16.567 Human Language Technology for the Semantic Web and Web Services

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 567.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 06:47:15 +0000
             From: Hamish Cunningham <H.Cunningham@DCS.SHEF.AC.UK>
             Subject: Call for papers: HLT for the semantic web and web
    services at ISWC 2003

                                   CALL FOR PAPERS

           Human Language Technology for the Semantic Web and Web Services


                                Workshop at ISWC 2003
                        International Semantic Web Conference
                      Sanibel Island, Florida, 20-23 October 2003

                                Hamish Cunningham
                                 Atanas Kiryakov
                                    Ying Ding

    The Semantic Web aims to add a machine tractable, re-purposeable layer to
    compliment the existing web of natural language hypertext. In order to
    realise this vision, the creation of semantic annotation, the linking of
    web pages to ontologies, and the creation, evolution and interrelation of
    ontologies must become automatic or semi-automatic processes.

    In the context of new work on distributed computation, Semantic Web
    Services (SWSs) go beyond current services by adding ontologies and formal
    knowledge to support description, discovery, negotiation, mediation and
    composition. This formal knowledge is often strongly related to informal
    materials. For example, a service for multi-media content delivery over
    broadband networks might incorporate conceptual indices of the content, so
    that a smart VCR (such as next generation TiVO) can reason about programmes
    to suggest to its owner. Alternatively, a service for B2B catalogue
    publication has to translate between existing semi-structured catalogues
    and the more formal catalogues required for SWS purposes. To make these
    types of services cost-effective we need automatic knowledge harvesting
    from all forms of content that contain natural language text or spoken data.

    Other services do not have this close connection with informal content, or
    will be created from scratch using Semantic Web authoring tools. For
    example, printing or compute cycle or storage services. In these cases the
    opposite need is present: to document services for the human reader using
    natural language generation.

    This workshop will provide a forum for workers in the field of human
    language technology for the Semantic Web and for Semantic Web Services to
    present their latest results. The aim is to provide a snapshot of the state
    of the art, dealing with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

        * automatic and semi-automatic annotation of web pages;
        * semantic indexing and retrieval of documents, combining the strengths
          of IE and IR;
        * integration of data about language in language processing components
          with ontological data;
        * robustness across genres and domains;
        * ease of embedding in Semantic Web applications;
        * ontology learning, evolving and merging;
        * automatic web service description augmentation;
        * automatic semantic structure documentation;
        * language technology for automatic Web service discovery;
        * adaptation of generation techniques to SWS applications.

    The themes of the workshop have partly emerged from the Special Interest
    Group on Language Technologies and the Semantic Web (SIG5), part of the
    OntoWeb thematic network.

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