First International Workshop on

Semantic Metadata Management and Applications

Located at the Fifth European Semantic Web Conference ESWC2008
June 2, 2008
Teneriffe, Spain

Supported by OMII-UK and the EU project NeOn

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Metadata is, and will increasingly be playing a central role in the provisioning of semantic web functionalities, e.g., in easing the discovery, interoperability and integration of a variety of data and service resources. For example, applications and databases in the life sciences rely heavily on metadata for describing and curating data products. To effectively exploit the true potential of metadata, however, methods and tools to facilitate its management are required. Metadata management certainly includes traditional issues such as modelling, specification, generation, curation, storage and retrieval, that are typical of any data management system. Additional properties that are specific to metadata, however, have an impact on its management. As a form of resource annotation, for example, metadata has a recognizable lifecycle, that is determined by the evolution of the underlying resources and should be managed accordingly. Also, the use of semantic metadata, i.e., metadata that is defined using shared conceptualisations (ontologies) or controlled vocabularies, is increasingly popular in a number of application areas. Managing semantic metadata provides both new challenges and opportunities.

The first international workshop on semantic metadata management aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss issues related to metadata management, with particular emphasis on the management of semantic metadata. The workshop also aims to shed light on relatively new issues that emerge in the context of metadata intensive applications, e.g., semantic web services, semantic web processes and semantic grid applications, including metadata evolution, propagation and curation.


9.15 – 9.30Opening Session
9.30 – 10.30 Invited Talk
  • Metadata Management in Next Generation Knowledge-based Applications, Oscar Corcho
10.30 – 11.00Coffee Break
11.00– 12.30Session 1: Semantic Web Service Discovery and Composition
  • A Deductive system for Semantically Integrated Scientific Workflows , Nadia yacoubi, Zoe Lacroix and Maria Esther Vidal
  • Simplifying the Web Service Discovery Process , Mick Kerrigan, Nathalie Steinmetz, Holger Lausen, Martin Tanler and Adina Sirbu
  • Semantic Hubs for Geological Projects, Yamine AIT AMEUR, Nabil Belaid, Mohammed Bennis, Olivier Corby, Rose Dieng-Kuntz, Jérémie Doucy, Priscille Durville, Chimène Fankam, Fabien Gandon, Alain Giboin, Patrick GIROUX, Sandrine Grataloup, Bruno GRILHERES, Florian Husson, Stéphane Jean, Joel Langlois, Phuc Hiep Luong, Laura MASTELLA, Olivier Morel, Michel Perrin, Guy Pierra, Jean-François Rainaud, Idir Ait-Sadoune, Eric Sardet, Francois Tertre and Joao Francisco Valiati
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch Break
14.30 – 16:00 Session 2: Retrieval of Semantic Annotations
  • Combining Context Navigation with Semantic Autocompletion to Solve Problems in Concept Selection , Reetta Sinkkilä, Eetu Mäkelä, Eero Hyvönen and Tomi Kauppinen
  • Viewing and Querying Topic Maps in terms of RDF , Silvia Stefanova and Tore Risch
  • Numeric reasoning in the Semantic Web , Fankam chimene, Stéphane Jean and Guy Pierra
16.00 – 16.30Coffee Break
16.30 – 17.30Session 3: Annotation and Management of Documents
  • Contextual and Metadata-based Approach for the Semantic Annotation of Heterogeneous Documents , Mouhamadou THIAM, nathalie pernelle and Nacéra Bennacer
  • Semantic Metadata Instantiation and Consolidation within an Ontology-based Multimedia Document Management System Annett Mitschick, Ralf Nagel and Klaus Meißner.
17.30 – 17.45Closing Session

The proceedings of the workshop are now available online at CEUR-WS.

Topics of Interest

We seek papers describing ongoing innovative work and applications on these metadata management issues. Specifically, the workshop topics include, but are not limited to: As well as the above topics, the workshop seeks papers that describe case studies that show the benefits gained thanks to the use of metadata. We also seek papers that show the limitations of current state of the art in metadata models, languages and tools. Papers that report on success stories or experiences/evaluations that pinpoint metadata management issues that need further investigation in this field are encouraged. The application areas that are in the scope of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

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Submission and Proceedings

Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines of the ESWC conference.
Papers should be submitted using
Proceedings will be published for the workshop.

Papers must not exceed 15 pages. Short papers, experimental contributions, system and demo descriptions must not exceed 8 pages.

Note that workshop attendees must also register for the main conference. So try to register both for the conference and the workshop before the ESWC2008 early registration deadline.

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