ESWC Workshop on "Semantics in Governance and Policy Modelling"

Call for Papers
Workshop on «Semantics in Governance and Policy Modelling»
in conjunction with Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2011
May 29 - June 2, 2011 Heraclion, Greece

Description and Topics
The workshop is targeting novel approaches, methods, practices and tools for turning the public information overload into an opportunity for Governance and Policy Modelling with the help of semantics, open data and Public Sector Information reuse, linked data and visual analytics. Specific importance is to be placed in multidisciplinary approaches, combining theoretical policy making methodologies, advanced ICT and Government 2.0 collaboration practices. The workshop will also provide a stand for real-life application examples, showing how stakeholders can gain insight and take action into complex and unpredictable real-life situations at international, national or local level.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Semantic components for digital public service definition and provision

  • Semantics for policy modelling, including policy planning and policy impact assessment

  • Open, governmental data publication and promotion

  • Linking of open governmental data

  • On-the-fly, context-aware, linked data quality agreements

  • Browsing and retrieving linked data in government data mash-ups

  • Collaborative analysis and collective intelligence for policy-making, assisted by intuitive visual / geo-visual analytics on public linked data

  • Semantic annotation of public policy and citizen opinion

  • Semantic components for public deliberation and argument visualization

  • Privacy-respecting participatory sensing and data tracking

Workshop Chairs

  • Yannis Charalabidis (Corresponding Chair), University of Aegean,

  • Fenareti Lampathaki, National Technical University of Athens,

  • Gianluca Misuraca, JRC - European Commission, IPTS, Spain,

 Workshop Programme Committee

  • Dimitris Askounis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

  • Enrico Ferro, ISMB, Italy

  • Marko Grobelnik, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

  • Euripidis Loukis, University of Aegean, Greece

  • Michele Missikoff, IASI-CNR, Italy

  • David Osimo, Tech4i2, Belgium

  • Maria Wimmer, University Koblenz-Landau, Germany

Submission Process

The workshop will accommodate both short and full papers.  Short papers should be up to 4 pages while full papers should not exceed 12 pages. 
All papers should be submitted via email to the workshop corresponding chair, in MS-Word or PDF format, following the format guidelines available at:
Papers will be peer-reviewed using a double-blind review system for rigor, relevance, originality and clarity of presentation. Selected full papers are to be published by Springer LNCS. 
The best papers of the workshop will be considered for publication in the forthcoming book “Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance: Technologies and Methods for On-line Citizen Engagement in Public Policy Making” to be published by Springer.
Key Dates
  • Short and Full Paper Submission: 7th March 2011

  • Acceptance Notifications: 28th March 2011

  • Camera Ready Version: 15th April 2011

You may download the Call for Papers here.

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