1st International Workshop on
Semantic Technologies in Collaborative Applications STICA 06

15th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructures for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE-2006) The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.
26th-28th June 2006

Accepted papers and presentations

Each presentation is 30 mins (25 mins presentation plus 5 min discussion).

8:30 09:00 Arrival
9:00 09:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30 10:00 Welcome and Introduction, Daily Introductions by Workshop Chairs
10:00 10:30 Sören Auer:
RapidOWL - an Agile Knowledge Engineering Methodology
10:30 11:00 Ivan Cantador, Pablo Castells, David Vallet:
Enriching Group Profiles with Ontologies for Knowledge-driven Collaborative Content Retrieval
11:00 11:30 Coffee
11:30 12:00 Bi Chen, He Tan. Patrick Lambrix:
Structure-based filtering for ontology alignment
12:00 12:30 Dr Isidro Laso, The European Commission: European Perspective on Research in Collaborative Infrastructures: Invited Talk 
12:30 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:00 Michael Engler, Denny Vrandecic, York Sure:
A Tool for DILIGENT Argumentation: Experiences, Requirements and Design
15:00 15:30 Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz, Rafael Berlanga:
A View-based Methodology for Collaborative Ontology Engineering: an Approach for Complex Applications (VIMethCOE)
This paper has been nominated the best workshop paper based on the reviews received
15:30 16:00 Danius Michaelides, Simon Buckingham Shum, Ben Juby, Clara Mancini, Roger Slack:
Memetic: Semantic Meeting Memory
16:00 16:30 Coffee
16:30 17:00 Sebastian Schaffert:
IkeWiki: A Semantic Wiki for Collaborative Knowledge Management
17:00 18:30 Conclusions and outline of workshop report and presenation at plenary
19:00 19:30 Conference Reception, Sackville Street Building

Presentation on the STICA workshop at the WETICE plenary


With distributed information systems and the Internet continually increasing in significance, collaboratively creating and managing information has become an essential requirement for the success of (virtual) organizations. This situation has led to a plethora of platforms supporting cooperation as well as joint information access among geographically dispersed user communities that have emerged in the last decades: collaborative information spaces, telecooperation, autonomous agents or, more recently, various Web-related forms of communication and cooperation such as discussion forums, community portals, Wikis and blogs.

A fundamental requirement for an effective collaboration is the availability of technologies and tools which provide an explicit and unambiguous representation of the shared information and a feasible management of such semantics-enhanced information repositories.  The emergence of the Semantic Web has marked an important stage in the evolution of semantic technologies.  In this context the knowledge components i.e. ontologies are formalized using Web-suitable, but in the same time semantically unambiguous representation languages, are accessible and can be shared and reused across the World Wide Web. 

The Semantic Web offers new opportunities for the next generation of collaborative applications: it provides us with novel means to classify information items i.e. by means of ontologies which formally represent the consensual understanding of the application users w.r.t. a particular domain of interest. Taking advantage of this technology, the first promising implementations of Semantic Web-based collaboration platforms such as Semantic Web portals, semantic Wikis and blogs, to name only a few, have been proposed. This workshop aims at contributing to this young application field by providing a forum for practitioners and researchers to present innovative approaches to applying Semantic Web technologies in collaborative environments and to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to this topic.


The primary objective of this workshop is to gather researchers and practitioners working in different emerging aspects of semantics-enabled collaboration, ranging from discovering new application scenarios, proposing new methods to apply Semantic Web and related emerging technologies to current environments, pointing out issues that still need to be solved, and reporting results and experiences gained during the deployment of collaborative methods and the realization of support systems.

Topics of interest

We invite original academic and industry contributions which report on issues related to semantic collaboration. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Methodologies for collaboratively creating and managing shared information
  • Collaborative ontology engineering
  • Semantic collaboration applications
  • Collaborative Semantic Web portals
  • Semantic community support systems
  • Semantic Wikis
  • Semantic Blogging
  • Semantic Mindmapping and Conceptmapping
  • Case studies, lessons learned and experience reports on semantics-aware collaborative applications
  • Studies on the value added to collaboration by semantic technologies
  • Future research directions in the area of semantic collaboration


Robert Tolksdorf, Elena Paslaru Bontas, Klaus Schild Freie Universität Berlin
AG Netzbasierte Informationssysteme
Takustr. 9
D-14195 Berlin

Program Committee

  • Sören Auer, Universität Leipzig
  • David Aumüller, Universität Leipzig
  • Chris Bizer, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Matteo Bonifacio, University of Trento
  • Alberto J. Cañas, Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
  • Björn Decker, FhG IESE
  • John Domingue, Open University
  • Rainer Eckstein, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Nicola Henze, Universität Hannover
  • Martin Hepp, DERI Innsbruck
  • Peter Mika, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Sofia Pinto, University of Lisbon
  • Dirk Riehle, Bayave Software GmbH
  • Sebastian Schaffert, Salzburg Research
  • Hans Peter Schnurr, Ontoprise
  • Adam Souzis, Liminal Systems
  • Steffen Staab, Universität Koblenz-Landau
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Universität Mannheim
  • York Sure, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
  • Christoph Tempich, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
  • Ludger van Elst, DFKI

Submission and Proceedings

Submission of papers will take place electronically at http://conference.ag-nbi.de/stica06. The papers should be submitted in PDF format and should not exceed 6 pages in IEEE Proceedings Format (LaTeX formatting macros, Word format). This will also be the page limit for the proceedings.

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by a minimum of three people. The accepted papers and the summary report on the workshop will be published in the post-conference proceedings and directly mailed to the registered authors by the IEEE Computer Press after the conference. Please note that in order for an accepted paper to be published in the conference proceedings at least one of its authors is required to register and present the paper at WETICE-2006.

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission

Extended: February 24, 2006

Decision to paper authors

April 7, 2006

Final version of accepted papers due to IEEE

May 12, 2006

Advance Registration discount and deadline
On-site registration after this date

May 12, 2006

WETICE-2006 Workshops and On-site registration 

June 26-28, 2006

This workshop is sponsored by the EU Network of Excellence KnowledgeWeb and the BMBF funded project Wissensnetze.