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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: Workshop on Business added-value of semantic technologies BAST2007

Call for Papers

May 31 - June 1, 2007

1st workshop on
Business added-value of semantic technologies at ESTC 2007 - 1st European
Semantic Technology Conference, May 31  June 1, 2007 Vienna, Austria

CIOs are starting to acknowledge the technical value of semantic
technologies for enterprises. In the last five years early adopting players
have been increasingly using them in various application settings ranging
from content management to enterprise integration platforms. Despite this
promising position, it is still difficult to argue in favor of semantic
technologies in front of the CFOs because of the lack of convincing
measurable benefits.
The workshop addresses the value proposition of semantic technologies for
business purposes. It is intended as a networking event for early adopters
willing to share their experiences in adopting semantics at corporate level,
and for other interested parties looking for best practices and success
stories with this respect. In particular we aim at experience reports from
enterprises addressing

* benefits of semantic technologies in SOA-based enterprise architectures
* benefits of semantic technologies for multi-device management
* efforts and problems occurring in adopting semantic technologies at
corporate level, including the changes triggered by this adoption at process
and organizational level, and the need for training and additional know-how
* evaluation criteria and methods to assess the quality and compare
alternative technological solutions.
* the way the usage of semantics achieves efficiency gains
* instruments to derive and estimate the value of semantic technologies

from quantitative and qualitative criteria, and to visualize the effect on
overall costs and revenues according to the economic value added principle

The workshop also seeks for original academic work in the respective field

* methods to estimate the cost of introducing semantic technologies into
enterprise environments
* methods to anticipate the cost savings achievable through semantic
* methods to estimate the option of investing in semantic technologies

in terms of their potential business value.

We invite submissions of experience reports or research reports reflecting
both research in progress and validated results that address any relevant
dimension of the problem.

Interested parties are invited to submit experience reports of up to 5 pages
or research reports of up to 8 pages, which will be reviewed by the members
of the programme committee for feedback purposes.
Alternatively, we accept the slides to be used in the presentation and an
abstract (max. 300 words) including title, main message (problem statement 
approach - solution) and a short CV of the presenter.

Submission can be sent by email to the workshop organizers.

For accepted submissions, at least one author must register for the workshop
in order for the paper to be scheduled in the workshop program.
At the workshop we expect a 30 min. presentation of the reported results and
15 min. discussion.

Important Dates

May 14, 2007 Paper submissions due
May 21, 2007 Acceptance notification
May 31, 2007 11:00  15:30 Workshop at the ESTC 2007

Organization Committee
Elena Simperl, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
Christoph Tempich, Detecon International GmbH, Germany

Program Committee
Witold Abramowicz, Poznan University of Economics, Poland Christopher
Bussler, Cisco, US John Davies, BT, UK Martin Hepp, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
Thomas Hoppe, T-Systems, Germany Ora Lassila, Nokia, US Alexander Lser, SAP
AG, Germany Atanas Kiryakov, Ontotext, Bulgaria Janne Saarela, Profium,
Finland Klaus Schild, Toll-Collect GmbH, Germany Raphael Volz, Institut FZI,
Universitt Karlsruhe, Germany

Elena Simperl, DERI Innsbruck, Austria

Christoph Tempich, Detecon International GmbH, Germany