Since their debut in the scientific community at the break of the millennium, Semantic Web technologies have moved from being adopted in small-scale academic prototypes to being employed in real-world settings in industry and governments at different scales. The “In Use” Track at ISWC 2018 continues the tradition of demonstrating and learning from the increasing adoption of Semantic Web technologies outside the boundaries of research institutions, by providing a forum for the community to explore the benefits and challenges of applying these technologies in concrete, practical applications, in contexts ranging from industry to government and science.
Therefore, we are looking for descriptions of applied and validated solutions such as software tools, systems or architectures that benefit from the use of Semantic Web technologies (including, but not limited to, ontologies, Linked Data, knowledge representation languages). Importantly, submitted papers should provide convincing evidence that there is use of the proposed application or tool by the target user group, preferably outside the group that conducted the development. A main focus of the submissions should be on the benefits of Semantics Web technologies for the intended use case, as well as, if relevant, on the added challenges they introduce.
Before submitting to the In-Use Track, authors are asked to consult the calls of the other tracks featured at ISWC 2018 and to choose the track that best suits their contribution. The submission of the same work to multiple tracks is not allowed and may result in a rejection of the work across all tracks without a review.
Topics of Interest
We welcome submissions that demonstrate the use of the Semantic Web technologies such as those mentioned in the CFP of the Research Track, and additionally cover one or more of the following topics:
- Applications in domain-specific areas (libraries, cultural heritage, healthcare, life sciences, engineering, smart manufacturing, smart cities, open government)
- Description and analysis of concrete and novel problems or use cases, in a specific domain, in which Semantic Web technologies were applied (this should be part of submissions presenting a concrete application)
- Descriptions of how Semantic Web resources (ontologies, datasets, software, standards, etc) are being used in practice
- Assessment of the Semantic Web technologies from diverse points of view, such as:
- Usability and acceptance by target stakeholder groups
- Uptake outside the boundaries of research institutions
- Scalability of Semantic Web solutions and their large scale deployment
- Technical strengths and weaknesses especially in comparison with alternative technologies (e.g., databases, model-driven engineering)
- Costs and benefits of implementing, deploying, using, and managing Semantic Web technologies
- Risks and opportunities of using Semantic Web technologies in organizations with respect to their businesses and customer
- Lessons learned and best practices from deploying and using an application or service based on Semantic Web technologies
- Comparison of Semantic Web technologies with alternative approaches that use conventional or competing technologies
Submissions will be assessed in terms of novelty (of the proposed use case or solution), uptake by the target user group, demonstrated or potential impact as well as the overall soundness and quality. Therefore, authors should clearly address these aspects in their submission.
- Novelty and significance of the addressed problem or use case for applying Semantic Web technologies
- Novelty of the proposed solution. Novelty in the use of Semantic Web technologies and principles can be reflected, among others, in terms of (1) the role they play in the solution architecture; (2) the contribution to foster their adoption; or (3) their combination/interplay with other technologies.
- Evidence of the adoption of the proposed solution by a relevant user base (domain practitioners, general public, developers, etc.), possibly distinct from the proposers’ institutions
- Proof or plan for large-scale deployment or adoption in the specific domain
- Technological, business and/or social impact of the proposed solution, especially in contrast to alternative approaches
- Validity and applicability of the proposed approach in a different domain
- Applicability of the lessons learnt from the adoption of Semantic Web technologies, both from a technical and non-technical point of view, to other domains
Soundness and Quality:
- Methodological correctness of the performed evaluation, in terms of quantitative and/or qualitative metrics, to assess the pros and cons of the proposed solution
- Quality of the discussion of the benefits and challenges of adopting Semantic Web technologies for solving the addressed problem and/or w.r.t. alternative approaches
- Overall clarity and quality of the submission
Authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal to the reviews to clarify questions posed by program committee members.
- Pre-submission of abstracts is a strict requirement. All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via EasyChair.
- All research submissions must be in English, and no longer than 16 pages (including references). 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 2018 submissions are not anonymous.
- We encourage embedding metadata in the PDF/HTML to provide a machine readable link from the paper to the resource.
- 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.
- Students will be able to apply for travel support to attend the conference. Further details will appear on the ISWC’2018 web site.
- Prior publication and multiple submissions: ISWC 2018 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 organisers may share information on submissions with other venues to ensure that this rule is not violated.
Best In-Use papers from previous editions of ISWC
- Gulnar Mehdi, Evgeny Kharlamov, Ognjen Savkovic, Guohui Xiao, Elem Guzel Kalayci, Sebastian Brandt, Ian Horrocks, Mikhail Roshchin and Thomas Runkler: “Semantic Rule-Based Equipment Diagnostic”, ISWC 2017
- Robert Piro, Ian Horrocks, Peter Hendler, Yavor Nenov, Boris Motik, Michael Rossman and Scott Kimberly: “Semantic Technologies for Data Analysis in Health Care”, ISWC 2016
- Pedro Szekely, Craig Knoblock, Jason Slepicka, Chengye Yin, Andrew Philpot, Amandeep Singh, Dipsy Kapoor, Prem Natarajan, Daniel Marcu, Kevin Knight, David Stallard, Steve Minton, Brian Amanatullah, Todd Hughes, Mike Tamayo, David Flynt, Rachel Artiss, Shih-Fu Chang, Tao Chen and Subessware S. Karunamoorthy: “Building and Using a Knowledge Graph to Combat Human Trafficking”, ISWC 2015
- Freddy Lecue, Robert Tucker, Simone Tallevi-Diotallevi, Rahul Nair, Yiannis Gkoufas, Giuseppe Liguori, Mauro Borioni, Alexandre Rademaker and Luciano Barbosa: “Semantic Traffic Diagnosis with STAR-CITY: Architecture and Lessons Learned from Deployment in Dublin, Bologna, Miami and Rio”, ISWC 2014
|Abstracts due||March 30, 2018
|Full papers due||April 6, 2018
|Author rebuttals||May 7-11, 2018
|May 25, 2018
|Camera-ready papers due||June 15, 2018
All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time.