3720 The 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2008)

ISWC is a major international forum where visionary and state-of-the-art research of all aspects of the Semantic Web are presented.

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All of the ISWC2008 presentations and most of the tutorials will be recorded on video by the Center for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technology of the Jozef Stefan Institute. After editing, they will be available at VideoLectures.net, which provides free and open access to high quality video lectures by distinguished scholars and scientists from around the world.

If you are a speaker and want your talk published, you must fill out a release form. This form will be available at the ISWC registration desk and from the session chairs. You can also download the form and send a signed, scanned copy to Monika Kropej. If you do not wish your talk to be filmed or published please inform Ms. Kropej.

Before your talk, you will be given a small lapel microphone and asked for a copy of your slides in either Powerpoint or PDF. After editing, the videos will be synchronized with the presentation and published on the portal. Additional information is available here.

The staff at the conference registration desk is happy to assist you in all matters of registration. The opening hours of the registration desk are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 25: 16.00-18.00
  • Sunday, October 26: 8.00-18.00
  • Monday, October 27: 8.00-18.00
  • Tuesday:, October 28: 8.00-20.30
  • Wednesday, October 29: 8.00-20.00
  • Thursday, October 30: 8.00-18.00

So if you want to avoid long queues and are in town Saturday afternoon, feel free to drop by to pick up your registration package.

Springer has released the ISWC2008 Proceedings on their site.

The Semantic Web - ISWC 2008, Proceedings of the Seventh International Semantic Web Conference, A.P. Sheth, S. Staab, M. Dean, M. Paolucci, D. Maynard, T. Finin, and K. Thirunarayan (Eds.), Karlsruhe, Germany, 26-30 October 2008, LNCS Volume 5318, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg.

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 7th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2008, held in Karlsruhe, Germany, during October 26-30, 2008.

The volume contains 43 revised full research papers selected from a total of 261 submissions, of which an additional 3 papers were referred to the semantic Web in-use track; 11 papers out of 26 submissions to the semantic Web in-use track, and 7 papers accepted out of 39 submissions to the doctoral consortium.

The topics covered in the research track are ontology engineering; data management; software and service engineering; non-standard reasoning with ontologies; semantic retrieval; OWL; ontology alignment; description logics; user interfaces; Web data and knowledge; semantic Web services; semantic social networks; and rules and relatedness. The semantic Web in-use track covers knowledge management; business applications; applications from home to space; and services and infrastructure.

We would like to announce that the RDF metadata for ISWC2008 is now available on the revamped Semantic Web Dog Food site at http://data.semanticweb.org, as well as the data for most of the conference’s workshops. Every paper, author and organisation, as well as a large number of other resources can be accessed as linked data through your Web browser or a linked data browser. The data is also available through a SPARQL endpoint or as plain rdf/xml dumps. The site has been an ongoing effort for the past years, so the metadata for previous ISWCs, ESWCs, WWW2008 and many workshops are also available.

We now also supports comments on papers, which will be exposed to the Semantic Web as SIOC RDF!

The ISWC2008 Poster and Demo proceedings is now available as

Proceedings of the Poster and Demonstration Session of the Seventh International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2008), Christian Bizer and Anupam Joshi (Eds.), CEUR volume 401, Karlsruhe, Germany, October 28, 2008.

The ISWC 2008 poster and demonstration page has also been updated to link to the two page papers for each poster and demo.

The late registration deadline has passed and prices have reached their final high, namely on-site. As a special service, we do offer you to register from now on online, but to onsite prices. Why would you want to do that:

  • If you register up front, you will not have to waste time onsite at the registration desk (for everyone registering until 23.10, we will prepare badges and receipts, after that we will already have your data in the system and can speed up onsite registration)
  • Preferred access to rest of tutorial / workshop places: The rest of the tutorial, workshop places will be given based on a first come, first serve basis. By registering online up front, you will have priority over all participants just showing up at the registration desk
  • Additional Payment Methods: While we only accept cash / Paypal by credit card / personal check as payment onsite, you can still pay for your onsite registration by bank transfer, if you register online and your money reaches us by 24.10. After that, due to the weekend, we cannot receive payments until the conference is running).

