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First International Workshop on Downscaling the Semantic Web

co-located with the 9th Extended Semantic Web conference — May 28, 2012, Heraklion, Greece

Objectives of the workshop

Our current mind set as Semantic Web engineers is to focus on centralized and very powerful solutions centered (and depending on …) around Web hosted servers and (mobile) clients accessing it. As a direct consequence of that, the usage of Linked Data depends on the availability of a Web infrastructure compassing data-centers, high speed reliable Internet connection and modern client devices. If any of this is missing, our community is not able, yet, to provide any Linked Data enabled data management solution. Still, the digital divide that is currently widely recognized separates the world into those who have access to Web-based platforms and those who don’t.
When designing Linked Data platforms we tend to forget those 4 Billion persons who don’t have access to Internet but would benefit from being able to use Linked Data.We should keep everyone in mind when we design Linked Data platforms and aim at helping to reduce this digital divide.

This workshop, organised around an morning of presentations and an hacking afternoon, as for objective to discuss the steps to take to lower the requirements for deploying Semantic Web technologies. For instance, making Semantic Web platforms usable under limited computing power and limited access to Internet. During the hacking session, a specific focus will be put on the usage of Semantic Web technology for educational software.


Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Off-line linked data synchronisation
  • Low resource demanding triple stores
  • Application of Semantic Web to disaster data management
  • Innovative linked data interfaces for illiterate and/or young users
  • De-centralised data management platforms
  • Collaborative, de-centralised, educational software


Below we show a tentative program for the workshop. Note that the times and content are subject to change. If you are interested in presenting your work, please contact the organizers and we might be able to fit you in.

  • 12.00-12:10 Welcome, logistics, etc.Victor de Boer and Martin Murillo:
  • 12:15-12:45 Keynote: Voice tech and Linked Data (he sent me a draft earlier this week and it looked fine)Stephane Boyera
  • 12:45-13:15 VOICES demo OR ICT4D course at VUAnna Bon (includes 10 min Q&A)
  • 13.15-13:45 VOICES and Linked DataVictor de Boer(includes 10 min Q&A)
  • “On demand” Low resource/intermittent connectivity challenges in wireless infrastructure in the Peruvian Amazon and the Bolivian AndesMartin Murillo
  • 13.45 – 14:15Towards open data-based water turbidity measurement for disease prevention and early warning systems in the Peruvian AmazonGrupo de Telecomunicaciones Rurales (Rural Telecommunications Group) – PUCP, Lima, Peru (includes 10 min Q&A)[REMOTE]
  • 14.15 – 14:45RDF stream processing engine for resource-constrained devicesWei (includes 10 min Q&A)
  • 14.45 – 15:15 ERS Christophe Gueret: (includes 10 min Q&A)
  • 15:15 – 15:45Coffee Break -> joint with KnowEscape
  • 15:45 – 16:15LOD Publishing Proprietary CMS Data by Semantic WikiThomas Husing and Dr. Klaus Jacob  (includes 10 min Q&A)
  • 16.15 – 16:45Round-table discussion: How do we DownScale Linked Data
  • 16.45 – 17:15A common research proposal: Cloudy?Martin Murillo
  • 17.15Closing


We welcome short papers that present down-scaled revisions of previously published systems as well as position and systems paper presenting novel ideas. Papers are expected not to exceed 8 pages and should be formated according to the  Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) formating guide. Submissions are managed via EasyChair:

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: March 4, 2012 extended to March 18, 2012
  • Notifications: April 1, 2012 April 8, 2012
  • Camera ready version: April 15, 2012 April 22, 2012
  • Workshop date: May 28, 2012

Organization committee

  • Christophe Guéret, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
  • Stefan Schlobach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
  • Florent Pigout, Association OLPC France

Program Committee

  • Victor de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
  • Anna Bon, CIS Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
  • Stephane Boyera, Web Foundation
  • Mathieu D’Aquin, KMi Open University, UK
  • Louiqa Raschid, University of Maryland, USA
  • Elena Simperl, KIT Karlshrue, Germany
  • Andreas Thor, University of Leipzig
  • Sameer Verma, San Francisco State University, USA
  • Maria Esther Vidal, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela
  • Jérôme David, INRIA Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Laurens Rietveld, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nederlands
  • Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Mike Powell, IKM emergent, Germany


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