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ISWC 2018 : 17th International Semantic Web Conference


Conference Series : International Semantic Web Conference
When Oct 8, 2018 - Oct 12, 2018
Where Monterey, California, USA
Abstract Registration Due Mar 30, 2018
Submission Deadline Apr 6, 2018
Notification Due May 25, 2018
Categories    semantic web   linked data   artificial intelligence   information retrieval

Call For Papers

This is an announcement of the ISWC 2018 call for papers and proposals

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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 2018, 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, and replicable research on the Semantic Web. All papers must include method evaluations that are rigorous, repeatable and reproducible. This will be one of the key paper reviewing criteria. We also strongly encourage papers that provide links to the data sets, source code, queries used to evaluate their approach, and/or live deployments.
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 used are outlined below.

Before submitting, authors are asked to consult the calls of the other tracks featured at ISWC 2018 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
* Denny Vrandecic, Google, USA
* Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK

Call for In-Use Track Papers
Since their debut in the scientific community at the break of the millennium, Semantic Web technologies have moved from being adopted in small-scale academic prototypes to being employed in real-world settings in industry and governments at different scales. The “In Use” Track at ISWC’18 continues the tradition of demonstrating and learning from the increasing adoption of Semantic Web technologies outside the boundaries of research institutions, by providing a forum for the community to explore the benefits and challenges of applying these technologies in concrete, practical applications, in contexts ranging from industry to government and science.

Therefore, we are looking for descriptions of applied and validated solutions such as software tools, systems or architectures that benefit from the use of Semantic Web technologies (including, but not limited to, ontologies, Linked Data, knowledge representation languages). Importantly, submitted papers should provide convincing 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 submissions should be on the benefits of Semantics Web technologies for the intended use case, as well as, if relevant, on the added challenges they introduce.

Before submitting to the In-Use Track, authors are asked to consult the calls of the other tracks featured at ISWC 2018 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
* Irene Celino, Cefriel, Italy
* Marta Sabou, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Call for Resources Track Papers
Resources are of paramount importance as they foster scientific advancement. For example, the DBpedia resource had a major influence on the Semantic Web community by enabling the Linked (Open) Data movement. Validating a research hypothesis or providing answers to a research question often goes together with developing new resources that support these achievements. These resources include, among others, datasets, benchmarks, workflows, and software. Sharing them is key to allow other researchers to compare new results, reproduce experimental settings and explore new lines of research, in accordance with the FAIR principles for scientific data management. Yet, resources themselves rarely get the same recognition as the scientific advances they facilitate.

The ISWC 2018 Resources Track aims to promote the sharing of resources including, but not restricted to: datasets, ontologies, vocabularies, ontology design patterns, evaluation benchmarks or methods, services, APIs and software frameworks, workflows, crowdsourcing task designs, protocols and metrics, 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.

A typical Resource track paper has its focus set on reporting on one of the following categories of resources:
* Datasets produced: to support specific evaluation tasks; to support novel research methods; by novel algorithms;
* Ontologies, vocabularies and ontology design patterns, with a focus on describing the modelling process underlying their creation;
* Benchmarking activities focusing on datasets and algorithms for comprehensible and systematic evaluation of existing and future systems;
* Reusable research prototypes / services supporting a given research hypothesis;
* Community shared software frameworks that can be extended or adapted to support scientific study and experimentation;
* Scientific and experimental workflows used and reused in practical studies;
* Crowdsourcing task designs that have been used and can be (re)used for building resources such as gold standards and the like;
* Protocols for conducting experiments and studies;
* Novel evaluation methodologies and metrics, and their demonstration in an experimental study.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Valentina Presutti, STLab-ISTC, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Rome, Italy
* Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, OEG (Ontology Engineering Group), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain

Important Dates for Paper Submissions
Abstracts due March 30, 2018
Full papers due April 6, 2018
Author rebuttals May 7-11, 2018
Notifications May 25, 2018
Camera-ready papers due June 15, 2018
Conference October 10-12, 2018

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.

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