Services and Applications over Linked APIs and Data
- September 4th, 2017
- September 11th or 14th, 2017
The World Wide Web has significantly evolved during the past 25 years, developing from a collection of a few interlinked static pages to a global ubiquitous platform for sharing, searching, and browsing dynamic and customisable content, in a variety of different media formats. Future developments bring the promise of a higher level of automation, distributed search and the use of intelligent personal agents, which autonomously perform tasks on behalf of the user. The foundation for these trends is laid by the ever growing number of users and websites, the increasing data volumes, but also by the use and popularity of Linked Data and Web APIs. Unfortunately, despite some initial efforts and progress towards integrated use, these two technologies remain mostly disjunct in terms of developing solutions and applications. To this purpose, SALAD aims to explore the possibilities of facilitating a better fusion of Web APIs and Linked Data, thus enabling the harvesting and provisioning of data through applications and services on the Web. In particular, we focus on investigating how both static and dynamic resources (for example, sensor data or streams) exposed via interfaces on the Web, can be used together with semantic data, as means for enabling a shared use and providing a basis for developing rich applications.
Having the actuality of the research topic in mind, this year we would like to encourage the submission of research work that employs Linked Data and Web APIs solutions in order to address challenges in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT). The vision of the IoT is to leverage Internet standards in order to interconnect all types of embedded devices (e.g., patientmonitors, medical sensors, congestion monitoring devices, traffic-light controls, temperature sensors, smart meters, etc.) and real-world objects, and thus to make them a part of the Internet and provide overall interoperability. Therefore, IoT aims to build a future of connected devices that is truly open, flexible, and scalable. In the SALAD workshop we will explore how Linked APIs and Data can be used in order to contribute towards achieving this goal.
With this workshop, we aim to discover new ways to embrace the opportunities that Web APIs offer in terms of data consumption, processing, and provisioning but also to investigate the possibilities of integrating them more closely with Linked Data. We want to challenge researchers towards developing integrated description and implementation approaches through both paper submissions and interactive on-site discussion and dialog. In particular we are looking for description approaches, formal models, implementation solutions, use cases, and applications that support a more automated and unified Web API and Linked Data use.
The main goal of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of enabling a more integrated and automated use of Web APIs, given the context of the growing importance of Linked Data and applications, benefiting from the available resources. Relevant topics include:
- frameworks, methods, models, and formats for describing Web APIs
- design of distributed systems based on semantic API technology
- developing decentralised solutions, both on the client- or server-side
- overcoming performance issues in the interaction with APIs
- development of intelligent and generic Web API clients
- supporting IoT development with Web APIs and Linked Data
- integration of Web APIs and Linked Data with Machine to Machine (M2M) approaches
- capturing added value through the use of Web APIs, Linked Data and development of client applications
- designing applications by connecting Web APIs and Linked Data for reading and writing
- address scalability issues while dealing with large data volumes
- business models for Linked Data and Web APIs
The above list is not exhaustive and we, therefore, actively encourage participants to be creative. A final goal is to provide future initiatives with the devised ideas and visions, in order to stimulate innovation in this research area.