SemAnnot 2004

Knowledge Markup and Semantic Annotation

4rd International Workshop

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located at the 3rd International Semantic Web Conference ISWC 2004
8th November 2004 (Workshop day)
Hiroshima Prince Hotel, Hiroshima, Japan

Program Objectives Topics Previous Workshops Organization Committee Program Committee Submission Dates

Program Top

To be announced!

Objectives Top

While a lot of basic infrastructure exists now for the Semantic Web (OWL, Editors, Inference-Engines), the lack of semantic metadata is still a major hurdle for the broad success of the Semantic Web. To overcome this obstacle, one needs methods that facilitate and accelerate the creation of metadata on a mass scale. Hence, this address the issue of upgrading the actual Web to the Semantic Web by means of (automated) semantic annotation strategies.

Another issue is the semantic indexing and searching of multimedia (and multilingual) data. It is difficult to process completely the content of multimedia data, even with technologies based on natural language processing, image processing, machine vision and speech recognition. Therefore, semantic annotation as a means of supplementing automatic multimedia processing is one of the promising methodologies to to describe content semantically.

Topics of Interest Top

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • General description of semantic annotation
  • Tools/strategies for upgrading the current Web to the Semantic Web
  • A common semantic annotation strategy for upgrading the web to the Semantic Web (including multimedia content)
  • NLP tools/strategies for semantic annotation of the current Web
  • Multimedia tools/strategies for semantic annotation of the current Web
  • Semantic annotation of static vs. dynamic web documents
  • Manual vs. automated annotation. Can automation be effectively deployed?
  • Statistical vs. rule-based semantic annotation strategies
  • Manual and/or automated semantic annotation of the current Web
  • Multimedia annotation (e.g. by using MPEG-7)
  • Collaborative, shared annotation
  • Evaluation measures/strategies of semantic annotation


The workshop continues the successful series on Knowledge Markup and Semantic Annotation Workshops (SemAnnot 2001, SAAKM 2002, SemAnnot 2003).

Workshop Organising Committee Top

Program Committee Top

  • Ana Belen Benitez (Columbia University)
  • Paul Buitelaar (DFKI)
  • Philipp Cimiano (AIFB)
  • Nigel Collier (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • Olivier Corby (INRIA)
  • Grit Denker (SRI International)
  • Martin Frank (ISI)
  • Fabien Gandon (CMU)
  • Carole Goble (University of Manchester)
  • Harry N. Keeling (Howard University)
  • Libby Miller (ILRT, University of Bristol)
  • Guenter Neumann (DFKI)
  • Sofia Pinto (Instituto Superior Tecnico)
  • Alun Preece (University of Aberdeen)
  • Guus Schreiber (Free University Amsterdam)
  • Sylvie Szulman (LIPN, University Paris-Nord)
  • Hideaki Takeda (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • Maria Vargas-Vera (Open University)
  • Martin Wolpers (Learning Lab Lower Saxony)
  • Yiannis Kompatsiaris, CERTH/ITI (Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Ebroul Izquierdo, Queen Mary College (London, England)
  • Joachim Koehler, Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication (Bonn, Germany)

Submission and Proceedings Top

We invite two types of submissions for this workshop:

  • Technical papers on any of the topics of interest of the workshop (but not limited to them)
  • Short position papers on any of the topics of interest of the workshop (but not limited to them)

Format requirements for the submission of papers are:

  • Maximum 10 pages, excluding title page and bibliography for technical papers.
  • Maximum 2 pages, excluding title page and bibliography for short position papers.
  • All submissions should be made electronically if possible, by email attachment and preferably in Postscript or PDF format. Only if electronic submission is impossible should you send three hard copies.
  • All submissions must be sent to the workshop contact, Siegfried Handschuh at

Although not required for the initial submission, we recommend we recommend following the format guidelines of ISWC 2004 (Springer LNCS), as this will be the required format for accepted papers (cf.

Important Dates Top

  • Extended deadline paper submissions: July 28th, 2004
  • Extended notification of acceptance: September 15th, 2004
  • Camera ready deadline: October 1st, 2004
  • Workshop: November 8th, 2004

Send comments and questions to Siegfried Handschuh