Database and Information Systems Research for
Researchers and practitioners in the database, information systems and internet fields over the years have made significant progress towards the building of solutions that involve such systems for a wide range of application domains. In doing this, solutions necessarily concentrated mainly on syntax as the readily available unifying formalism for representation and structure, rather more than on the broad variety of semantics involved. One of the recent unifying visions is that of Semantic Web, which proposed semantic annotation of data, so that programs can understand it, and help in making decisions. Researchers have subsequently seen the value of using semantics to understand information and decision making needs of humans, so that data and human’s needs can be semantically intermediated. The scope of semantics-based solutions has also moved from data and information to services and processes.
A review of active
research funding and projects shows extensive investigations based AI and
knowledge representation branches of computer science. For example,
logic-based descriptions and inferencing techniques are being extensively
investigated as part of projects under the Semantic Web umbrella. This
includes many projects funded by DARPA and EC 5th Framework
Program, including the DAML and OntoWeb initiatives and programs. There
is a visible dearth of investigations from the database and information
systems community. This workshop seeks to investigate relationships
between challenges in developing semantic solutions for the Web and
Enterprises, and the experience and expertise of the database and
information systems community.
Research in database management and workflow management has an extensive history of achieving high impact through improving methods of other scientific endeavors as well as in developing new technologies leading to commercialization and in establishing new high-tech industry sectors. This workshop will investigate research directions that can lead to similar long term impact in Semantic Web and Enterprise solutions by our community.
The workshop will be held for 2.5 days and will involve up to 25 invited participants to include some of the most influential researchers and leaders. Formal presentations are not planned, but discussions will be conducted through position papers and statements. A key output of the workshop will be either a white paper or a “manifesto”-style report authored by some of the active participants.
The workshop is being organized by Amit Sheth (University of Georgia) as the PI of the effort sponsored by NSF CISE-IIS (Program Manager: Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham) and co-organized by Robert Meersman (VUB, Brussels) with co-sponsorship from the EU Thematic Network OntoWeb. Large Scale Distributed Information Systems (LSDIS) Lab of the University of Georgia is provide local organization support, and UGA's Vice President for Research and LSDIS lab are providing additional financial support.
Last update: October 23, 2002