Call for Workshops

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 proposals:  

  • 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.

Workshop Chairs

Raphaël Troncy (Eurecom, France) 
Alexandre Passant (DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland)


Important Dates

Workshop proposalsNovember 28th, 2011 - 23:59 Hawaii Time expired
Notification of acceptanceDecember 7th, 2011 - 23:59 Hawaii Time expired
Workshop Web site dueDecember 16th, 2011 - 23:59 Hawaii Time expired
Workshop camera-ready proceedings dueApril 29th, 2012 - 23:59 Hawaii Time expired
Workshop dayMay 27th, 2012 - 00:00 or May 28th, 2012 expired

Timeline for Workshops

Submission deadline: March 4, 2011
Notifications: April 1, 2011
Camera ready version: April 15, 2011

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.