Call for Workshops

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.
Besides the main technical programme, ISWC will host a number of workshops on topics related to the general theme of the conference. The role of the workshops is to provide a context for a focused and intensive scientific exchange among researchers interested in a particular topic. As such, workshops are the primary venues for theexploration of emerging ideas.
We invite you to submit a proposal for a co-located workshop on a topic of interest to ISWC attendees.

Topics of Interest

The decision on acceptance or rejection of a workshop 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, workshops should address topics which 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 especially encourage the submission of workshop proposals on:

  1. principal problems of the Semantic Web / Linked Data, including the quality of data or schemas, their heterogeneity, size, and distributed nature as well as temporal or geographical aspects of knowledge representation
  2. interdisciplinary topics and synergies of Semantic Web technologies with methods or methodologies from other fields of research (e.g. NLP, data mining)
  3. applications of Semantic Web Technologies in specific domains such as Health Care, eGovernment, IT Management, Digital Libraries, or the Automotive Industry.
  4. emerging trends or Semantic Web related problems that have received limited attention to date such as privacy or non-standard reasoning tasks

Submission Guidelines

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

  1. Title
  2. Abstract: 200 word summary of the workshop purpose
  3. Motivation: Why is the topic timely and of particular interest to ISWC participants? (one to three paragraphs)
  4. Topics: What topics of interest will be covered by the workshop? (bulleted list, no longer than half a page)
  5. Workshop Format: The intended mix of events, such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, demos and general discussion (either a tabular schedule or a one paragraph summary)
  6. Audience: Who and how many people are likely to attend? (one paragraph)
  7. Chair(s): Name, affiliation, email address, homepage and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, explaining the chair's expertise for the workshop
  8. Program Committee: Names and affiliations of potential PC members (at least half of these should be confirmed at the time of the proposal)
  9. Length: Half-day or full-day?
  10. Related Workshops and Conferences: Is this the continuation of a workshop series or a new workshop to address an emerging issue? Please provide information about past editions of this workshop as well as about other related workshops (including URLs and submission / acceptance counts, if available).

  1. We strongly advise having more than one chair, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic.
  2. We welcome workshops with an innovative structure and a diverse programme which attracts various types of contributions and ensures rich interactions.

Proposers of accepted workshops will be required to prepare a workshop web page containing their call for papers and detailed information about the workshop organization and timelines.
While the ISWC workshop-track and local chairs will assist with the local organization of the workshop, the workshop organizers will be responsible for conducting their own reviewing process, for publicity of their workshop, and for publishing electronic proceedings.

The chairs of the accepted workshops will receive one free registration for their workshop. Workshop attendees must pay the ISWC 2014 workshop registration fee as well as the conference registration fee. Submissions can be made at:

Important Dates

  • Workshop proposals due: March 19, 2014
  • Notification of accepted proposals: April 16, 2014

Timeline for Workshops

  1. The workshop web site and the call for workshop papers must be published no later than April 30, 2014.
  2. The latest (extended) deadline for paper submissions must end before July 16, 2014.
  3. By July 30, 2014, all notifications of accepted papers must have been sent to the authors.
  4. The camera-ready proceedings of each workshop are due by August 20, 2014.
  5. Workshops will be held on October 19-20, 2014.
All deadlines are Hawaii time.
Please note that these are strict deadlines necessary to comply with the overall conference organization. Later dates can cause severe problems by making it impossible for potential workshop participants to get their Visa on time.


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