WWW 2008 Workshop:

Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2008)

April 22, 2008
Beijing, China



The Web is increasingly understood as a global information space consisting not just of linked documents, but also of Linked Data. More than just a vision, the Web of Data has been brought into being by the maturing of the Semantic Web technology stack, and by the publication of large datasets according to the principles of Linked Data. During 2007, the size of the Web of Data has grown to several billion RDF triples which are served by a network of interlinked data sources and which cover domains such as geographic information, people, companies, online communities, films, music, books and scientific publications. In addition to publishing and interlinking datasets, there is also ongoing work on Linked Data browsers, Linked Data crawlers, Web of Data search engines and other applications that consume Linked Data from the Web.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for the Linked Data community, in which participants can:

  • present and discuss approaches to publishing Linked Data on the Web;
  • showcase innovative applications that consume Linked Data;
  • shape the agenda and identify upcoming research issues for the next development stage of the Web of Data.

Workshop Program

Use the links below to view individual papers, or download all papers (ZIP file, 7.6MB).

Time Paper
8:30-8:50 Workshop Introduction (Slides)
Chris Bizer, Tom Heath, Kingsley Idehen, Tim Berners-Lee
Session: Populating the Web with Linked Data
8:50-9:10 Weaving SIOC into the Web of Linked Data (Slides)
Uldis Bojars, Alexandre Passant, Richard Cyganiak and John Breslin
9:10-9:30 Semantic Marc, MARC21 and The Semantic Web (Slides)
Rob Styles, Danny Ayers and Nadeem Shabir

The OAI2LOD Server: Exposing OAI-PMH Metadata as Linked Data (Slides)
Bernhard Haslhofer and Bernhard Schandl

9:50-10:10 A Case Study on Linked Data Generation and Consumption (Slides)
Jianqiang Li and Yu Zhao
10:10-10:30 Break
10:30-10:50 SparqPlug: Generating Linked Data from Legacy HTML, SPARQL and the DOM (Slides)
Peter Coetzee, Tom Heath and Enrico Motta
10:50-11:10 Building Linked Data For Both Humans and Machines (Slides)
Wolfgang Halb, Yves Raimond and Michael Hausenblas
11:10-11:30 Provenance and Linked Data in Biological Data Webs (Slides)
Jun Zhao, Graham Klyne and David Shotton
11:30-11:50 Open Data Commons, a License for Open Data (Slides)
Paul Miller, Rob Styles and Tom Heath
11:50-12:00 Browser-based Semantic Mapping Tool for Linked Data in Semantic Web (Slides)
Chunying Zhou, Chengli Xu, Huajun Chen and Kingsley Idehen
12:00-12:10 :me owl:sameAs flickr:33669349@N00 (Slides)
Alexandre Passant
12:10-1:30 Lunch
Session: Consuming Linked Data from the Web
1:30-1:50 Tabulator Redux: Browsing and Writing Linked Data
Tim Berners-Lee, J. Hollenbach, Kanghao Lu, J. Presbrey, E. Prud'hommeaux and mc schraefel
1:50-2:10 Searching Semantic Web Objects Based on Class Hierarchies (Slides)
Gong Cheng, Weiyi Ge, Honghan Wu and Yuzhong Qu
2:10-2:20 DBpedia Mobile: A Location-Enabled Linked Data Browser (Slides)
Christian Becker and Christian Bizer
2:20-2:30 Humboldt: Exploring Linked Data
Georgi Kobilarov and Ian Dickinson
2:30-2:40 Browsing Linked Data with Fenfire
Tuukka Hastrup, Richard Cyganiak and Uldis Bojars
2:40-2:50 zLinks: Semantic Framework for Invoking Contextual Linked Data
Mike Bergman and Frederick Giasson
2:50-3:10 n2Mate: Exploiting social capital to create a standards-rich semantic network (Slides)
David Peterson, Anne Cregan, Rob Atkinson and John Brisbin
3:10-3:30 Break
Session: Architecture and Conceptual
3:30-3:50 Automatic Interlinking of Music Datasets on the Semantic Web (Slides)
Yves Raimond, Christopher Sutton and Mark Sandler
3:50-4:10 URI Disambiguation in the Context of Linked Data (Slides)
Afraz Jaffri, Hugh Glaser and Ian Millard
4:10-4:30 Linked Data Spaces & Data Portability (Slides)
Kingsley Idehen and Orri Erling
4:30-4:50 Linking Enterprise Data (Slides)
François-Paul Servant
4:50-5:10 Meaning Of A Tag: A collaborative approach to bridge the gap between tagging and Linked Data (Slides)
Alexandre Passant and Philippe Laublet
5:10-5:30 An Entity Name System for Linking Semantic Web Data (Slides)
Paolo Bouquet, Heiko Stoermer, Daniele Cordioli and Giovanni Tummarello
5:30-6:00 Discussion about research and deployment agenda Discussion  

