METHOD 2015: The 4th International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust of (Open) Data

Last-minute call for data papers & late-breaking results

Now that the normal submission process is complete, we are making a last-minute call for data papers and short papers with late-breaking results.

A data paper is a short 4 to 6 page paper, describing and linking to a data set that can be used to support and/or evaluate approaches related to trust, as described in the workshop topics. Data papers do not require novel research approaches or evaluations. The only requirements for data papers are:

A late-breaking results paper is a short 4 to 6 page paper, describing a novel research idea that is highly motivated, with some preliminary results, but not necessarily fully evaluated. In this case, novelty is absolutely required.

So if you have late-breaking results, or a dataset that can be used to determine trustworthiness, is in need of trust assessment, describes trustworthy data, or is relevant in any other way to the workshop, submit your short paper to METHOD before August 12th, 23:59 HST! Due to the short review period, this deadline will not be extended!

New Important Dates

Original Call for Papers

The METHOD workshop aims to bring together researchers working on the problem of trust and quality assessment of (open) data, and all components that contribute to this goal. This year, METHOD will be co-located for the second time with the International Semantic Web Conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on October 11th or 12th.


Trust assessment of content on the Web is a highly complex concept that depends on objective as well as subjective criteria, including the content's provenance, but also the consumer's background, personality, and context. However, the exact criteria and tolerances will differ for each domain, requiring detailed knowledge about the data and its users. This also makes it very challenging to find generic solutions that are applicable everywhere. Therefore, stakeholders in this field are continuously investigating new techniques to handle and prepare data in such a way that it becomes easier for machines to process it with the goal of trust and/or quality assessment. We found that our research community lacks a platform for researchers and engineers to exchange views on this matter from a technical perspective. The METHOD workshops provide a forum for researchers and engineers to discuss approaches, theories, and concrete technical means required to establish trust in information on the Web.

Furthermore, because this field is so new, we have observed that researchers in the community lack a place to submit ongoing work and untested ideas. Due to a shortage of ground-truth data, fully evaluated approaches are scarce (and when they do appear, they are rarely sent to a workshop). On the other hand, stakeholders in the field often own data sets that might be useful for researchers, but these data sets remain unexposed to the research community. Therefore, this edition of METHOD will specifically focus on bringing research ideas and data together.


This year, there are more ways to participate in METHOD than ever!

  1. Submit a short research paper (2 to 4 pages), describing a research idea that is highly motivated, but not necessarily fully evaluated.
  2. Submit a full research paper (up to 12 pages), describing more mature research, including evaluation.
  3. Submit a data paper (2 to 4 pages), describing and linking to a data set that can be used to support and/or evaluate approaches related to the workshop topics.
  4. Submit a demo paper (4 to 6 pages), describing a demonstration related to the workshop.

Submissions are handled via Easychair, and should be submitted in PDF, formatted according to the Lecture Notes in Computer Science guidelines for proceedings. Submissions to ISWC-2015/METHOD-2015 are not anonymous or blinded. All accepted submissions will be published in the online proceedings of METHOD 2015. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and for the main conference, ISWC2015.

Authors of selected papers may be invited to submit an extended version to the SpringerOpen Journal of Trust Management.


The topics of METHOD highlight many different aspects of trust, including (but not limited to):

Trust as Predictive Quality:

Trust as Soft Security

Trust through Provenance

Trust through Reputation

Representing Trust

Trust Management:

Important Dates