Call for Industry Track

   We are pleased to announce that Sir Nigel Shadbolt,
   Chairman and  Co-Founder of the Open  Data Institute
   will be the Industry Track speaker 
Research in Semantic Web Technologies is now underway for more than a decade; applications are piloted and/or put into production not only by early adopters, but starting to infiltrate mainstream. One of the challenges of the Semantic Web is now to reach further mainstream markets and sustain its success. Additionally, because Semantic Technologies often deliver backend solutions, not visible from the outside, it is not always easy to recognize their industrial uptake. The objective of this track is to provide visibility of Semantic Web technology used in industrial applications, not in prototypes. Apart from prominent flagship application domains like Linked Data on the Web, Semantic Web techniques can be used in many industries as a horizontal technology (utilities, media, telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, governments, intelligence, etc, etc) as well as in different application areas (business intelligence, search, big data, open data, knowledge management, recommendation systems, social media analytics, knowledge discovery, software and systems integration, etc). 
In this track, we would like to see the Semantic Web in action beyond academic prototypes: How are Semantic technologies being used by mainstream or in exciting niche markets? What is your success story? Where do you see the biggest opportunity for Semantic Technologies in your business/industry? Come and join us at the ISWC2014 industry track to share your experience!

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Applications of Semantic Web technologies in specific industrial domains (automotive, financial, healthcare and life sciences, energy industry, etc.)
  • Successful Application domains:, Knowledge Management, IT Integration, Search, Customer care, Business Intelligence,Social Media analytics, etc.
  • Applications of Semantic Web technologies in community and governmental services
  • Industrial trends related to the usage of Linked Data, Open Data and Semantic Web technologies
  • Financial and strategic investments in Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies 

Successful submissions to this track will emphasize:

  • real-world deployment experiences and strategic decision-making related to Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies
  • success stories from the deployment of Semantic Web technologies
  • concrete lessons learned from these experiences
  • areas where further research (or research in novel directions) is required
  • expressions of interest and outlines of potential future applications of SW in industry


We are receiving submissions in the form of 1-2 page (A4/Letter) abstracts in HTML or PDF format. Each abstract should describe the content of the proposed talk, which should be of a technical or strategic nature (i.e. purely marketing/promotional material will not be accepted). Particularly - fitting the above-mentioned topics - we encourage the following two categories of submissions:
  • Success stories of business-relevant, industrial deployments of Semantic Web technologies
  • Position statements that outlines of potential strategic applications of Semantic Web technologies
Submissions should be made via the online submission system available at and will be reviewed by a panel of Semantic Web practitioners from industry and academia. Accepted submissions will be offered a presentation slot at the conference. At least one author of each accepted submission is expected to attend the conference and present the material outlined in the abstract. Presentation slots are expected to last ~30 minutes, including questions.
Please note that metadata about all successful submissions will by default be included in the conference metadata corpus and made publicly available at
Detailed information will be provided with the acceptance notification (with an opt-out option, e.g. if you don’t want to be named for competitive reasons).


The industry track at the conference will include
  • a dedicated industry keynote
  • Panels/round tables bringing together both industry and researchers 
  • Flashlight presentations for position papers in a separate session
  • Success stories as full presentations (mixed with other tracks of the conference)
  • opportunities for networking 


A journal special issue on industrial applications of Semantic Web Technologies is planned as a follow-up to the track, where selected contributions will be invited.

Important dates 

  • Submissions: July 10, 2014 
  • Notifications: July 31, 2014 
All deadlines are Hawaii time.

Program Chairs

Axel Polleres, Vienna Univ. of Economics and Business (WU), Austria
Alexander Garcia Castro, linkingdata I/O LLC, Austin, Texas, USA
Richard Benjamins, Telefónica, Spain

Program Committee

The program committee  list can be found here.