Ninth IFIP International Workshop on Web Semantics (SWWS 2013)

Ninth IFIP International Workshop on Web Semantics (SWWS 2013)

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Continuing the successful series of IFIP Workshop on Semantic Web & Web Semantics (SWWS) from the previous years, SWWS 2013 will be the ninth series of the workshop that will be held in conjunction with the OTM conferences in 2013.


The IFIP Working Group 2.12 & 12.4 on Semantic Web ( is a timely active international community of scientists, engineers, and practitioners dedicated to advancing the state of the art of research and practice in the emerging field of Semantic Web, and meanwhile providing input and guidance on the direction, scope, and importance of different aspects of artificial intelligence, data modelling, and software theory and practice to Web semantics. It is unique in that it targets to synthesize the concepts from these diverse fields in a comprehensive fashion in the context of the semantics Web.

The Web has now been in existence for quite some time and its pervasive in its influence on all aspects of society and commerce. It has also produced a major shift in our thinking on the nature and scope of information processing. However in its technological nature and its supporting theoretical foundations, it has remained relatively rudimentary, being currently largely suitable for information dissemination. It is rapidly moving away from this, to application deployment and knowledge deployment that require complex interactions and properly structured underlying semantics. This has been a sudden upsurge of research activity in the problems associated with adding semantics to the Web. This work on semantics will involve data, knowledge, and process semantics. The 9th IFIP SWWS 2013 will provide a forum for presenting original, unpublished research results, and innovative ideas related to this voluminous quantity of research.

In SWWS 2013, as a complementary to the main OTM 2013 conference themes, special focus is aimed at looking at four evolving areas of interest for the Semantic Web, namely Security & Trust, Fuzzy Semantics, Biomedical Informatics, Context-driven Methods for Ontologies and Ontology Learning and Evolution. The intention of the SWWS 2013 is to bring together a community of researchers and practitioners who will provide a collection of work that is of utmost importance to the advancement of the web semantics and its future, reviewed by the top experts and minds in the field, in an area of the utmost importance to business, IT and industry.



The workshop is intended for researchers, academic, practitioners, IFIP working group WG 2.12/12.4 members and organizations who are actively involved in present and upcoming semantic web technologies. Moreover, the workshop concepts covered is a good reference point for academic and industrial researchers who want to familiarize themselves with emerging trends in semantic web research, technologies and applications.  



Areas of focus and topics of special tracks for the workshop include one or more of the following (but are not limited to) themes;

1.    Semantic Web and conceptual knoweldge representation
2.    Web Semantics and Conceptual Modeling with OCL, XML, RDF, OWL, X Semantics Net, etc
3.    Semantics reasoning from Text, semi and unstractured information resources
4.    Security, Privacy, Trust and Risk Ontologies and system enforcement
5.    Fuzzy Semantics and Fuzzy Ontology
6.    Biomedical Informatics and Semantics reasoning
7.    Context-driven Methods for Ontologies
8.    Ontology Engineering and Multi-agent systems
9.    Ontology Learning and Ontology Evolution

The following topics related to these themes including, but are not limited to:

•    Formal and practical knowledge representation and inference for the semantic Web
•    Design, evaluation, and use of ontology
•    Metadata and knowledge markup
•    Special track on Fuzzy sets

o    Providing semantics for the web using Fuzzy set methods
o    Fuzzy models for the Semantic Web
o    Fuzzy Ontologies
o    Protoforms

•    Special track on Security and Trust

o    Security, Privacy, and Risks for the Semantic Web
o    Trust and Reputation Systems for the Semantic Web

•    Special track on Context-driven Methods for Ontologies

o  Engineering of regulatory ontologies: conceptual analysis, representation, modularization and layering, reusability, evolution and dynamics, etc;
o  Multilingual and terminological aspects of regulatory ontologies;
o  Models of legal reasoning (from ontological viewpoint): regulatory compliance, case-based reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty, etc.
o  Sensitivity on and harmonization of regulations;
o  Regulatory metadata and content standardization (e.g. legal-XML/LeXML, ADR/ODR-XML etc);
o  Regulatory ontologies of: property rights, persons and organizations, legal procedures, contracts, legal causality, etc;
o  Task models for socially regulated activities;
o  Experiences with projects and applications involving regulatory ontologies in legal knowledge based systems, legal information retrieval, e-governments, e-commerce;

•    Special Track on Biomedical Informatics

o    Biomedical Ontologies for Genetics, Proteomics, Diseases, Privacy etc.
o    Conceptual Models for Biological and Medical Data
o    Semantics in Biological Data Modeling
o    Use of semantics to manage Interoperation in Biomedical Databases
o    Semantic Web technologies and formalisms for Biomedical Data
o    Ontology representation and exchange languages for Bioinformatics
o    Support of Ontologies for Biological Information Retrieval and Web Services
o    Change Management in Biomedical Ontologies
o    Tools for Development and Management of Biomedical Ontologies

•    Interoperability of data and Web services
•    Semantics of agent and Web interaction
•    Automated extraction of Information from regulatory documents.
•    Content-based information and knowledge retrieval
•    Information extraction, automatic, and semi-automatic generation of metadata
•    Database technologies for the Semantic Web
•    Multimodality and visualization technologies for the Semantic Web
•    Applications on mobile devices
•    Human centred aspects specifically for the Semantic Web
•    Impact of Semantic Web computing on organizations and society
•    Evaluation of the quality of Web semantics
•    Context-awareness for the Semantic Web
•    Semantics for ubiquitous computing  



Abstract Submission Deadline: June 02, 2013
Full Paper Submission Deadline: June 09, 2013
Acceptance Notification: July 2, 2013
Camera Ready Due: July 16, 2013
Author Registration Due: July 16, 2013



All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, clarity of expression, and relevance to IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4. All submissions must be in English, and will be refereed by a program committee comprising members of the Working Group. Research submissions must not exceed 10 pages following the Springer format. Submissions should be made in PDF format. The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS. Detailed formatting instructions can be found at:

Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings. The workshop will be scheduled during the OTM conference days and will require the authors of accepted papers to present their papers orally followed by discussions.

Paper Submission site:




Ernesto Damiani
Computer Science Department, University of Milan, Italy.
Email: edamiani(at)crema(dot)unimi(dot)it

Elizabeth Chang
School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Australia
Email: elizabeth(dot)chang(at)curtin(dot)edu(dot)au


Omar Khadeer Hussain
School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Australia
Email: o(dot)hussain(at)curtin(dot)edu(dot)au

Paolo Ceravolo
Computer Science Department, University of Milan, Italy.
Email: ceravolo(at)dti(dot)unimi(dot)it


IFIP Working Group 2.12/12.4 Members

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