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Call for Polemics at SePublica 2013
Welcome to SEPUBLICA 2013
For over 350 years, scientific publications have been fundamental to advancing science. Since the first scholarly journals, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (of London) and the Journal de Sçavans, scientific papers have been the primary, formal means by which scholars have communicated their work, e.g., hypotheses, methods, results, experiments, etc. Advances in technology have made it possible for the scientific article to adopt electronic dissemination channels, from paper-based journals to purely electronic formats. However, In spite of improvements in the distribution, accessibility and retrieval of information, little has changed in the publishing industry so far. The Web has succeeded as a dissemination platform for scientific and non-scientific papers, news, and communication in general; however, most of that information remains locked up in discrete digital documents that are replicates of their print ancestors; without machine-interpretable content they lack the exploitation we have begun to expect from other data. Semantic enhancements to scholarly works would expose both the content of those works and the implicit discourse between those works. Scholarly data and documents are of most value when they are interconnected rather than independent.
Phillip Lord is a lecturer at the School of Computing Science at Newcastle. His research covers a variety of different areas; mostly it focuses on the use of ontological technology in biology, or more generally mechanisms for presenting and publishing scientific information. He is the leader of the Knowledge Blog, which has been supported by Ontogenesis Network, and has resulted in the start of an Ontology Encyclopedia. Part of this work recently appeared on the Guardian science blogs. Phillip has authored several journal papers. EMAIL
Robert Stevensis a reader in bio-health informatics at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He has a strong international reputation in innovative methods for building and using ontologies to describe and analyze biomedical data and their use in application settings. With dr. Phillip Lord he has developed the Knowledge Blog: A platform for HTML first publication that has been used for a popular open-access ontology tutorial. Stevens was keynote speaker at Sepublica 2012 and was a best paper prizewinner at the same event with Lord. EMAIL
Alexander Garcia is a guest professor at Florida State University (FSU). Alexander has been working in Translational Research, Knowledge Management and Ontology Engineering since 2007; he has held postdoctoral positions at I2R (Singapore) as well as at Uni-Bremen (Germany). Alexander has several journal and conference papers as well as book chapters. He has chaired workshops such asOCAS @ ISWC 2011 (Ontologies Coming of Age),ORES @ ESWC 2010 (Ontology Repositories and Editors),Sepublica 2011 @ ESWC. EMAIL
Christoph Lange is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, working onmathematical formalization of problems from theoretical economics such as auctions. His research is generally concerned with enabling a formal but scalable representation of complex domains, to make them amenable to machine support with verification, retrieval, publishing, collaborative authoring, etc. Christoph Lange was a chair of Sepublica 2011 and further relevant related events, including the above-mentioned OCAS @ ISWC 2011, ORES @ ESWC 2010, the Semantic Wiki workshops at ESWC 2008 to 2010, and the AI Mashup Challenge at ESWC 2010. EMAIL