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Social Data on the Web (SDoW2008)

October 27, 2008
Karlsruhe (Germany)


Oct 28, 2008:
Some photos are online on flickr; please, use the tag sdow2008 to upload your photos.
Oct 27, 2008:
Workshop day.
Oct 22, 2008:
Program published.
Oct 22, 2008:
Proceedings are now online at CEUR-WS.org.
Oct 03, 2008:
Confirmed Peter Mika (Yahoo! Research Barcelona) as the second keynoter.
Sep 05, 2008:
Published the list of accepted papers. Congratulations to the authors.
Sep 04, 2008:
Confirmed a keynote by Harry Halpin (University of Edinburgh).
Sep 02, 2008:
Date confirmed: the workshop will be held on October 27th, 2008.
Sep 02, 2008:
ISWC2008 registration is open as of now.
Aug 05, 2008:
Closed submissions' period.
Jul 23, 2008:
Submissions deadline extended until August 4th.
May 06, 2008:
Call for Papers is out.
May 02, 2008:
Workshop selected to be held as part of ISWC 2008, read more.


Full proceedings are available on CEUR-WS.org and in a single PDF.

Proceedings of the 1st Social Data on the Web workshop (SDoW2008)
Time Presentation Type
09:00-09:20 Workshop introduction (slides)
John Breslin, Uldis Bojārs, Alexandre Passant and Sergio Fernández
09:20-09:50 Semantic Search and the Social Web (slides)
Peter Mika
09:50-10:15 Getting to Me – Exporting Semantic Social Network from Facebook (slides)
Matthew Rowe and Fabio Ciravegna
full paper
10:15-10:30 Modeling Online Presence (slides)
Milan Stankovic
short paper
10:30-11-00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Wikipedia Mining for Triple Extraction Enhanced by Co-reference Resolution (slides)
Kotaro Nakayama
full paper
11:30-11:55 Semantify del.icio.us: automatically turn your tags into senses (slides)
Maurizio Tesconi , Francesco Ronzano , Andrea Marchetti and Salvatore Minutoli
full paper
11:55-12:10 A state of the art on Social Network Analysis and its applications on a semantic web (slides)
Guillaume Ereteo , Fabien Gandon , Michel Buffa , Patrick Grohan , Mylène Leitzelman and Peter Sander
short paper
12:10-12:20 RDFohloh, a RDF wrapper of Ohloh (slides)
Sergio Fernández
12:20-12:30 LODr -- A Linking Open Data Tagging System (slides)
Alexandre Passant
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Beyond Walled Gardens: Open Standards for the Social Web (slides)
Harry Halpin
14:30-14:55 Expressing Argumentative Discussions in Social Media Sites (slides)
Christoph Lange , Uldis Bojars , Tudor Groza , John Breslin and Siegfried Handschuh
full paper
14:55-15:20 Towards Opinion Mining Through Tracing Discussions on the Web (slides)
Selver Softic and Michael Hausenblas
full paper
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:25 Towards Socially Aware Mobile Phones (slides)
Alessandra Toninelli , Deepali Khushraj , Ora Lassila and Rebecca Montanari
full paper
16:25-16:50 Combining Social Music and Semantic Web for music-related recommender systems (slides)
Alexandre Passant and Yves Raimond
full paper
16:50-17:30 Discussion and Lightning talks

Aim and scope

The 1st Social Data on the Web workshop (SDoW2008) co-located with the 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2008) aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners involved in semantically-enhancing social media websites, as well as academics researching more formal aspect of these interactions between the Semantic Web and Social Media.

Since its first steps in 2001, many research issues have been tackled by the Semantic Web community such as data formalism for knowledge representation, data querying and scalability, or reasoning and inferencing. More recently, Web 2.0 offered new perspectives regarding information sharing, annotation, and social networking on the Web. It opens new research areas for the Semantic Web which has an important role to play to lead to the emergence of a Social Semantic Web that should provide novel services to end-users, combining the best of both Semantic Web and Web 2.0 worlds. To achieve this goal, various tasks and features are needed from data modeling and lightweight ontologies, to knowledge and social networks portability as well as ways to interlink data between Social Media websites, leveraging proprietary data silos to a Giant Global Graph.

