CFP: WWW'06 Workshop on Identity, Reference, and the Web (IRW2006)

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    IRW2006 - Identity, Reference, and the Web

    Co-located Workshop at WWW2006,
    Edinburgh Scotland, May

    First Call for Papers

    Goal and Theme:

    Our goal for this workshop is to explore the nature of identification
    and reference on the Web, building on current work in Web Architecture,
    the Semantic Web and informal community-based tagging (folksonomy), as
    well as current practice in XML and theory in philosophy and
    linguistics. This workshop should bring together researchers and
    practitioners from a variety of backgrounds in order to discuss and
    clarify these issues.

    URIs are the primary mechanism for reference and identity on the Web.
    To be useful, a URI must provide access to information which is
    sufficient to enable someone or something to uniquely identify a
    particular thing and the thing identified might vary between contexts.
    There is no doubt that as a mechanism for identifying web pages the URI
    has been wildly successful. Currently, URIs can also be used to
    identify namespaces, ontologies, and almost anything. However,
    important questions about the interpretation, use, and meaning of URIs
    have been left unanswered, questions that have important ramifications
    for everything from search engines to philosophy. As soon as matters
    get complicated, there is little or no consensus on issues of
    identification and reference on the Web. Put simply, given a URI, how
    should the nature of its intended referent be known in an interoperable
    and preferably automatic manner?

    This is not an easy question to answer: for example, the Semantic Web
    and folksonomies present two distinctly differing viewpoints. On the
    Semantic Web a URI nominally identifies a single resource, while
    folksonomies rely on a more informal group consensus. Notions of
    identity will have even larger ramifications when privacy and trust
    become central issues for the Web. The management of this issue impacts
    practical issues of data integration on the Web and versioning and
    evolution for languages that use URIs, such as XML.

    This workshop at WWW 2006 will offer an open forum to constructively
    discuss and make progress on these issues.

    Topics Of Interest, but not limited to:

    * The nature of URIs and resources on the Web
    * Identification, perspectives and contexts
    * Model-theories for identity and reference on the Web
    * Philosophical analysis of issues of identity and reference
    on the Web
    * Linguistic theories of reference and identity on the Web
    * Tagging and Web 2.0 for identification
    * Concrete Standards for identification
    - 'tdb' URN and 'taguri' URI Schemes
    - Subject Indicators for Topic Maps
    - WPN RDDLs
    - URIQA
    - HTTP Status Codes
    - MIME Types
    - URNs and URLs
    * Impact of URIs and identification on Web Services and
    the Semantic Web
    * URI ownership and identification
    * How the Web Revolution effects traditional concepts
    of identify and reference
    * URI usage for language versioning and identification
    * Ethics of identity and trust on the Web

    Important Dates:

    Submission Due Date: February 17th 2006

    Notification of Acceptance: March 31st 2006

    Workshop Date: To be announced

    Submissions must conform to the ACM formatting guidelines for WWW2006
    and must not exceed 10 pages, including all text, references,
    appendices, and figures. Submissions must be in English and sent in
    Portable Document Format (PDF). Papers are to be submitted to the
    workshop via e-mail by e-mailing hhalpin no(at)spam

    Paper Presentation:

    Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop by one of the
    authors. At least one author of each paper therefore should register
    for the main conference before the early registration deadline. After
    each presentation there will be time for discussion and questions. The
    workshop will end with an open discussion of the challenges presented
    by the issues of identity and reference for the Web.


    Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings, which
    will be distributed during the workshop and made available online. We
    plan to invite accepted authors to submit revised and extended versions
    of their papers for an upcoming publication on this topic.

    Workshop Co-Chairs:

    * Pat Hayes, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
    * Harry Halpin, University of Edinburgh
    * Henry S. Thompson, World Wide Web Consortium and
    University of Edinburgh

    Programme Committee:

    * Joshua Allen, Microsoft
    * Bill Andersen, Ontology Works
    * David Booth, Hewlett-Packard
    * Kurt Cagle, Cagle Communications
    * Andy Clark, University of Edinburgh
    * Kendall Clark, University of Maryland
    * Dan Connolly, World Wide Web Consortium
    * Luciano Floridi, University of Oxford
    * Stefano Franchi, University of Auckland
    * David Israel, SRI International
    * Ewan Klein, University of Edinburgh
    * Graham Klyne, Nine by Nine and
    University of Oxford
    * Larry Masinter, Adobe
    * Chris Menzel, Texas A&M University
    * Alistair Miles, CCLRC
    * Peter Patel-Schneider, Bell Labs
    * Matthias Scheutz, University of Notre Dame
    * John Sowa, Vivomind Intelligence
    * Patrick Stickler, Nokia
    * Bernard Vatant, Mondeca
    * Stuart Weibel, OCLC
    HarryHalpin, Nov 29, 2005
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