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ISWC 2017 : 16th International Semantic Web Conference


Conference Series : International Semantic Web Conference
When Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 25, 2017
Where Vienna, Austria
Abstract Registration Due May 8, 2017
Submission Deadline May 15, 2017
Notification Due Jul 14, 2017
Final Version Due Jul 28, 2017
Categories    semantic web   linked data   artificial intelligence   information retrieval

Call For Papers

First Call for papers & proposals
16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017)
Vienna, Austria, October 21-25, 2017

Twitter: @iswc2017 (
Overview calls:

In this announcement:
1. Call for Papers
2. HTML Submission Guide
3. Call for Workshop and Tutorial proposals
4. Important dates

1. Call for Papers
Call for Research Track Papers
The International Semantic Web Conference is the premier venue for presenting fundamental research, innovative technology, and applications concerning semantics, data, and the Web.
In this track of ISWC 2017, we are looking for novel and significant research contributions addressing theoretical, analytical and empirical aspects of the Semantic Web. While we welcome work that relates to the W3C Semantic Web recommendations (e.g., RDF, OWL, SPARQL, etc.), we also encourage contributions to research at the intersection of Semantic Web and other scientific disciplines. Submissions to the research track should describe original, significant research on the Semantic Web, and are expected to provide some principled means of evaluation. Specifically, all papers should include evaluations of the approaches described in the paper. We strongly encourage evaluations that are repeatable. We also strongly encourage papers that provide links to: the data sets, source code, queries used to evaluate their approach, live deployment.
All papers will be assessed by a program committee. Each paper will be reviewed by at least four committee members, including one senior member. The review criteria is specified in the call.
Before submitting, authors are asked to consult the calls of the other tracks featured at ISWC 2017 and to choose the track that best suits their contribution. The submission of the same work to multiple tracks is not allowed and may result in a rejection of the work across all tracks without a review.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Claudia d’Amato, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
* Miriam Fernandez, KMi, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Call for In-Use Track Papers
Semantic technologies are reaching maturity on and off the web, through ontology based data integration, the increase in their use to publish, structure, store and make sense of web data, whether they are in the form of linked data, through, or even with semantics included in other data formats than RDF (CSV, JSON, etc). The In-Use track at ISWC 2017 provides a forum for the community to explore the benefits and challenges of applying semantic technologies in concrete, practical applications, in contexts ranging from industry to government and science. We are especially interested in applications that use the emerging knowledge graphs or semantic annotations on the web together with data mining, machine learning, or natural language processing techniques to the benefit of concrete, real-life scenarios. We are also looking for descriptions of applied and validated industry solutions as software tools, systems or architecture that benefit from the adoption of semantic technologies.

Importantly, papers presenting applications in use of semantic technologies should provide evidence that there is use of the proposed application or tool by the target user group, preferably outside the group that conducted the development. A main focus of the submission should be on the way semantics and semantic technologies are impacting this development, through benefiting the intended use case, as well as, if relevant, through the added challenges they introduce.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Philippe Cudre-Maroux, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
* Juan Sequeda, Capsenta, Austin, TX, USA

Call for Resources Track Papers
Many of the research efforts in in the areas of the Semantic Web and Linked Data focus on publishing scientific papers that prove a hypothesis. However, scientific advancement is often reliant good quality resources, that are the necessary scaffolding to support the scientific publications, even though these are not usually equally recognised. Sharing these resources and the best practices that have lead to their development with the research community is crucial to consolidate research material, ensure reproducibility of results and in general gain new scientific insights.

The ISWC 2017 Resources Track aims to promote the sharing of resources including, but not restricted to, datasets, ontologies, vocabularies, workflows, evaluation benchmarks or methods, replication studies, services, APIs and software that have contributed to the generation of novel scientific work. In particular, we encourage the sharing of such resources following best and well established practices within the Semantic Web community. This track calls for contributions that provide a concise and clear description of a resource and its usage. We also encourage submissions that illustrate new types of resources such as ontology design patterns, crowdsourcing task designs, workflows, methodologies, protocols and measures, etc.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
* Freddy Lecue, Accenture/INRIA, Dublin, Ireland, Sophia Antipolis, France

Call for Posters and Demos Papers
The ISWC 2017 Posters and Demonstrations complement the paper tracks of the conference and offer an opportunity for presenting late-breaking research results, on-going research projects, and speculative or innovative work in progress. The informal setting of the Posters and Demonstrations encourages presenters and participants to engage in discussions about the work. Such discussions can be invaluable inputs for the future work of the presenters, while offering participants an effective way to broaden their knowledge of the emerging research trends and to network with other researchers.

