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  • Date: May 27th-31st 2012
  • Location: Heraklion, Greece
  • Website: ESWC


The mission of ESWC is to bring together researchers and practitioners dealing with different aspects of semantic technologies. Building on its past success, ESWC is seeking to broaden its focus to span other relevant research areas in which semantics in a Web context plays an important role. The goal of the Semantic Web is to create a Web of knowledge and services in which the semantics of content is made explicit and content is linked to both other content and services. This network of knowledge-based functionality will weave together a large network of human knowledge, and make this knowledge machine-processable to support intelligent behaviour by machines. It will support novel applications allowing to combine content from heterogeneous sites in unforeseen ways and support enhanced matching between users needs and content.

Creating such an interlinked Web of knowledge which spans unstructured, RDF as well as multimedia content and services requires the collaboration of many disciplines, including but not limited to: Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Database and Information Systems, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, Multimedia, Distributed Systems, Social Networks, Web Engineering, and Web Science.

In addition to the research and in-use tracks, we have furthermore introduced two special tracks this year, putting particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary research topics and areas that show the potential of exciting synergies for the future.

Important Dates



Papers abstract submission

February 4, 2012

Full-paper submission

March 4, 2012

Notification of paper acceptance/rejection

April 1, 2012

Camera-ready papers

April 15, 2012

Additional Information

ESWC2012 welcomes the submission of original research and application papers dealing with all aspects of representing and using semantics on the Web. We encourage theoretical, methodological, empirical, and applications papers. The proceedings of this conference will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Paper submission and reviewing for ESWC2012 will be electronic via the conference submissions site. Each paper must be assigned to one of the tracks below.

Papers should not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length and must be formatted according to the information for LNCS authors. Papers must be submitted in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) format and will not be accepted in any other format. Papers that exceed 15 pages or do not follow the LNCS guidelines risk being rejected automatically without a review. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission - details of this process will be provided on the conference Web page at the time of acceptance. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference. More information about the Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) are available on the Springer LNCS Web site.Springer LNCS

Submission will be through the Easychair system: Easychair

Workshop Proposals

Co-located workshops at ESWC conferences are distinguished meeting points for discussing ongoing work and latest ideas related to semantics and the Semantic Web. Of particular interest are workshop proposals with an interdisciplinary standpoint, proposals focusing on a specific technology of general interest, or gathering a sub-community. In particular, we encourage the submission of workshop proposals on:

  • Fundamental problems of the semantic web such as heterogeneity, scalability and distribution
  • Applications of Semantic Web technologies in specific domains
  • Important enabling technologies and their adaptation to the needs of the Semantic Web
  • aspects of semantic web research that have been neglected so far

General Information and criteria

The decision on acceptance/rejection of workshop proposals will be made on the basis of the overall quality of the proposal as well as of how it fits in with the conference. The organizers of successful workshops will be responsible for their own reviewing process, publicity (e.g., website and call for papers), and proceedings production. They will be required to closely cooperate with the Workshops Chairs and the ESWC 2012 local organizers to finalize all organizational details. Workshop attendees must pay the ESWC 2012 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference registration fee.

Criteria for workshop

  • Co-located workshops cover topics falling in the general scope of the ESWC conference (refer to
  • Workshops are intended to be genuine interactive events and not mini-conferences.
  • We welcome workshops with creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure rich interactions.
  • They are clearly focused.
  • There is potentially a significant community interested in the workshop's topic.
  • Workshop duration can be half a day or a full day.
  • We advise having more than one organizer and no more than four, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic.

In case conflicting workshops are proposed, the workshop chairs may contact the organisers to discuss the possibility of merging workshops. Please note that the duration of the workshop might be adjusted based on the number of submissions received. Further, workshops that receive less than 5 submissions or have less than 10 people registered at the early registration deadline might be canceled.

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals must be no more than 3 pages in length, in txt or PDF format, must be sent via email to <> and should contain the following information:

  • The title and brief technical description of the workshop, specifying its goals and motivation.
  • A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time.
  • A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest, the workshop audience, as well as the expected number of participants.
  • A brief description (draft outline) of the proposed workshop format, discussing the mix of events such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, hacking session, or general discussion.
  • A list of (potential) members of the program committee (at least 50% have to be known and confirmed at the time of the proposal).
  • An indication of whether the workshop should be considered for a half-day or full-day event.
  • If there have been previous editions of the workshop, their short description, including URLs as well as some statistics about submissions and acceptance rate, plus number of participants.
  • The names and contact information (web page, email address) of the proposed organizing committee and short description of their relevant experience. Preferably a single contact person per submission.

Important Dates



Workshop Proposals Due

November 28, 2011

Notification of Acceptance

December 7, 2011

Workshop Website Due

December 16, 2011

Workshop Camera-ready Proceedings Due

April 29, 2012

Workshop Day

May 27 or May 28, 2012

Workshop Chairs

Raphaël Troncy (Eurecom, France)
Alexandre Passant (DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland)
Contact: <>