Workshop on New forms of reasoning for the Semantic Web: scalable, tolerant and dynamic

The Semantic Web is the vision of a Web of data usable for both humans but also machines. This web, consists of inter-connected instance data annotated with possibly expressive ontologies. Therefore a tremendous amount of information becomes available that should be processed based on formal semantics attached to it. The Semantic Web community has developed a number of languages (such as RDF, RDF Schema, OWL) that deploy logic for this purpose. Impressive progress has been made on scalable storage, querying and inference for these languages, and they are successfully being deployed on large intranets and medium-scale web-applications.

However existing reasoning techniques often fail to live up to the expectations put into them in this context. They can often neither deal with high number of instances, the expressiveness of the ontologies describing them or the inherent inconsistency and incompleteness of data on the Web.

This workshop is intended to focus on these problems of scalability and robustness of reasoning on the Web, and furthermore to investigate alternative reasoning methods, which take incompleteness and distribution of data and knowledge as inherent properties into account.

NeForS08 is the follow-up of the First international workshop on "New forms of reasoning for the Semantic Web: scalable, tolerant and dynamic", which took place in Busan, Korea in November 2007 and was co-located with the 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2007) and 2nd Asian Semantic Web Conference (ASWC 2007).

Event Information

We welcome all research contributions that address one or more of the following topics:

We also aim to attract participants from scientific fields not typically seen at Semantic Web events:

The workshop will take place during the 3rd Asian Semantic Web Conference (ASWC2008) as a full-day event.

Furthermore Kyung-il Tony Lee, president and CEO of Saltlux Inc. will give an invited talk on the industrial view on semantic technologies and the need for large-scale reasoning.

Please note that for every accepted paper at least one of the authors must attend the workshop and must register for the workshop and the main conference. Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the workshop. However, in the event that the workshop cannot accommodate all who would like to participate, those who have submitted a paper will be given priority.

Important Dates

September 15, 2008

Submission of papers

September 30, 2008

Notification of acceptance

October 15, 2008

Camera-ready version due

December 8, 2008


Invited Talk

The workshop includes an invited Talk by Tony Lee on several use-cases with various trials for commercialization, and in particular their common requirements towards reasoning performance and scalability. His talk will emphasize these technical challanges with detailed figures for successful Semantic Web based businesses, including proposed solutions.

Tony Lee is the president and CEO of Saltlux, Inc. the Knowledge Communication Company, headquartered in Seoul, Korea. He holds a professor's position of Information and Communication Engineering for Inha University of Korea. He is a Chairman of the 'Human and Computer Interaction Industry Consortium' and a director of the 'Korea Association for Semantic Information Technology'. Tony is one of the few pioneers in the field of semantic technologies in Asia and has contributed to Korean Government’s R&D plan of the Semantic Web and to the industrial dissemination activities. He was honored with ‘Best Paper Prize’ from Samsung and ‘Best Software Award’ from Korean Government. Tony has authored more than 50 papers, articles and reports.

Organizing Committee

Program Committee



The workshop invites full papers (up to 15 pages) as well as short papers (up to 5 pages). All contributions will be peer reviewed by the program commitee and accepted submissions will be published in a dedicated book. The number of accepted papers will be kept deliberately low in order to leave sufficient time for discussion after presentations.

Additionally we are considering a special issue in a journal on semantic computing for extended versions of selected, high quality submissions.

Submitted papers must be written in English and one of the following format must be used for the first submission: PDF, PS, DOC. For submissions please follow LNCS formatting instructions (see the Springer page for LNCS authors) to prepare your paper and consider using the camera ready format even for the first submission.

Furthermore papers need to be submitted electronically through the EasyChair system using the following link:


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Florian Fischer
Semantic Technology Institute Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck

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