We invite submissions relevant to the area of the Semantic Web and which address, but are not limited to, the topics of the Research Track; the In-Use Track; and the Resources Track. Technical posters, reports on Semantic Web software systems (free or commercial), descriptions of completed work, and work in progress are all welcome. Demonstrations are intended to showcase innovative Semantic Web related implementations and technologies, both in academia and in industry.

We explicitly welcome entries from the industry. However, submissions for posters and demos should go beyond pure advertisements of commercial software packages and convey a minimal scientific contribution.
Authors of full papers accepted for the Research Track; the In-Use Track; and the Resources Track are explicitly invited to submit a demonstration.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Nadeschda Nikitina, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
* Dezhao Song, Thomson Reuters, Eagan, MN, USA

Call for Industry Track Papers
The Industry Track seeks to present the state of adoption of semantic technologies in industrial applications. These technologies may be used in specific industries (e.g., media, financials, telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, government, intelligence, etc.) or as a horizontal technology, and in different application areas (e.g., business intelligence, analytics, search, content management, knowledge management, recommendation systems, data integration, etc.).
We welcome contributions about success stories as well as experiences and discussions of obstacles that stand in the way of large scale adoption of certain technologies.
Particular emphasis should be put on the demonstration of business value created by using the semantic technologies.
Come and join us at the ISWC 2017 industry track to share your experience!

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Achille Fokoue, IBM Yorktown, NY, USA
* Peter Haase, metaphacts, Walldorf, Germany

Call for Doctoral Consortium papers
The Consortium aims to broaden the perspectives and to improve the research and communication skills of these students.

The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but who have sufficient time prior to completing their dissertation to benefit from the consortium experience. Generally, students at the end of their first year, in their second or at the beginning of their third year of PhD will benefit the most from the Doctoral Consortium. In the Consortium, the students will present their proposals, get specific feedback and advice on how to improve their research plan and discuss other students’ proposals.

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive feedback. The international program committee will select the best submissions for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium.

We anticipate that students with accepted submissions at the Doctoral Consortium will receive travel fellowships to offset some of the travel costs but they will be asked to attend the whole day of the Doctoral Consortium.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Lora Aroyo, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Fabien Gandon, INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France

2. HTML Submission Guide
As for the previous ISWC edition, we allow for the submission of articles formatted using HTML. Authors choosing to submit using HTML still need to comply with the page limit and layout requirements of the conference. It’s the author’s responsibility to ensure that reviewers can easily access their submission.

Detailed info on HTML submission and link to helpful tools can be found at:

3. Call for Workshop and Tutorial proposals

In addition to the regular research program, ISWC 2017 will feature a workshop and tutorial program addressing the diverse interests of its audience.

We hereby invite you to submit a tutorial proposal on a topic relevant to the ISWC 2017 audience.

Detailed info:

Besides tutorials, ISWC will host a number of workshops on topics related to the general theme of the conference. The role of the workshops is to provide a context for a focused and intensive scientific exchange among researchers interested in a particular topic. As such, workshops are the primary venues for the exploration of emerging ideas as well as for the discussion of novel aspects of established research topics.
We invite you to submit a proposal for workshops on a topic of interest to ISWC attendees.

Detailed info:

Workshops & Tutorials Chairs
* Aidan Hogan, Universidad de Chile Santiago, Santiago, Chile
* Valentina Presutti, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Rome, Italy

4. Important Dates

Workshop & Tutorial proposals due March 17, 2017
Workshop & Tutorial proposals notifications sent April 7, 2017
Abstracts due (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks) May 8, 2017
Submissions due (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks) May 15, 2017
Doctoral Consortium submissions due May 25, 2017
Registration starts June 1, 2017
Doctoral Consortium notifications sent June 30, 2017
Author rebuttal period (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks) June 23-27, 2017
Submissions due (Industry track) July 10, 2017
Notifications sent (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks) July 14, 2017
Camera-ready papers for Doctoral Consortium due July 18, 2017
Workshop paper submissions due July 21, 2017
Poster & Demo submissions due July 27, 2017
Camera-ready papers due (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks) July 28, 2017
Notifications sent (Industry track) July 31, 3017
Workshop paper notifications sent August 24, 2017
Poster & Demo notifications sent August 24, 2017
Student activity applications due August 31, 2017
Final version industry track papers due August 31, 2017
Camera-ready copies for Poster & Demo due September 4, 2017
The last day for early registrations September 8, 2017
Workshops & Tutorials October 21 & 22, 2017
Conference October 23, 24 & 25, 2017

The ISWC Organising Committee (

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