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Semantic Web Challenge 2013: Deadline Approaching

From: Sean Bechhofer <sean.bechhofer@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:47:00 +0000
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Deadline for submissions is in one week.

Semantic Web Challenge 2013 - Call for Participation
Sydney, Australia
October 23-25, 2013

Submissions are now invited for the 11th Semantic Web Challenge, the
premier event for demonstrating practical progress towards achieving
the vision of the Semantic Web. The Challenge will take place at the
12th International Semantic Web Conference in Sydney, Australia.

The Semantic Web Challenge will consist of two tracks: the Open Track
and the Big Data Track. The key difference between the two tracks is
that the Big Data Track requires the participants to make use of large-
scale data sets. The Open Track has no such restrictions. The Challenge
is open to everyone from industry and academia. The authors of the best
applications will be awarded prizes and featured prominently at special
sessions during the conference.

Important Dates
Friday, September 20, 2013, 23:59 CET: Submissions due

Please note that you need a visa to enter Australia. You can find more
on the visa process on the ISWC website:
You may have to apply for a visa before the submission deadline!

Challenge Criteria
The Challenge is defined in terms of minimum requirements and
additional desirable features that submissions should exhibit. The
criteria for the Semantic Web Challenge 2013 are described here:

How to Participate
Visit http://challenge.semanticweb.org/ in order to participate and
register for the Semantic Web Challenge by submitting the required

The following information must be provided:

1. Abstract: no more than 200 words.

2. Description: The description should show details of the system,
including why the system is innovative, which features or functions
the system provides, what design choices were made and what lessons
were learned. The description must include an appendix of 1-2 pages
summarising explicitly how participants have addressed the evaluation
requirements (including mandatory and any relevant desirable
criteria). Papers should not exceed eight pages (including the
appendix) and must be formatted according to the same guidelines as
the papers in the Research Track (see

3. Web access: The application should be accessible via the web. If
the application is not publicly accessible, passwords should be
provided. A (short) set of instructions on how to start and use the
application should also be provided on the web page.

Descriptions (including the appendix) will be published in the form of
online proceedings on the Semantic Web Challenge website.

Judging and Prizes
In addition to submitting a system description and working demo, all
participants are required to present their systems at the posters and
demos session at the ISWC conference. A jury consisting of experts from
industry and academia will be appointed to judge the systems at the
conference. In the first round of judging, the jury will take into
consideration the descriptions submitted, the online demos, and the
presentation at the conference, in order to determine an initial set of
up to eight finalists. The entries will be scored by the judges and the
eight highest scoring entries will then proceed to the second round of
the competition. The split between the two tracks will be determined
according to the proportion of entries in each track.

The eight finalists will proceed to the second round of the competition,
where they will have to present their work in an open session the
following day. They will have a slot of approximately 15 minutes to
present their work. The judges will be present and will evaluate the
systems in more detail, according to the specific criteria detailed on
the website. The judges will then meet in private to discuss the entries
and to determine the winners.

A monetary prize will be provided to the winners of each track, along with publicity for their work. There will normally be three winners of
the Open Track and one winner of the Big Data track. However, the
organisers reserve the right to merge the tracks in the event of
insufficient submissions in either category. The winners will be
announced and prizes awarded during the Closing Ceremony of ISWC. The
winners also have the chance to submit their work to a Special Issue of
the Journal of Web Semantics.

In the event that one of the tracks receive less than a minimal number
of submissions, the organizers reserve the right to merge the two tracks
of the competition.

Andreas Harth, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), harth@kit.edu
Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester, UK, sean.bechhofer@manchester.ac.ukv
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