Over the course of the last decade, the Semantic Web research has engaged in capturing and representing global knowledge in the form of the Linked Data cloud and expressive distributed ontologies of various levels of granularity. Usually, emphasis is put on representing as up-to-date and accurate a state of knowledge as possible. However, an important aspect that is still often being overlooked, and has been treated only in a rather rudimentary fashion so far, is the evolution of knowledge itself. Ontology dynamics and versioning is one aspect of this field that has been well studied, but merely for the purposes of change-management, which is only one of many facets of knowledge evolution. The purpose of this workshop is to create and foster a research community concerned with all aspects of how knowledge evolves and changes over time in the context of the Semantic Web. This includes analysis of trends and change in formal descriptions (i.e., ontologies), but also in associated “rawer” sources of knowledge (Linked Data, scientific publications, unstructured or semi-structured web content, traditional data stores, e-mail or on-line discussion threads, etc.).
EvoDyn 2013 builds on the success of the 2012 and 2011 editions and on the previous workshops aggregated under the IWOD workshop series organized mostly at ISWC (running back to the first IWOD in 2007). EvoDyn continues in the tradition of IWOD in being the core annual event to discuss advances in the broad area of ontology dynamics, and to track recent work directly or indirectly related to the problem of evolving ontologies.
The workshop will take place in Nanjing, China, as part of the 14th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering (WISE 2013), on October 13, 2013.