Call for Blue Sky Ideas Papers

The Blue Sky Ideas is back to ISWC! Similarly, as in 2011, this track is sponsored by the prestigious CCC Blue Sky ideas and solicits visionary ideas, long term challenges, and opportunities in the semantic web research that are outside of the current topics in the field and are not mature or specific enough to be accepted in the regular research track. The contributions should find the right arguments to convince that the proposed topic is promising and should relate the talk as much as possible to the existing literature from relevant fields, possibly also fields outside the Semantic Web Community.

We solicit visionary papers with significant impact on the field as well as outside the field, topics including but not limited to:


Reviews and review criteria

Submissions will be judged on the extent to which they expand the possibilities and horizons of the field or challenge existing assumptions prevalent in the field. Depending on the number of submissions, each paper will be reviewed by at least three to five committee members, and the final ranking established by consensus in the program committee panel. The review criteria used are: 1) provocativeness, 2) degree of risk, 3) difference from the mainstream research and 4) time horizon to the foreseen adoption by the research community. There will be two sets of winners. One recommended by the Program Committee and sponsored by the CCC and the second selected by the participants to the conference.



To encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts, the CCC is offering prizes for up to 3 top papers in this special track: first prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500, to be awarded as travel grants. These prizes will be granted to the winners selected by the Program Committee.



Submissions to this track should follow the same formatting guidelines as submissions to the research track, but are limited to at most FOUR pages in length for both submission and final publication. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, on the web with an option to extend the paper to be published in the CEUR proceedings. All submissions should be sent via EasyChair.


Important dates

Full papers dueJune 15, 2018
July 16, 2018
Camera-ready papers dueJuly 30, 2018

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.


Program chair

Carolina Fortuna, JSI, Slovenia