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1st Int. Workshop on “Semantic Change & Evolving Semantics - SuCCESS’16"

Co-located with SEMANTiCS 2016


Date: 12 September 2016

Workshop length: half day (9:00-12:30)

Venue: Campus Augustusplatz - Leipzig, Germany


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Aims & Scope

This half-day workshop aims at exploring emerging research in the areas of semantic change and evolving semantics.

Semantics differ across contexts, domains, communities and time. This has implications for communication, terminology, access to and exchange of information, problem-solving and construction of knowledge. Where there is interaction and feedback, this effect is mitigated, as it is possible to settle on a shared understanding; in contrast, the effect is particularly pronounced in asynchronous and static information. This problem is shared across many domains; some examples of areas in which the effect is particularly pronounced include cultural heritage, data curation, digital preservation, and knowledge management. One practical example is the need to respond to semantic change in ontology curation and engineering; another is the capture and treatment of context in search indexing and ranking. In this workshop we will focus on semantic change in these domains and closely aligned areas. As such, we expect the workshop to be of interest to researchers with an interest in combining techniques to address evolving semantics. We are therefore seeking expressions of interest in the workshop intended to explore this area and to collect together a series of perspectives on the theory and relevance of semantic change across contexts and disciplines.

The topics on which participants have been invited to share research, experimentation, demonstrations, concepts and ideas include the following:

  • Semantic change and evolving semantics;
  • Cultural drift;
  • Methods for the detection, interpretation and communication of drift types;
  • Response to change: strategies for ontology adaptation and evolution; potential for the application of machine learning approaches;
  • Role of social media in accelerating semantic change and use of social media data to study it.

6 papers have been selected for the worksho and will be published as CEUR workshop Proceedings (




9:00 - Welcome by Alastair Gill

9:05 - Keynote by Albert Meroño Peñuela*

9:20 - Group 1: Studies of Semantic Drift

  • Computing Semantic Change Using Context Volatility (Andreas Niekler, Christian Kahmann, Gerhard Heyer)
  • Physics as a Metaphor to study Semantic Drift (Sándor Darányi, Peter Wittek, Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Symeon Papadopoulos, Efstratios Kontopoulos)
  • A framework for Measuring Semantic Drift in Ontologies (Thanos Stavropoulos, Stelios Andreadis, Marina Riga, Efstratios Kontopoulos, Panagiotis Mitzias, Yiannis Kompatsiaris)

       Q&A moderated by Alastair Gill

10:40 - Coffee break

11:00 - Group 2: Wider Investigations of Drift

  • Factuality Drift Assessment by Lexical Markers in Resolved Rumors (Piroska Lendvai, Uwe Reichel, Thierry Declerck)
  • Understanding User Communities from Social Network Data (Alastair Gill, Emma Tonkin)
  • A Knowledge-oriented Approach of Semantic Changes (Daniel Galarreta)

               Q&A moderated by Albert Meroño Peñuela

 12:20 Conclusions

 12:30 End


*Keynote speaker bio

Albert Meroño Peñuela is a postdoc at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the International Institute of Social History (IISG). He is currently working in WP4 of CLARIAH, which aims at facilitating the integration of socio-historical datasets using Web technology. Albert obtained his PhD in 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, under the supervision of Frank van Harmelen, Stefan Schlobach, and Andrea Scharnhorst. He also holds a bachelor in Informatics Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (FIB-UPC), and has previously worked at the Institute of Law and Technology (IDT-UAB) developing models for Law using Semantic Web technology. His research interests include Linked Open Data, Government and Statistical data, Artificial Intelligence, and Digital Humanities.


 Organizing Committee

Programme Committee

Georgios Meditskos, CERTH/ITI

Sándor Darányi - University of Boras

Efstratios Kontopoulos - CERTH/ITI

Alastair Gill - King’s College London

Yiannis Kompatsiaris - CERTH/ITI

Thanos Stavropoulos - CERTH/ITI

Nikolaos Lagos - Xerox Research Centre Europe

Nick Bassiliades - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Albert Meroño Peñuela - VU University Amsterdam

Antonis Bikakis - University College London

Laura Hollink - Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

Daniel Galarreta - CNES

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The workshop is free to attend however registration through the SEMANTiCS conference is required:

Please note that at least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop.

If workshop attendants wish to join SEMANTiCS 2016 (12-15 September 2016) please refer to the main conference website for or pricing, accomodation and venue information:



The annual SEMANTiCS conference is the meeting place for researchers and professionals who push the boundaries of semantic computing and who understand its benefits and encounter its limitations. Every year, SEMANTiCS attracts professionals and researchers alike ranging from NPOs, through public administrations to the largest companies in the world. SEMANTiCS workshop attendees learn from industry experts and top researchers about emerging trends and hot topics in the fields of semantic software, enterprise data, linked data & open data strategies, methodologies in knowledge modelling and text & data analytics. Since the SEMANTiCS community is highly diverse, both workshops participants and organisers will benefit from the experience.

The success of last year’s conference in Vienna with more than 280 attendees from 22 countries proves that SEMANTiCS 2016 will continue a long tradition of bringing together colleagues from around the world. There will be presentations on industry implementations, use case prototypes, best practices, panels, papers and posters to discuss semantic systems in birds-of-a-feather sessions as well as informal settings. SEMANTiCS addresses problems common among information managers, software engineers, IT-architects and various specialist departments working to develop, implement and/or evaluate semantic software systems.

The SEMANTiCS program is a rich mix of technical talks, panel discussions of important topics and presentations by people who make things work - just like you. In addition, attendees can network with experts in a variety of fields. These relationships provide great value to organisations as they encounter subtle technical issues in any stage of implementation. The expertise gained by SEMANTiCS attendees has a long-term impact on their careers and organisations. These factors make SEMANTiCS the major industry related event across Europe for our community.