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

Call for Workshops

ISWC 2013 Workshops Call for Proposals

ISWC 2013, the Eleventh International Semantic Web Conference, will be held from 21-25 October 2013 in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, overlooking Sydney's stunning harbour.

This is the primary conference on the use of semantic technologies on the web and linked data, constantly attracting a high number of 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 process, information retrieval and others that 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 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.

Topics of Interest

The decision on acceptance/rejection of workshop proposals will be made on the basis of the overall quality of the proposal, its appeal to a viable fraction of the Semantic Web community as well as how it fits in with the conference.

In order to meet these goals, workshops should address topics that satisfy the following criteria:

  1. the topic falls in the general scope of ISWC 2013
  2. there is a clear focus on a specific technology, problem or application
  3. there is a sufficiently large community interested in the topic

In particular, we encourage the submission of workshop proposals on:

  1. fundamental problems of the Semantic Web/Linked Data such as ontology mining, heterogeneity, scalability and distribution, uncertainty
  2. applications of Semantic Web Technologies in specific domains and trends
  3. important enabling technologies and their adaptation to the needs of the Semantic Web
  4. aspects of Semantic Web Research that have received limited attention to date
  5. techniques from other research fields that are of relevance for Semantic Web research (e.g., machine learning, NLP)

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 members (at least half 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 versions of this workshop and 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 creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure 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 2013 workshop registration fee as well as the conference registration fee.

Submissions can be made at:

Important Dates

  1. 22 March 2013, Workshop Proposals Due
  2. 12 April 2013, Notification of Accepted Proposals

Suggested Timeline for Workshops

  1. 26 April 2013, Workshop Web Site Finalized and Workshop Call for Paper Publicised
  2. 10-12 July 2013, Paper Submission
  3. 9 August 2013, Notification of Accepted Papers sent to Authors (Please note that this is a strict deadline that is necessary to comply with Australian Visa processing times)


  1. Marta Sabou, MODUL University Vienna, Austria
  2. Benjamin Johnston, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia