Call: Workshop on Hyperlinking in the Web of Linked Things (WLT 2014)


Workshop on Hyperlinking in the Web of Linked Things – (WLT 2014)
in conjunction with the ACM HyperText Conference, Santiago del Chile, Chile, September 1-4, 2014.


Submission of papers:  May 23 2014
Notification of authors:  June 06 2014
Delivery of camera-ready copy:  June 12 2014
Workshop day:  September 01 2014


The idea of linking the Web and physical things is not new, but in the last years this line of research has grown exponentially.

The Web of Things is about exploiting Web standards to connect physical objects. They can be everyday objects with attached tokens linked to a virtual counterpart on the Web, which users can scan to get information about them. However they can also be smart physical objects with embedded sensors and processing capabilities that make them able to stream data and process them. Embedded tiny Web servers make even possible to communicate to such objects using HTTP standards and to invoke services provided by the objects.

Users can perform such actions remotely as well, thanks to their URI reference. This makes physical things gateway to the world of physical and virtual things, through hyperlinks between them.

If physical things are also smart, they can reason about their properties and be able to generate new links among these physical things, by discovering similarities between them.

Direct consequences are the URI explosion and the need of new approaches to manage heterogeneity.

Linked Data principles advocate the need of a single data model to represent things and the use of typed hyperlinks, in order to make links or objects processable, understandable and discoverable by machines.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss the issues that arise concerning the new Web of Linked Things.

It wishes to stimulate a discussion about the current state-of-art and the ongoing projects that concern the discovery and linking of things, not necessarily limited to Linked Data-based approaches.


Relevant workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • Semantics for the Web of Thinks
  • Linked data for the Web of Thinks
  • Automatic generation of links
  • Discovery of things
  • Link annotation
  • Link updating
  • Adaptive links
  • Methods to query data produced by things
  • Nomadic objects and nomadic links
  • User interaction with linked things


  • Long papers (8 pages) for research papers.
  • Short papers (4 pages) for position papers and research-in-progress papers.

All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template and submitted via EasyChair.

Accepted formats are Postscript and PDF.

The workshop will consist of a part of accepted papers presentation and a part of a discussion among participants.

We are considering the opportunity to have an expert in the topic to give an invited talk.


Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and will be published in the Extended Proceedings of the ACM Hypertext 2014 Conference.

At least one author of an accepted paper needs to register for the WLT 2014 workshop.


Please submit your paper via EasyChair before registration:

You need to open a personal account upon the first login, if you do not have one.


Carlos Buil-Aranda, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
Federica Cena, University of Torino, Italy
Ilaria Torre, University of Genoa, Italy

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be finalized)

Marcelo Arenas, Department of Computer Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Oscar Corcho, Department of Artificial Intelligenge, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Olaf Hartig, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada
Dominikus Heckmann, Hochschule Amberg-Weiden, German Research Center for AI, Germany
Aidan Hogan, Deptartment of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile
Alexander Kröner, DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany
Francesco Osborne, Department of Computer Science, University of Turin, Italy
Sergey Sosnovsky, CeLTech, DFKI, Germany
Serena Villata, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France


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