Call for Industry Track Abstracts

Research in Semantic Web Technologies is now underway for more than a decade. We are beginning to see applications being piloted and/or put into production not only by early adopters, but also by mainstream organizations. Because Semantic Technologies often deliver backend solutions, and are 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 commercial and industrial applications. Reports on the use of semantic technologies in prototypes are specifically excluded from this track. Apart from the prominent flagship application domains like Linked Data on the Web, Semantic Web techniques can be used in many industries (e.g., utilities, media, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, life sciences, governments, intelligence, etc.) as a horizontal technology, and in different application areas (e.g., business intelligence, search, publishing, content management, big data, open data, knowledge management, recommendation systems, social media analytics, knowledge discovery, software and systems integration, etc.). 

This track show cases use of Semantic Web technologies beyond academic prototypes. How are Semantic technologies being used by mainstream or in exciting niche markets? What is your success story? How can we quantify the business value created by using the semantic technologies? Where do you see the biggest opportunity for Semantic Technologies in your business/industry? Come and join us at the ISWC2015 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
  • quantitative measurements of the business value created by using the semantic 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 invited submissions in the form of 1-2 page (A4/Letter) abstracts in HTML or PDF format.  The submissions should be made by uploading them to the easychair submission site:

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 Easychair 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).

Review Criteria

The submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Quantitative and/or qualitative value proposition provided
  • Date launched and number of users using the application
  • Degree to which semantic web technologies are central to the offering
  • Current and planned financial investment


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, 2015 
  • Notifications: July 30, 2015 

All deadlines are Hawaii time.

Program Chairs

Vinay K. Chaudhri, SRI International, USA
Tony Shaw, Dataversity, USA

Program Committee

The list of program committee members can be found here.