The First International Workshop on

Data Semantics in Social Computing Systems
(DiSCo `08)

affiliated with OTM 2008

Motivation | Topics of Interest | Important Dates | Submission Guidelines | Committee and PC Members


The Social Web, Web 2.0, and Social Information Systems are emerging as a promising new paradigm for large-scale distributed data management, as can be seen in the success of Web-based social networks (e.g., Facebook, MySpace), online social media sites (e.g., YouTube, Flickr), and large-scale information sharing communities (e.g., Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers). At the same time, these applications also experience boundaries in terms of information dissemination and automation. Orthogonally, the Semantic Web has received considerable attention as a next-generation Web of meaning, augmenting the Web as a linked information space in which data is enriched and formalized. The Semantic Web provides mediation support and lets users engage in serendipitous reuse, discovery and maintenance of Web information. As more social applications require the exchange of data, there arises a need for a universal social networking layer on the Web that requires a flexible and universal data exchange formalism. The combination of Social Computing Systems (mainly Web 2.0) and the Semantic Web could utilize the advantages of these approaches to address the the current challenges on the Web.

The goal of this workshop is to examine the key data management research challenges at the intersection of Social Computing Systems and the Semantic Web, to promote novel research in the area of data semantics for Social Computing Systems, and to identify the state-of-the-art technologies, applications, and systems for successfully enabling the next generation of the Web. This workshop aims to bring together researchers, industry affiliates, and practitioners from the fields of databases, information systems, Social Web, Semantic Web and distributed systems. The program of the workshop will be a combination of invited talks, presentations of research papers, and discussions to foster interaction and exchange of ideas among participants. In addition to standard Q&A sessions, we also expect to have at least one panel discussion.

We solicit original papers reporting practical approaches addressing current existing problems, efforts leading to broaden social involvement, work-in-progress on the preliminary ideas and visions, demos and various system implementations.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest may include (but not limited): Important Dates

Abstract Submission DeadlineJune 15, 2008
Paper Submission DeadlineJune 30, 2008
Acceptance NotificationAugust 15, 2008
Camera Ready DueAugust 25, 2008
Registration DueAugust 25, 2008
OTM ConferencesNovember 9 - 14, 2008
Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted to the workshop must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop or conference.

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must not exceed 10 pages in the final camera-ready paper style and should be submitted in PDF format. Detailed formatting instructions can be found at:

The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS. Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.

The paper submission site is located at:

Organization Committee and PC Members

Workshop Chairs:
       Stefan Decker, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
       Ling Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Program Committee co-Chairs:
       James Caverlee, Texas A&M University, USA
       Ying Ding, University of Innsbruck, Austria
       Yihong Ding, Brigham Young University, USA

Program Committee Members:
       Eugene Agichtein, Emory University, USA
       John Berslin, DERI Galway, Ireland
       Gobinda Chowdhury, University of Strathclyde, UK
       Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
       Hyoil Han, Drexel University, USA
       Tom Heath, Talis, UK
       Xing Jiang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
       Sin-Jae Kang, Daegu University, South Korea
       Yiannis Kompatsiaris, ITI, Greece
       Sebastian Kruk, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
       Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, China
       Adam Lindemann, Imindi Inc. USA
       Paul Miller, Talis, UK
       Nitya Narasimhan, Motorola Labs
       Jack Park, SRI International, USA
       John Paolillo, Indiana University, USA
       Yves Raimond, Queen Mary London University, UK
       Cui Tao, Brigham Young University, USA
       Yuri Tijerino, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
       Ioan Toma, University of Innsbruck, Austria
       Li Xu, University of Arizona, USA
       Gui-Rong Xue, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
       Cong Yu, Yahoo!