Important notes for people planning to register on location (not online):

  • Please note that we can only accept cash, Paypal and personal check as forms of payment when you register at the desk on location.
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, this is only possible via Paypal. For that reason you might check ahead, if you have a verified Paypal Account available and linked to your credit card. Not having this might lead to problems due to Paypal limits for unverified accounts. Since verification takes some time, we strongly advise that you register and verify an account now, if you plan to pay onsite by credit card.
  • Additional Tutorial and Workshop spaces will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Online “onsite” registrations will have priority.

Please note that for all conferences (ISWC, OWL-ED and RR) the late registration deadline is 09.10 23:59 CEST. This will be your last chance to register and avoid the 100 Euro penalty for onsite-registration. So please register quickly, in case you did not already.

Please note that 23:59 CEST equals to 2:59 p.m. PDT, for those registering from America. PDT is basically PST but during summer (Pacific Daylight Time), same goes for CEST and CET.

For the late registration deadline it is really important that you do not exceed your 7 days grace period for bank transfers. If you plan to pay by bank transfer and have to run it through your administration / financial department, you should rather register now and ensure that your money reaches us before 16.10. For every payment that reaches us after 16.10, we will have to charge an extra (difference to on-site registration) onsite.

For those planning to pay by Paypal: If you do not have a validated account yet, it might take some time to create an account, so please also create a Paypal account now to avoid delays.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Karlsruhe!

Attending conferences is very much of a social activity. They provide opportunities to meet and interact with a large group of people that share an interest in a topic. More over, you probably know or at least know of, many of them. One reason to attend conferences is to extend and strengthen your professional social network through these interactions and shared experiences.

We’ve set up a ISWC 2008 social networking site for participants of the Seventh International Semantic Web Conference. Conference attendees can register for free and use the site to connect with other participants, coordinate meeting plans, share comments on events and talks, figure out who is who at the conference, etc.

We are using CrowdVine for this site. Our package allows us to define a calendar where we can list talks and other events, which we’ve only just begun populating. Users can rate, comment on or discuss these calendar items.

If you plan on attending ISWC 2008, please check out our ISWC social networking site and register.

While you are at it, if you tag any ISWC 2008 related pictures, web posts, URLs or resources, we suggest you use the tag ISWC2008.

You are invited to ISWC 2008, the major international forum for the Semantic Web. The conference serves introductory tutorials, cutting-edge research presentation, exhibitions of the latest business products, and many social activities. It also offers great social networking opportunities for meeting academic leaders, industrial practitioners, researchers, developers, and students.

==Attending the Conference==

ISWC 2008 will be held in Karlsruhe Germany, October 26-30, 2008.
conference website

Please register online by October 9 to save 100 eu and take advantage of special hotel offers which are good if made four weeks in advance.
online registration

==Highlights of the Conference Program==

  • 11 tutorials on, e.g., Introduction to Semantic Web, Ontology, RDFa, Multimedia, Business Intelligence, Health Care, Applications, Linked Data.
  • 13 workshops on, e.g., e-science, reasoning, software engineering, web service, information extraction, scalability, and social network.
  • the ISWC doctoral consortium
  • 10 keynotes and invited industrial talks
    • Multimedia Semantic Web, Ramesh Jain (UCI)
    • Freebase: An Open, Writable, John Giannandre (Metaweb Technologies)
    • How can the Semantic Web Community be more convincing, Stefan Decker, (DERI Galway, Ireland)
    • Semantic Wikis: Fusing the two strands of the Semantic Web, Mark Greaves (Vulcan Inc.)
    • Internet of Services, York Sure (SAP Research)
    • Semantic Web @ BBN, Mike Dean (BBN)
    • Data Intelligence, Evelyne Viegas (Microsoft Research)
    • Semantic Web in Asia: Example Use Cases, Tony Lee (SaltLux)
    • Making the Web searchable, Peter Mika (Yahoo Inc)
    • Semantic Web from an industry perspective, Jürgen Angele (Ontoprise)
  • 57 paper presentations, including 14 in Semantic Web in-use track, 87 posters and demonstrations, a panel on OWL2, and lightning talks
  • social events , social networking, reception, banquet and dancing.
  • co-located events: RR2008 and OWLED2008

The complete conference program is available at this link.