First International Workshop on Semantic Statistics (SemStats 2013)
Deadline for paper submission: Friday, 12 July 2013, 23:59 (Hawaii time)
Notification of acceptance/rejection: Friday, 9 August 2013
Deadline for camera-ready version: Friday, 30 August 2013
From the call for papers:
The goal of this workshop is to explore and strengthen the relationship between the Semantic Web and statistical communities, to provide better access to the data held by statistical offices. It will focus on ways in which statisticians can use Semantic Web technologies and standards in order to formalize, publish, document and link their data and metadata.
The statistical community has recently shown an interest in the Semantic Web. In particular, initiatives have been launched to develop semantic vocabularies representing statistical classifications and discovery metadata. Tools are also being created by statistical organizations to support the publication of dimensional data conforming to the Data Cube specification, now in Last Call at W3C. But statisticians see challenges in the Semantic Web: how can data and concepts be linked in a statistically rigorous fashion? How can we avoid fuzzy semantics leading to wrong analyses? How can we preserve data confidentiality?
The workshop will also cover the question of how to apply statistical methods or treatments to linked data, and how to develop new methods and tools for this purpose. Except for visualisation techniques and tools, this question is relatively unexplored, but the subject will obviously grow in importance in the near future.
An unfortunate emphasis on linked data before understanding the problem of imbuing statistical data with semantics.
Studying the needs of the statistical community for semantics and to what degree would be more likely to yield useful requirements.
And from requirements, then to proceed to find appropriate solutions.
As opposed to arriving solution in hand, with saws, pry bars, shoe horns and similar tools for affixing the solution to any problem.