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Goal and Motivations

Semantic Web Collaborative Spaces such as semantic wikis, semantic social networks, semantic forums, etc. are social semantic software with the mission to bring together human agents and software agents in order to foster knowledge-intensive collaboration, content creation and management, annotated multimedia collection management, social knowledge diffusion and formalising, and more generally speaking ontology-oriented content management life-cycle.

The domain spans from multidisciplinary research to deployed commercial web applications and contributions from all this spectrum are encouraged. The aim of the SWCS 2012 workshop is to exchange ideas, to discuss pressing research questions arising from theoretical studies and practical usage of semantic web collaborative spaces.


Contributions to this workshop will address one or more of the following topics:

Representing and reasoning on semantics in social web platforms:

  • reconciling formal semantics and social semantics
  • semantic social network analysis, community detection and community building
  • analyses of semantic wiki contributors and their contributions
  • combining, transforming, translating formal and informal knowledge
  • coping with disagreement, inconsistencies
  • semantics in social/human computing, and vice versa
  • change management, truth maintenance, versioning, and undoing semantic changes
  • connecting knowledge and social interaction
  • from asynchronous interactions to real-time/multi-synchronous interactions in SWCS
  • optimising, distributing, scaling SWCS
  • managing and exploiting the emergence of models and their semantics

Interacting with and within SWCS:

  • browsing, navigating, visualizing
  • editing linked open data, schemas, rules, etc.
  • ergonomics of SWCS, interaction design and usability studies
  • object-centered sociality, knowledge-centered sociality
  • overcoming entrance barriers and giving incentives for contributing
  • provenance, traceability, permissions, trust, licensing, access control, privacy,
  • making formal knowledge accessible, social knowledge evaluation
  • mobile and multimodal accesses to SWCS

Return on experience and applications of semantic web collaborative spaces:

  • swcs platforms in e-science, e-learning, e-health, e-governement,
  • enterprise workflows, document flows, business intelligence, technological watch
  • corporate knowledge management or personal information management
  • expert matching, team creation,

Integration, interoperability and reuse of web collaborative spaces:

  • integrations and interoperability with other semantic applications and mashups
  • interlinking, distributing, federating SWCS
  • extending non-semantic social web platforms with semantics
  • exporting and reusing semantics gained from SWCS




February 6th, 2012

Paper Submission

March 8th, 2012

Author Notification

March 29th, 2012

Camera ready

April 17th, 2012


Submissions and Proceedings

We invite the following different kinds of contributions:

  • full research or application papers (15 pages) describing recent research outcomes, mature work, prototypes, applications, or methodologies; authors of accepted full papers will be able to present their work in a 15 minute talk at the workshop
  • short position papers (5-10 pages) describing early work and new ideas that are not yet fully worked out; authors of short papers will be able to present their work in a 5-10 minute lightning talk at the workshop
  • demo outlines (5 pages) describing the demonstration of a software prototype in the poster and demo session during the workshop
  • poster descriptions (2 pages) outlining a poster to be presented in the poster and demo session during the workshop

Papers will be submitted using the EasyChair system.

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