ISWC Workshop
Semantic Web Case Studies and Best Practices for eBusiness


The Semantic Web reaches stability in its lower layers with the existence of standards and the upcoming availability of basic technologies and trialed applications. Still, the success of the Semantic Web depends on its capability to deploy in a commercial setting. While a variety of events exists on the foundations and engineering of Semantic Web technologies, this workshop complements these with a forum to learn and discuss about the actual realization of the Semantic Web with applications.

The workshop will focus on question of deploying Semantic Web technologies in real business applications. It will call for work on use cases for Semantic Web and Semantic Web Services, on experience reports on commercial deployment and on best practices in doing so. The goals are to provide a forum to exchange knowledge on Semantic Web deployment, the best paths to do so, and the real world obstacles to be considered and on overall cost/benefit expectations and experiences. 

The workshop can be considered an outreach activity of the academic Semantic Web community to industry to encourage the take-up of research results. At the same time, it is an inreach event as a forum for practitioners to enter industry requirements on further research into the academic research agenda.

Paper selection

The submission and reviewing process has been finalized. This is the schedule with the accepted papers:

14:00 - 14:20

"Semantic E-Government Portals - a Case Study"

Teemu Sidoroff and Eero Hyvönen

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT)

Helsinki University of Technology, Media Technology

14:20 - 14:40


"An experience with Semantic Web technologies in the news domain"

Luis Sánchez-Fernández, Norberto Fernández-García, Ansgar Bernardi, Lars Zapf, Anselmo Peñas and Manuel Fuentes

Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain

Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany

UNED, Madrid, Spain

EFE S.A., Madrid, Spain

14:40 - 15:00


"Vernetzte Kirche: building a Semantic Web"

Sören Auer and Bart Pieterse

University of Leipzig, 04109 Leipzig, Germany,

Vernetzte Kirche, München, Germany

15:00 - 15:20


"AKTive Food: Semantic Web based conduits for the Organic Food Industry"

Christopher Brewster, Hugh Glaser and Barny Haughton

University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK

University of Southampton, UK

Quartier Vert, Bristol, UK


Coffee break


16:00 - 16:20


"Building-Blocks Composition based on Business Process Semantics for SAP R/3"

Francesco di Cugno, Tommaso di Noia, Eugenio di Sciascio and Francesco M. Donini

Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy

Universitµa della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy


16:20 - 16:40


"Multimedia Annotations and the Semantic Web"

Jacco van Ossenbruggen, Giorgios Stamou and Jeff Z Pan


Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

16:40 - 17:00


"Representing the Hierarchy of Industrial Taxonomies in OWL: The gen/tax approach"

Martin Hepp

Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), University of Innsbruck

Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, USA

17:00 - 17:20


"Practical Experiences in Building Ontology-based Retrieval Systems"

Elena Paslaru Bontas

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: 15 July 2005
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 20 August 2005
Submission of CRC: 15 September 2005

The workshop will be held Monday, November 7th as part of the ISWC2005 conference in Galway. Please refer to the conference site for all organisational issue. Workshop attendees must register for the main conference. Please register both for the conference and the workshop before the early registration deadline to allow for timely local planning of room allocation.

Publication of accepted papers

The organizers currently arrange for publication of workshop proceedings.

Organizing committee

Scientific Workshop logistics

Program committee


The event is supported by KnowledgeWeb, the EU funded Network of Excellence on Realizing the Semantic Web, by REWERSE, the EU funded Network of Excellence on Reasoning on the Web, by the BMBF funded project Wissensnetze and others to be announced.

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