ISWC-2005 Workshop on:


Semantic Network Analysis

Monday, November 7, 2005 at Galway, Ireland


Potential Audience Invited Talk

Proceedings of the workshop is available here and as Volume 171 of the CEUR-WS series at SunSITE Central Europe.


During the past years a shift in the fundamental understanding of the aims of Computer Science, especially in AI, could be observed. While early research in AI aimed at replacing the human being with better tools, the prevalent current vision is nowadays to support him in his tasks. This shows up in the rise of research areas like communities of practice, knowledge management, web communities, and peer to peer. In particular the notion of collaborative work – and thus the need of its systematic analysis – becomes more and more important.

On the other hand, techniques for analyzing such structures have a long tradition within sociology. While in the beginnings, researchers in that area had to spent huge efforts in collecting data, they nowadays often come for free in the WWW. Popular examples are citation and co-author graphs, friend of a friend etc.

Thus there exists an increasing interest of the social network analysis community in the web. The semantic web provides an additional aspect as it distinguishes between different kinds of relations, allowing for more complex analysis schemes.

Our aim is to bring the two communities together in order to learn from each other. We expect especially that the semantic web community can largely benefit from the long tradition present in social network analysis.

Beside analyzing social networks and cooperative structures within the (semantic) web, our second aim is to exploit the results for supporting and improving communities in their interaction. An important research topic is thus how to include network analysis tools in working environments such as knowledge management systems, peer to peer systems or knowledge portals.

Topics of Interest

Submissions are invited on work relating the Semantic Web with Social Network Analysis. Both theoretical as well as applciation papers are welcome. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

Potential Audience

The workshop aims at researchers working on social communities in the web. It focuses especially on approaches to social network analysis that are related to the semantic web. Participants from computer science, sociology and bibliometry are all welcome. The primary goal of the workshop is to establish and enhance communication between these communities.


Invited Talk

From the Semantic Web to Web 2.0 - Semantic Web for Social Networks

Stefan Decker, DERI Galway

More recently a new research stream is getting more and more attention: the application of Semantic Web technology for social collaborative software like Blogs or Wikis. In this talk I will summarize recent developments and provide technology examples for the application of Semantic Web for social networks. Examples will especially include Semantic Blogging, Semantic Wikis and the Social Semantic Desktop. Additionally I will provide my view how Social Network Analysis can benefit from the current trend and provide valuable data users exploiting these upcoming technologies. Examples will include recommender systems exploiting social relationships, but my talk will also go into more speculative directions.


Related Workshops

General workshops from related areas in the past years:



Programme Committee


We invite papers that report on completed or current work related to the topic of this workshop. Submissions are to be emailed in Postscript or Adobe PDF format to Bettina Hoser (, no later than June 24, 2005. Papers should be formatted according to the official formatting guidelines of the ISWC'05 main conference (LNCS). Page limit is set to a maximum of 6 for short papers, and 14 for full papers.

Important Dates

Last update: 19 April 2005

Harith Alani