ExpertFinder is an emerging collaborative initiative with the aim of devising vocabularies, rule extensions (e.g. for FOAF and SIOC) and best practices to annotate personal and organisational web pages, as well as web pages with personal or organisational data, e.g. blogs, wikis, conferences, publication indexes, etc., with adequate metadata to enable computer agents to find experts on particular topics.
Following on from two successful workshops (EFW 2007 & FEWS 2007), the latter at ISWC 2007, we aim to solicit new research from the Semantic Web community applying annotation, knowledge extraction, ontology engineering, reasoning and ontology mediation techniques to the task of finding people and their interactions with other people on the Web, formally representing and reusing that knowledge to support new services such as expert finding. ExpertFinder’s goal is to enable a Web-scale infrastructure for the creation, publication and use of experts‘ semantic descriptions to support expert finding scenarios such as group management, disaster response, recruitment, team building, problem solving and on-the-fly consultation.
Our this year’s keynote speaker will be Ora Lassila – a Research Fellow at the Nokia Research Center Cambridge, working on Semantic Web and its applications to mobile and ubiquitous computing. He will give a talk with the title „Does Your Mobile Device Need to be Socially Aware? A Semantic Web Perspective“
The PICKME2008 Proceedings have been published with CEUR-WS and are available at: http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/Publications/CEUR-WS/Vol-403/
PICKME2008 Workshop has been supported by the Project Corporate Semantic Web, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the BMBF Innovation Initiative for the New German Länder – Entrepreneurial Regions.