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Federated Infrastructures Community Group

The mission of this group is to create a set of upper ontologies to describe federated infrastructures and their resources. The ontologies will support a number of use cases to semantically manage the whole life cycle of a resource: discovery, selection, reservation, provisioning, monitoring, control, termination, authentication, authorization, and trustworthiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is this?

As shown in the group description, the goal of this CG is to develop a set of formal information models to semantically describe federated infrastructures and their resources. These models be used in the contexts of Intercloud management, Grid Computing and distributed e-infrastructures, experimentation in federated testbeds, multidomain networks, the Internet of Things or Big Data analytics.

Where can I read more?

You can find our latest documentation of our work at http://w3c.github.io/omn and the auto generated documentation and sources of our ontology at http://w3id.org/omn. This and further code examples (such as a translation module) are located at https://github.com/w3c/omn. Further, our vocabulary has been published at http://lov.okfn.org/dataset/lov/vocabs/omn and common prefixes are registered at http://prefix.cc/omn.

Have you started from scratch?

Fortunately, we stand on the shoulders of giants by using standards such as the W3C Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the W3C Web Ontology Language (OWL) and incorporating existing work such as the OGF Network Mark-Up Language (NML), the Infrastructure and Network Description Language (INDL) or the Network Description Language based on the Web Ontology Language (NDL-OWL). Further we reuse existing ontologies such as Dublin Core (DC), Friend of a Friend (FOAF), Good Relations (GR), W3C Geo and W3C Time.

I have more questions / how can I participate?

We have a public mailing list for everyone where you can contact us. The public mailing list for members gives an insight of the current topics that we discuss and if you chose to join the community group (it’s free), then you can also use our private mailing list for members.

Call for Papers: 1st International Workshop on Semantic Web for Federated Software Defined Infrastructures (SWSDI2016)

Co-located with 13th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2016), Anissaras, Crete, Greece. May, 2016
https://ivi.fnwi.uva.nl/sne/swsdi2016

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: Friday March 4th, 2016 – 23:59 Hawaii Time.
Notification of acceptance: Friday April 1st, 2016.
Camera-ready submission deadline: Friday April 15th, 2016 – 23:59 Hawaii Time.
Workshop date: May 29th or May 30th (Depending on ESWC2016 program)

Software-defined infrastructure can be under the control of individual organizations, but often they are connected together in a federated manner to provide richer services. Within these federated contexts, the requirements for formal information exchange and lifecycle management become even more complex and stringent. The federation of multiple, separately administrated infrastructures requires that they are available for utilization under common APIs, authentication/authorization schemes and tools. This is a hard task, as various providers might use different approaches to manage their cyber resources and/or services. Given the heterogeneity of the resources on offer in these infrastructures, one particular issue that emerges is the description of these offerings.
The main objective of SWSDI 2016 is to study the applicability and maturity of Semantic Web based methodologies for modelling the newly emerging software-defined (computing and networking) infrastructures, particularly federated infrastructures and federated Clouds. Furthermore, SWSDI 2016 aims to identify how the Semantic Web surpasses other approaches, such as the exchange of simple XML or JSON serialized tree data structures.
Topics of Interest

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, the application of Semantic Web technologies and ontology development for:

* Software Defined Infrastructures (SDIs) and Cloud Computing
* Federated Clouds and Federated Infrastructures
* Software Defined Networking (SDN), Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN), and Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
* Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO)
* Internet of Everything (IoE) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
* Big Data and Analytics
* Wireless, Cellular, and Sensor Networks

Submission Guidelines

Papers must not exceed six (6) pages in length and formatted according to the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format. All papers must be submitted in PDF format.
More information about LNCS format is available at https://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0.
All submissions are done via EasyChair system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=swsdi2016.
All submissions must be written in English. Submitted papers will be peer reviewed by three independent reviewers. The accepted papers must be presented at the workshop. Accepted papers will be included in the CEUR workshop proceedings. Furthermore, best papers accepted at the workshop will be included in the supplementary proceedings of ESWC2016, which will appear in the Springer LNCS series.
At least one author of each paper has to register for the workshop and present the paper.

Organizing Committee

Jorge Cardoso, Huawei Technologies, Germany
Paola Grosso – University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mohamed Morsey – University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Alexander Willner – Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Program Committee

Ilya Baldin – Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), USA
Yahya Al-Hazmi – Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Kemafor Anyanwu – North Carolina State University, USA
Nick Bassiliades – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Cees de Laat – University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
David De Roure – University of Oxford, UK
Beniamino Di Martino – Second University of Naples, Italy
Maria Fasli – University of Essex, UK
Karthik Gomadam – Castlight Health, USA
Danh Le-Phuoc – DERI: Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
Chrysa Papagianni – NETwork Management & Optimal DEsign Laboratory (NETMODE), Greece
Adrian Paschke – The Free University of Berlin, Germany
Martin Serrano – DERI: Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
Brecht Vermeulen – iMinds – Ghent University, Belgium
Yufeng Xin – Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), USA

Contact Information

For questions and inquiries about the workshop, please contact the workshops
organizers via: swsdi2016@easychair.org

Call for Participation in Federated Infrastructures Community Group

The Federated Infrastructures Community Group has been launched:


The mission of this group is to create a set of upper ontologies to describe federated infrastructures and their resources.
The ontologies will support a number of use cases to semantically manage the whole life cycle of a resource: discovery, selection, reservation, provisioning, monitoring, control, termination, authentication, authorization, and trustworthiness.


In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2015-04-01 by Alexander Willner. The following people supported its creation: Alexander Willner, Ivan Seskar, Brecht Vermeulen, Dimitris Kalogeras, Anastasios Koutoumanos, Alaa Alloush, Yufeng Xin, Ilya Baldin. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

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