Semantic Web Challenge 2012 - Call for Participation

Semantic Web Challenge 2012 - Call for Participation
Boston - USA
November 13-15, 2012

Submissions are now invited for the 10th Semantic Web Challenge, the
premier event for demonstrating practical progress towards achieving
the vision of the Semantic Web. The 10th Semantic Web Challenge which
will take place at the 11th International Semantic Web Conference in
Boston, USA.

As in previous years, the Semantic Web Challenge will consist of two
tracks: the Open Track and the Billion Triples Track. The key
difference between the two tracks is that the Billion Triples Track
requires the participants to make use of the data set that has been
crawled from the Web and is provided by the organizers. 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

Important Dates
Friday October 12, 2012, 23:59 CET: Submissions due
November 13-15: Semantic Web Challenge takes place at ISWC 2012

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 2012 are described here:

How to Participate
Visit in order to participate and
register for the Semantic Web Challenge by submitting the required
information as well as a link to the application on the online
registration form. The submission site at will be open
until Friday October 12, 2012.

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 2012 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 8 finalists. The entries will be scored by the
judges and the 8 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 8 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 3 winners of the
Open Track and 1 winner of the BTC 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 2012. All 8
finalists will also be offered the opportunity 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.

Billion Triples Challenge 2012 Data Set
The participants of the Billion Triple Track of the Semantic Web
Challenge need to use a data set provided by the organizers. The data
set is currently being prepared and will be available on the website
in April 2012.

Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield,
Andreas Harth, KIT,

Received on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 18:40:14 UTC