[DL] [CfP] ISWC2017 - Register while early bird rate is still available!

annalisa gentile annalisa.gentile at ibm.com
Thu Aug 24 01:17:11 CEST 2017

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

*** Early registration available until September 8, 2017
*** Student travel grant - apply by August 31, 2017
*** Semantic Web Challenge: until September 10, 2017

Website: http://iswc2017.semanticweb.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113652365383847
Twitter: @iswc2017 (https://twitter.com/ISWC2017)
Overview calls: http://iswc2017.semanticweb.org/calls/

In this announcement:
1. Semantic Web Challenge
2. Student travel fellowship
3. Job Fair
4. ISWC2017 Metadata - Call for Data Visualization
5. Call for Business Ideas and Startup pitches
6. Mentoring Lunch
7. ISWC Jam Session
8. Registration
9. Important dates

1. Semantic Web Challenge
This year’s Semantic Web Challenge is centered around two important tasks
for building large-scale knowledge graphs:

* Knowledge graph population. Given the name and type of a subject entity,
(e.g., a company) and a relation, (e.g., CEO) participants are expected to
provide the value(s) for the relation.
* Knowledge graph validation. Given a statement about an entity, e.g., the
CEO of a company, participants are expected to provide an assessment about
the correctness of the statement.

For both tasks, users may use a portion of the knowledge graph for
training. Furthermore, arbitrary sources (e.g., external datasets, Web
pages, etc.) may be used as input.

A full description of all tasks and all the data are available at the link

The submission deadline for all the tasks is September 10th, 2017
Finalists will be announced on September 15th, 2017

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, University of Paderborn, Germany
* Heiko Paulheim, University of Mannheim, Germany
* Dan Bennett, Thomson Reuters, USA

2. Student travel grants deadline
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**. Please make sure that you have submitted your application and that
your supervisor has sent us a confirmation email by this date. Although
students presenting at the conference (paper, workshop, doctoral
consortium, poster, demo, etc.) will be given priority for funding, there
may be limited funding for students who are not presenting at the

Detailed info:

3. Job Fair
ISWC 2017 will host the first edition of the Job Fair!
We hope that this initiative will help organisations in both industry and
academia to find great candidates and to present new career opportunities
to conference attendees.

When registering to the conference (
https://iswc2017.semanticweb.org/registration-page/) you can tick the
option to register your organisation for the job fair. This will provide
your organisation with:
A table (with a sign showing your organisation name and three seats) close
to the permanently open coffee corner (in the seated lunch/coffee area) for
a 1.5 hour slot in parallel to one of the conference sessions
A special identification sticker on the badge of each member in charge of
recruiting for your organisation. That will allow conference attendees to
approach you and your colleagues at any time during the days of the
conference to learn about the job opportunities offered by your

This option is only additional 50 euros on the registration fee.
Organisations that have purchased a regular sponsorship package (which
includes other additional benefits!) are **exempt from this extra fee**.

If you are a student, post-doc or simply someone looking for a career
opportunity you can get a special identification sticker on your badge for
free. This will allow recruiters to approach you at any time during the
conference days and explain you the opportunities that they offer.

Detailed info:

4. ISWC2017 Metadata - Call for Visualisations
As it has been tradition in the previous years, all metadata of the
conference will be made publicly available. This is both an announcement of
a *preliminary* release of the ISWC2017 metadata and a call for action to
apply your own tools for visualising or exploring the ISWC2017 conference
data. A preliminary dump is already available at the link below. In order
to put this data to use, we invite submissions of apps/tools which
visualise and/or support exploration of the data. The ISWC2017 organisation
team intends to link to your applications from the ISWC2017 Website and
provide some publicity, so this provides an opportunity to showcase your
RDF/Linked Data visualization tool to the ISWC2017 audience. Should you
intend to submit or have any questions, please get in touch with the
ISWC2017 metadata chairs (contact info below).

Note: the current data is a preliminary release only, with the aim to
facilitate the test of exploration tools. It will be completed and further
polished throughout the next weeks. The finalised metadata will be
published closer to the conference and integrated in scholarlydata.org

Detailed info and data download:

Metadata Chairs
* Stefan Dietze, L3S Research Center, Germany (dietze at l3s.de)
* Davide Taibi, CNR-ITD, Italy (davide.taibi at itd.cnr.it)

5. Call for Business Ideas and Startup pitches
If you attend ISWC 2017 and have an innovative “semantic” business idea,
don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to pitch it at the business event
“Semantics in the Field”. This event will showcase innovative applications
and solutions and bring together semantic web researchers and the business
community - from local entrepreneurs to large multi-national enterprises.
You will get insight into the work of successful companies in the field and
be able to pitch your ideas to a diverse and highly competent target
audience. The event will provide ample opportunity for networking. Make
sure to submit your pitch deck until September 30 to
linkedstartup at googlegroups.com (see the CfP for details)!

Information on the event:
Call for pitches:

6. Mentoring Lunch
The Mentoring Lunch at the International Semantic Web Conference brings
together graduate students and early-career researchers with experienced
researchers from both, industry and academia for a lively discussion and
question-answering session on a variety of topics. If you are a PhD
student, a postdoc, or have just started an independent research career and
would like to get advice on any of the round-table topics listed below,
please join us at the specially designated tables during a lunch break on
October 24th, 2017.

The last date to register is September 22nd, 2017.

Detailed info and registration:

7. ISWC Jam Session
The ISWC Jam Session officially returns!
The Semantic Web community is crowded with music lovers and several of our
fine researchers are also excellent music players! After the great success
of the Sydney-Jam-Session at ISWC2013 we launch the Vienna-Jam-Session at
ISWC2017, sponsored by data.world! (https://data.world).
This is a call for musicians in the Semantic Web community that want to
share their musical skills and contribute to a very fun night after the
ISWC 2017 poster and demo session.
We will try and cater for all music tastes: blues, funk, soul jazz, rock,
latin… feel free to suggest anything interesting!
If you want to get involved (sharing tunes, ideas, music sheets) request
access to the shared drive
and join the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/420886798297740
, where we can all contribute with links, videos, suggestions, etc.

There will be time to rehearse before the jam. We have a studio reserved at
"Studio 5" (http://rehearsal.at) on 21st October between 19:00-22:00, with
standard equipment. At the jam venue there will equally be mics, guitar-
and bass-amps,, a drum set, and a keyboard.

Jam Session Chairs
* Aldo Gangemi, Université Paris 13, Paris, France and ISTC-CNR, Rome,
* Anna Lisa Gentile, IBM Research Almaden, US

8. Registration
Early registration is available until ** September 8th 2017**
Register early to get the cheapest rate!

You can find all details and register at:

9. Important Dates

Notifications sent (Industry track) 	August 9, 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 for Poster & Demo due 	September 4, 2017
The last day for early registrations 	September 8, 2017
Semantic Web Challenge     		September 10, 2017
Startup pitch submissions due 		September 30
Workshops & Tutorials 			October 21 & 22, 2017
Conference 				October 23, 24 & 25, 2017

We thank our platinum sponsor IBM Research and our gold sponsors Big Data
Europe, data.world, metaphacts, Ontotext, Oracle, Semantic Web Company,
Siemens and Thomson Reuters for their support. To learn more about ISWC
2017 sponsorship opportunities, please visit

The ISWC Organising Committee (
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