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International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition from the Social Web” KASW'08

by Mathias Lux last modified Mar 14, 2008 11:27 AM

International Workshop on “Knowledge Acquisition from the Social Web” KASW'08 held in conjunction with the Triple-I Conference -


This workshop aims to develop and bring together a community of researchers interested in discussing the manifold challenges and potentials of knowledge acquisition from the social web.

With the advent of the “Social Web”, a new breed of web applications has enriched the social dimension of the web. On the social web, actors can be understood as social agents - technological or human entities - that collaborate, pursue goals, are autonomous, and are capable of exhibiting flexible problem solving and social behavior. By participating in the social web, both technological and human agents leave complex traces of social interactions and their motivations behind, which can be studied, analyzed and utilized for a range of different purposes. The broad availability and open accessibility of these traces in social web corpora, such as in, Wikipedia, weblogs and others, provides researchers with opportunities for, for example, novel knowledge acquisition techniques and strategies, as well as large scale, empirically coupled “in the field” studies of social processes and structures.

This workshop aims to develop and bring together a diverse community of researchers interested in the social web by seeking submissions that are focusing on understanding and evaluating the role of agents, goals, structures, concepts, context, knowledge and social interactions in a broad range of social web applications. Examples for such applications include, but are not limited to social authoring (e.g. wikis, weblogs), social sharing (e.g., flickr), social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn) and social searching (e.g. wikia, eurekster, mahalo) applications.


While the workshop is open to anyone interested in the topics of the workshop, it is the particular intention to utilize this workshop as an opportunity to gather and build a strong network of researchers with similar interests. To support this, we will put special emphasis on room for interaction and networking, and on discussing the accepted papers in detail. For that purpose, we will consider, for example, to designate significant time for discussions, provide all accepted papers on the workshop website before the event, encourage presenters to read their colleagues’ papers before the workshop takes place, and prepare questions. This aims to improve the ability of participants to relate to each others work, to communicate - and to increase the overall quality of interactions at the workshop.

Topics of Interest

We encourage submissions from researchers with a variety of backgrounds, including common sense reasoning, natural language processing, data mining, automatic classification, ontology, semantic web, requirements engineering, knowledge management and information sciences.

 The main topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge discovery and mining on the social web
  • Text-extraction and understanding on the social web
  • Social Network Analysis on the social web
  • Folksonomies and Ontology learning
  • Multi Agent Systems and the social web
  • Agent-oriented modeling and engineering of social web applications
  • Goals and motivations on the social web
  • Acquiring commonsense knowledge from the social web
  • Trust, reputation and social interactions on the social web
  • Information diffusion and knowledge transfer on the social web
  • Evaluation of and evaluation techniques for social web applications

The workshop is accepting papers (6 to 8 pages) ranging from theoretical contributions including novel methods, techniques and algorithms, rigid evaluations to empirical or analytical case studies related to the topics of interest. Work-in-progress contributions which seek advice or collaborations - or contributions which would simply seek the feedback from other workshop participants are particularly welcome. However, all contributions should exhibit a level of maturity where a) an interesting issue has already been narrowed down sufficiently and b) adequate prior work has been done (e.g. first results, an exploratory study, comprehensive analysis of related approaches, etc).

In addition, we will accept demos. Demo submissions should consist of a brief description (1-4 pages) and a screenshot of the working prototype.

About Triple-I

The TRIPLE-I Conference series is a joint venture of the conferences I-KNOW, I-MEDIA and I-SEMANTICS. TRIPLE-I reflects the increasing importance and convergence of knowledge management, new media technologies and semantic systems. This unique concept aims at bridging the gaps between the various communities and their technology fields.

Important dates

Submission deadline: April 28, 2008
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2008
Camera-ready version: June 30, 2008
Workshop: One day format, between September 3-5, 2008


All submissions (paper or demo) must be following the J.UCS format. All submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. For questions and comments, please contact the workshop co-chairs. The submission system will be open soon.

Organizing Committee:

contact: markus.strohmaier (at)

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