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Semantic Web

Call Deadline: 23-Nov-2012

Call Information:
Dear all,

We are soliciting submissions for a Special Issue on Multilingual Linked Open Data (MLOD) 2012, including a Data Post Proceedings for the MLODE workshop 23-24-25 Sept in Leipzig [1]. Participation in the workshop is highly welcome, but not a prerequisite for submitting to the Special Issue.

For details, see:


Kind regards,

Steven Moran (on behalf of all MLOD guest editors: Sebastian Hellmann, Martin Brümmer, John McCrae)

[1] http://sabre2012.infai.org/mlode

Topics of the call:

- The current state of the Linguistic Linked Open Data (LLOD) Cloud and inclusion criteria
- Validation procedures for linguistic linked data sets
- Best practices of multilingual linked open data
- Legal issues relating to the licensing of linguistic linked data
- Semantic annotation
- Language resources, newly published as linked data
- Ontologies related to multilinguality and language technology.

Submission instructions:

This special issue will especially welcome Full papers, Linked Dataset Descriptions and Descriptions of Ontologies as specified here: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/authors Please write us an email first before preparing submissions for other submission types.

Full papers:

Full papers contain original research results. These submissions will be reviewed along the usual dimensions for research contributions which include originality, significance of the results, and quality of writing. Any submission that is an extension of previous work must clearly declare the reference and justify the scientific progress of the extension.

Linked data set and ontology descriptions:

We invite submissions of data sets and a 4-6 page written description of the data. This special issue follows the MLODE 2012 Workshop[10] in Leipzig and in addition to submissions by participants of the workshop we also strongly encourage novel submissions. Note that the workshop focuses on the quality and availability of the data, while this issue focuses on the data *and* the written article.

We require that:

- The data is clearly licensed, standardized licenses are recommended.
- Submitted data must be available free for academic usage. Open licences are welcome.
- The data is openly accessible and follows web standards, especially RDF.

Technical instructions for contributing data sets:

Please send us the data in advance for validation. We have a strict “data first” policy. The data you send us will be evaluated and we will provide guidance and support, if necessary. After the data review you will be allowed to submit your paper. Full details of requirements are available at http://wiki.okfn.org/Working_Groups/Linguistics/How_to_contribute


As a result of the MLODE workshop, we will provide an updated image of the LLOD cloud:

If you want to be included in the updated image, please submit your data as soon as possible to the MLODE workshop. Submission is possible here: http://code.google.com/p/mlode/

Preliminary (optional) data submission deadline: one week before MLODE (Sept 23rd)
Submission: 23 Nov
Notifications: 22 Feb
Resubmission: 22 Mar
2nd Notification: 26 Apr
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