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ESWC2011 - The 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference

29 May - 2 June 2011 Heraklion, Greece


About ESWC2011

The mission of the Extended Semantic Web Conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners dealing with different aspects of semantic technologies. Following a successful re-launch in 2010 as a multi-track conference,  ESWC 2011 builds on the success of the former European Semantic Web Conference series, and seeks to extend its focus by collaborating with other communities and research areas, in which Web semantics play an important role, within and outside ICT, and in a truly international, not just 'European' context.
The semantics of content, enriched with domain ontologies, data about systems' usage, natural language processing, and many other aspects, will enable a qualitatively new level of functionality on the Internet, or in any other application environment relying thereupon. It will weave together a large network of human knowledge, and make this knowledge machine-processable. A variety of automated services, based on reasoning over metadata and ontologies, will help the users to achieve their goals by accessing and processing information in machine-understandable form. This network of knowledge-based functionality will ultimately lead to truly intelligent behavior, which will be employed for a variety of complex decision-making tasks. Research on semantic technologies can benefit from ideas and cross-fertilization with many other areas, including Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Database and Information Systems, Information Retrieval, Multimedia, Distributed Systems, Social Networks, Web Engineering, and Web Science.  These complementarities are reflected in the outline of the technical program of the ESWC 2011; 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. In 2011, these special tracks focus on data-driven, inductive and probabilistic approaches to managing content, and on Digital Libraries, respectively. The calls for the technical program, in particular the topics promoted by each track, can be found on the conference Web site at:


Below we list the twelve tracks of the ESWC 2011 and the associated track chairs.

°Research tracks:
- Social Web and Web Science
(Chairs: Alexandre Passant, DERI, IE; Denny Vrandecic, KIT, DE)
- Ontologies
(Chairs: Matthieu d'Aquin, The Open University, UK; Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim, DE)
- Reasoning
(Chairs: Emanuele della Valle, Politecnico di Milano, IT; Pascal Hitzler, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, US)
- Semantic Data Management
(Chairs: Vassilis Christophides, FORTH ICS, GR; Axel Polleres, DERI, IE)
- Linked Open Data
(Chairs: Mariano Consens, University of Toronto, CA; Paul Groth, Free University of Amsterdam, NL; Jens Lehmann, University of Leipzig, DE)
- Software, Services, Processes and Cloud Computing
(Chairs: Barry Norton, KIT, DE; Michael Stollberg, SAP Research, DE)
- Natural Language Processing
(Chairs: Philipp Cimiano, University of Bielefeld, DE; Michael Witbrock, Cycorp, SL)
- Sensor Web
(Chairs: Harith Alani, Knowledge Media Institute, OU, UK; Luca Mottola, Swedish Insitute of Computer Science, SE)
- Mobile Web
(Chairs: Ora Lassila, Nokia, FI; Alessandra Toninelli, INRIA, FR)

°In-use track:
- Semantic Web In-Use
(Chairs: Daniel Olmedilla, Telefonica I+D, ES; Pavel Shvaiko, TasLab- Informatica Trentina S.p.A., IT)

°Special tracks 2011:
- Inductive and probabilistic approaches
(Chairs: Rayid Ghani, Accenture, US; Agnieszka Lawrynowicz, Poznan University, PL)
- Digital Libraries
(Chairs: Martin Doerr, FORTH ICS, GR; Carlo Meghini, CNR-ISTI, Pisa, IT; Allen Renear, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, US)

ESWC 2011 will present the latest results in research and applications in its field. Besides the technical program organized over twelve tracks, the conference will feature a tutorial program, system descriptions and demos, a posters exhibition, a doctoral symposium, and a number of collocated workshops. The individual calls for these events can be found on the conference Web site  at:

*Important Dates*
- Abstract submission: December 6, 2010 (compulsory)
- Full-paper submission: December 13, 2010 (11:59 pm Hawaii time)
- Notification: February 21, 2011
- Submission of camera-ready version of accepted papers: March 7, 2011

 *Submission Details*
The proceedings of the conference will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Paper submission and reviewing will be electronic, where each track will operate on its own conference management system instance. For all tracks, papers must not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length and must be formatted according to the information for LNCS authors. Papers must be submitted as PDF (Adobe's Portable Document 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 might 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 in order for the paper to be included in the conference proceedings.
Each paper must be submitted to the most appropriate of the twelve research tracks. The program committee might decide to forward a paper to another track if it better fits the topics there.

For more detailed information, please visit the conference website:

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29 May 2011