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IESD 2016 will provide a forum to discuss approaches for exploring semantic data following four stimulating workshops in this series (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Semantic data, including structured and unstructured data, is available widely and semantic data exploration is becoming a key activity in a range of application domains, such as government organisations, education, life science, cultural heritage, and media. Several novel interfaces and interaction means for exploration of semantic data are being proposed, for example semantic data browsers, ontology/content visualisation environments and semantic wikis. The previous four editions of IESD workshop provided a forum to discuss approaches for exploring semantic data. Over these four years we have seen increased interest in developing solutions for exploration of data using semantic web technologies.

This year’s IESD workshop will build on the four key areas highlighted in discussions with the community during last four years and will include:

(a) Human Factors: the utility and the added value of exploration approaches to humans

(b) Technology: new technological strands and how these strands impact the algorithms for exploration

(c) Application Domains: domains that have seen a change because of bringing in IESD approaches, and the uncharted application domains community has yet to address; and

(d) Evaluation: sharing practices on evaluating exploration approaches including gold standards, benchmarks and methodologies.

Time is ripe to bring together the different disciplines related to semantic data exploration (semantic technologies, intelligent user interfaces, adaptation and personalisation, visualisation) and form an international community to identify the major challenges and research directions. The workshop is intended to make the first step in shaping such community and providing a forum that focuses on semantic data exploration and enables:

  • Sharing techniques and experience
  • Identifying potential domains and application areas
  • Designing and reflecting on evaluation studies
  • Identifying future research directions

IESD 2016 will bring together different disciplines related to semantic data exploration and form an international community to identify the major challenges and research directions.

IESD features an exciting format including keynote speaker(s) and interactive sessions.

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