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Semantic Web Challenge CFP (ISWC 2015)

From: Kostis Kyzirakos <Kostis.Kyzirakos@cwi.nl>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:54:48 +0300
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Semantic Web Challenge 2015 - Call for Participation
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
October 13-15, 2015

Submissions are invited for the 2015 Semantic Web Challenge, the
premier event for demonstrating practical progress towards achieving
the vision of the Semantic Web. The 2015 Semantic Web Challenge which
will take place at the 15th International Semantic Web Conference in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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 11, 2015, 23:59 CET: Submissions due

Please note that you may need a visa to enter the US. You may have to
apply for a visa before the SWC 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 2015 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. Pitch: The submission should include a short "pitch" (approx 400
words) that describes what the application does and why it is
useful. This should be written for a non-technical audience.

3. 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

4. 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 during the first day of 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 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 finalists will proceed to the second round of the competition,
where they will have to present their work in an open session on the
second day of the conference. 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.

* Oct 13th. Demo of all submissions during poster session;
* Oct 14th. Oral Presentations of submissions invited to the second round;
* Oct 15th. Presentation of results at closing ceremony.

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

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.

Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester, UK,
Kostis Kyzirakos, CWI Amsterdam, NL, Kostis.Kyzirakos@cwi.nl
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