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Refereed Track: Semantic Web

Where is the Web in the Semantic Web?

The central idea of the Semantic Web is to extend the current human-readable web by encoding some of the semantics of web-resources in a machine-processable form. Moving beyond syntax will open the door to more advanced applications and functionality on the Web. Computers will be better able to search, process, integrate and present the content of these web-resources in a meaningful, intelligent manner.

In past Semantic Web tracks of the WWW conference, much good work was reported on the Semantic side of the "Semantic Web". Contributions came from many different fields such as Databases, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Representation, and others. This is important work that has laid the foundation for the Semantic Web.

In this year's Semantic Web track of the WWW Conference, we want to re-emphasize the Web aspects of the Semantic Web. We want to better understand how semantics can provide new levels of Web functionality, either for end users, or for designers and developers.

We solicit papers that advance our understanding of how semantics technologies can be exploited on the Web.

We welcome papers that:

  • show how semantics technologies add value to the Web, achieving things that alternative technologies cannot do as well, or at all; rigorous evaluations are especially welcome;
  • present new semantics technologies, or novel applications of existing semantics technologies that provide new levels of Web functionality;
  • present new Web technologies, or novel applications of existing Web technologies that, when combined with semantics technologies add new Web functionality

Papers risk being deemed out of scope, if they are limited to:

  • new results in semantics technologies, where there is no clear relationship to how they enhance Web functionality;
  • new results in Web technologies, if they have little to do with semantics technologies;
  • applications that merely 'happen to' use 'Semantic Web' technologies (e.g. RDF or OWL), i.e. the Web features are not used in an interesting way or don't produce interesting new functionality;

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • agent systems on the web
  • convergence between semantic web and grid systems
  • distributed aspects of semantic representations
  • emergent semantics
  • provenance, trust & security
  • semantic brokering, integration and interoperability
  • semantic web services
  • semantic web mining
  • semantics in peer-to-peer systems
  • social networks
  • web applications that exploit semantics

Submissions should describe original, previously unpublished, high quality, innovative work, making significant and preferably not only theoretical, contributions to the overall design of the Semantic Web, Semantic Web systems design and application experience.

Accepted Papers

Mustafa Jarrar
Yuzhong Qu
Wei Hu
Gong Cheng
Harith Alani
Peter F. Patel-Schneider
Ian Horrocks
Julian Seidenberg
Alan Rector
Max Völkel
Markus Krötzsch
Denny Vrandecic
Heiko Haller
Rudi Studer
Yolanda Gil
Donovan Artz
Yutaka Matsuo
Junichiro Mori
Masahiro Hamasaki
Anupriya Ankolekar
Katia Sycara
James Herbsleb
Robert Kraut
Chris Welty
Paolo Bouquet
Luciano Serafini
Stefano Zanobini
Boanerges Aleman-Meza
Meenakshi Nagarajan
Cartic Ramakrishnan
Li Ding
Pranam Kolari
Amit Sheth
I. Budak Arpinar
Anupam Joshi
Tim Finin
Nominated for Best Paper Award
Xian Wu
Lei Zhang
Yong Yu


  • Frank van Harmelen,Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Vice Chair)
  • Mike Uschold, Boeing Company, USA (Deputy Chair)

PC Members

  • Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Vice Chair)
  • Mike Uschold, Boeing Company, USA (Deputy Chair)
  • Karl Aberer, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Dean Allemang, Boston University, USA
  • Bill Andersen, Ontologyworks, Germany
  • Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester, UK
  • Richard Benjamins, iSOCO, Spain
  • Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield, UK
  • John Davies, British Telecom, UK
  • Mike Dean, BBN, USA
  • Stefan Decker, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Republic of Ireland
  • John Domingue, Open University, UK
  • Jerome Euzenat, INRIA, France
  • Marko Grobelnik, Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Masahiro Hori, Kansai University, Japan
  • Ian Horrocks, University of Manchester, UK
  • Atanas Kiryakov, Sirma, Bulgaria
  • Brian McBride, HP Labs, UK
  • Sheila McIlraith, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan
  • Enrico Motta, Open University UK
  • Wolfgang Nejdl, University of Hannover, Germany
  • Jacco van Ossenbruggen, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jeff Pan, University of Manchester, UK
  • Peter Patel-Schneider, Bell Labs, USA
  • Chris Preist, HP Labs, UK
  • Alan Rector, University of Manchester, UK
  • Guus Schreiber, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Katia Sycara, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
  • Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Chris Welty, IBM Watson Research Center, USA

Additional Reviewers

  • Jason Jung
  • Jean-François Baget
  • Antoon Goderis
  • Bernardo Cuenca Grau
  • Duncan Hull
  • Lei Li
  • Uli Sattler
  • Antoine Zimmermann
  • Evgeny Zolin

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