Joint Workshop on Large and Heterogeneous Data and Quantitative Formalization in the Semantic Web


One part of this workshop (LHD) is designed to bring together people from different fields working in the area of dynamic matching, interpretation, and integration of heterogeneous data, so that ideas, techniques and problems can be shared and discussed in a broad context. A key part of this workshop is bringing together those from industry and government as well as those from academia.  In order to interact successfully in an open and heterogeneous environment, being able to dynamically and adaptively integrate data from other systems “on the go” is necessary. This may not be a precise process but a matter of finding a good enough understanding to allow interaction to proceed successfully. With the advent of the Web, there are massive amounts of information available online that can assist in this task, but this information is often chaotically organised, stored in a wide variety of data-formats, and difficult to interpret.

The other part of this workshop (SemQuant) aims to unlock a new paradigm in Semantic Web research, and even in KR research in general, by adding a quantitative research paradigm to the traditionally predominant qualitative logic-based paradigm. This is motivated in part by the significant growth in Semantic Web data, including ontologies and Linked Data, over recent years. To efficiently manage the vast quantities of knowledge and data on the Semantic Web, we need theories and tools to address questions like:

  • How can we measure knowledge?
  • How are these measurements different from measurements of information?
  • How can we efficiently store knowledge?
  • How can we efficiently and accurately transform knowledge on noisy channels like the Web?
  • How can we measure the quality of ontologies and other forms of knowledge?
  • How can we determine the quality of approximate methods for inference, similarity, soundness, completeness, etc.?
  • How can such quantitative formalization help the engineering and realization of the Semantic Web?