CFP: 4th Workshop on Scripting for the Semantic Web (SFSW2008), at ESWC2008 (inc special focus on SW data from social interactions)

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4th Workshop on Scripting for the Semantic Web

co-located with
5th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2008) June 1, 2008, Tenerife, Spain



The workshop aims to bring together developers who are building applications and infrastructure for the Semantic Web using scripting languages such as PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Perl, JSP and ActionScript. These languages are the tools of a generation of Web programmers who use them to quickly create server and client-side web applications. Many deployed Semantic Web applications from the FOAF, RSS/ATOM, blog and wiki communities, as well as many innovative mashups from the Web 2.0 and Open Data movements are using scripting languages, and it is likely that the process of RDF-izing existing Web applications and database-backed Web sites will continue to rely heavily on scripting languages.

This year's fourth workshop on Scripting for the Semantic Web aims to continue the tradition of successful ESWC scripting workshops. Last years Scripting for the Semantic Web workshop in Innsbruck, Austria ( focused on the role of scripting languages in populating the Web with Linked Data, as well as showcasing innovative scripting applications that consume Linked Data from the Web.

The special focus of this years workshop is the creation of Semantic Web data through social interactions, as well as applications that integrate socially-created data across communities. Therefore, we especially encourage work on providing Semantic Web access to socially-created content bases, as well as approaches that facilitate data integration across different content bases using Semantic Web technologies.

The workshop will include a scripting challenge which will award an industry sponsored prize to the most innovative scripting application.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

- Semantic Web frameworks and APIs for scripting languages
- RDF repositories and query languages implemented using scripting languages
- Reasoning engines implemented using scripting languages
- Semantic Web publishing and data syndication frameworks
- Approaches to providing Linked Data views on socially-created content bases
- Approaches to crawling Web data and querying distributed data on the Web

- Semantic Web applications using scripting languages
- Approaches to using Semantic Web technologies for integrating data across socially-created content bases and user communities
- Mashups that combine Linked Data from the Web with data from Web 2.0 data sources such as Google, Yahoo, flickr, Amazon or eBay
- Wikis, weblogs, data syndication and content management applications using RDF
- Scripting applications for visualizing Web data
- Semantic Web Mining and Social Network Analysis
- Approaches to RDF-izing existing web-content, such as RDFa, microformats, GRDDL
- Mashups that demonstrate the novel capabilities of Semantic Web technologies

- Rapid development techniques for the Semantic Web
- Employment of scripting language characteristics for Semantic Web development
- Scalability and benchmarks of Semantic Web scripting applications


The workshop includes a scripting challenge which will award an industry sponsored prize to the most innovative small scripting application or mashup. The application must be implemented using a scripting language and Semantic Web technologies. It should access, visualize or combine data from heterogeneous sources in a novel way. Authors of Scripting Challenge submissions are not required to attend the workshop personally. Please contact Gunnar Grimnes (gunnar.grimnes {at} for further information about the Scripting Challenge.


Submission deadline: March 7, 2008
Notication of acceptance: April 4, 2008
Camera-ready paper submission: April 18, 2008
Workshop date: June 1, 2008


* Chris Bizer, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
* Sören Auer, Universität Leipzig, Germany and University of Pennsylvania, USA
* Gunnar Aastrand Grimnes, DFKI Knowledge Management Lab, Germany
* Tom Heath, Talis Information Ltd, United Kingdom


We seek three kinds of submissions:
* Full papers - up to 12 pages in length.
* Short papers - up to 6 pages in length.
* Scripting Challenge Submissions - 2 page description of the application, ideally accompanied with the source code and a link to an online demo.


Updated information about the workshop is found on the workshop website

For further information, please send email to sfsw2008 {at}

Tom Heath
Platform Team
Talis Information Ltd
T: 0870 400 5000

Received on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 21:06:02 UTC