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • publishing large data sources as Linked Data on the Web
    (e.g. publishing tools and wrappers, experience from practical projects)
  • interlinking data on the Web
    (e.g. linkage heuristics, similarity measures)
  • embedding data into classic Web documents
    (e.g. GRDDL, RDFa, microformats)
  • crawling and caching Web data
  • smushing and integrating data from different sources
  • querying distributed data on the Web
  • Linked Data browsers
  • Linked Data search engines
  • applications that exploit Linked Data from the Web
  • characterizing and measuring the Web of Data
  • assessing the quality and trustworthiness of Web data
  • licensing issues in publishing Linked Data


We seek three kinds of submissions:

  • Full technical papers - should not exceed ten pages in length.
  • Short technical papers and position papers - up to 5 pages.
  • Demo descriptions - 2 page description of the application, ideally accompanied with a link to an online demo.

Submissions must be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Templates . Papers will be peer-reviewed by three independent reviewers. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop and included into the workshop proceedings.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:
January 31, 2008
Notication of acceptance:
February 17, 2008
Camera-ready paper submission:
March 1, 2008
Workshop date:
April 22, 2008

Workshop Chairs

Program Committee

  • Alan Ruttenberg, Science Commons, USA
  • Andy Seaborne, Hewlett Packard Labs, UK
  • Bernard Vatant, Mondeca, France
  • Dan Brickley, aSemantics, UK
  • Dan Connolly, World Wide Web Consortium, USA
  • David Peterson, Boab Interactive, Australia
  • Denny Vrandecic, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Eyal Oren, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Frederick Giasson, Zitgist, Canada
  • Georgi Kobilarov, Hewlett Packard Labs, UK
  • Giovanni Tummarello, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Gui-Rong Xue, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China
  • Harith Alani, University of Southampton, UK
  • Harry Halpin, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Henry Story, Sun, USA
  • Hugh Glaser, University of Southampton, UK
  • Ian Davis, Talis, UK
  • Ivan Hermann, World Wide Web Consortium, Netherlands
  • Joerg Diederich, L3S, Germany
  • Joanne Luciano, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Jonathan Gray, Open Knowledge Foundation, UK
  • Kavitha Srinivas, IBM Watson Research Center, USA
  • Knud Möller, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Leo Sauermann, DFKI, Germany
  • MacKenzie Smith, MIT Libraries, USA
  • Mathieu D'Aquin, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • Melanie Courtot, British Columbia Research Center, Canada
  • Michael Hausenblas, Joanneum Research, Austria
  • Mike Bergman, AI3:Adaptive Information, USA
  • Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton, UK
  • Orri Erling, OpenLink Software, Netherlands
  • Paul Miller, Talis, UK
  • Peter Murray-Rust, Cambridge University, UK
  • Richard Cyganiak, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Sudeshna Das, Harvard University, USA
  • Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Steve Harris, Garlik, UK
  • Susie Stephens, Eli Lilly and Company, USA
  • Yves Raimond, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Additional Reviewers

  • Jens Lehmann, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Laurian Gridinoc, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • Sebastian Dietzold, University of Leipzig, Germany

Contact Details

For further information, please send a message to ldow2008 [át] events.linkeddata.org