WG 12.7 – Social Networking Semantics and Collective Intelligence

This group’s website is at: http://starlab.vub.ac.be/IFIPWG12-7/
The TC12 working group WG12.7 “Social Networking Semantics and Collective Intelligence" was established in 2010.



Dr. Pieter De Leenheer, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081a, NL-1081 HV AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dr. John Breslin, NUI Galway, Galway City, Ireland, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Christophe Debruyne, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Belgium, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To become a multidisciplinary group that searches for and studies the theoretical foundations, new paradigms, methodologies and technologies needed for the specific support by intelligent computer systems of the knowledge aspects of social processes, community-based elicitation and specification of semantics, and the use of such knowledge e.g. as linked data in applications;

To investigate and promote the applications of such systems in science, industry, and society at large, including opportunities for standardization;

To meet and communicate regularly, to endorse and create scientific forums of exchange in order to achieve these aims;

To interact productively with selected other working groups and research projects within and outside of IFIP, in particular but not limited to TC2 (Software Theory and Practice), TC5 (Information Technology Applications), TC8 (Information Systems) and other Working Groups of TC12 (Artificial Intelligence).


An initial but not comprehensive list of topics of study includes

  •     theory, formal models, e.g. ontologies, and emerging new paradigms of organized and informal communities, of social and collaborative processes, and of semantics of data and knowledge;
  •     elicitation of ontologies and semantic content creation in general by social processes, expertise sharing and agreement; methodologies for same;
  •     auto-emergence of social semantics; harvesting and mining collective intelligence from community interactions; pragmatic web;
  •     engineering and prototyping of supporting knowledge-based systems for collective intelligence;
  •     collective intelligence in linked data; evolution and quality assurance of such linked data;
  •     the interaction of formal semantics with informal social semantics; social web interoperability issues; modeling of situational awareness; hybrid socio-technical systems;
  •     identity and authentication of entities and services on the (social) semantic web; related issues of trust, privacy and security;
  •     implementation and exploitation of social semantics as web services; self-organizing services tailored to communities; methodologies for adoption of such services;
  •     scalability issues for web-sized collective intelligence;
  •     interoperability of heterogeneous and autonomous knowledge sources from multiple disciplines through their respective communities.


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