The 12th International Semantic Web Conference
and the 1st Australasian Semantic Web Conference
21-25 October 2013, Sydney, Australia

Call for Semantic Web in Use Track Papers

Semantic technologies and Linked Data are increasingly a major component of deployed applications. The In-Use track at ISWC 2013 provides a forum for the community to explore the benefits and challenges of applying semantic technologies and data in real-life applications and contexts ranging from industry to government and science. Importantly, we encourage submissions that combine any form of semantic technologies and the Web, for example, submissions that demonstrate how Web data can be used with techniques such as statistical data mining, machine learning or NLP in applications.

Submissions to the ISWC In-Use track may employ scientific methods (qualitative and/or quantitative) to understand in greater detail the deployment of semantic technologies and data (online or offline) or present novel practical approaches that are relevant to the deployment of semantics but may not otherwise gain an outlet in the ISWC series. Papers will be evaluated on how the use of semantic technologies impacts and provides utility to a wide range of users. Papers presenting Semantic Web tools should clearly describe the addressed problem and demonstrate the use of the tool in practice, for instance, by providing quantitative data on the use in a specific domain. Besides this, tool papers should also include a convincing evaluation of the system and/or methods involved. 

Accepted papers will be distributed to conference attendees and also published by Springer in the printed conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.

Topics of Interest
We invite the submission of original papers organized around some of the following aspects:

  • Description and analysis of concrete problems and user requirements for applying semantic technologies in a specific domain
  • Description of implementation and use of semantic applications in a specific domain
  • Analysis and evaluation of usability and uptake of Semantic Web tools and technologies
  • Assessment of the pros and cons of using semantic technologies to solve a particular and practical problem
  • Pragmatics of using or deploying semantic technologies in real-world scenarios
  • Comparison of semantic technologies with alternative approaches that use conventional or competing technologies
  • Learned lessons and best practices from deploying and using an application or service based on Semantic Web technologies
  • Assessment of costs and benefits of implementing, deploying, using, and managing Semantic Web technologies
  • Analysis of risks and opportunities of using Semantic Web technologies in organizations with respect to their businesses and customers
  • Descriptions of alternative semantic technologies being deployed in practice
  • Description of Semantic Web ontologies and/or datasets that are being widely used in practice
  • Mobile apps based on semantic technologies 
The Semantic Web In-use papers will be evaluated on their relevance to the track, rigor in the methodology and analysis used to reach conclusions, originality, readability, and usefulness to developers, researchers, and practitioners.

Submission Details
Pre-submission of abstracts is a strict requirement. All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via the EasyChair conference submission system

All research submissions must be in English, and no longer than 16 pages. Papers that exceed this limit will be rejected without review. Submissions must be in PDF formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer's Author Instructions ( ISWC-2013 submissions are not anonymous.

Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission, which will be made available on the conference web site. Details will be provided at the time of acceptance.

Accepted papers will be distributed to conference attendees and also published by Springer in the printed conference proceedings, as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.

Prior Publication And Multiple Submissions
ISWC 2013 will not accept research papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. The conference organizers may share information on submissions with other venues to ensure that this rule is not violated.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts: May 8, 2013, 11:59pm Hawaii time
  • Full Paper Submission: May 17, 2013, 11:59pm Hawaii time
  • Author Rebuttals: June 24-26, 2013           
  • Notifications: July 8, 2013 
  • Camera-Ready Versions: August 5, 2012
  • Conference: October 21-25, 2013 

In-Use Track Chairs

  • Paul Groth, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Achille Fokoue, IBM Research, USA