Call for Workshop Proposals

ISWC is the premier venue for presenting innovative systems and research results related to the Semantic Web and Linked Data, attracting yearly a large number of high quality submissions and participants from both, industry and academia. ISWC brings together researchers from different areas, such as artificial intelligence, databases, natural language processing, information systems, human computer interaction, information retrieval, web science, etc., who investigate, develop and use novel methods and 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 the exploration of emerging ideas.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a co-located workshop on a topic of interest to ISWC attendees.

Review Criteria

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 2015
  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., machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, human computer interaction, web science, etc.)
  3. applications of Semantic Web Technologies in specific domains such as Health Care, eGovernment, Business Intelligence, Education, etc.
  4. emerging trends or Semantic Web related problems that have received limited attention to date such as mining semantics from collective intelligence, or the use of Linked Data for Big Data Analytics.

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.

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

The chairs of each accepted workshop will receive one free registration (conference + one workshop/tutorial day). Workshop attendees must pay the ISWC workshop registration fee as well as the conference registration fee.

Submissions will be made via easy chair.

Important Dates

Workshop proposals due: March 10, 2015 - 23:59 Hawaii Time *** Extended until March 17, 2015 - 23:59 Hawaii Time ***
Notification of accepted proposals: April 15, 2015 - 23:59 Hawaii Time

Timeline for Workshops

  1. The workshop web site and the call for workshop papers must be published no later than April 30, 2015

  2. The suggested deadline for workshop papers is July 1, 2015. The latest (extended) deadline for paper submissions must end before July 15, 2015

  3. By July 31, 2015, all notifications of accepted papers must have been sent to the authors

  4. By August 7, 2015 the number of accepted papers has to be communicated to workshop chairs. In the cases of conditional accepted papers, if any, the camera ready version and the final decision about the paper will need to be taken before August 7th

  5. The camera-ready proceedings of each workshop are due by August 21, 2015

  6. Workshops will be held on October 11-12, 2015

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.


Krzysztof Janowicz (, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Miriam Fernandez (, Open University, UK