[DL] Call for Papers: Int. Journal of Semantic Computing -- Special Issue on Web Scale Reasoning

Uwe Keller uwe.keller at sti2.at
Fri Nov 28 15:26:45 CET 2008

                     CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue on Web Scale Reasoning: Scalable, Tolerant and Dynamic

        International Journal of Semantic Computing (IJSC)
                 (Publisher: World Scientific)

Guest Editors: Z. Huang, U. Keller, S. Schlobach, and N. Zhong

The Semantic Web is the vision of a Web of data usable for both humans
but also machines. This Web consists of inter-connected instance data
annotated with possibly expressive ontologies. Therefore a tremendous
amount of information becomes available that should be processed based
on formal semantics attached to it.  The Semantic Web community has
developed a number of languages (such as RDF, RDF Schema, OWL) that
deploy logic for this purpose. Impressive progress has been made on
scalable storage, querying and inference for these languages, and they
are successfully being deployed on large intranets and medium-scale

However existing reasoning techniques often fail to live up to the
expectations put into them in this context.  They can often neither
deal with high number of instances, the expressiveness of the
ontologies describing them or the inherent inconsistency and
incompleteness of data on the Web.

This special issue is intended to focus on these problems of
scalability and robustness of reasoning on the Web, and furthermore to
investigate alternative reasoning methods, which take incompleteness
and distribution of data and knowledge as inherent properties into


Original contributions, not currently under review or accepted by
another journal, are solicited in relevant areas including (but not
limited to) the following:

* Scalable reasoning for the Web
* Web scale querying and searching
* Reasoning with inconsistent ontologies
* Stream reasoning in the Semantic Web
* Efficient storage of structured data that scale to a very large size
* Computational learning theory for the Web
* Meta-reasoning for the Web
* Complex reasoning: how to find implicit information efficiently in large,
  expressive, or distributed ontologies.

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be submitted to the easychair website:

Details of the journal, manuscript preparation, and recent articles
are available on the website: http://www.worldscinet.com/ijsc/ijsc.shtml

See the website of this special issue http://webscare.larkc.eu
for further announcement.

Deadline for paper submission: March 10, 2009
Completion of first review:    June 10, 2009
Minor/Major revision due:      August 10, 2009
Final decision notification:   October 10, 2009
Publication materials due:     December 1, 2009
Publication date (tentative):  May 2010

Guest Editors

Zhisheng Huang
Vrije Univerisity Amsterdam, The Netherlands
huang AT cs.vu.nl

Uwe Keller
University of Innsbruck, Austria
uwe.keller AT sti2.at.

Stefan Schlobach
Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
schlobac AT few.vu.nl

Ning Zhong
Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan and
International WIC Institute/BJUT, China
zhong AT maebashi-it.ac.jp

Contact Person

Florian Fischer
Semantic Technology Institute, University of Innsbruck, Austria
florian.fischer AT sti2.at

Editorial Board of the Special Issue

(to be announced)

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