6 June 2006

Call for papers: Special Issue on: “Teaching Semantic Web: Integration with CS/IS curriculum and Teaching Case Studies”

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies (IJTCS)

Call For papers: Special Issue on: “Teaching Semantic Web: Integration with CS/IS curriculum and Teaching Case Studies”

Guest Editors:
Martin Hepp, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Jorge Cardoso, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal
Miguel Angel Socilia, University of Alcala, Spain
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece.

Semantic Web in the last few years has been one of the hot topics in the computer science and information systems research agenda. Research and the industrial launch of semantic web applications* has experienced a tremendous evolution. From this point of view, the need to integrate Semantic Web with the computer science and information system curriculum and to develop high quality teaching material for the semantic web is more than critical.

Within this context, Sicilia and Lytras (2006) provide a first attempt to give the general directions of this integration:

"The Semantic Web as a vision for a machine-readable, metadata-intensive Web has resulted in an evolving collection of technologies and tools that deserve attention from the viewpoint of education. Nonetheless, existing approaches to curriculum design for this topic that emphasise on knowledge representation or technical issues should be complemented with an organisational vision that focuses on the value provided by Semantic Web infrastructure as a corporate asset and also by Semantic Web tools built on top of it"

Sicilia MA, Lytras M. (2006). Milestones and requirements for introducing semantic web concepts in information systems programmes. International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education Vol. 1(3) pp. 281–294

Cardoso, Hepp and Lytras, are developing a seminal book, Real World Applications of Semantic Web Technology and Ontologies, for Springer with a publication date of mid-2007.

Subject Coverage:
In this special issue, we have a clear strategy. We want to develop relevant knowledge and to promote fresh ideas for the integration of Semantic Web into CS and IS education. This is why this special issue is organised around two thematic areas:

Integration of Semantic Web with CS and IS curriculum
Strategic fit
Course descriptions
Didactic approaches for specific SW topics
Under/postgraduate considerations
Teaching case studies for the key issues of Semantic web.

More specific topics on didactic approaches include, but are not limited to:

SW technological infrastructure, including description logics basics, ontology engineering and other technical tools;
Infrastructures and support required for SW approaches inside organisations;
Approaches to managing metadata annotation and shared ontology development and use;
The specifics of each area of study or application in the context of IS;
Systems and applications to support Semantic Web courses;
Practical programming projects for Semantic Web courses;
How Semantic Web can be integrated with traditional CS/IS courses.

Types of submission:
Position articles [2500-4000 words]
Research articles [5000-6000 words]
Empirical surveys [3000-5000 words]
Teaching cases [5000-8000 words (with teaching guidelines)]

Notes for Intending Authors:
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Papers Submission section under Author Guidelines

Important Dates
Sharing ideas with Guest Editors on possible abstract contribution: ASAP
Submission of manuscripts: 15 October 2006
Notification to authors: 15 November 2006
Final versions due: 20 December 2006

Editors and Notes
You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to the following:

Dr. Miltiadis Lytras
University of Patras
Research Academic Computer Technology Institute and
Computer Engineering and Informatics Department
Email: lytras@ceid.upatras.gr

with an email copy only to:
IEL Editorial Office
E-mail: ijtcs@inderscience.com

Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor

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