Friday, February 16, 2007

CFP: ESWC-2007 Workshop on Bridging the Gap between Semantic Web and Web 2.0

Here comes a new workshop targeting the research on bridging the Semantic Web and Web 2.0. This workshop is co-located with ESWC-2007.

"Web 2.0 is what happened while we were waiting for the Semantic Web." This was what Dion Hinchcliffe stated on Last November. I highly appreciate this statement because it is a keen observation of the web evolution. We do look for the realization of Semantic Web. But in practice we find that the Semantic Web might not be set up by some elite researchers and scientists. In contrast, it is more realistic to build it from the grass-root. That is, we ask for the help from every normal web user and make the construction of Semantic Web be an aggregation of massive human practices. From this bottom-up approach, we get Web 2.0 (but not Semantic Web yet).

The question now becomes how we can learn valuable lessons from the success of Web 2.0 and apply them to the realization of the Semantic Web. This is thus the theme of this upcoming ESWC workshop. As a PC member, I am really interested in this topic. At the same time, I would like to suggest anyone who is also interested in this topic to try to submit a paper and participate to this event. This will be a very interesting one and Innsbruck is a very beautiful city.

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