Call For Papers: 1st Workshop on Friend of a Friend, Social Networking and the Semantic Web

1st Workshop on Friend of a Friend, Social Networking and the Semantic Web (FOAF’2004)
*1-2 September 2004, Galway, Ireland*,
sponsored by SWAD-Europe and DERI

Many of the interesting conferences about these topics happen in USA. So, if you are in Europe, you cannot miss this one!
In the committee there are many people that I learn to know by email or by reading their blogs but I have never met. I hope to meet them physically in Galway.
(found via rdfweb mailing list)

This call for papers also appears in the Call for papers topicexchange channel and in Trust-related-conferences wiki page


The FOAF (Friend of a Friend )
project explores a unique combination of themes from social
networking, search engines, knowledge representation and software
development. FOAF was designed as a practical experiment that
would highlight the technical, social and business challenges
raised by the next generation of “Semantic” Web technology. Over
the past few years, the FOAF developer community has been working
on standards-based techniques for publishing and harvesting
machine-readable descriptions of people, the links between them,
and the things they create and do. The working assumption of the
project is that such techniques will underpin the deployment of
the next generation of Web technology, W3C’s “Semantic Web”.
The FOAF project was created in the expectation that
these machine-readable descriptions will grow, as the Semantic Web
platform matures, to cover companies, organisations, documents,
groups, products, file sharing and many other aspects of life,
both online and off. The time has come to evaluate these
assumptions in the context of the opportunities and challenges
presented by the rise of FOAF and the
Semantic Web.

Social networking is a recent topic gaining much interest and
publicity. Social networking sites are community sites where users
can maintain an online network of friends or associates for social
or business purposes: whether looking for a job, reconnecting with
old friends, moving to a new area, or dating. Most of these sites
are based on a centralised architecture: all users’ descriptions
are stored in one big database. There is, however, growing user
and business interest in portability between such sites, and for
sophisticated “single sign-on” mechanisms that reduce the need for
data re-entry, while allowing users to manifest different aspects
of themselves in different contexts. FOAF-based import/export
allows such sites to address user demand for control of “their”
data; however, many deployment, privacy, authentication and
engineering issues have not yet been fully explored. To what
extent do mechanisms such as FOAF change the environment they
attempt to describe? How can the visibility of personal data be
restricted to certain audiences? How can businesses make money
when their customers can migrate to new services with increased ease?

This workshop on FOAF, social networking and the Semantic Web
provides a first chance to discuss the unusual combination of
perspectives – academic and scientific, engineering, social, legal
and business – drawn together by these trends. The workshop aims
to bring together for the first time researchers interested in the
effects, analysis and application of social networks on the
(Semantic) Web as well as practitioners building applications and
infrastructure. The workshop will also try to give a snapshot of
current developments, as well as setting a roadmap for the future
of both FOAF and social networking – especially in the context
of the Semantic Web.

Topics of interest for full papers include, but are not limited to
the following:

* Social network metadata standards
* Trust issues in social networks
* Profiles of FOAF, subsets, mapping to other vocabularies and formats
* Federated digital identity, single sign-on (decentralized identity
* Business models for the Semantic Web (life after banner
* Integration with desktop and mobile applications (chat, IM, P2P,
Bluetooth, address books, RSS/Atom)
* Privacy, etiquette and best practice issues for aggregators
* Infrastructure for social networking
* Applications of online social networking
* Knowledge management with social networks
* Mathematical analysis of social networks
* Exchange of social network information
* Applications of online social networks
* Shared annotations
* Use of digital signatures and encryption with RDF/XML
* RDF-based search engines, data harvesting and syndication
* GUIs (browsers, editors) for FOAF and Semantic Web data
* Formalisms that address practical problems of heterogenous
changing data
* Pragmatics of sharing data schemas across subtly different datasets

Submission and Important Dates

The workshop will be organized in part around talks presenting
selected research results in the relevant fields. Another
important part of the workshop will be open discussions, where
participants define the agenda themselves, focusing on the
interests of the participants with respect to social networking,
FOAF, and the Semantic Web. Depending on the nature of the
submissions, some time may be allocated to discussion of
the future development and coverage of the FOAF specification.

We invite the submission of position statements and demonstration
descriptions as well as full papers. Position papers and
demonstration submissions should not exceed 1000 words, full
papers should not contain more than 6000 words. Documents should
be be submitted as tarred/zipped archives containing exactly one
index.html file and all accompanying files to
team-foafws-org at (or alternate address(danbri+foafws at>).

Papers to be published and/or presented will be selected by in
peer review process.

* Full paper submissions due: *18th July 2004*
* Position papers and demonstration proposals due: *22nd July 2004*
* Notification for acceptance: *5th August 2004*
* Web-ready versions due: *16th August 2004*
* Workshop date: *1st-2nd September 2004*


* Dan Brickley , W3C.
* Stefan Decker , DERI.
* Libby Miller , ILRT.
* R.V.Guha , IBM.

Programme Committee

* Lada Adamic
* Tom Baker
* Orkut Buyukkokten
* Marc Canter
* Edd Dumbill
* Dieter Fensel
* Morten Frederiksen
* Nick Gibbins
* Jen Golbeck
* R.V.Guha
* Jan Hauser
* Jim Hendler
* Mashide Kanzaki
* Paul Martino
* Brian McBride
* Wolfgang Nejdl
* Chris Schmidt
* Guus Schreiber
* Nova Spivak
* Barney Pell
* Jack Park
* Danny Weitzner


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