Call for Papers: In-use Track

The In-Use track of ESWC 2023 is looking for contributions that reuse and apply state-of-the art semantic technologies or resources to real world settings. Submissions to the In-Use track should be primarily focused on an application domain, but are expected to either

  1. discuss the merits and challenges of using semantic technology or resources to address the problems of that application domain or 
  2. detail the technical adaptations and/or improvements that are necessary to apply the semantic technology or resources in that domain.

Moreover, submissions must demonstrate the fitness for purpose of the proposed approach, be it through use by a user community, or through a principled evaluation. This call opens the scope of the In-Use Track from previous editions.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of types of submissions we encourage to the In-Use track:

  • Applications of semantic technologies or resources (e.g. knowledge graphs, linked data, ontologies, neuro-symbolic techniques, knowledge graph embeddings) to implement a solution for a particular problem.
  • Adaptations or enhancements of semantic technologies for scalability, run-time efficiency, ease of deployment, interoperability with other technologies (e.g., natural language processing) or other enterprise systems (e.g., relational databases).
  • Descriptions of experiences integrating semantic resources such as large public knowledge graphs (e.g. Wikidata, DBpedia) into deployed applications.
  • Descriptions and analyses of a concrete application problem and user requirements for applying semantic technology to tackle that problem (including scalability analysis in large scale deployment).
  • Analyses and evaluations of usability and uptake of semantic technologies in a particular application domain.
  • Assessments of costs and benefits of implementing, deploying, using, and managing particular semantic technologies.
  • Analyses of risks and opportunities of using semantic technologies in organizations with respect to their businesses and customers.

Delineation from the other Tracks

We strongly recommend that prospective authors carefully check the calls of the other main tracks of the conference in order to identify the optimal track for their submission.

Papers that contribute novel theoretical, analytical or empirical insights to the Semantic Web, knowledge graphs or semantic technologies in general should be submitted to the Research Track.

Authors who want to present an interesting industry application but who do not want to submit a full paper should submit to the Industry Track.

Papers describing concrete resources (datasets, ontologies, vocabularies, annotated corpora, workflows, knowledge graphs, evaluation benchmarks, etc.) should be submitted to the Resource Track.

Note that research, In-Use and Resource papers are published within the same proceedings by Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Review Criteria

Papers in the in-use track will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Novelty and significance of the combination problem/technique addressed
  • Relevance and impact of the contributions
  • Soundness and rigor in the methodology
  • Fitness for purpose of the proposed approach
  • Impact of the solution / use case, particularly in demonstrating benefits of semantic technologies and promoting their adoption
  • Adoption by domain practitioners and general members of the public or application in specific settings
  • Clarity and quality of presentation
  • Reproducibility and availability of resources

Important Dates

Abstract submission December 8, 2022
Paper submission December 18, 2022 (extended)
Opening of rebuttal period January 30, 2023
Closing of rebuttal period February 6, 2023
Notification to authors February 23, 2023
Camera-ready papers due March 23, 2023

All deadlines are 23:59 anywhere on earth (UTC-12).

Submission Guidelines

  • ESWC will not accept work that is under review or has already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal, another conference, or another ESWC track.
  • Papers must pre-submit an abstract.
  • The proceedings of this conference will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The preprints of the accepted papers will be available openly.
  • Papers must not exceed 15 pages (plus unlimited references) and be in English.
  • Submissions in the research track are double blind, and should not identify the authors. Use anonymous links (e.g., by Dropbox or similar services) or pseudo-anonymous Github repositories (e.g. Anonymous Github) for supplementary material. For more information on how to this check out this article by Daniel Graziotin.  Reviewers will not actively try to identify the authors.
  • Submissions must be either in PDF or in HTML, 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. For HTML submission guidance, see the HTML submission guide.
  • Authors will have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal to the reviews to clarify questions posed by program committee members.
  • At least one author per contribution must register for the conference for presentation.
  • Submission is done through EasyChair. When logging in select the appropriate track.

Track chairs

Mauro Dragoni, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy,

Daniel Faria, University of Lisbon, Portugal,

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