This workshop is intended to bring together people and organisations interested in applying Semantic Web technologies to social media sites.

Topics of Interest

We encourage contributions which will describe research proposals or implementations that deal with (but are not limited to) the following topics of interest:

  • Creating RDF-based knowledge using social media services
  • Data Portability and Social Network Portability
  • Emerging semantic platforms for the Social Web
  • Enriching Social Web with semantic data: RDFa, microformats and other approaches
  • Linked Data on the Social Web: providing linked data from social media sites
  • Ontologies for the Social Web: developing, using and extending lightweight ontologies for social media sites
  • Querying and mining social semantic data
  • Policies, authentication, security, and trust within collaborative scenarios
  • Producing Semantic Web data from social software applications
  • Reasoning for Social Web applications
  • Semantic blogging, wikis and social networks
  • Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC)
  • Social and semantic bookmarking, tagging and annotation
  • Social Semantic Web: combining Web 2.0 and Semantic Web strategies and technologies


The following types of contributions are welcomed:

  • Full technical papers, up to 12 pages.
  • Short technical papers and position papers, up to 6 pages.
  • Posters and Demos, 2-3 pages with a description of the application, ideally accompanied with a link to an online demo.

Paper submissions will have to be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Submissions will be made using EasyChair Conference System, and proceedings of the papers will be provided through the CEUR online service.

Important dates

Submission deadline:
Jul 25, 2008 Aug 04, 2008 (23:59 pm Hawaii time, GMT-10)
Notification of acceptance:
Sep 05, 2008
Camera-ready paper submission:
Sep 26, 2008
Camera-ready proceedings:
Oct 03, 2008
Oct 27, 2008

Workshop Organization

The workshop will be co-located with the 7th ISWC in Karlsruhe (Germany), and will be held on the 27th October 2008.

The workshop will consist of:

Opening session:
This will permit introduction of the workshop topics, goals, participants, and expected outcomes.
Keynote speakers:
We expect to attract at least two keynote speakers for the workshop, both from academic and industrial fields.
Brief presentations:
Contributors will be asked to submit a short position paper on how their contribution is relevant to semantically-enhanced social media sites, accepting questions during their presentations to support a more interactive environment.
Parallel demonstration and poster session:
This will involve all participants making their contribution available for examination. Posters will be accepted for contributors who are at an earlier stage of research.
Discussion session:
A panel-led discussion entitled "Enhancing social media sites with Semantic Web technologies: open problems and future research directions" will close the workshop.
Networked communication will be encouraged during the Workshop using an IRC backchannel and other services enriched with Semantic Web capabilities.

Workshop Chairs

Program Committee

  • Benjamin Nowack, Semsol, Germany
  • Chris Bizer, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Christoph Görn, #B4mad.Net Network, Germany
  • Dan Brickley, FOAF Project, World
  • Denny Vrandecic, DFKI, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Diego Berrueta, Fundación CTIC, Spain
  • Eyal Oren, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Eric Prud'hommeaux, MIT, USA / W3C, USA
  • Fabien Gandon, INRIA, France
  • Frederick Giasson, Zitgist, Canada
  • Harry Halpin, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Ivan Herman, CWI, The Netherlands / W3C, USA
  • Jie Bao, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Jose E. Labra, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Martin Dzbor, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • Michael Hausenblas, Joanneum Research, Austria
  • Paul Miller, Talis, UK
  • Richard Cyganiak, DERI, NUI Galway Ireland
  • Sebastian Dietzold, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Sofia Angeletou, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • Sören Auer, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Susie M. Stephens, Eli Lilly, USA
  • Stefan Decker, DERI, NUI Galway Ireland
  • Steve Harris, Garlik, UK
  • Tom Heath, Talis, UK


The workshop is hosted by the ISWC 2008 conference in Karlsruhe (Germany), so workshop attendees must pay the ISWC 2008 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference registration fee. In the main conference Web page you can find information about how to travel or accomodation.


For further information, please send an email to sdow2008 [at] easychair [dot] org