|This work package comprises three annual general workshops. The first of these workshops will serve as kickoff meeting and will thus be held within the first three months. The second one will be held in months 12-15. The third one will be held in conjunction with a summer school. Each workshop will be open to all participants including representatives from industrial partners and selected outside observers. Other researchers may attend the workshops and give talks if sufficient space is available. Each workshop will last for three days and consist of 2-3 invited talks and 20-30 contributed talks within the various themes. In addition there will be a panel discussion with industrial representatives, a brainstorming session, a business meeting (open to members), and a meeting of the steering committee. Workshop proceedings will be made available at the workshop and on our WWW site.|
Throughout the course of the project we will hold theme-specific workshops bringing together researchers working on a particular topic within
one or across several of the themes. We are planning to hold a minimum of nine workshops on the following preliminary list of topics.
A larger number of workshops around 12-13 may be expected.
|We plan to hold a summer school open to postgraduate students and junior researchers at the end of the funding period to disseminate the results obtained in the working group. In addition to this we envisage short courses to be held by visiting researchers at their host site on their individual research topics.|
|We will also partially fund individual short-term visits between sites to provide opportunities for collaborative research and training of junior researchers and to enable cooperation between senior members. The results of any such visit will be summarised in the annual progress reports. Such visits can be funded only if the visiting researcher hold a short course at the hosting institution, see D10.|
|The management structure is as detailed in Section 9.6. It comprises in particular regular meetings of the steering committee and business meetings open to all participants. Orthogonal to that theme coordinators are responsible for ensuring progress on their particular theme. They liaise with and respond to the steering committee. Dissemination of results is ensured via a project web page containing (links to) all other deliverables and results as well as other project-related documentation and serving as a semantics portal for the wider community. Other means of dissemination are listed in WP3 (summer school and short courses) and WP6 (industrial liaison).|
|The industrial participants in APPSEM make up the Industrial Advisory Panel. At each annual general workshop, the panel will lead a discussion on Industrial Challenges to Semantics, which in our experience is an effective way to meet the first two objectives above. A summary of the discussions will be published on the APPSEM web site for later reference. To meet the third objective, industrial participants will be invited to speak on their work at the annual workshops.|