ISWC 2012 is the premier international forum, for the Semantic Web / Linked Data Community. Here, scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions.

Come and join us in Boston to hear

            Keynote Speakers


14 August 2012

The ISWC 2012 registration is now open ! Early registration ends Sep 10th, 2012. Please register as soon as possible to take advantage of these early rates. See the registration page for details.

31 July 2012

The lists of accepted papers for the Research Track and the Semantic Web In-Use Track are published. Congratulations to all the authors!


16 July 2012

We are very excited to announce the Big Graph Data Panel: an esteemed set of Semantic Web and Database researchers and practioners will discuss some of the big questions on big graph data processing. More information here:

8 July 2012

We are pleased to announce that both the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) have contributed funds to support participation by full-time students in ISWC 2012. We anticipate that the SWSA funds will support 15 awards between 600-800€, and that the NSF funds will support 13 awards of approximately $1500, although the actual award amounts could be significantly different, depending on the number of qualified applicants.

Find more information here.


3 July 2012

The Billion Triple Challenge 2012 dataset consists of over a billion triples collected from a variety of web sources. The specific goal of the Billion Triples Track is to demonstrate the scalability of applications as well as the capability to deal with the specifics of data that has been crawled from the public web. For more information, including deadlines and submission criteria, visit the Semantic Web Challenge 2012 website.

20 June 2012

Nigel Shadbolt, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton has been confrimed as the dinner speaker. He is a Director of the Web Science Trust, and of the Web Foundation - both organisations have a common commitment to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web's positive impact on society.

In June 2009 together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee he was appointed an Information Advisor by the Prime Minister to help transform public access to Government information. A major output of this work has been the widely acclaimed site - a single point of access for all Government non-personal public data. In May 2010 he was appointed by the Coalition Government to the Public Sector Transparency Boardresponsible for setting open data standards across the public sector and developing the legal Right to Data. He also Chairs the Local Data Panel seeking to promote and develop open data approaches within Local Government.

More information about Nigel is available here.

Nigel Shadbolt Photo


14 May 2012

Mark Musen from Stanford's Center for Biomedical Informatics research has been confirmed as the second keynote speaker for ISWC 2012. Mark conducts research related to intelligent systems, the Semantic Web, reusable ontologies and knowledge representations, and biomedical decision support. His long-standing work on a system known as Protégé has led to an open-source technology now used by thousands of developers around the world to build intelligent computer systems and new computer applications for e-science and the Semantic Web. He is known for his research on the application of intelligent computer systems to assist health-care workers in guideline-directed therapy and in management of clinical trials. He is principal investigator of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, one of the seven National Centers for Biomedical Computing supported by the Roadmap of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


Mark Musen


18 April 2012
Thomas W. Malone from MIT's Sloan School of Management has been confirmed as the first keynote speaker for ISWC 2012. Tom heads the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT, where he investigates how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology. Tom's more recent research work studies the future or work and, in particular, the transformative capabilities of collective intelligence.

Tom Malone's Photo


22 March 2012

Please see  for more details on the challenge critieria, important dates and prizes!

2 November 2011

ISWC 2012 is the premier international forum, for the Semantic Web / Linked Data Community. Here, scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future of of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions.  

ISWC 2012 will take place in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay, just steps from some of the city's most popular attractions, at the Boston Park Plaza hotel. 

This web-page is the major hub for information about the conference. Here we will publish our calls, updates on the program, information about attending, who is organizating this installment on behalf of SWSA, and outline sponsorship opportunities.

Please come back soon, as we will be updating this site regularily!  


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