From the call:
Research on the Semantic Web, which is now in its second decade, has had a tremendous success in encouraging people to publish data on the Web in structured, linked, and standardized ways. The success of what has now become the Web of Data can be read from the sheer number of triples available within the Linked-Open Data, Linked Life Data and Open-Government initiatives. However, this growth in data makes many of the established assumptions inappropriate and offers a number of new research challenges.
In stark contrast to early Semantic Web applications that dealt with small, hand-crafted ontologies and data-sets, the new Web of Data comes with a plethora of contradicting world-views and contains incomplete, inconsistent, incorrect, fast-changing and opinionated information. This information not only comes from academic sources and trustworthy institutions, but is often community built, scraped or translated.
In short: the Web of Data is messy, and methods to deal with this messiness are paramount for its future.
Now, we have two choices as the topic map community:
- congratulate ourselves for seeing this problem long ago, high five each other, etc., or
- step up and offer topic map solutions that incorporate as much of the existing SW work as possible.
I strongly suggest the second one.
We will aim at an efficient publication cycle in order to guarantee prompt availability of the published results. We will review papers on a rolling basis as they are submitted and explicitly encourage submissions well before the submission deadline. Submit papers online at the journal’s Elsevier Web site.
Submission deadline: 1 February 2011
Author notification: 15 June 2011
Revisions submitted: 1 August 2011
Final decisions: 15 September 2011
Publication: 1 January 2012