Call for Workshop Proposals

ISWC is the premier venue for presenting state of the art research and innovative systems     related to the Semantic Web and Linked Data, attracting a large number of high quality submissions every year and participants from both academia and industry. ISWC brings together researchers from different areas, such as knowledge representation, 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 representing, accessing, interpreting, and using information on the Web in a more effective way.

Besides the main technical program, ISWC will host several workshops on topics related to the general theme of the conference. The role of the workshops is to provide a setting for focused, intensive scientific exchange among researchers and practitioners interested in a specific topic. As such, workshops are the primary venues for the exploration of emerging ideas as well as for the discussion of novel aspects of established research topics.

Towards this end, we solicit proposals for workshops on research topics 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. Other factors, such as overlap with other workshop proposals, or issues regarding logistics, will also be taken into account when making the final decision.

In particular, workshops should address research topics which satisfy each of the following criteria:

  • the topic falls in the general scope of ISWC 2020
  • there is a clear focus on a specific technology, problem or application
  • there is potential to attract a sufficiently broad community interested in the topic

We look for two types of workshop proposals:

  • Proposals for novel workshops on emerging topics that will become more important to the Semantic Web Community in the years to come. Proposers need to       argue why the topic is of increasing importance for the community and why it will attract enough submissions and participants to support the development of the topic. Proposals of this type will mainly be evaluated on the potential for future impact. We recommend novel workshops to target a half-day format.
  • Established workshops on specific aspects of Semantic Web research that have demonstrated the ability to attract a high number of submissions and participants as well as a noticeable effect on the scientific progress in that particular field. Such proposals should justify why the workshop series merits continuation and how it continues to maintain a focused scope. Proposals of this type will be evaluated on past success and arguments for continuation.

Submission Guidelines

Proposal submissions should be done via EasyChair. All submissions should be in English as a single PDF file no longer than 4 (four) pages containing the following sections:

  • Title and Acronym
  • Workshop Type: established/emerging
  • Abstract: 200 word summary of the workshop purpose
  • Topics: What topics of interest will be covered by the workshop? (Bulleted list; no longer than half a page)
  • Motivation (emerging only): Why is the topic timely and of particular interest to ISWC participants? (One to three paragraphs)
  • Continuation (established only): Why is it worthwhile to continue the workshop in 2020? Discussion may include novel topics that are emerging, external developments that prompt new challenges, etc. Workshops should also argue why they continue to be relevant and maintain a focused identity versus the main conference. (No longer than half a page)
  • Past Workshops (established only): describe the development of the workshop series over the past 3-5 years. Provide quantitative information on submissions and attendance. (No longer than a page)
  • 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)
  • Audience (emerging only): Who and how many people are likely to attend? (One paragraph)
  • Community (emerging only): Demonstrate that there is an existing community interested in the topic e.g., by providing references for recent papers related to the core topic of the workshop, and/or a discussion why the workshop would attract submissions. (No longer than half a page)
  • Chair(s): Name, affiliation, email address, homepage and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, explaining the chair’s expertise in the workshop topic and experience in organising relevant events.
  • Program Committee: Names and affiliations of potential PC members (at least 50% of PC members should have confirmed).
  • Proposed Length: Half-day or full-day?

We strongly advise having more than one chair, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic, ideally with a mix of both junior and senior researchers. We also strongly advise to have a maximum of five workshop organisers. We welcome workshops with an innovative structure and a diverse programme which attracts various types of contributions and ensures rich interactions. We highly encourage workshops with open review procedure (i.e., publicly available submissions and reviews, non-anonymous reviews). Proposed workshops should have a core theme that is much more selective than the broader scope of the main conference. We may reject or propose to merge workshops that overlap significantly with other workshops in terms of theme.

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 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.

At least two workshop organizers must be registered before the early registration date ends and ultimately attend the conference and participate in the workshop. There will be one free registration per event. At the discretion of the chairs, workshops may be cancelled if organizers have not registered in a timely manner or if a workshop has received too few submissions.

Important Dates

Activities Due Date
Workshop proposal due January 30, 2020
Notifications of accepted proposals February 13, 2020
Workshop website and CfP published March 4, 2020
Workshop papers due August 17, 2020
Notification of accepted workshop papers September 11, 2020
Camera ready papers due September 21, 2020
Publication of workshop proceedings October 2, 2020
Workshops held November 2-3, 2020

All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (UTC−12:00)

Please note that these are strict deadlines necessary to comply with the overall conference organization and for potential workshop participants to get their Visas on time. Later dates can cause severe problems.

Program Chairs


Call For Papers!

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