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USEWOD 2015 - 5th International USEWOD Workshop: Using the Web in the Age of Data

Date2015-05-31 - 2015-06-01


VenuePortoroz, Slovakia Slovakia



Topics/Call fo Papers

People argue that we have moved into an age of several Webs - the Web of Data, the Web of Documents, the Semantic Web, the Deep Web, the Dark Web, and many more. However, this is an illusion - there exists only the one #WebWeHave, and it is under our control to make it be the #WebWeWant. To emphasize this, the key theme of the 5th edition of the USEWOD workshop is about using the Web in the age of data, bringing together two spaces again that have recently been investigated separately: classical Web usage mining and Web usage mining in the context of the Web of Data.
The purpose of the USEWOD workshop series has been to create and maintain a forum for researchers to investigate the synergy between the Web of Data and Web usage mining. This required the analysis of semantic data usage. With the next edition we respond to the fact that publishing and consuming raw data on the Web is an established paradigm today and turn the USEWOD workshop into a forum to discuss more general questions about the usage of the Web. How will the analysis of Web usage benefit from the possibility to blend the classical log with the structure sourcing from Linked Data? Can the progress that has been made on (Read/Write) Linked Data change the way we interact with the Web and what does that mean for the usage analysis capabilities we have at hand today?
We believe that now is the right time to gain in depth and breadth by shifting the focus on bridging, reusing, and extending methods to solve common problems. Within this general ambition, we remain motivated by the observation made long ago but no less valid today: that the proof of the pudding Web is in the using. Thus, Web usage analysis will remain USEWOD’s methodological core.
To account for this broadened scope, the USEWOD dataset will be extended by usage data from sources that do not fall into the Web of Data category. Wikipedia data will be a critical component of this, allowing for analysis that crosses the boundary between the Web of Data and the Web of Documents, for example when DBpedia and Wikipedia logs are used in combination.
The last edition of the USEWOD workshop in 2014 highlighted that this venue has evolved from a single day event towards a renowned entity hosting the reference dataset for research on query logs of Linked Data endpoints. Research results based on this dataset are published across and outside the boundaries of the workshop, so that we are now facing a complex infrastructure, consisting of a central root research dataset as well as various processed subsets of this dataset and the resulting publications, which are distributed all across the Web in various formats. This is an interesting example of an emergent eScience infrastructure worthy of attention in its own right and will be reflected in the call for papers.
Beyond all this, USEWOD 2015 is again focused on the re-evaluation of existing techniques demanded by raw data being a first-class citizen of the Web now. A research endeavour that can profit from what has been learned in more than a decade of Web usage mining. The results can provide fine-grained insights into how semantic datasets and applications are being accessed and used by both humans and machines ? insights that are needed for optimising the design and ultimately ensuring the success of semantic resources.

Last modified: 2015-01-09 17:34:30