Semantic Web in Use

Call for Papers

Semantic technologies continue to make the transition from research labs into mainstream adoption. The In-Use track at ISWC 2011 provides a forum for the community to explore the benefits and challenges of applying semantic technology in real-life applications and contexts, such as industry, science, society, or government.

Submissions to the ISWC In-Use track may employ scientific methods (qualitative and/or quantitative) to understand in greater detail the deployment of semantic technologies (online or offline), or present novel practical approaches that are relevant to the deployment of semantics but may not otherwise gain an outlet in the ISWC series.  Papers will be evaluated on how the use of semantic technologies impacts and provides utility to a distributed base of users.

Accepted papers will be distributed to conference attendees and also published by Springer in the printed conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.

Topics of Interest

We invite the submission of original papers organized around some of the following aspects:

  • Description and analysis of concrete problems and user requirements in specific domains, for which semantic technologies can provide a solution
  • Description of implementation and use of semantic applications in a specific domain
  • Analysis and evaluation of usability and uptake of Semantic Web tools and technologies
  • Assessment of the pros and cons of using semantic technologies to solve a particular and practical problem
  • Pragmatics of using or deploying Semantic Web technologies in real-world scenarios
  • Comparison with alternative approaches that use conventional or competing technologies
  • Learned lessons and best practices from deploying and using an application or service based on Semantic Web technologies
  • Assessment of costs and benefits of implementing, deploying, using, and managing Semantic Web technologies
  • Analysis of risks and opportunities of using Semantic Web technologies in organizations with respect to their businesses and customers

The Semantic Web In-use papers will be evaluated on their relevance to the track, rigor in the methodology and analysis used to reach conclusions, originality, readability, and usefulness to developers, researchers, and practitioners. 

Submission Details

Submissions and reviewing will be handled using a reviewing system. Full papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

Submissions must be in PDF. Submissions must be written in English, and be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Submissions must be no longer than 16 pages. Papers that exceed this limit will be rejected without review.

For details on the LNCS style, see Springer's Author Instructions at

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.

ISWC 2011 will not accept papers to the Semantic Web In-Use track 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 organizers may share information on submissions with other venues to ensure that this rule is not violated.

Authors of papers submitted to the ISWC In-Use track (whether accepted or not) are encouraged to also consider submitting their work to the ISWC 2011 Poster and Demo track and/or to the Semantic Web Challenge, where appropriate. Please note that such submissions must be made separately to In-Use track submissions and must adhere strictly to the submission requirements for these tracks.

Important Dates



Submissions Due

June 23, 2011 (11:59pm Hawaii time)


August 8, 2011


August 28, 2011



  • Harith Alani, KMi, Open University, UK
  • Jamie Taylor, Google

Program Committee

  • Sofia Angeletou, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • Anupriya Ankolekar, HP, USA
  • Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Christian Bizer, FU Berlin, Germany
  • Ivan Cantador, Univeridad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Gianluca Correndo, University of Southampton, UK
  • Mike Dean, BBN, MI, USA
  • Salman Elahi, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • Lee Feigenbaum, Cambridge Semantics, MA, USA
  • Nicholas Gibbins, University of Southampton, UK
  • John Goodwin, Ordnance Survey, UK
  • Mark Greaves, Vulcan Inc, USA
  • Tudor Groza, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Siegfried Handschuh, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Michael Hausenblas, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Manfred Hauswirth, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Tom Heath, Talis, UK
  • Ivan Herman, W3C
  • Pascal Hitzler, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA
  • Bo Hu, SAP Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • David Huynh, Google, USA
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Matthias Klusch, DFKI, Germany
  • Jens Lehmann, Leipzig University, Germany
  • Libby Miller, BBC UK
  • Knud Möller, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Lyndon Nixon, STI International, Austria
  • Daniel Olmedilla, Telefonica R&D, Spain
  • Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Massimo Paolucci, DOCOMO, Germany
  • Alexandre Passant, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Carlos Pedrinaci, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • H. Sofia Pinto, INESC-ID, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Axel Polleres, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Yves Raimond, BBC, UK
  • Matthew Rowe, KMi, The Open University, UK
  • Marta Sabou, MODUL University Vienna, Austria
  • Manuel Salvadores, Stanford University, USA
  • Milan Stankovic, Hypios, France
  • Nenad Stojanovic, FZI, Germany
  • Martin Szomszor, City University, UK
  • Edward Thomas, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Tania Tudorache, Stanford University, USA
  • Mischa Tuffield, Garlik, UK
  • Giovanni Tummarello, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Denny Vrandecic  AIFB Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Holger Wache, FHNW, Switzerland
  • Shenghui Wang, Vrije University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Fouad Zablith, KMi, The Open University, UK