2nd International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data (VOILA) co-located with ISWC 2016, October 17 or 18, 2016, Kobe, Japan
Motivation and Objectives
‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, we often say, yet many areas are in demand of sophisticated visualization techniques, and the Semantic Web is not an exception. The size and complexity of ontologies and Linked Data in the Semantic Web constantly grows and the diverse backgrounds of the users and application areas multiply at the same time. Providing users with visual representations and intuitive interaction techniques can significantly aid the exploration and understanding of the domains and knowledge represented by ontologies and Linked Data.
Ontology visualization is not a new topic and a number of approaches have become available in recent years, with some being already well-established, particularly in the field of ontology modeling. In other areas of ontology engineering, such as ontology alignment and debugging, although several tools have recently been developed, few provide a graphical user interface, not to mention navigational aids or comprehensive visualization and interaction techniques.
In the presence of a huge network of interconnected resources, one of the challenges faced by the Linked Data community is the visualization of multidimensional datasets to provide for efficient overview, exploration and querying tasks, to mention just a few. With the focus shifting from a Web of Documents to a Web of Data, changes in the interaction paradigms are in demand as well. Novel approaches also need to take into consideration the technological challenges and opportunities given by new interaction contexts, ranging from mobile, touch, and gesture interaction to visualizations on large displays, and encompassing highly responsive web applications.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution but different use cases demand different visualization and interaction techniques. Ultimately, providing better user interfaces, visual representations and interaction techniques will foster user engagement and likely lead to higher quality results in different applications employing ontologies and proliferate the consumption of Linked Data.
Topics of Interest
Topics, subjects, and contexts of interest include (but are not limited to):
- user interfaces
- visual analytics
- requirements analysis
- case studies
- user evaluations
- cognitive aspects
- linked data
- ontology engineering (development, collaboration, ontology design patterns alignment, debugging, evolution, provenance, etc.)
- classical interaction contexts (desktop, keyboard, mouse, etc.)
- novel interaction contexts (mobile, touch, gesture, etc.)
- special settings (large, high-resolution, and multiple displays, etc.)
- specific user groups and needs (people with disabilities, domain experts, etc.)
Paper submission and reviewing for this workshop will be electronic via EasyChair. The papers should be written in English, following the Springer LNCS format, and be submitted in PDF on or before July 1, 2016. Paper abstracts are due by June 27, 2016.
The following types of contributions are welcome. The recommended page length is given in brackets. There is no strict page limit but the length of a paper should be commensurate with its contribution.
- Full research papers (8-12 pages);
- Experience papers (8-12 pages);
- Position papers (6-8 pages);
- Short research papers (4-6 pages);
- System papers (4-6 pages).
Note that workshop attendees cannot register for the workshop only, but need to register for the main conference, as well.
Special Issue in JWS
We are preparing a special issue on the workshop topic for the Journal of Web Semantics. More information will be available here later.
Patrick Lambrix, Linköping University, Sweden
Steffen Lohmann, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany
Catia Pesquita, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Isabel F. Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago
Aba-Sah Dadzie, KMi, The Open University
Roberto García, Universitat de Lleida
Anika Gross, University of Leipzig
Willem Robert van Hage, Netherlands eScience Center
Ali Hasnain, The Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University & University of Helsinki
Tomi Kauppinen, Aalto University School of Science
Ali Khalili, VU Amsterdam
Paul Mulholland, KMi, The Open University
Stefan Negru, MSD IT Global Innovation Center
Francesco Osborne, KMi, The Open University
Heiko Paulheim, University of Mannheim
Silvio Peroni, University of Bologna & CNR-ISTC
Emmanuel Pietriga, INRIA Saclay
Harald Sack, HPI, University of Potsdam
Daniel Schwabe, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Gem Stapleton, University of Brighton
Vojtěch Svátek, University of Economics, Prague