SAAW2006 - 1st Semantic Authoring and Annotation Workshop

co-located with the The 5th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2006)

Athens, GA, USA, Monday, November 6th 2006

SAAW2006 is organized jointly with the workshop on Web Content Mining with Human Language Technologies.



The workshop takes place on Monday, November 6th, from 8:00 to 12:00 (am), in Room V/W, on the 2nd floor of the conference venue. The presentations of full papers are grouped by topic (as good as possible). Each full paper presentation will be 15 minutes including questions, and each short paper presentation will take the form of a "lightning talk" of 5 minutes. Please note that we have arranged a joint poster/demo session with the workshop on Web Content Mining with Human Language Technologies, which takes places after lunch in the same room.

When What
8:00 - 8:15 Welcoming and Introduction
8:15 - 8:45 Full Paper Session I: Tagging (Chair: Michael Sintek)
  • Mesnage et al. Specifying the Collaborative Tagging System
  • Halpin et al. The Dynamics and Semantics of Collaborative Tagging
8:45 - 9:15 Full Paper Session II: Desktop-based Annotation
  • Kim et al. Translating Documents into Semantic Documents using Semantic Web and Web2.0
  • Groza et al. SALT: Semantically Annotated LATEX SALT will be presented in the hands-on session.
This paper session is dropped.
8:45 - 9:15 Full Paper Session III: Other Forms of Annotation (Chair: Marja-Riitta Koivunen)
  • Chakravarthy et al. Cross-media Document Annotation and Enrichment
  • Vehviläinen et al. A Semi-Automatic Semantic Annotation and Authoring Tool for a Library Help Desk Service
9:15 - 9:30 Coffee Break
9:30 - 10:15 Full Paper Session IV: Annotation of Web Pages (Chair: Knud Möller)
  • Reif et al. Using WEESA to Semantically Annotate Cocoon Web Applications
  • Koivunen. Semantic Authoring by Tagging with Annotea Social Bookmarks and Topics
  • Valkeapää et al. A Browser-based Tool for Collaborative Distributed Annotation for the Semantic Web
10:15 - 10:45 Short Paper Session (Lightning Talks)
  • Beckstein et al. Tags and Dependencies: an Integrated View of Document Annotation
  • Sack et al. Integrating Social Tagging and Document Annotation for Content-Based Search in Multimedia Data
  • Tighe et al. SASA - A Semi-Automatic Semantic Annotator for Personal Knowledge Management
  • Davis et al. Further use of Controlled Natural Language for Semantic Annotation of Wikis
  • Woerndl. Towards Trust for Semantic Web Annotations
  • Ding. Avoiding Deceptive Annotations in the Semantic Web
10:45 - 11:15 Hands on Session: Generating an annotated Workshop Corpus
11:15 - 12:00 Poster/Demo Session This session is the first part of a joint poster/demo session with the Web Content Mining with Human Language Technologies

Executive Summary

The "traditional" paradigm of Semantic Web (SW) annotation - annotating existing web sites with the help of external tools - has been established for a number of years now, e.g. in the form of tools such as OntoMat or tools based on Annotea, and is continuously being developed and improved.

At the same time, core technologies of the SW - the common, open data-model of the Resource Description Framework and the use of shared vocabularies - are now gradually being introduced into mainstream publishing and authoring channels such traditional online publications or office software, as well as in new and "hip" technologies such as Blogs and Wikis. Regardless of the medium, SW technologies in the authoring domain aim at aiding human content producers to author, structure, annotate and publish text and other media right from the start, rather than enriching them with metadata at a later stage.

The collaborative tagging paradigm, which has its roots in social bookmarking and folksonomies, is now becoming popular. Unfortunately, it is often very centralized and does not take users needs for different levels of sharing into account. Many services would benefit their users by offering them SW based bookmarks and topics such as in Annotea bookmarking and topic framework.

Together these three application domains make up what can collectively be called Semantic Authoring and Annotation, the result of which are documents with formal, machine-understandable semantics, partly created by authors and partly by collaborators examining the work in different angles and in different contexts. An important aspect in all these technologies is that they are human-centric, target non-computer experts and aim at making various kinds of content more visible, better accessible, easier to find, reuse, share, organize, and examine from different viewpoints. Furthermore, Semantic Annotation and the introduction of SW technologies into mainstream authoring domains will result in an increased amount of relevant SW data, and help to achieve a broader success of the SW.

Finally, various technologies to implement semantic annotation and the authoring of semantic documents (e.g. GRDDL for deriving formal metadata or RDFa and Microformats for embedding it) have entered the scene recently, and are being endorsed by standards bodies such as the W3C.

The SAAW workshop will be organized as a half-day workshop and will investigate technical and methodological, as well as social issues surrounding all aspects of Semantic Web Authoring and Annotation.

Topics of Interest (include but are not limited to)


We invite full paper submissions, as well as posters and demos. Papers should consist of original, preferably unpublished research and must not be under review by another conference, journal, or workshop. Authors of the highest quality contributions will be invited to present their work at the workshop (in presentations of ca. 20 minutes). The focus of SAAW is user-centric, so we also encourage posters and demos of running applications that enable users to author for SW or annotate the existing Web. Posters and Demos should describe prototypical implementations of systems related to the workshop topics. Highest quality submissions will be presented in a separete poster/demo session.

Format requirements for the submission of papers are:

Although not required for the initial submission, we recommend following the ACM format guidelines, as this will be the required format for accepted papers. Also please note that papers in ACM format tend to have fewer pages, compared to the same paper in other styles.

To submit a paper, please log on to Confmaster and create an account, following the instructions given there. Please note that an abstract must be submitted by August 02!


August 2, 2006   Abstract submissions due
August 10, 2006   Paper submissions due
September 16, 2006   Acceptance Notification
September 22, 2006   Camera-ready versions due
November 6, 2006   Workshop


Workshop co-ordinators Programme Committee

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For questions and comments send a mail to Knud Möller

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