Call for Proposals: International Open Government Data Conference 2012 World Bank, July 10-12, DC

Colleagues,

Please note the call for session and talk proposals for the International Open Government Data Conference 2012 to be held on July 10-12th in Washington DC and co-hosted by the World Bank and the US Government’s Data.gov team:

http://www.data.gov/communities/conference (follow link to “Call for Sessions/Papers”)

With both an “Open Government” and “Open Development” perspective, the theme of the conference is “Putting Data to Work”. We’re looking for practical, technology and policy focussed contributions that address key questions like:

  • What is the story of open government data over the last two years and how are we seeing the data put to work?
  • Are Open Development and Open Government really social and economic opportunities?
  • How do we avoid the trap of focusing just on compliance rather than the full potential of Open Data?
  • What are successful applications involving citizen-generated data and it’s combination with official sources?
  • How to manage your government data assets with the same rigor and consideration as any piece of public infrastructure? Should we be investing in open data at a time of fiscal austerity?
  • What open data related standards and policies are most useful?
  • What is the intersection of Big Data and Open Data? What role does cloud computing have to play?This will be a high-level event with international government, private sector and civil society participation and although the number of formal session slots is limited, there will be other opportunities to participate and network, including lightning talks and an un-conference / open space.

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    Tariq Khokhar
    Open Data Evangelist
    World Bank, 1818 H St. NW Washington, DC 20433 | MC2-817
    Tel: 202-473-3837 | tkhokhar@worldbank.org | data.worldbank.org
    Mob: 202-250-4428 | Skype: tariq.khokhar
    Twitter:@tkb and @worldbankdata

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS on Open Data for Science and Society AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

ENGAGE project, funded by the European Commission under the e-Infrastructures Programme, aims at the deployment and use of an advanced service infrastructure, incorporating distributed and diverse public sector information resources as well as data curation, semantic annotation and visualisation tools, capable of supporting scientific collaboration and governance-related research from multi-disciplinary scientific communities, while also empowering the deployment of open governmental data towards citizens. More information.

About ENGAGE Project
Open data provide an unprecedented opportunity for societies to move towards transparency, evidence-based decisions, enhanced cohesion, public engagement and trust. Public sector information may be offered as “open data” in many forms and through different media: from simple datasets describing traffic or unemployment, to web services linking and mashing information from different sources, to interactive visualization of complex phenomena, to citizen-based data gathering and transmission. This way, new information is made available to scientists, citizens and enterprises for developing and offering value-adding services, thus forming a supply chain around publicly available open data.

In this context, the ENGAGE project (http://www.engage-project.eu), funded by the European Commission under the e-Infrastructures Programme, aims at the deployment and use of an advanced service infrastructure, incorporating distributed and diverse public sector information resources as well as data curation, semantic annotation and visualisation tools, capable of supporting scientific collaboration and governance-related research from multi-disciplinary scientific communities, while also empowering the deployment of open governmental data towards citizens.

Future of Scholarly Communication and Scientific Publishing Workshop@ESWC (May 27/28): SePublica Submission Deadline Extended to March 18.

Wikis offer an excellent environment for “future scholarly communication and scientific publishing”, don’t you think so? We are looking forward to your submissions! – Cheers, Christoph Lange

Deadline extended: March 18

http://sepublica.mywikipaper.org/ – the future of scholarly communication and scientific publishing

SePublica2012 an ESWC2012 Workshop. May 27 or 28 (exact day to be announced), Heraklion, Greece.

At Sepublica we want to explore the FUTURE OF SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION and SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING. As we are going through a transition between print media and Web media, Sepublica aims to provide researchers with a venue in which this future can be shaped. Consider research publications: Data sets and code are essential elements of data intensive research, but these are absent when the research is recorded and preserved by way of a scholarly journal article. Or consider news reports: Governments increasingly make public sector information available on the Web, and reporters use it, but news reports very rarely contain fine-grained links to such data sources. At Sepublica we will discuss and present new ways of publishing, sharing, linking, and analyzing such scientific resources as well as reasoning over the data to discover new links and scientific insights.

Workshop Format

We are planning to have a full day workshop with two main sessions. During the first part of the workshop accepted papers will be presented; the second part of the workshop will address by means of focus groups two main questions, namely “what do we want the future of scholarly communication to be?” and “how could data be preserved and delivered in an interactive manner over scholarly communications?”. These focus groups will be followed by a panel discussion. As an outcome of these activities we will have a communique that will be the editorial for the workshop proceedings.

Dates

  • workshop papers submission deadline: March 18 (EXTENDED)
  • workshop papers acceptance notification: April 1
  • workshop papers camera ready: April 15

*Submission*

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sepublica2012

Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5 pages. For system/demo descriptions, a paper of minimum 2 pages, maximum 5 pages should be submitted. Late-breaking news should be one page maximum. All papers and system descriptions should be formatted according to the LNCS format.

We encourage the submission of semantic documents. LaTeX documents in the LNCS format can, e.g., be annotated using SALT (http://salt.semanticauthoring.org) or sTeX (http://trac.kwarc.info/sTeX/). We also invite submissions in XHTML+RDFa or in the format or YOUR semantic publishing tool. However, to ensure a fair review procedure, authors must additionally export them to PDF.

For submissions that are not in the LNCS PDF format, 400 words count as one page. Submissions that exceed the page limit will be rejected without review.

Depending on the number and quality of submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers during a poster session.

The author list does not need to be anonymized, as we do not have a double-blind review process in place.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by three independent reviewers; late-breaking news get a light review w.r.t. their relevance by two reviewers. Accepted papers have to be presented at the workshop (requires registering for the ESWC conference and the workshop).

Issues to be addressed

Representation:

  • Formal representations of scientific data; ontologies for scientific information
  • What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in a document?
  • How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in scholarly communication, and of hypotheses and scientific evidence?
  • Integration of quantitative and qualitative scientific information
  • How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge encoded in scientific documents and in general-interest media publications?
  • Connecting scientific publications with underlying research data sets

Technological Foundations:

  • Ontology-based visualization of scientific data
  • Provenance, quality, privacy and trust of scientific information
  • Linked Data for dissemination and archiving of research results, for collaboration and research networks, and for research assessment
  • How could we realize a paper with an API? How could we have a paper as a database, as a knowledge base?
  • How is the paper an interface, gateway, to the web of data? How could such and interface be delivered in a contextual manner?

Applications and Use Cases:

  • Case studies on linked science, i.e., astronomy, biology, environmental and socio-economic impacts of global warming, statistics, environmental monitoring, cultural heritage, etc.
  • Barriers to the acceptance of linked science solutions and strategies to address these
  • Legal, ethical and economic aspects of Linked Data in science