[DL] [CfP] ISWC 2018 - Call for Papers

Maribel Acosta iswc2018 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 13:59:57 CET 2018

17th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2018)
Monterey, California (USA), October 8-12, 2018

This is an announcement of the ISWC 2018 call for papers.
Upcoming deadlines (Main Tracks): paper abstract (March 30), paper
submission (April 06)

Website: http://iswc2018.semanticweb.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/InternationalSemanticWebConference
Twitter: @iswc2018 (https://twitter.com/iswc2018)
Important dates: http://iswc2018.semanticweb.org/important-dates/

In this announcement:
1. Call for Papers: Main Tracks
2. Call for Papers: Doctoral Consortium

1. Call for Papers: Main Tracks
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 2018, 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, and replicable research on the Semantic
Web. All papers must include  method evaluations that are rigorous,
repeatable and reproducible. This will be one of the key paper reviewing
criteria. We also strongly encourage papers that provide links to the data
sets, source code, queries used to evaluate their approach, and/or live
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 used are outlined below.

Before submitting, authors are asked to consult the calls of the other
tracks featured at ISWC 2018 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
* Denny Vrandecic,  Google, USA
* Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK

Call for In-Use Track Papers
Since their debut in the scientific community at the break of the
millennium, Semantic Web technologies have moved from being adopted in
small-scale academic prototypes to being employed in real-world settings in
industry and governments at different scales. The “In Use” Track at ISWC’18
continues the tradition of demonstrating and learning from the increasing
adoption of Semantic Web technologies outside the boundaries of research
institutions, by providing a forum for the community to explore the
benefits and challenges of applying these technologies in concrete,
practical applications, in contexts ranging from industry to government and

Therefore, we are looking for descriptions of applied and validated
solutions such as software tools, systems or architectures that benefit
from the use of Semantic Web technologies (including, but not limited to,
ontologies, Linked Data, knowledge representation languages). Importantly,
submitted papers should provide convincing 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
submissions should be on the benefits of Semantics Web technologies for the
intended use case, as well as, if relevant, on the added challenges they

Before submitting to the In-Use Track, authors are asked to consult the
calls of the other tracks featured at ISWC 2018 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: http://iswc2018.semanticweb.org/call-for-in-use-track-papers/

Program Chairs
* Irene Celino, Cefriel, Italy
* Marta Sabou, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Call for Resources Track Papers
Resources are of paramount importance as they foster scientific
advancement. For example, the DBpedia resource had a major influence on the
Semantic Web community by enabling the Linked (Open) Data movement.
Validating a research hypothesis or providing answers to a research
question often goes together with developing new resources that support
these achievements. These resources include, among others,  datasets,
benchmarks, workflows, and software. Sharing them is key to allow other
researchers to compare new results, reproduce experimental settings and
explore new lines of research, in accordance with the FAIR principles for
scientific data management. Yet, resources themselves rarely get the same
recognition as the scientific advances they facilitate.

The ISWC 2018 Resources Track aims to promote the sharing of resources
including, but not restricted to: datasets, ontologies, vocabularies,
ontology design patterns, evaluation benchmarks or methods, services, APIs
and software frameworks, workflows, crowdsourcing task designs, protocols
and metrics, 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.

A typical Resource track paper has its focus set on reporting on one of the
following categories of resources:
* Datasets produced: to support specific evaluation tasks; to support novel
research methods; by novel algorithms;
* Ontologies, vocabularies and ontology design patterns, with a focus on
describing the modelling process underlying their creation;
* Benchmarking activities focusing on datasets and algorithms for
comprehensible and systematic evaluation of existing and future systems;
* Reusable research prototypes / services supporting a given research
* Community shared software frameworks that can be extended or adapted to
support scientific study and experimentation;
* Scientific and experimental workflows used and reused in practical
* Crowdsourcing task designs that have been used and can be (re)used for
building resources such as gold standards and the like;
* Protocols for conducting experiments and studies;
* Novel evaluation methodologies and metrics, and their demonstration in an
experimental study.

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Valentina Presutti, STLab-ISTC, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche –
Rome, Italy
* Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, OEG (Ontology Engineering Group),
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain

Main Track: Important Dates for Paper Submissions
Abstracts due: March 30, 2018
Full papers due: April 6, 2018
Author rebuttals: May 7-11, 2018
Notifications: May 25, 2018
Camera-ready papers due: June 15, 2018

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.

2. Call for Papers: Doctoral Consortium
The ISWC 2018 Doctoral Consortium will take place as part of the 17th
International Semantic Web Conference in Monterey, California in the USA.
This forum will provide PhD students an opportunity to share and develop
their research ideas in a critical but supportive environment, to get
feedback from mentors who are senior members of the Semantic Web research
community, to explore issues related to academic and research careers, and
to build relationships with other Semantic Web PhD students from around the

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 in their second or third year of PhD will
benefit the most from the Doctoral Consortium. In the Consortium, the
students will present their proposals and get specific feedback and advice
on how to improve their research plan.

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 – submissions for
presentation at the Doctoral Consortium.

Students with accepted submissions at the Doctoral Consortium will be
eligible to apply for  travel fellowships to offset some of the travel
costs but they will be asked to attend the whole day of the Doctoral

Detailed info:

Program Chairs
* Sabrina Kirrane, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
* Lalana Kagal, MIT CSAIL, USA

Doctoral Consortium: Important Dates for Submissions
Doctoral Consortium submissions: April 13, 2018
Doctoral Consortium notifications: May 14, 2018
Doctoral Consortium camera-ready submissions: May 28, 2018

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.

The ISWC Organising Committee
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