[CfP] ISWC 2017 - final call for contributions

16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017)
Vienna, Austria, October 21-25, 2017

*** Deadlines reminder highlight - May 2017
*** Less than two weeks left for Research, In-Use, Resources tracks:
*** Abstract May 8
*** Full paper May 15
*** Doctoral Consortium: May 25

Website: http://iswc2017.semanticweb.org

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Twitter: @iswc2017 (https://twitter.com/ISWC2017)
Overview calls: http://iswc2017.semanticweb.org/calls/

In this announcement:
1. Call for Papers
2. HTML Submission Guide
3. Accepted Workshops and Tutorials
4. Student Grants
5. Important dates

1. Call for Papers
Call for Research Track Papers
The International Semantic Web Conference is the premier venue for
presenting fundamental research, innovative technology, and applications
concerning semantics, data, and the Web.
In this track of ISWC 2017, we are looking for novel and significant
research contributions addressing theoretical, analytical and empirical
aspects of the Semantic Web. While we welcome work that relates to the W3C
Semantic Web recommendations (e.g., RDF, OWL, SPARQL, etc.), we also
encourage contributions to research at the intersection of Semantic Web and
other scientific disciplines. Submissions to the research track should
describe original, significant research on the Semantic Web, and are
expected to provide some principled means of evaluation. Specifically, all
papers should include evaluations of the approaches described in the paper.
We strongly encourage evaluations that are repeatable. We also strongly
encourage papers that provide links to: the data sets, source code, queries
used to evaluate their approach, live deployment.
All papers will be assessed by a program committee. Each paper will be
reviewed by at least four committee members, including one senior member.
The review criteria is specified in the call.
Before submitting, authors are asked to consult the calls of the other
tracks featured at ISWC 2017 and to choose the track that best suits their
contribution. The submission of the same work to multiple tracks is not
allowed and may result in a rejection of the work across all tracks without
a review.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Claudia d’Amato, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
* Miriam Fernandez, KMi, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Call for In-Use Track Papers
Semantic technologies are reaching maturity on and off the web, through
ontology based data integration, the increase in their use to publish,
structure, store and make sense of web data, whether they are in the form
of linked data, through schema.org, or even with semantics included in
other data formats than RDF (CSV, JSON, etc). The In-Use track at ISWC 2017
provides a forum for the community to explore the benefits and challenges
of applying semantic technologies in concrete, practical applications, in
contexts ranging from industry to government and science. We are especially
interested in applications that use the emerging knowledge graphs or
semantic annotations on the web together with data mining, machine
learning, or natural language processing techniques to the benefit of
concrete, real-life scenarios. We are also looking for descriptions of
applied and validated industry solutions as software tools, systems or
architecture that benefit from the adoption of semantic technologies.

Importantly, papers presenting applications in use of semantic technologies
should provide evidence that there is use of the proposed application or
tool by the target user group, preferably outside the group that conducted
the development. A main focus of the submission should be on the way
semantics and semantic technologies are impacting this development, through
benefiting the intended use case, as well as, if relevant, through the
added challenges they introduce.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Philippe Cudre-Maroux, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
* Juan Sequeda, Capsenta, Austin, TX, USA

Call for Resources Track Papers
Many of the research efforts in in the areas of the Semantic Web and Linked
Data focus on publishing scientific papers that prove a hypothesis.
However, scientific advancement is often reliant good quality resources,
that are the necessary scaffolding to support the scientific publications,
even though these are not usually equally recognised. Sharing these
resources and the best practices that have lead to their development with
the research community is crucial to consolidate research material, ensure
reproducibility of results and in general gain new scientific insights.

The ISWC 2017 Resources Track aims to promote the sharing of resources
including, but not restricted to, datasets, ontologies, vocabularies,
workflows, evaluation benchmarks or methods, replication studies, services,
APIs and software that have contributed to the generation of novel
scientific work. In particular, we encourage the sharing of such resources
following best and well established practices within the Semantic Web
community. This track calls for contributions that provide a concise and
clear description of a resource  and its usage. We also encourage
submissions that illustrate new types of resources such as ontology design
patterns, crowdsourcing task designs, workflows, methodologies, protocols
and measures, etc.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
* Freddy Lecue, Accenture/INRIA, Dublin, Ireland, Sophia Antipolis, France

Call for Posters and Demos Papers
The ISWC 2017 Posters and Demonstrations complement the paper tracks of the
conference and offer an opportunity for presenting late-breaking research
results, on-going research projects, and speculative or innovative work in
progress. The informal setting of the Posters and Demonstrations encourages
presenters and participants to engage in discussions about the work. Such
discussions can be invaluable inputs for the future work of the presenters,
while offering participants an effective way to broaden their knowledge of
the emerging research trends and to network with other researchers.

We invite submissions relevant to the area of the Semantic Web and which
address, but are not limited to, the topics of the Research Track; the
In-Use Track; and the Resources Track. Technical posters, reports on
Semantic Web software systems (free or commercial), descriptions of
completed work, and work in progress are all welcome. Demonstrations are
intended to showcase innovative Semantic Web related implementations and
technologies, both in academia and in industry.

