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Detection, Representation, and Exploitation of Events in the Semantic
Web (DeRiVE 2012)

Workshop in conjunction with ISWC 2012, the
10th International Semantic Web Conference
11/12 November 2012, Boston, USA

*Submission deadline*: Tuesday, 31 July 2012, 23:59 (Hawaii Time)


The goal of DeRiVE 2012 is to strengthen the participation of the
semantic web community in the recent surge of research on the use of
events as a key concept for representing knowledge and organising and
structuring media on the web. The workshop invites contributions to
three central questions, and its goal is to formulate answers to these
questions that advance and reflect the current state of understanding.
Each submission will be expected to address at least two questions
explicitly, if possible including a system demonstration. This year,
we specifically invite contributions that address both event and
conversation semantics in multimedia and social media. The most
substantial contributions to the workshop will be presented orally
(and if possible with a demo) in sessions organised according to the
questions addressed, with time allocated for deep discussion. The
workshop will also include a lightning talk session for late-breaking


In recent years, researchers in several communities involved in
aspects of the web have begun to realise the potential benefits of
assigning an important role to events in the representation and
organisation of knowledge and media—benefits which can be compared to
those of representing entities such as persons or locations instead of
just dealing with more superficial objects such as proper names and
geographical coordinates. While a good deal of relevant research—for
example, on the modelling of events—has been done in the semantic web
community, much complementary research has been done in other,
partially overlapping communities, such as those involved in
multimedia processing and information retrieval. However, there is a
shift in semantics in multimedia research, one that moves away from
content semantics towards conversation semantics that is contained in
social media.  With respect to events and information, what happens in
an event becomes secondary to how people react and/or what they talk
about.  The attendance of DeRiVE 2011 proved that there is a great
interest from many different communities in the role of events. The
goal of DeRiVE 2012 is to further strengthen and expand on the results
from DeRiVE 2011 and to advance research on the role of events within
the semantic web community, both building on existing work and
integrating results and methods from other areas, while focusing on
issues of special importance for the semantic web.


Participants will come from various areas of research that are
represented in the semantic web community such as: artificial
intelligence, information, multimedia, and communication technologies,
data mining, data science, human-computer interaction, humanities, and
web information systems. Some participants will probably be especially
interested in particular application areas, such as tourism,
entertainment, cultural heritage, or government.


Each submission should explicitly address at least two of the three
questions. In addition to presenting specific results, the paper
should discuss the more general implications for the questions that it
Where feasible, a workshop presentation should include a system
demonstration that illustrates the key ideas of the work and
encourages interactive discussion at the workshop. In such cases, the
submission should include some text describing the demonstration.
Papers that present tangible contributions independently of a
demonstration will also be accepted.

Question 1: How can events be detected and extracted for the semantic web?

How can events be recognised in particular types of material on the
web, such as calendars of public events, social networks,
microblogging sites, semantic wikis, and regular web pages?
How can events be summarised, segmented and described using social media?
How can the quality and veracity of the events mentioned in noisy
microblogging sites such as Twitter be verified?
How can a system recognise a complex event that comprises separately
recognisable subevents?
How can a system recognise when a newly detected event is the same as
a previously detected and represented event?
Question 2: How can events be modelled and represented in the semantic web?

How can we improve the interoperability of the various event
vocabularies such as EVENT, LODE, SEM, or F to name a few?
How deployed is the Event class on the web?
To what extent can the many different event infoboxes of Wikipedia be
reconciled for Wikidata?
What are the requirements for event representations for qualitatively
different types of events (e.g., historical events such as wars;
cultural events such as upcoming concerts; personal events such as
family vacations)? How can aspects of existing event representations
developed in other communities be adapted to the needs of the semantic
To what extent can/should a unified event model be employed for such
different types of events?
How do social contexts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) change the implicit
content semantics?
Question 3: What is the relationship between events, data, and applications?

How can events be represented in a way to support conversation
semantics, search, or enhanced browsing?
How do tools for event annotation and consumption alter or change the
content semantics of the event itself?
How can we improve existing methods for visualising event
representations and enabling users to interact with them in semantic
web user interfaces?
What are the requirements for event detection, representation, and
systems creation implicitly or explicitly defined by these three


Deadline for paper submission: Tuesday, 31 July 2012, 23:59 (Hawaiian time)
Notification of acceptance/rejection: Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Deadline for camera-ready version: Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Deadline for lightning talk abstract submission: Sunday 4 November
2012, 23:59 (Hawaiian time)

Workshop: Sunday or Monday, 11 or 12 November 2012


Submissions should explicitly address two or more of the three main
workshop questions and not exceed 10 pages. In addition to presenting
specific results, the paper should discuss the more general
implications for the questions that it addresses. Abstracts for
lightning talks should describe ongoing work concerning one or more of
the three main workshop questions and not exceed 2 pages. The
abstracts will be reviewed lightly by the organising committee for
appropriateness to the workshop.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the LNCS
style (
Contributions must be submitted through the DeRiVE 2012 Workshop
EasyChair page (

Please direct any questions regarding the workshop to [log in to unmask]


Marieke van Erp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Laura Hollink, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Willem Robert van Hage, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Raphaël Troncy, EURECOM, France
David A. Shamma, Yahoo! Research, USA


Jans Aasman, Franz, Inc.,
Klaus Berberich, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics
Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento
Christian Hirsch, The University of Auckland
Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield
Vasileios Mezaris, CERTH/ITI
Yves Raimond, BBC
Matthew Rowe, Knowledge Media Institute
Ansgar Scherp, University of Koblenz-Landau
Nicu Sebe, University of Trento
Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina
Thomas Steiner, Google
Nenad Stojanovic, Forschungszentrum Informatik
Denis Teyssou, AFP
Sarah Vieweg, University of Colorado Boulder

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