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 The Semantic Web is beginning to come down from its ivory tower and see uptake in business, small and large, where aspects such as search, data integration and Web service communication enabled by the application of semantic technologies lead to improved business processes, savings in cost and time and heightened efficiency and competitiveness.

 The Semantic Web In-Use Track (called Industrial Track in previous ISWC conferences) is a showcase for these potential benefits of applying semantic technology in industry and seeks to show, to an interested industrial audience:

  • the best applications of semantic technology to solve business problems and benefit business processes
  • the best tools to ease the deployment of such applications within company IT systems.

 Hence the Semantic Web In Use track of ISWC2007 solicits the submission of original, principled papers which should include some or all of:

  • A good clear description of an implemented application of semantic technology. Applications are welcome in any area - industry, government, science or society.
  • An assessment of the pros and cons of using semantic technology to solve a particular business problem. Are extensions beyond the existing standards necessary? What advantages does a semantic approach have over traditional approaches to the application?
  • An assessment of the costs - e.g. time and cost of implementation, ease of deployment, integration with legacy IT systems - and benefits of this application - e.g. a user study, a return-on-investment analysis, demonstration of new results, demonstration of user acceptance.
  • Evidence and assessment of deployment and use of the application.

 A tools paper will include some or all of:

  • A good clear description of an implemented toolset to support the deployment of semantic technology in business.
  • A demonstration that the toolset offers functionality beyond what is currently available commercially.
  • An assessment of the benefits of the toolset to the user community -e.g. a usability study.
  • Evidence and assessment of the toolset being used in the industrial deployment of semantic technologies.

 An additional objective of the track is to attract papers that describe concrete problems in industry, government, science and society for which semantic technology would provide a solution. Such papers should analyze the problem and argue for the appropriateness of semantic technology, and provide an outline of possible solutions. A comparison to competing approaches using conventional technology is strongly encouraged.

 Paper submissions must be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For complete details, see Springer's Author Instructions. Submit papers at the Conference Submission Page.

 Papers must be submitted in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) format. Papers will not be accepted in any other format. Formatted papers must be no longer than 14 pages. Papers that exceed this limit will be rejected without review. ISWC2007 will not accept papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission for the Semantic Web (help will be provided for this task). Details will be provided on the conference Web page at the time of acceptance.

 Important Dates

  • May 21, 2007 (11:59 pm Hawaii time): paper submissions
  • July 18, 2007: paper acceptance notification
  • August 24, 2007: camera-ready papers due
  • November 11-15, 2007: ISWC 2007 Technical Program

 Semantic Web In Use Track Committee