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=============== First Call for Papers ===============


Workshop at WWW 2011 – Hyderabad, India, 28 or 29 March 2011

Important dates
* Release of Dataset for the USEWOD Challenge: 21 December 2011
* Paper submission deadline: 8 February 2011
* Workshop and Prize for USEWOD Challenge: 28 or 29 March 2011

* Long papers: up to 8 pages
* Short papers: up to 4 pages
* Data Challenge papers (see below): up to 4 pages
all in ACM format (

To submit a paper, please log on to Easychair:

This workshop will investigate the synergy between semantics and
semantic-web technology on the one hand and analysis and mining of usage
data on the other hand. The two fields are a promising combination. First,
semantics can be used to enhance the analysis of usage data. Usage logs
contain information that can help to better understand users or to adapt a
system to a user’s needs and preferences. Now that more and more explicit
knowledge is represented on the Web, in the form of ontologies,
folksonomies, or linked data, the question arises how these semantics can be
used to aid large scale web usage analysis and mining. Second, usage data
analysis can enhance semantic resources as well as Semantic Web
applications. Traces of users can be used to evaluate, adapt or personalize
Semantic Web applications. Since logs record real-life users, they provide
an opportunity to create gold standards for search or recommendation tools.
In addition, logs can form valuable resources from which knowledge (e.g. in
the form of ontologies or thesauri) can be extracted bottom-up.

Also, the emerging Web of Data demands a re-evaluation of existing usage
mining techniques; new ways of accessing information enabled by the Web of
Data imply the need to develop or adapt algorithms, methods, and techniques
to analyze and interpret the usage of Web data instead of Web pages. An
important question at this time is how the Web of Data is being used: how
are datasets being accessed by human users and how by machines, what kinds
of queries are being performed, and what can we learn about the usage of
semantic applications?

The primary goals of this workshop are to foment a new community of
researchers from various fields sharing an interest in usage mining and
semantics and to create a roadmap for future research in this direction.

Data Challenge
In addition to regular papers, we will release a dataset of usage data
(server log files) from two Linked Open Data sources: Semantic Web Dog Food
( and DBpedia ( Participants are invited
to present interesting analyses, applications, alignments, etc. for these
datasets, and to submit their findings as a Data Challenge paper. The best
Data Challenge paper will get a prize.

Topics of interest
include, but are not limited to:
• Analysis and mining of usage logs of semantic resources and applications
• Inferring semantic information from usage logs
• Methods and tools for semantic analysis of usage logs
• Representing and enriching usage logs with semantic information
• Usage-based evaluation methods and frameworks; gold standards for
evaluation of semantic web applications
• Specifics and semantics of logs for content-consumption and
• Using semantics for recommendation, personalization and adaptation
• Usage-based recommendation, personalization and adaptation of semantic web
• Exploiting usage logs for semantic search
• Data sharing, privacy, and privacy-protecting policies and techniques

Workshop chairs
* Bettina Berendt, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
* Laura Hollink, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
* Vera Hollink, Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science, Amsterdam, The
* Markus Luczak-Roesch, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
* Knud Moeller, DERI / National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
* David Vallet, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
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Program committee
see the workshop web page:

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