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ESCT2008: Request for Proposals

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Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 10:09:55 +0200
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***Request for Proposals***

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European Semantic Technology Conference 2008
ESTC 2008

24th-26th September, Vienna, Austria
www.estc2008.com
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**Request for Proposals**
Semantic Technology Institute (STI) International is pleased to  
announce the 2nd annual European Semantic Technology Conference. ESTC  
is Europe?s foremost gathering on the application of semantic  
technology in industry, commerce and government. The programme will  
provide participants with a strategic overview of how semantic  
technology can be applied within their organisations. Participants  
will learn how to design, develop and apply a cohesive strategy for  
managing semantic technology initiatives and utilising these  
innovations to dramatically evolve the operations and effectiveness of  
their organisations from the foremost semantic technology experts,  
exploiters and experienced practitioners.

**ESTC2008 Programme Content and Structure**
The 2008 European Semantic Technology Conference is designed to allow  
participants to network with and learn from one another ? you will be  
able to customise your own programme to suit your interests and  
imperatives, as the programme will be divided into learning tracks  
focused on specific areas of practice.

Tutorials ? 24th September (half day)
Main Conference and Exhibition ? 24th September (afternoon) ? 26th September

Conference Themes

In general terms, the conference is interested in the application of  
semantic technology to any business need, whether inside or outside  
the enterprise and in both the B2B and B2C contexts.

Topics include but are not limited to:

SOA and Semantic Technology
Semantic Business Intelligence
Knowledge Management
Information Integration
Semantic Web Services
Semantic Web & Web 2.0
Semantic search
Ontology modelling
Ontology management
Semantic BPM
Semantic Technology & SaaS
Information Retrieval

Semantic technology is applicable to many sectors. Verticals already  
generating strong interest include:

- Financial Services
- Life Sciences
- Telecommunications
- eHealth
- Government

Programme structure will include
- Focused tracks that guide you through the conference experience and  
help you select which content is most relevant to your work
- A wide range of topics to ensure that your experience onsite will  
reflect your most pressing imperatives
- Opportunities to meet and get to know your peers in more informal settings
- Business Idea Showcase ? pitch your idea for the application of  
semantic technology to our panel of investors ? winners will be  
selected at the conference and rewarded!

**Submission Overview**
You are invited to submit a proposal for ESTC2008. The programme  
advisory committee will review proposals. Priority will be given to  
proposals that are innovative, practical, focussed on  
industry-strength applications and include re-applicable learning  
points.

For the submission please use our online form at  
http://www.estc2008.com/index.php/speak

Selection Criteria
All proposals will be carefully reviewed by the programme advisory  
committee. Product or company endorsements and promotions are strictly  
prohibited. Selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Relevance to conference theme and quality of presentation
- Ability to provide proven results
- Originality of approach
- Quality of supplements/handouts
- Qualifications of presenter(s) and references
- Practical application of material and feasibility of implementation
- Absence of sales and marketing content

Presenter Guidelines
Sessions for this programme average approximately 40 minutes, with few  
exceptions, including time for interactive discussion. Presenters are  
expected to work closely with conference planners in advance of the  
conference and asked not to make any substantial changes in content,  
process, names, or numbers of presenters without the approval of the  
conference Programme Director.
Session overheads and handouts are required from all speakers eight  
weeks prior to the event. They should be high quality black and white,  
without page numbers or sales/marketing copy.
This material will be due by Friday, August 29, 2008.
Presentations may be recorded.

**Timetable**
Deadline for proposals: Friday, June 6, 2008
Notification of approval: Friday, July 4, 2008
Camera-ready or PowerPoint copy of proceedings to STI International:  
Friday, August 29, 2008
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