Other Program Elements

Semantic Web Challenge


When: at the Poster & Demo Session on Tuesday, November 13, 18:30-21:00 (Imperial) &  Wednesday, November 14, 11:00-12:30 (Statler) 

The Semantic Web Challenge, now in its 10th year, aims to demonstrate practical progress towards achieving the vision of the Semantic Web. The competition, organised in 3 rounds, enables practitioners and scientists to showcase leading-edge real world applications of Semantic Web technology.

Journal Workshop Session

When: Tuesday, November 13, 16:00-17:30 (Berkley)

Workshop participants will discuss sketches of their papers with editors and eidtorial board members of the top Semantic Web jorunals as well as other workshop participants. The goal is to help attendees to turn the sketches into successful submissions and avoid common stumbling blocks.

People who wish to participate will be asked to submit a paper sketch (see cfp). The accepted sketeches will be read by the editors and the other chosen participants prior the workshop. Prior to the workshop, participants whose sketches have been accepted to will receive one to three other sketches to read and review. During the workshop, participants will meet in small groups which includes an editorial board memeber. During this discussion, participants will receive specific feedback on on the possible issues to address in order to turn the sketch into a possibly successful submission.

Selection for the Journal Workshop Session is competitive. Papers currently under review or revision are excluded.

Mentoring Lunch

When: Wednesday, November 14, 12:30-12:00 (Terrace)

In its fourth year, the Mentoring Lunch at the International Semantic Web Conference brings together graduate students and early-career researchers with senior faculty and researchers, who are volunteers from the speakers, chairs, and other senior participants at the conference, for a lively discussion and question-answering session on a variety of topics including choosing a graduate school, starting a lab, preparing for tenure/promotion, and balancing work and life. 

Lightning Talks

When: Wednesday, November 14, 16:00-17:30 (Georgian)

This session provides an open forum for participants to present a topic of their choosing. Each presenter is limited to one slide and two minutes time. Presenters must submit the title and one pdf slide to an email address announced in the conference's opening session. Limited presentation slots will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Poster, Demo, and SWC Minute Madness

When: Tuesday, November 13, 18:30-21:00 (Imperial)

In this session, authors of a submission to the posters and demonstration track as well as the Semantic Web Challenge provide a 1 minute teaser for their poster or demo. This year, we have an exciting mix of submissions treating questions such as "How can we interact efficiently with Linked Data?", "How can we visualize data in the Semantic Web?" or "How can we query and analyze Semantic Web data?


Town Hall Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 14, 17:45-18:45 (Georgian)

Introduced at ISWC 2009 it has become a tradition at ISWC to come together in a town hall meeting to have conference participants share ideas on what they would like to see at the future ISWCs and to discuss what works and what does not work at the conference. Please join the members of the conference organizing committee in an informal discussion about all the new events that we added to the conference program this year and tell us what you would like to see in the future and what you liked and didn't like this year.
Moderator: Abraham Bernstein, General Chair for ISWC 2012

Code for Science Linked Datathon

When: Saturday, November 10 (MIT)

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The 11th International Semantic Web Conference and Elsevier are bringing CodeForScience to the greater Boston area (Oct 13 – Nov 10, 2012).

The world is changing fast and so is Elsevier. To build and deploy future research tools we need to seriously collaborate in a linked and distributed environment. Building on earlier developer events such as Executable Paper ChallengeLife Sciences Challenge and Apps for Science, Elsevier and the 11th International Semantic Web Conference are co-hosting CodeForScience Boston, a competition for building a tool that best extends how scientific researchers search, process, integrate and share. The application concept formulation and submission will take place online, followed by a live coding day on Saturday, November 10th at MIT Stata Center in Cambridge, MA.

CodeForScience Boston will consist of two stages:

  • Stage One: Online concept submission period runs from Saturday, October the 13th through to Saturday, October the 27th. Novel submissions will be recognized and awarded as concept winners at Stage Two.
  • Stage Two: Onsite all-day coding event including demos, judging and prize giveaway will take place on Saturday, November 10th at MIT Stata Center, Cambridge , MA. Stage Two is not limited to concept winners; participation is open to everyone, provided that space is available.

Prizes will be awarded. Registration for CodeForScience Boston will open in early October.

You can use Elsevier’s SciVerse content and framework APIs which gives access to the database of full-text research articles on ScienceDirect as well as abstract and citations databases of peer-reviewed literature and web sources on Scopus. You are welcome to use any other data sources of your choice to build your application. The event hosts will claim no IP ownership of your concept or app submission.

If you choose to use Elsevier’s SciVerse APIs, your application can be launched as a gadget on SciVerse ScienceDirect and/or Scopus, which is based on the OpenSocial specification. This gadget can be an HTML type using a client-side scripting language such as JavaScript or a URL type in the form of a Server-Side Include (SSI) language such as PHP or another form of URI service that returns client-side code rendered by browsers.

For inspiration look at some ideas on article of the future or browse through some existing apps on the SciVerse Applications Gallery. The Elsevier Developer portal lists documentation and sample codes.

For full detail please come back in early October and check out http://www.codeforscience.com/boston.