Special Issue CfP: Real-time and Ubiquitous Social Semantics

Call for Papers:

Semantic Web Journal Special Issue on

Real-time and Ubiquitous Social Semantics

In the past few years, the Web has increasingly shifted from its initial document and librarian paradigm to an ecology of socially-generated data and services. Websites such as Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, etc. emphasise the huge popularity of sharing information in real-time. In addition, the wealth and breadth of applications that exploit open social networking APIs to provide new services and functionalities are growing rapidly, enabling new ways to interact and browse this user-generated content.

At the same time, the deployment of network-enabled mobile devices, RFID and sensors, is realising the ubiquitous nature of social networks. More objects of our everyday life are getting connected to the Internet to become part of its applications, including the Web and social networking services. We are only starting to contemplate the potential of a wide Internet of things, but it is certain that in that new augmentation of our reality, the Semantic Web will be one of the cornerstones of interoperability.

Advances in the Semantic Web and Linked Data realms offer new capabilities for such paradigms, ranging from data integration to knowledge representation for such social data, objects, and service descriptions. However, many challenges remain to be addressed such as scalability, reasoning in dynamic contexts, quality and provenance, privacy and security, multi-modal accesses, context capture and awareness, etc. Nevertheless, Semantic Web frameworks provide the means to support the architecture of such real-time social and ubiquitous platforms.

In this special issue, we seek contributions that tackle the issues of real-time and ubiquitous Social Semantics. In particular, we expect contributions addressing the following topics:

  • From raw social data to semantic data
    • semantic grounding of raw social data
    • generation and aggregation of social semantics
    • ontologies and data models for social data representation and analysis
    • real-time semantic mining and analysis of social data
    • trends and dynamics in social semantic web
    • capturing and representing context in social networking
  • Ubiquitous Web and social semantics
    • integration of virtual and physical worlds
    • integration tools, technologies, and platforms
    • privacy, ethics, and confidentiality
    • presence tracking and semantic augmentation
    • semantic sensors and RFID
    • social semantics on mobile devices
  • Real-time querying frameworks and languages for social data
    • stream querying and reasoning on social data
    • location or time based reasoning, context based reasoning
    • querying volatile, moving and dynamic networks and data sources
    • dynamics, changesets and push-based notifications
    • scalability, approximate reasoning and querying in social applications
    • provenance and quality for querying social data

We solicit high-quality contributions addressing one or more of the aforementioned topics. Submissions should clearly address how they relate to the topic of this special issue (more than "potential" use-cases) and how the contribution enhances the state of the art in its particular domain. We especially welcome papers dealing with real data, description of deployed systems, and discussions on related experiments and methodology.

Papers must be submitted using the journal guidelines available at http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/authors. Upon submission on mstracker, the authors should mention "Social Semantics Special Issue" in the cover letter of their article. In addition, authors must keep in mind that the journal relies on an open and transparent review process and that their paper(s) will be available online during the review process. We suggest the authors to carefully check details of the review process at http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/reviewers#review.

Important dates

Submissions: 26th of September
Reviews due: 31st of October
Camera-ready version: 28th of November
Online Publication: February 2011
Printed Publication: March 2011

Guest Editors

Alexandre Passant - DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland - http://apassant.net - alexandre.passant@deri.org
Fabien Gandon, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France - http://fabien.info - Fabien.Gandon@inria.fr
Harith Alani - KMI, The Open University, UK - http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/harith - h.alani@open.ac.uk