Proceedings of the 1st KEYSTONE Conference

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The proceedings of the first KEYSTONE Conference are available online.
Semantic Keyword-based Search on Structured Data Sources
First COST Action IC1302 International KEYSTONE Conference, IKC 2015, Coimbra, Portugal, September 8-9, 2015. Revised Selected Papers
Editors: Cardoso, J., Guerra, F., Houben, G.-J., Pinto, A.M., Velegrakis, Y. (Eds.)
Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 9398 2015

Albania is part of KEYSTONE

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Albania, and in particular dr. Elton Domnori from Epoka University in Tirana, is now part of KEYSTONE!

PROFILES’15: The 2nd International Workshop on Dataset PROFIling & fEderated Search for Linked Data

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The 2nd International Workshop on Dataset PROFIling & fEderated Search for Linked Data (PROFILES’15)
Co-located with 12th ESWC Conference (ESWC 2015), May 31 – June 4, 2015.
Venue: Portoroz, Slovenia.
Date: June 1 , 2015
The PROFILES’15 workshop aims to gather innovative query and search approaches for large-scale, distributed and heterogeneous linked datasets inline with dedicated approaches to analyse, describe and discover endpoints, as an inherent task of query distribution. PROFILES’15 will equally consider both novel scientific methods and techniques for querying, assessment, profiling, and curation of distributed datasets as well as the application perspective, such as the innovative use of tools and methods for providing structured knowledge about distributed datasets, their evolution and fundamentally, means to search and query the Web of Data. The workshop will provide a highly interactive forum for researchers in the fields of Semantic Web and Linked Data, Databases, Semantic Search, Text Mining, NLP and Information Retrieval.
The main areas of interest of PROFILES’15 include dataset/endpoint analysis, profiling and discovery along with techniques for distributed semantic search that take such profiles into account. In particular this includes:
Dataset/endpoint analysis, profiling and discovery:

dataset profile representation (vocabularies, schemas)
novel applications and techniques for dataset profiling
automated approaches to dataset analysis and exploration
analysis/monitoring of dataset and graph dynamics
topic profiling of datasets
assessment of dataset schema conformance and evolution
dataset quality analysis for query routing

Distributed semantic search:

query routing taking into account relevance and quality of distributed datasets
semantic annotation and expansion for keyword queries
keyword query interpretation and disambiguation for Linked Data
fusing, cleaning, ranking and refining search results
scalability & performance of distributed data queries
novel applications for federated search over Linked Data


March 19, 2015 (Extended): Full & short research paper, poster & demo submission deadline
April 3, 2015: Notification of acceptance
April 17, 2015: Camera-ready paper

We welcome the following types of contributions:

Short (up to 6 pages) and full (up to 15 pages) research papers
Poster abstracts and system demonstrations should not exceed 4 pages

All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS proceedings style. Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the PC. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. Please submit your contributions electronically in PDF format via the Easychair system:
The complete set of papers will be published with the CEUR Workshop Proceedings (, listed by the DBLP. The best papers of the workshop will be included in the supplementary proceedings of ESWC 2015, which will appear in the Springer LNCS series.

Elena Demidova (L3S Research Center, Germany)
Stefan Dietze (L3S Research Center, Germany)
Julian Szymanski (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland)
John Breslin (NUI Galway, Ireland)

(Co-organised by ICT COST Action KEYSTONE, IC1302)

Charlie Abela, University of Malta, Malta
Alessandro Adamou, The Open University, UK
Marco Antonio Casanova, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Mathieu d’Aquin, The Open University, UK
Enrico Daga, The Open University, UK
Christophe Gueret, Data Archiving Network Services (DANS), NL
Tom Heath, The Open Data Institute (ODI), UK
Laura Hollink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
Markus Luczak-Rösch, University of Southampton, UK
Abdulhussain E. Mahdi, University of Limerick, Ireland
Andreas Nürnberger, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany
Heiko Paulheim, Mannheim University, Germany
Bernardo Pereira Nunes, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Carlos Pedrinaci, The Open University, UK
Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton, UK
Raquel Trillo Lado, Universidad Zaragoza, Spain
Thomas Gottron, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

For any enquiries, please contact

Austria is now in KEYSTONE!

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I’m happy to announce that AUSTRIA joined KEYSTONE: there are now 28 countries participating in the Action!
Austria is represented by Mihai Lupu (MC Member) and Ralf Bierig (MC Substitute)

Approved the Work and Budget Plan 2015

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The Work and Budget plan for the second grant period (1/12/2014-31/12/2015) has been recently approved by the Management Committee of the Action and the COST Office. All the activities (i.e., the research topics explored during the meetings, the other networking and coordination tools promoted by the Action and the research activities jointly addressed by the WG members) will be built around 4 main “specifications” of the general theme related to “keyword search in large amounts of data”:

Development of techniques and tools for search and analytics;
Study of scalable techniques;
Application of semantics;
Use of open data.

The work in this field will allow KEYSTONE to continue the research activities started in 2014 by elaborating on topics related to keyword search in big data.
There are three main events scheduled in the next year:

 WG Meeting in Kosice (SK) in April / May 2015;
 Training School in Malta in June/July 2015;
 Open Conference in Coimbra (PT).

The collaboration of the WG members is helpful (and needed!) for the realization of fruitful events! For this reason in the next days some “call for organization / call for volunteers” will be issued.