SePublica 2011

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SePublica 2011
1st Workshop on Semantic Publishing
Event in series SePublica
Subevent of ESWC 2011
Dates 2011/05/30 (iCal) - 2011/05/30
Location: Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
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Important dates
Papers: 2011/03/15
Posters: 2011/03/31
Demos: 2011/03/15
Submissions: 2011/03/15
Notification: 2011/04/01
Camera ready due: 2011/04/15
Table of Contents

Best Paper Award (sponsored by Elsevier)

The Best Paper Award is presented to the author(s) deemed to have written the paper covering the most innovative and feasible proposal concerning semantic publishing in the workshop. All submissions to the SePublica workshop will be considered, and a panel of experts will rate the papers according to originality of the idea, feasibility and presentation. The Best Paper award is sponsored by Elsevier as an incentive for researchers working on defining the next generation of scientific publishing concepts. The Best Paper Award will be handed out at the end of the SePublica workshop.

  1. As a cash prize, the Best Paper Award will receive: US$ 750
  2. The runner-up will be awarded a prize of US$ 250.


Keynote by Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK. “Utopia Documents and The Semantic Biochemical Journal experiment”


The MISSION of the SePublica workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners dealing with different aspects of Semantic Technologies in the Publishing Industry. How is the Semantic Web impacting the publishing industry? How is our experience of publications changing because of Semantic Web technologies being applied to the publishing industry?


The CHALLENGE of the Semantic Web is to allow the Web to move from a dissemination platform to an interactive platform for networked information. The Semantic Web promises to “fundamentally change our experience of the Web”.

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 documents, which are poorly interconnected to one another and to the Web.

The connectivity tissues provided by RDF technology and the Social Web have barely made an impact on scientific communication nor on ebook publishing, neither on the format of publications, nor on repositories and digital libraries. The worst problem is in accessing and reusing the computable data which the literature represents and describes.

  • Consider research publications: Data sets and code are essential

elements of data intensive research, but these are absent when the research is recorded and preserved in perpetuity by way of a scholarly journal article.

  • Or consider news reports: Governments increasingly make public

sector information available on the Web, and reporters use it, but news reports very rarely contain fine-grained links to such data sources.


  • What does a network of truly interconnected papers look like?

How could interoperability across documents be enabled?

  • How could concept-centric social networks emerge?
  • Are blogs and wikis new means for scholarly communication?
  • What lessons can be learned from humanities and social science publishers

(i.e. going beyond scientific publishing towards scholarly publishing)?

  • How could we move beyond the PDF?

How can we embed and link semantics in EPUB and other e-book formats?

  • How are digital libraries related to semantic e-science?

What is the relationship between a paper and its digital library?

  • How could we realize a paper with an API?

How could we have a paper as a database, as a knowledge base?

  • How is the paper an interface, gateway, to the web of data?

How could such and interface be delivered in a contextual manner?

  • How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge encoded

in scientific documents and in general-interest media publications?

  • What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in a document?
  • How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in

scholarly communication, and of hypotheses and scientific evidence?


  • researchers from diverse backgrounds such as argumentative

structures, scholarly communication, multi-modality in publications, digital libraries, semantics in publications, and ontology engineers.

  • practitioners active in the publishing industry, repositories of

experimental information and document standards.


Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5 pages (min. 2 pages). For system descriptions, a 5 page paper should be submitted (min. 2 pages). Late breaking news are limited to 1 page. All papers and system descriptions should be formatted according to the LNCS format

We encourage the submission of semantic documents. LaTeX documents in the LNCS format can, e.g., be annotated using SALT ( or sTeX ( We also invite submissions in XHTML+RDFa or in the format or YOUR semantic publishing tool. However, to ensure a fair review procedure, authors must additionally export them to PDF. For submissions that are not in the LNCS PDF format, 400 words count as one page. Submissions that exceed the page limit will be rejected without review.

Depending on the number and quality of submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers during a poster session.

Please submit your paper via EasyChair at

The author list does not need to be anonymized, as we do not have a double-blind review process in place.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by three independent reviewers. Accepted papers have to be presented at the workshop (requires registering for the ESWC conference and the workshop) and will be included in the workshop proceedings that are published online at CEUR-WS.

Important Dates

  • Paper/Demo Submission Deadline: March 15, 23:59 Hawaii Time
  • Late breaking news submission: March 31
  • Acceptance Notification: April 1
  • Camera Ready Version: April 15
  • SePublica Workshop: May 30


PC Co-Chairs

Program Committee Members

  1. Christopher Baker, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada
  2. Paolo Ciccarese, Harvard Medical School, USA
  3. Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School, USA
  4. Oscar Corcho, Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  5. Stéphane Corlosquet, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
  6. Joe Corneli, Open University, UK
  7. Michael Dreusicke, PAUX Technologies, Germany
  8. Henrik Eriksson, Linköping University, Sweden
  9. Benjamin Good, Genomic Institute, Novartis, USA
  10. Tudor Groza, University of Queensland, Australia
  11. Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany
  12. Sebastian Kruk,, Poland
  13. Thomas Kurz, Salzburg Research, Austria
  14. Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK
  15. Matthias Samwald, Information Retrieval Facility, Austria
  16. Jodi Schneider, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  17. Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland, USA
  18. Robert Stevens, Manchester University, UK