Call for Tutorials

ISWC is the primary conference on the use of semantic web technologies and linked data, constantly attracting many high quality submissions and participants from academia and industry alike. It brings together researchers from different areas of computer science, such as artificial intelligence, databases, natural language processing, and information retrieval who aim at the development and use of novel technologies for accessing, interpreting and using information on the web in a more effective way.

In addition to the regular research and workshop program, ISWC 2014 will feature a tutorial program addressing the diverse interests of its audience: Semantic Web practitioners that wish to learn about new technologies, novices to the Semantic Web interested in introductory tutorials to key Semantic Web / Linked Data topics, government and industry representatives focusing on the applicability of Semantic Web / Linked Data technologies in practical settings.

We hereby invite you to submit a tutorial proposal on a topic relevant to the ISWC 2014 audience.

Topics of Interest

The decision on acceptance or rejection of tutorial proposals will be made on the basis of the overall quality of the proposal and its appeal to a reasonable fraction of the Semantic Web community.

In particular, tutorials should satisfy each of the following criteria:

  1. the topic falls in the general scope of ISWC 2014
  2. there is a clear focus on a specific technology, problem or application
  3. there is a sufficiently large community interested in the topic.

We expect proposals for the following types of tutorials:

  1. Tutorials providing an introduction to the Semantic Web
  2. Tutorials describing the application of Semantic Web technologies in specific domains (e.g., Business Intelligence, Life Sciences, eGovernment)
  3. Tutorials presenting concrete Semantic Web technologies and trends. We encourage proposals focusing both on established technologies that are increasingly used by the community and on novel, ground-breaking technologies.
  4. Tutorials presenting techniques from other disciplines that are relevant to Semantic Web research (e.g., machine learning, natural language processing).

Additionally, we expect tutorials to have practical parts in terms of examples or preferably exercises to be carried out by the participants.

Submission Guidelines

Tutorial proposals should be submitted via EasyChair as a single PDF file containing the following sections:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract: 200 word summary of the tutorial purpose and content
  3. Motivation: Why is the topic timely and of particular interest to ISWC participants? What is the relation of this tutorial to other similar tutorials presented at other events? (one to three paragraphs)
  4. Detailed Description: Overview of content, description of the aims, presentation style, tutorial format, prior knowledge required by the attendees (max. 2 pages)
  5. Audience: Who and how many people are likely to attend? (one paragraph)
  6. Presenters: Name, affiliation, email address, homepage and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, their expertise in the tutorial topic as well as their experiences in teaching and in tutorial presentation. Please indicate which presenter is the primary contact. (1-2 paragraphs per presenter)
  7. Length: Half-day or full-day?
  8. Requirements: Audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room requirements (1-2 paragraphs).

Proposers of accepted tutorials will be required to prepare a tutorial web page containing detailed information about the tutorial content, schedule and organization. Tutorial organizers are also responsible for the production and distribution of all material to be used for teaching the tutorial (slides, notes, technical papers, etc.). In the case of a hands-on tutorial requiring software, it is strongly recommended that tutors place any software prerequisites online for participants to download and install in advance of the start of the tutorial. Additionally, tutors should avoid, as much as possible, depending on live web-based services that could be hampered by unexpected technical issues.

Organizers of the accepted tutorials will receive one free registration to their tutorial. Tutorial attendees must pay the ISWC 2014 tutorial registration fee, if any, as well as the conference registration fee.

Submissions of tutorial proposals can be made at:

Important Dates

  1. Tutorial proposals due: April 23, 2014
  2. Notification of accepted proposals: May 21, 2014

Timeline for Tutorials

  1. By July 2, 2014 the tutorial web site must be online.
  2. Tutorials will be held on October 19-20, 2014.
All deadlines are Hawaii time.



  1. Lora Aroyo (, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Johanna Völker (, University of Mannheim, Germany