[DL] ISWC 2016: Program online!, Registrations, Workshop highlights

Miel Vander Sande Miel.VanderSande at UGent.be
Wed Aug 24 10:46:47 CEST 2016

15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2016)

           Kobe, Japan, October 17 -21, 2016

Website: http://iswc2016.semanticweb.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113652365383847
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISWC2016

The program is online!

In less than two months,  ISWC 2016 opens its doors in the beautiful Kobe.
We are happy to announce the full 5-day program that will take place,
check it here: http://iswc2016.semanticweb.org/pages/program.html

Don’t forget to register

Attending the conference? Don’t forget to register in time,
early bird tickets are ending September 2.
Read all about registration, visa, accommodation
and travel here: http://iswc2016.semanticweb.org/pages/attending.html

Workshop highlights

** SemStats 2016 Call for Challenge **

The SemStats 2016 challenge is still running, with a deadline of September 16th,
see http://semstats.org/2016/call-for-challenge.

There is BIG monetary prices for this challenge, thanks to generous sponsors!

** VOILA 2016 (Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data) **

- 15 presentations of latest research & development
- interactive demo sessions and discussions
- share your ideas, demos, and experiences


** The Consuming Linked Data Workshop (COLD) **

The Consuming Linked Data Workshop (COLD) goes into its seventh edition this year,
and we have three main highlights for this edition:
(i) a great keynote, (ii) six research papers, and (iii) The Great Linked Data Debate!

(i) Our keynote speaker this year is Juan Reutter from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Juan is at home in the database community and he will share with us his thoughts on "The Fascinating World of Querying Linked Data."

(ii) The next highlight are presentations of the following six research papers:

* Distributed Linked Data as a Framework for Human-Machine Collaboration
     (Paolo Pareti)

* Managing and Consuming Completeness Information for Wikidata Using COOL-WD
     (Radityo Eko Prasojo, Fariz Darari, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt)

* Multidimensional Interfaces for Selecting Data within Ordinal Ranges
     (Ruben Taelman, Pieter Colpaert, Ruben Verborgh, Erik Mannens, Rik Van de Walle)

* Property Paths over Linked Data: can it be done and how to start?
     (Jorge Baier, Dietrich Daroch, Juan L. Reutter, Domagoj Vrgoč)

* The Impact of an Extra Feature on the Scalability of Linked Connections
     (Pieter Colpaert, Sander Ballieu, Ruben Verborgh, Erik Mannens)

* Towards Maintainable Constraint Validation and Repair for Taxonomies: The PoolParty Approach
     (Monika Solanki, Christian Mader)

(iii) Last, but certainly not least, for this edition of COLD we are planning to have The Great Linked Data Debate.
Here is what it is about:

The Linked Data principles, as described by Tim Berners-Lee, recently passed their decade anniversary.
By some accounts, the glass is half full: Linked Data has been a huge success and enjoys healthy adoption.
By other accounts, the glass is half empty: Linked Data has failed to live up to its original promise by a wide margin.
But by all accounts, the glass could be more full.

Within the community, there is a natural tendency to see the glass as half full,
at least when we are not too busy solving low-level technical topics and writing papers.

The goal of this session will be to take a step back and to try to view the glass as being half-empty,
to try to understand why that might be, to see what challenges need to be addressed,
what unforeseen problems have arisen from the adoption of the past 10 years, and what is holding us back from further success.

We will invite a selection of experts to foment debate on these topics. In particular, in the style of a debate,
we will ask each expert to argue the position that, Linked Data, as it currently stands, is doomed to fail.
After stating their position, the expert will then debate their position with the audience.
Each expert will thus act as a devil's advocate. They will argue as convincingly as possible a critical stance against Linked Data,
regardless of their own position on the topic. It will be the role of the audience to defend Linked Data, if they so choose.

As you can see, we have a great program, and we will plan a lot of time for discussions.
Come to the workshop, engage with our speakers, and take part in the discussions!

For more information, visit the workshop Web page at http://dcc.uchile.cl/cold2016/

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