ISWC 2009 Tutorials/Call for Proposals

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The Web continues to grow and new technologies, modes of interactions, and applications are being developed. Building on this growth, Semantic Web technologies aim at providing a shared semantic information space, qualitatively changing our experiences on the Web. As Semantic Web technologies mature and permeate more and more application areas, new research challenges are becoming apparent and some unsolved ones are becoming more acute. To foster the exchange of ideas and collaboration, ISWC brings together researchers in relevant disciplines such as artificial intelligence, databases, social networks, distributed computing, web engineering, information systems, natural language processing, and human-computer interaction.

In addition to the regular research and workshop program, ISWC’09 aims to feature a tutorial program that would address the interests of its varied audience: novices to the Semantic Web, representatives of government and funding agencies, Semantic Web practitioners that wish to learn new technologies. We welcome submissions of tutorial proposals on all major topics related to Semantic Web research, including, but not limited to those of relevance for ISWC’09 ( We expect proposals of the following types of tutorials:

  • Tutorials providing an introduction to the Semantic Web;
  • Tutorials describing the application of Semantic Web technology in specific domains (e.g., business intelligence, life-sciences, health care). Applications to government and e-government are especially encouraged;
  • Tutorials presenting concrete Semantic Web technologies and trends. We encourage proposals describing both established technologies that are increasingly used by the community and novel, ground-breaking technologies.
  • Tutorials presenting techniques from other research fields that are of relevance for Semantic Web research. (e.g., machine learning, NLP).


Important Organizers’ Responsibilities

Organizers of accepted tutorials are responsible for preparing and maintaining a Web site that describes the tutorial and includes other relevant information. The URL of the tutorial site should be submitted to the tutorial chair by 14 August 2009. The description should make it clear that the tutorial is open to all members of the ISWC community. It should also mention that all tutorial participants must pay the ISWC’09 conference registration fee, as well as the tutorial fee. Additionally we may require tutorial meta-data according to the ISWC 2008 ontology.

Organizers are also responsible for the production and distribution of all technical material to be used for teaching the tutorial (slides, notes, technical papers, etc.) except for the reproduction of hard copies of printed materials, which will be handled by ISWC. In the case of a hands-on tutorial requiring software, it is strongly recommended that the organizers provide CDs from which the participants can install the software needed on their computers. (It is not realistic to expect tutorial attendees to download the software at the beginning of the tutorial!)

Tutorial presenters will need to submit the material for printed hand-outs to the tutorial organizers for pre-printing. (The deadline for this is given below.)

The ISWC 2009 Organizing Committee will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing publicity for the tutorial as a whole on the conference’s web page. The ISWC 2009 page will include the tutorial abstract and provide a link to the tutorial’s local page.
  • Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the tutorial.
  • In conjunction with the organizers, determining the tutorial date and time.
  • Production of sufficient copies of printed tutorial materials provided by the tutorial organizers.


ISWC’09 tutorials may be either for a full day or for a half day. Although tutorials may focus entirely on theoretical aspects, we encourage organisers to incorporate hands-on sessions where appropriate.

Tutorial proposals should not exceed 5 pages in Springer LNCS format and should contain the following information:

  • An abstract (200 words maximum; to be published on the ISWC’09 website);
  • A justification of the tutorial, including its relevance to this conference and its relation to similar tutorials presented at other events;
  • A brief description of tutorial, including aims, overview of content, presentation style, target audience, and prerequisite knowledge;
  • An indication of full- or half-day, and a draft outline of the tutorial content and schedule
  • Audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room requirements;
  • For a hands-on tutorial, please briefly describe the software that will be used for the hands-on activities, the planned procedure to allow the participants to install the software on their computers, and any special technical requirements related to these activities. Please note that any software needed for hands-on activities, and download sites for the software, must be provided by the tutorial presenters.
  • Information on presenters (name, affiliation, contact info, expertise, experiences in teaching and in tutorial presentation). Please indicate which presenter is the primary contact.

Please submit tutorial proposals by email to Jennifer Golbeck at

Important Dates - Tutorials

  • June 19, 2009: Tutorial proposals due
  • July 10, 2009: Notification of proposal acceptance
  • August 14, 2009: Deadline for receipt of URL for tutorial web page
  • September 25, 2009: Deadline for sending the tutorial notes (handouts) to the tutorial chair for reproduction (PDF preferred)
  • October 25-26, 2009: Presentation of Tutorial Program

Program Committee

  • Chairs
    • Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland, College Park,
    • Marta Sabou, The Open University,