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   Call for Participation - IRW2006 (Identity, Reference and the Web)at WWW

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Architecture and Philosophy of the Web:
IRW2006 - Identity, Reference, and the Web (IRW2006)


Co-located Workshop at WWW2006,
Edinburgh Scotland, May 23rd

Call for Participation:

Notice that if you cannot physically attend the workshop, the papers are
in PDF and HTML:


The complete schedule is online. Speakers include:

Harry Halpin  - Introductory Comments on Identity, Reference, and
Dan Connolly - A Pragmatic Theory of Reference for the Web   
A. Gangemi and V. Presutti - The bourne identity of a web resource   
Allen Ginsberg - The Big Schema of Things  
David Booth -  URIs and the Myth of Identity   
Pat Hayes - In Defense of Ambiguity   
B. Parsia and P.F. Patel-Schneider  Meaning and the Semantic Web   
Steve Pepper - The Case for Published Subjects
H. Choi et. al - Trust Models for Community-Aware Identity Management  
John Black -  Creating a Common Ground for URI Meaning Using Socially  
                      Constructed Websites

Goal and Theme:

Our goal for this workshop is to explore the nature of identification,
meaning, and reference on the Web, building on current work in Web
architecture, the Semantic Web and informal community-based tagging
(folksonomy), as well as current practice in XML and theory in
philosophy and linguistics. This workshop should bring together
researchers and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds in order to
discuss and clarify these issues.

The greater goal of the workshop is to examine the architecture and
philosophical basis of the Web by carefully inspecting how fundamental
aspects of the Web can be clearly recognized and possibly improved.

URIs are the primary mechanism for reference and identity on the Web. To
be useful, a URI must provide access to information which is sufficient
to enable someone or something to uniquely identify a particular thing
and the thing identified might vary between contexts. There is no doubt
that as a mechanism for identifying web pages the URI has been wildly
successful. Currently, URIs can also be used to identify namespaces,
ontologies, and almost anything. However, important questions about the
interpretation, use, and meaning of URIs have been left unanswered,
questions that have important ramifications for everything from search
engines to philosophy. As soon as matters get complicated, there is
little or no consensus on issues of identification and reference on the
Web. Put simply, given a URI, how should the nature of its intended
referent be known in an interoperable and preferably automatic manner?

This is not an easy question to answer: for example, the Semantic Web
and folksonomies present two distinctly differing viewpoints. On the
Semantic Web a URI nominally identifies a single resource, while
folksonomies rely on a more informal group consensus. Notions of
identity will have even larger ramifications when privacy and trust
become central issues for the Web. The management of this issue impacts
practical issues of data integration on the Web and versioning and
evolution for languages that use URIs, such as XML.

This workshop at WWW 2006 will offer an open forum to constructively
discuss and make progress on these issues.

Topics Of Interest, but not limited to:

    * The nature of URIs and resources on the Web
    * Identification, perspectives and contexts
    * Model-theories for identity and reference on the Web
    * Philosophical analysis of issues of identity, meaning and reference
      on the Web
    * Linguistic theories of reference, meaning, and identity on the Web
    * The concept of social meaning on the Web
    * Tagging and Web 2.0 for identification and meaning
    * Concrete Standards for identification and meaning
          - 'tdb' URN and 'taguri' URI Schemes
          - Subject Indicators for Topic Maps
          - WPN RDDLs
          - URIQA
          - HTTP Status Codes
          - MIME Types
          - URNs and URLs
    * Impact of URIs and identification on Web Services and
      the Semantic Web
    * URI ownership and identification
    * How the Web Revolution effects traditional concepts
      of identify, meaning, and reference
    * URI usage for language versioning and identification
    * Ethics of identity and trust on the Web

Important Dates:

Workshop Date: May 23rd 2006
Part of WWW2006 http://www.www2006.org/

Workshop Co-Chairs:

    * Pat Hayes, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
    * Harry Halpin, University of Edinburgh
    * Henry S. Thompson, World Wide Web Consortium and
                         University of Edinburgh

Programme Committee:

    * Joshua Allen, Microsoft
    * Bill Andersen, Ontology Works
    * David Booth, Hewlett-Packard
    * Kurt Cagle, Cagle Communications
    * Andy Clark, University of Edinburgh
    * Kendall Clark, University of Maryland
    * Dan Connolly, World Wide Web Consortium
    * Luciano Floridi, University of Oxford
    * Stefano Franchi, University of Auckland
    * David Israel, SRI International
    * Ewan Klein, University of Edinburgh
    * Graham Klyne, Nine by Nine and
                    University of Oxford
    * Larry Masinter, Adobe
    * Chris Menzel, Texas A&M University
    * Alistair Miles, CCLRC
    * Bijan Parsia, University of Maryland
    * Peter Patel-Schneider, Bell Labs
    * Matthias Scheutz, University of Notre Dame
    * John Sowa, Vivomind Intelligence
    * Patrick Stickler, Nokia
    * Bernard Vatant, Mondeca
    * Norm Walsh, SUN Microsystems
    * Stuart Weibel, OCLC
    * Michael Wheeler, University of Stirling


Harry Halpin,  University of Edinburgh 
http://www.ibiblio.org/hhalpin 6B522426


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