Deadline Extended: The ESWC Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering (SWESE 2007)

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* Submission deadline extended: ***Mar 16, 2007***
* 3rd Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering - SWESE 2007
* located at the 4th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2007)
* June 6, 2007
* Innsbruck, Austria

Workshop Description

The advent of the World Wide Web has led many corporations to
web-enable their business applications and to the adoption of web
service standards in middleware platforms. Marking a turning point
in the evolution of the Web, the Semantic Web is expected to
provide more benefits to software engineering. Over the past five
years there have been a number of attempts to bring together
languages and tools, such as the Unified Modelling Language (UML),
developed for Software Engineering, with Semantic Web languages
such as RDF and OWL. The Semantic Web Best Practice and Deployment
Working Group (SWBPD) in W3C included a Software Engineering Task
Force (SETF) to investigate potential benefits. A related
international standardisation activity is OMG's Ontology
Definition Metamodel (ODM), which was formally adopted in October

It has been argued that the advantages of Semantic Web
Technologies in software engineering include reusability and
extensibility of data models, improvements in data quality, and
discovery and automated execution of workflows. According to
SETF's note "A Semantic Web Primer for Object-Oriented Software
Developers" (, the Semantic
Web can serve as a platform on which domain models can be created,
shared and reused. However, are there any other potential benefits
related to the reversal of this approach and the use of Semantic
Web concepts in the field of Software Engineering? Could the
Web-based, semantically rich formality of OWL be combined with
emerging model driven development tools such as the Eclipse
Modelling Framework to provide some badly needed improvements in
both the process and product of software development activities?
What is it about the amalgamation of OWL, UML and the Model Driven
Architecture (MDA) that could make a difference? Certainly, there
appear to be a number of strong arguments in favour of this
approach but consensus on the best way forward, or if there is
indeed a way forward at all has not yet formed. This workshop
seeks to build on prior events that have begun to explore and
evaluate this important area.

The workshop organisers believe that the informal nature of the
workshop, located at the major event on the Semantic Web, will aid
to further exchange between practitioners and researchers working
on these and other issues related to Semantic Web enabled software
engineering by providing a forum for discussing the major
challenges of the area and the different approach being taken to
resolve them. In fact, the first two SWESE workshops at ISWC2005
and ISWC2006 turned out to be huge successes, with more than 50
participants in SWESE2005 and more than 60 in SWESE2006.

Intended Audience

While the intended audience for this workshop includes those with
experience or interest in Semantic Web languages and tools, it is
also crucial to have participation by those with expertise in
other areas such as Automatic Software Engineering, Software
Engineering, OO/UML/MDA, Semantic Web, and  Software/legacy

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Visions for Semantic Web driven software engineering
- Tools developed or being developed for software engineering using SW
- Integration or application development projects combining Software
Engineering techniques and Semantic Web tools or languages
- Lessons learned in Automatic Software Engineering or KBSE applicable to
SW based SE
- Shortcomings of the Semantic Web with respect to Software Engineering
- Uses, extensions and/or issues with ODM
- Visions for SW driven software modernization
- Integration of UML, OO programming languages and Semantic Web languages
- Integration of formal methods and Semantic Web languages
- Software specification and Semantic Web languages
- Ontologies for software engineering
- Component discovery and ontologies
- Feature modelling and ontologies
- Ontology-based reasoning for software engineering
- Semantic annotations in software engineering
- Ontology-Driven Architecture: How to introduce Semantic Web technology
into mainstream development processes

Workshop Format and Attendance

This will be an all day workshop a poster session and technical
talks discussing competing visions for Semantic Web enabled
software engineering (final format will be dependent on
submissions; keynotes and panel are pending).

This workshop is open to all members of the ISWC community, as
well as other communities identified in the Intended Audience
discussion above.

Although submission of a paper is not a requirement for attendance
at the workshop, in the event that the workshop cannot accommodate
all who would like to participate, those who have submitted a
paper will be given priority for registration. We encourage those
who plan to attend this workshop, to register early in order to
help conference organisers with their planning as well as insure
that the workshop is not canceled do to projected poor

Organizing Committee

- Elisa F. Kendall, Sandpiper Software
- Evan Wallace, NIST
- Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen (contact)
- Phil Tetlow, IBM
- Marwan Sabbouh, MITRE
- Ljiljana Stojanovic, FZI at University of Karlsruhe

Program Committee

- Colin Atkinson (DE), University of Mannheim
- Ken Baclawski (US), Northeastern University
- Roberta Cuel (IT), University of Trento
- Jin Song Dong (SG), National University of Singapore
- Dragan Gasevic, (CA) Simon Fraser University Surrey
- Michael Goedicke (DE), University of Essen
- Alain Leger (FR), France Telecom
- Holger Knublauch (US), TopQuadrant
- Mitch Kokar (US), Northeastern University
- David Martin (US), SRI International
- Jishnu Mukerji (US), Hewlett-Packard Company
- Daniel Oberle (DE), SAP Research
- Adrian Paschke (DE), Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
- Dave Reynolds (UK), HP
- Marta Sabou (UK), Open University
- Steffen Staab (DE), University of Koblenz
- Hai Wang (UK), University of Southampton
- Andrea Zisman, (UK) City University, London

Submissions and Publication

We invite three forms of submission to this workshop:
  Full papers
  Short position papers

Format required for submissions:

Technical papers shall be up to 15 pages length, position papers 5
pages. The workshop content will be available for publication in
separate ESWC2007 workshop proceedings. Please use the Springer's
LNCS format for accepted papers. Complete details   on this format
are available at Springeronline.,11855,5-164-2-72376-0,

Please submit your papers to and

Technical papers will be peer reviewed by a group of experts
representing a cross-section of fields relevant to Semantic Web
enabled software engineering.


All accepted papers will be published online as part of the
workshop proceedings.

Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit revised and
extended versions of their papers for a special issue of a major
Semantic Web journal. [NB: the best papers in SWESE2005 are to be
published in the Journal of Web Semantics, while those in
SWESE2006 are invited to submit to the Journal of Data Semantics.]

Important Dates

Submission deadline: March 16, 2007
Acceptance notification: April 4, 2007
Camera-ready deadline: April 24, 2007
Workshop date: June 6, 2007


Dr. Jeff Z. Pan (
Department of Computing Science, The University of Aberdeen

Received on Friday, 9 March 2007 11:51:20 UTC