Workshop on Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response (SMILE2014)

When: May 25, 2014
Where: Anissaras, Crete, Greece
Collocated with the 11th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2014)
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Submission Deadline Extended: March 21st, 2014 at 23:59 (UTC−10:00 Hawaii Time zone)

Emergencies require significant effort in order for emergency workers and the general public to respond effectively. Emergency Responders must rapidly gather information, determine where to deploy resources and make prioritization decisions regarding how best to deal with the emergency. Good situation awareness [1] is therefore paramount to ensure a timely and effective response. Thus, for an incident to be dealt with effectively, citizens and responders must be able to share reliable information and help build an understanding of the current local and global situation and how this may evolve over time [2].

Information available on Social Media is increasingly becoming a fundamental source for situation awareness. During a crisis, citizens share their own experiences, feelings and often, critical local knowledge. Integrating this information with Linked Data, such as geographic or demographic data, could greatly enrich its value to better prevent and respond to disasters and crises.

Analysing, modelling and integrating social media content and Linked Data presents significant technical as well as social challenges. Social data is: (i) high in volume, rapidly changing and constantly increasing, (ii) often duplicated, incomplete, imprecise and potentially incorrect; (iii) textual content may be written in informal style (i.e., short, unedited and conversational), thus much less grammatically bounded and containing extensive use of shorthand, symbols (e.g., emoticons), misspellings etc.; (iv) generally concerning the short-­‐term zeitgeist; and (v) covering every conceivable domain.

In Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response (SMILE2014) workshop we gather innovative approaches for exploitation of social media and Linked Data for emergency response and crisis management using semantic web technologies. The workshop will cover advancements in relevant technology and application areas. We mainly aim to bring together expertise from three research areas: Semantic Web and Linked Data; Social Sciences; Emergency Response and Crisis Management.  Topics of the SMILE currently attract more attention than ever from the research community. For instance, two recently started W3C community groups are related to SMILE:

Program (tentative)

09:30-10:00 Opening of the SMILE2014 workshop, setting the goals
10:00-10:30 Towards emergency vehicle routing using Geolinked Open Data: the case study of the Municipality of Catania. Sergio Consoli, Aldo Gangemi, Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese, Silvio Peroni, Valentina Presutti, Diego Reforgiato Recupero, and Daria Spampinato
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Visualisation of User-Generated Event Information: Towards Geospatial Situation Awareness Using Hierarchical Granularity Levels.  Heidelinde Hobel, Lisa Madlberger, Andreas Thoni, and Stefan Fenz
11:30-12:00 An Ontology-Based Approach to Social Media Mining for Crisis Management. Vanni Zavarella, Hristo Tanev, Ralf Steinberger, and Erik Van der Goot
12:00-12:30 Visual Analysis of Real-time Social Media for Emergency Response.  Suvodeep Mazumdar, Vitaveska Lanfranchi, Neil Ireson, and Fabio Ciravegna
12:30-13:00 Break-out groups for collaborative idea generation
13:00 Lunch


Topics of interest of SMILE2014

  • Semantic annotation, for understanding the content and context of social media streams
  • Integration of social media with Linked Data
  • Interactive interfaces and visual analytics methodologies for managing multiplelarge-­‐scale, dynamic, evolving datasets
  • Stream reasoning and event detection over RDF streams
  • Social data mining
  • Collaborative tools and services for citizens, organisations, communities
  • Privacy, ethics, trustworthiness and legal issues in the social semantic web
  • Use case analysis, with specific interest for use cases that involve the application ofsocial media and Linked Data methodologies in real-­‐life scenarios

These topics are applied in the context of:

  • Crisis and Disaster Management
  • Emergency Response
  • Security and Citizen journalism


  • Full research papers, up to 12 pages
  • Short papers and position papers, up to 6 pages
  • Posters and demonstrations, 4 pages with the description of the application and a link to a live online demo (for demonstrations).

Paper submissions will have to be formatted in the Springer LNCS style. Submissions are made using EasyChair, and the proceedings will be published by CEUR-­‐WS.

Important dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline Extended: March 21st, 2014 at 23:59 (UTC−10:00 Hawaii Time zone)
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 1, 2014
  • Camera-ready versions: April 15, 2014
  • SMILE Workshop @ ESWC2014: May 25, 2014

Paper track co-­chairs

Dr. Vitaveska Lanfranchi (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom) is a Senior Research Fellow in the OAK Group. Her research field concerns Human Computer Interaction with a focus on supporting, gathering and sharing of knowledge between individuals. She is currently coordinating a project on gathering and visualising social media data for Emergency Response.
Email: v.lanfranchi (at)

Dr. Tomi Kauppinen (University of Bremen) is a substitute professor of Cognitive Systems.  His research agenda includes advancing spatial information usability, and also the handling of time, for example in a form of modeling of changes to data. He is involved in several projects, such as,, as well as being co-chair of the W3C Emergency Information community group. Webpage: Email: tomi.kauppinen (at) Twitter: @LinkedScience

Poster and demos co-chairs

Dr. Christopher Brewster (Aston University, United Kingdom) is a Lecturer in Information Technology at the Aston Business School. His research interests concerns Knowledge Management, in decision processes, particularly on the application of Semantic Web technologies in the agri-­‐food domain and in emergency response. His research background lies in NLP and applications of Semantic Web technologies. Webpage: Email: c.a.brewster (at)

Dr. Carsten Kessler (Hunter College–CUNY, Unites States) is Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science at the Department of Geography and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information. He is also a consultant for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs within the Humanitarian eXchange Language project, and co-­chairing the W3C Emergency Information community group. Research interests involve information integration, context modelling, and geospatial semantics, for emergency management.
Webpage: Email: carsten.kessler (at)

Additional members of the Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University, Sweden (proceedings chair)
  • Suvodeep Mazumdar, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (publicity chair)

Programme Committee

  • Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University, SE
  • Marcos Borges, Federal University of Rio deJaneiro, BR
  • Amparo Elizabeth Cano Basave, KMI, UK
  • Rodrigo Carvalho, K-­‐Now, UK
  • Sam Chapman, K-­‐Now, UK
  • Robin Keskisärkkä, Linköping University, SE
  • Minu Limbu, UNICEF KenyaDaniel Link, University of Muenster, DE
  • Suvodeep Mazumdar, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Sofie Pilemalm, Linköping University, SE
  • Mikko Rinne, Aalto University, FI
  • Irina Temnikova, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Andrea Varga, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Adam Widera, University of Muenster, DE


  • [1] Wong, W. & Blandford, A. (2004) “Describing Situation Awareness at an Emergency Medical Dispatch Centre”. In Proc. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s 48th Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, CA: HFES. 285-­‐289.
  • [2] Endsley, Mica R (1995). “Toward a theory of situation awareness in dynamic systems.” Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 37.1, pp. 32-­‐64.

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