barrier of entry. These so-called Semantic Wikis try to combine the strengths of semantic (machine processable, data integration, complex queries) and Wiki (easy to use and contribute, strongly interconnected, collaboration) technologies.

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