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Call for Submissions to the Semantic Web Challenge

As part of the ISWC 2004, the second Semantic Web Challenge will be organized. People from academia and from industry are invited to submit applications that illustrate the possibilities of the Semantic Web. The overall objective of the challenge is to apply "Semantic Web Techniques" in order to build an online application that integrates, combines, and deduces information needed to assist users in performing tasks.

The Semantic Web Challenge is organized in co-operation with the Demonstration session and there will be a joint submission procedure. People interested in the challenge will have to submit their application as demonstration to ISWC and state that they also want to participate in the Challenge competition. Submissions for the challenge obey the minimal criteria as specified below. Further submission details will be published shortly. The preliminary deadlines for submission can be found below.

What is a Semantic Web Application

A Semantic Web Application has to meet the following minimal requirements. All submissions should at least adhere to these criteria.
  1. First, the information sources used
  2. Second, it is required that all applications assume an open world, i.e. assume that the information is never complete.
  3. Finally, the applications should use some formal description of the meaning of the data.
As a specific goal for the Semantic Web Challenge 2004, we encourage people to show the benefits of the inference capabilities of the SW-languages used within the applications.

Besides the minimal criteria, a number of desires are formulated. The more desires are met, the higher an application can score. The desires are:

Submission Procedure

Visit in order to participate and register for the Semantic Web Challenge by submitting the required information on the online registration form. The registration form will be open soon until August 15, 2004, 12 p.m. CET. The application itself has to be submitted online at before August 31, 2004, 12 p.m. CET. The requirements of this entry are:
  1. Description: The description of the application will contain the details of the system including why the system is innovative, which features or functions the system provides, and why it is relevant to the challenge. Examples of its use must be provided and if the application includes the additional desires these should be mentioned.
  2. Accessibility: during the evaluation period, the application has to be accessible via Internet by the members of the jury.
  3. Documentation: The documentation must explain how to run the application.


August 15, 2004 Abstracts due
August 31, 2004 Submissions due
September 17, 2004 Notification of acceptance

More Information

There is a special website about the Semantic Web Challenge: This site contains an overview of last year's submission, as well as details about the organization committee.
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