Call for Workshops

ESWC is a premier venue for discussing the latest scientific results and innovations in the field of semantic technologies on the Web and Linked Data, attracting a high number of participants from academia and industry alike.

Co-located workshops at the ESWC conferences are essential meeting points for discussing on-going work and current results, as well as shaping new ideas and research fields. We particularly invite workshop proposals looking at topics related to Semantic Web from an interdisciplinary standpoint, proposals focussing on novel aspects of the Semantic Web and Web of Data, and proposals aiming at gathering existing and forming new sub-communities. We encourage the submission of workshop proposals on:

  • Fundamental technical and theoretical problems of the Semantic Web / Linked Data and Knowledge Graphs
  • Applications of Semantic Web technologies in domains such as Mobility and Smart Cities, Life Sciences, Industry 4.0, Earth Science, Digital Humanities, Law, Media, etc.
  • Key enabling technologies and their adaptation to the needs of the Semantic Web
  • Aspects of Semantic Web research that have been neglected or underrepresented so far
  • Techniques and methods from other research fields that are of relevance for Semantic Web research (e.g., artificial intelligence, databases, NLP, big data analytics, machine learning, human-computer interaction, information retrieval, web science, etc.)
  • Making the Semantic Web & Linked Data more accessible to end-users and developers alike
  • New emerging topics and areas

General Information and Criteria

Each proposal will be reviewed by the workshop and tutorial chairs and relevant members of the Semantic Web community and ranked based on the overall quality of the proposal and the workshop’s fit to the conference as detailed below. The review criteria are as follows: The workshops should

  • cover topics falling in the general scope of the ESWC conference.
  • demonstrate that the workshop will be able to attract participants.
  • have a clear focus on a specific technology, problem, or application.
  • have a community interested in the workshop’s topic.
  • have creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure rich interactions are welcomed.

Workshops are intended to be genuine interactive events and not mini-conferences. Workshops need to clearly describe how they are planning to attract a sufficient number of participants. Workshops that have fewer than 10 people registered at the early registration deadline might be canceled.

Terms and Conditions

At least one of the organizers should be registered to ESWC 2023 before the early bird registration deadline. All organizers (presenters) of accepted workshops are expected to:

  • Have their own (open) reviewing process, publicity (e.g., website, timelines, and call for papers), and proceedings production.
  • Workshop organizers will be required to
    • At least one organizer must attend ESWC 2023 in person
    • Closely cooperate with the Workshop Chairs and the ESWC 2023 Local Chairs to finalize all organizational details.
    • provide a video teaser of about 1 minute that can be put on the ESWC 2023 website. It will serve to attract participants to the workshop.

Important Dates

  • Workshop proposals due: November 24th extended to December 1st, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: December 8th extended to December 15th, 2022
  • Workshop website due: December 15th extended to December 22nd, 2022
  • Workshop days: May 28th or 29th, 2023

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

Suggested Timeline for Workshop Papers:

  • Submission deadline: March 9th, 2023
  • Notifications: April 13th, 2023
  • Camera-ready version: April 20th, 2023

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals have to be submitted via EasyChair.

Each proposal must consist of a single PDF document written in English, no longer than four pages (excluding the list of PC members), which contains the following information:

Information about the workshop

  • The title and abstract, 300 words maximum, for inclusion on the ESWC 2023 Website.
  • A brief discussion of
    • why the topic is of particular interest at this time.
    • why and to whom the workshop is of interest, the workshop audience, as well as the expected number of participants.
    • how you will make the workshop memorable.
    • how you will organize interaction in case of a virtual event.
    • related workshops and conferences, i.e., specifying if this is a continuation of a workshop series or is a new workshop to address an emerging issue. Please provide information about past versions of this workshop and other related workshops (including URLs and submission/acceptance counts, if available).

Organizing and Program Committees

  • A list of members of the program committee.
  • Names and contact information of the workshop organizers/chair(s) (name, affiliation, email address, homepage, and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, explaining the chair’s expertise for the workshop including past experience in organizing / facilitating workshops).
  • Contact person. Preferably provide a single contact person per submission.

The workshop should have more than one organizer and no more than four, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop. We privilege diversity in the organizing and program committee, and the presence of young researchers and PhD students.

Workshop Format

  • draft outline of the proposed workshop format, discussing the mix of events and activities such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, hacking sessions, moonlight dances, breakout sessions, or general discussion slots, and an approximate timeline.
  • an indication of the workshop’s duration; whether the workshop should be considered for a half-day or full-day event.  Please note that a workshop’s duration might need to be adjusted based on the overall number of workshop submissions received.

In particular, we also encourage the submission of workshops that

  • do not follow the typical workshop format of a mini-conference, for instance:
    • speed dating
    • brainstorms and discussion formats
    • Panels, etc.
  • accept a broader range of papers, e.g.,
    • position papers
    • papers with negative results, etc.
    • present someone else’s paper

Workshop & Tutorial Chairs

Mehwish Alam, FIZ Karlsruhe, Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, Germany, mehwish.alam@kit.edu

Cassia Trojahn, IRIT, France, Cassia.Trojahn@irit.fr

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