We explicitly welcome entries from the industry. However, submissions for
posters and demos should go beyond pure advertisements of commercial
software packages and convey a minimal scientific contribution.
Authors of full papers accepted for the Research Track; the In-Use Track;
and the Resources Track are explicitly invited to submit a demonstration.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Nadeschda Nikitina, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
* Dezhao Song, Thomson Reuters, Eagan, MN, USA

Call for Industry Track Contributions
The Industry Track seeks to present the state of adoption of semantic
technologies in industrial applications. These technologies may be used in
specific industries (e.g., media, financials, telecommunications,
healthcare, life sciences, government, intelligence, etc.) or as a
horizontal technology, and in different application areas (e.g., business
intelligence, analytics, search, content management, knowledge management,
recommendation systems, data integration, etc.).
We welcome contributions about success stories as well as experiences and
discussions of obstacles that stand in the way of large scale adoption of
certain technologies.
Particular emphasis should be put on the demonstration of business value
created by using the semantic technologies.
Come and join us at the ISWC 2017 industry track to share your experience!

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Achille Fokoue, IBM Yorktown, NY, USA
* Peter Haase, metaphacts, Walldorf, Germany

Call for Doctoral Consortium papers
The Consortium aims to broaden the perspectives and to improve the research
and communication skills of these students.

The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific
research proposal and some preliminary results, but who have sufficient
time prior to completing their dissertation to benefit from the consortium
experience. Generally, students at the end of their first year, in their
second or at the beginning of their third year of PhD will benefit the most
from the Doctoral Consortium. In the Consortium, the students will present
their proposals, get specific feedback and advice on how to improve their
research plan and discuss other students’ proposals.

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough
reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive
feedback. The international program committee will select the best
submissions for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium.

We anticipate that students with accepted submissions at the Doctoral
Consortium will receive travel fellowships to offset some of the travel
costs but they will be asked to attend the whole day of the Doctoral

Detailed info: http://iswc2017.semanticweb.org/calls/doctoral-consortium/

Program Chairs
* Lora Aroyo, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Fabien Gandon, INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France

2. HTML Submission Guide
As for the previous ISWC edition, we allow for the submission of articles
formatted using HTML. Authors choosing to submit using HTML still need to
comply with the page limit and layout requirements of the conference. It’s
the author’s responsibility to ensure that reviewers can easily access
their submission.

Detailed info on HTML submission and link to helpful tools can be found at:

3. Student Grants
If you are a student interested in attending ISWC 2017 you may be eligible
to apply for a grant to support the costs of travel and lodging. This year,
travel grants are funded by the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) and
the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The deadline for applying for an
ISWC 2017 travel award is August 31st, 2017.
Further info on the application process at:

Student Coordinators
* Lalana Kagal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, USA
* Gianluca Demartini, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

4. Accepted Workshops and Tutorials
Tutorials (https://iswc2017.semanticweb.org/program/tutorials/):

[KGC] Constructing Domain-specific Knowledge Graphs
[StreamApp] How to Build a Stream Reasoning Application
[HDT] HDT: Queryable Compression Format for Linked Data
[MT4OBDA] Methods and Tools for Developing Ontology-Based Data Access
[SemDaPra] Semantic Data Management in Practice
[SWoTIoT] Semantic Web meets Internet of Things (IoT) and Web of Things
[RegLGD] Representation and Querying for Linked Geospatial Data

Workshops (https://iswc2017.semanticweb.org/program/workshops/):

[HSSUE] Hybrid Statistical Semantic Understanding and Emerging Semantics
[VOILA] Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data
[WOP] Ontology Design and Patterns
[S4BioDiv] Semantics for Biodiversity
[OM] Ontology Matching
[WHiSe] Humanities in the Semantic Web
[SemSci] Enabling Open Semantic Science
[SemStats] Semantic Statistics
[PROFILES] Dataset PROFlLing and fEderated Search for Web Data
[DeSemWeb] Decentralizing the Semantic Web
[MaCSeW] Managing Changes in the Semantic Web
[BlkMirror] Re-coding Black Mirror
[PrivOn] Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology
[SWIT] Semantic Web Technologies for the IoT
[LD4IE] Linked Data for Information Extraction
[WOMoCoE] Ontology Modularity, Contextuality, and Evolution
[BLINK] Benchmarking Linked Data
[NLIWOD] Natural Language Interfaces for the Web of Data
[WSP] Web Stream Processing

Workshops & Tutorials Chairs
* Aidan Hogan, Universidad de Chile Santiago, Santiago, Chile
* Valentina Presutti, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies,
CNR, Rome, Italy

5. Important Dates

Abstracts due (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks)  May 8, 2017
Submissions due (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks)  May 15, 2017
Doctoral Consortium submissions due    May 25, 2017
Registration starts      June 1, 2017
Doctoral Consortium notifications sent    June 30, 2017
Author rebuttal period (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks) June 23-27,
Submissions due (Industry track)     July 10, 2017
Notifications sent (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks)  July 14,
Camera-ready papers for Doctoral Consortium due  July 18, 2017
Workshop paper submissions due    July 21, 2017
Poster & Demo submissions due     July 27, 2017
Camera-ready papers due (Research, In-Use, Resources tracks) July 28,
Notifications sent (Industry track)    July 31, 3017
Workshop paper notifications sent    August 24, 2017
Poster & Demo notifications sent     August 24, 2017
Student activity applications due     August 31, 2017
Final version industry track papers due     August 31, 2017
Camera-ready copies for Poster & Demo due   September 4, 2017
The last day for early registrations    September 8,
Workshops & Tutorials      October 21 & 22, 2017
Conference       October 23, 24 & 25, 2017

We thank our generous gold sponsors Siemens, Thomson Reuters and Semantic
Web Company for their support. To learn more about ISWC 2017 sponsorship
opportunities, please see https://iswc2017.semanticweb.org/sponsorship/

The ISWC Organising Committee (

Received on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 11:32:52 UTC