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***** #LILE2014 - “Linked Learning meets LinkedUp: Learning and Education with the Web of Data“ *****

- Web: http://linkededucation.org/events/lile2014/ -
- collocated with ISWC2014 (http://iswc2014.semanticweb.org/), October, Riva del Garda, Italy -
- sponsored by LinkedUp (http://linkedup-project.eu)
- selected papers to be invited for special issue of Journal on Data Semantics (JoDS) -

IMPORTANT DATES
MOTIVATION

The huge success and widespread adoption of the Linked Data approach has led to the availability of vast amounts of public data which has the potential to fundamentally aid and transform the production, delivery and consumption of educational services and content. More recently, these approaches started to get adopted by education institutions, with Linked Data technologies being used to expose public information regarding course offerings, open educational resources and educational facilities in a readily accessible and reusable way. This has led to the creation of an embryonic “Web of Educational Data” and initiatives such as LinkedEducation.org,LinkedUniversities.org and LinkedUp (http://www.linkedup-project.eu/). While the very nature of the Linked Data approach thus clearly offers promising solutions that can potentially transform learning, adoption and take-up is still hindered by issues which are both technical as well interdisciplinary. Building on the success of Linked Learning editions (2011-2013), LILE2014 aims at addressing such challenges by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners who make innovative use of Linked Data for educational purposes, and to discuss, exchange and disseminate their work.

OBJECTIVES & TOPICS

The workshop aims to be a highly interactive research forum for exploring the promises of the Web of Linked Data in the broad area of learning by gathering researchers from different communities, such as Linked Data/Semantic Web, Social Web, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), and Education. We will welcome high-quality papers about actual trends in (a) how education takes advantage of the Web of Data, especially through Linked Data technologies and (b) how Linked Data principles are being applied in educational contexts. We will seek application-oriented, as well as more theoretical papers and position papers in the following, non-exhaustive list of topics:
PREVIOUS EDITIONS

The annual Linked Learning workshop series was established 4 years ago and has gathered a significant and constantly growing community since its first edition, proving the high relevance and timeliness of the workshop scope: use of Linked Data in educational scenarios. The first edition (Linked Learning 2011, http://purl.org/linkedlearning) was held together with the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC2011in Heraklion, Crete in May 2011, while the second edition was collocated with WWW2012 in Lyon and the LILE2013 (http://lile2013.linkededucation.org/) with WWW2013 in Rio de Janeiro. All three previous editions of LILE/Linked Learning featured an interactive mix of keynotes, paper sessions (10-13 accepted high-quality papers per workshop) and panel discussions and were among the best attended workshops of their respective conferences, bringing together key players in the field of Linked Data, Semantic Web, Knowledge-based Systems and education. All previous workshops were very successful, outstandingly well attended and highly productive as well as engaging; the success and establishment of a growing “Linked Learning” community has been proven by several related follow-up activities which emerged out of the workshop series: outstanding papers from the workshop were selected to be published in specific post-proceedings (in addition to the general workshop proceedings), and extended versions of some of the workshop papers were invited to submit to a special issue of Interactive Learning Environments dedicated to the workshop theme which is guest-edited by the workshop chairs. In addition, the community platforms http://linkededucation.org and http://linkeduniversities.org evolved partially out of the workshop as a means to share and disseminate related work in the area of Linked Data for Education. This year’s LILE workshop will be organized in cooperation with LinkedUp, an FP7 Support Action that seeks to explore and exploit open and linked data for education and is not only highly related to LILE but also emerged out of activities driven by the workshop chairs. The LinkedUp project organises the Vici Competition, the final edition of a series of three consecutive open competitions (http://linkedup-challenge.org/) that ask for innovative and robust tools that analyse and/or integrate open web data for educational purposes. The selected entries of the second competition, Vidi, will present their work at ESWC 2014. The presentations and award ceremony of the first competition was held at the OKCon 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland and the extended versions of the selected entries have been published in open-access proceedings.
 
FORMAT & AUDIENCE

We target a public full day workshop and expect between 30 and 40 participants and approximately 15 paper presentations (incl. LinkedUp Vici presentations) and 5-10 posters and system demonstrations. The intended audience consists of researchers and practitioners from both the general area of TEL and the semantic technologies field, but also takes into account related areas such as Web science, social learning, multimedia or context-awareness. We also intend to invite representatives from highly related (past, current and future) projects and initiatives such as: LinkedUp (http://www.linkedup-project.eu), VIVO (http://vivoweb.org/), Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, LRMI (http://www.lrmi.net/), Mature IP (http://mature-ip.eu/), SOLAR (http://solaresearch.org), Commonwealth of Learning (http://www.col.org), or Open Discovery Space (http://opendiscoveryspace.eu/) which are already well-represented in the workshop committees. The schedule is designed to stimulate a highly interactive event by leaving significant time for discussions:
 
SUBMISSION

The workshop will accept poster or demonstration abstracts (max. 2 pages), short position papers (max. 6 pages) and longer technical papers not exceeding 15 pages. Papers should follow the LNCS proceedings style. Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the PC. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as a volume of CEUR-WS.elected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of Journal on Data Semantics (JoDS). Please submit your papers via Easychair using the following link: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lile2014.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (to be extended)

Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
Ebrahim Bagheri, Ryerson University, Canada
Charalampos Bratsas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Ebrahim Bagheri,Ryerson University, Canada
Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Marco Antonio Casanova, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Gianluca Demartini, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Hendrik Drachsler, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, UK
Nikolas Dovrolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Hannes Ebner, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Fabrizio Giorgini, Lattanzio Learning
Christophe Guéret, DANS, Netherlands
Jelena Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Carsten Keßler, University of Münster, Germany
Ivana Marenzi, L3S Research Center, Germany
Dmitry Mouromtsev, ITMO University, Russia
Lyndon Nixon, Semantic Technologies Institute, Austria
Abelardo Pardo, University of Sydney, Australia
Elisabetta Parodi, Lattanzio Learning; Italy
Bernardo Pereira Nunes, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Madi Solomon, Pearson Education, UK
Davide Taibi, Institute for Educational Technologies, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Dhavalkumar Thakker, University of Leeds, UK
Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton, UK
Amal Zouaq, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada
 
ORGANISERS

Stefan Dietze (L3S Research Center, Germany) - http://purl.org/dietze
Mathieu d’Aquin (The Open University, UK)  - http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/mathieu
Eelco Herder (L3S Research Center, Germany) - http://www.l3s.de/~herder/
Dragan Gasevic (Athabasca University, Canada) -http://dgasevic.athabascau.ca
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