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Jan-March –2(1) 2005 Issue
The Official Quarterly Newsletter of AIS Special Interest Group on
Semantic Web and Information Systems

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Dear friends,

One year now AIS SIGSEMIS has become a reference point for the Semantic
Web and it serves the Information Systems, the Computer Science and the
Semantic Web Community.

During the last year your continuous support was the key motive to provide
a number of dissemination channels concerning Semantic Web and Information

1. We started the Bulletin Edition, (this is the fourth issue) with an
established rate of 5500 average downloads per issue.

2. We designed and launched the International Journal on Semantic Web and
Information Systems (EIC Prof. Amit Sheth), it IDEA Group Publishing
( Already two
issues have been published and the 3rd issue is in production. I think
this is a great addition to your journals portfolios. Feel free to
recommend it to your library from

3. We undertook a number of Special Issues in well-known international
journals aiming at a multilevel awareness campaign on semantic web. In
this issue we provide the table of contents of the Special Issue on
Digital Libraries in the Knowledge Era: Knowledge Management and Semantic
Web Technology that was recently finalized at the Library Management
Journal of Emerald (EIC Steve O’Connor). Additionally in this issue you
can find three AIS SIGSEMIS sponsored special issues:

a. IJ on Semantic Web and Information Systems, Special Issue on "Semantic
Web and Healthcare Information Systems Interoperability", Guest Editors:
Vipul Kashyap, Asuman Dogac

b. British Journal on Educational Technology, Special Issue on “Advances
of Semantic Web for E-learning: Expanding learning frontiers”, Guest
Editors: Ambjorn Naeve, Miltiadis Lytras, Wolfrang Nejdl, Joseph Harding,
Nicolas Balacheff.

c. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Special Issue on
“Knowledge and Data Engineering in the Semantic Web Era”, Guest Editors:
Gottfried Vossen, Miltiadis Lytras, Nick Koudas

d. Electronic Government: An international Journal, Special Issue on
“Exploiting Knowledge Management for Ubiquitous E-Government in the
Semantic Web Era”, Guest Editors: Miltiadis Lytras, Lakhsmi Iyer,
Athanassios Tsakalidis

4. We support and sponsor a number of Tracks in IS conferences as well as
a. ECIS Track on Semantic Web and Information Systems:
b. AMCIS Track on Semantic E-Business

c. FOMI 2004: Formal Ontologies Meet Industry

5. We co-organize the MSR'05:First on-Line conference on Metadata and
Semantics Research: Approaches to Advanced Information Systems. Consider
it as a key event for your SW planned publications. Find more info at

6. Our membership has increased. We have 75 officially registered members
and a GREAT thank you belongs to all of you.

In the recent disaster of Tsunami in SE Asia we decided from the limited
reserves of our SIGSEMIS to donate 270$ in the American Redcross
International Disaster Fund. A great thank you to all the AIS SIGSEMIS
Board members who supported this decision. Our souls and hearts are close
to the people in SE Asia.

In this issue we have the honor to host two excellent interviews.
Professor William R. King (the Founding President of Association for
Information Systems as well as professor Richard Watson, President of AIS
provide me two excellent interviews. I encourage you read them. I would
like to thanks them and to wish from the bottom of my heart all the best
to them.

In this issue there are several interesting pieces of news:
· A n excellent article by Amit Sheth, Director of LSDIS, University of
Georgia, Co-Founder and CTO of Semagix, and EIC of IJSWIS on “ Why are we
still pushing the Semantic Web? ”
· An interesting article by Jorge Cardoso, on Semantic Web Services:
Progress in 2004 and trends for 2005
· An update on our IJ on Semantic Web and Information Systems
· News from AIS SIGSEMIS activities (Call for papers in special issues,
sponsored minitracks and workshops)
· Two research articles
· Our regular columns and a brand new column that will be of interest for
many of you. I would like to thank our new columnist Heiner
Stuckenschmidt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, that will be the columnist
of “RDF Technologies – Foundations, Applications and Developments”regular
· A special section related to the EU call for Semantic Web Knowledge
Systems that is open. I think it is interesting for all of our readers
around the worlds to check the priorities of the European Union to this

I invite you to join our SIG and be part of an exciting community:
( ). In your renewal
of AIS subscription consider SIGSEMIS as an interesting option.

Looking forward for your comments, ideas, participation and inquiries. AIS
SIGSEMIS is not a close club. It is an open forum. Be part of this
exciting community.

Semantic Web technology is here to stay. Looking forward to "see" you in
one of the forthcoming AIS SIGSEMIS activities.

On behalf of SIG SEMIS Board

Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras
Research Academic Computer Technology Institute,
ELTRUN Research Center , DMST, AUEB,
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Table of Contents
Editorial 3
Amit Sheth: Why we are still pushing Semantic Web: 6
Jorge Cardoso: SW services, Progress in 2004 and trends for 2005: 6
An Interview with William R. King, Founding President of AIS, 9
AIS SIGSEMIS Activities 14
International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (TOC of
1(2) Issue) 14
IJSWIS CFP Special Issue on: SW and Healthcare Information Systems
Interoperability 16
MTSR’05: 1st Online Metadata and Semantics Research Conference 20
ECIS 2005 Semantic Web and Information Systems Track 23
AMCIS 2005 Semantic E-Business Track 24
Formal Ontologies Meet Industry Workshop – FOMI 2005 26
Library Management Journal Special Issue: Digital Libraries in the
Knowledge Era 30
E-Government: an International Journal: Exploiting Knowledge Management
for Ubiquitous
E-Government in the Semantic Web 32
British Journal of Educational Technology, Special Issue : Advances of
Semantic Web for E-learning: Expanding Learning Frontiers 34
IEEE Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering: Special Issue:
Knowledge and Data Engineering in the Semantic Web Era 35
An Interview with Richard Watson, President of AIS, 36
Research Articles 41
1. Bernstein A., Kaufmann E. and Fuchs N., Talking to the Semantic Web –A
Controlled English Query Interface for Ontologies 42
2. Sengupta A., Kim H., SWAP - A Framework for Ontology Support in
Semantic Web Applications 48
Special Section IST PRIORITY Semantic Based Knowledge and content
systems 53
Regular Columns 67
Semantic Search Technology Technologies by Dr. Peter Alesso 67
In this issue: Swoogle a SW Search Engine 68
Semantic Web Technologies by Dr. Jessica Chen Burger 73
In this issue: A Semantic-based Workflow management for Virtual
Organizations 74
RDF Technologies, Foundations, Applications and Developments Column
by Dr. Heiner Stuckenschmidt 79
In this issue: RDF is not reinventing the wheel 80
SW Research Centers 85
Projects Corner: SEWASIE 89
Books Corner 92
Semantic Web Callendar 93
AIS SIGSEMIS Bulletin 2(2) April June CFP 102
AIS SIGSEMIS Members Page 103
AIS SIGSEMIS Board and Advisors 104
In the Next Issue 105

Please provide any comments, inquiries, ideas, etc to Dr. Miltiadis D.
Lytras at [log in to unmask]