Call for Papers/Presentations

Interested practitioners and researchers are hereby invited to present a paper at the first conference focused on the application of Semantic Technologies to Information Systems and the Web.  The event will be held on March 7-10, 2005 at the beautiful Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, California.

The conference is organized around two key themes:

  1. Semantics in the Enterprise
  2. Semantics on the Internet

A number of appropriate topic areas are identified below.  Speakers are invited to offer additional topic areas related to the subject of Semantic Technology if they see fit.

The conference is designed to maximize cross-fertilization between research and industry. We are looking for research and/or academic treatments, vendor and/or analyst reports on the state of the commercial marketplace, and case study presentations from developers and implementers.  For some topics we may include introductory tutorials.

The conference is produced by Semantic Arts, Inc. and Wilshire Conferences, Inc.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for appropriate media and vendor organizations.  For sponsorship information, please contact Rick Froton at 603-305-0660 or email

Topic Areas

Business Vocabularies

Topics should cover methods or approaches to building and/or using shared business vocabularies and the role that Semantics plays in ensuring that consistent meaning is captured.

Semantic Modeling

Current practices in semantic conceptual modeling. Case study to describe how Semantic Modeling led to superior solution. Marketplace could examine how commercial products and modeling techniques can support Semantic Modeling (from Protégé to UML or ERWIN)

Web Services

New developments in Web services include semantically searchable service definitions in WSDL 2.0. Presentations in this section should go beyond mainstream Web services implementation and explore how semantic definition enhances finding and reuse of services.

OWL and RDF for internal use

The Web Ontology Language (OWL) is the W3C standard for representation of semantics on the Web. It is the direct successor to RDF (and DAML+OIL). Presentations in this section should focus on the application of these technologies to internal systems, which many companies have been working on for some time.

Unstructured Data

This topic will focus on the use of semantic based technologies to extract meaning and structure from unstructured data, such as email or unstructured text.

Meta Data

Many of the other topics deal with Semantics from a Meta Data angle. This
topic is for meta data solutions that are in some way inspired by Semantics, without being covered already in the other topics.

Upper Models

Topics in this section should discuss progress with and use of any of the various proposed “upper ontologies” including Cyc, SUMO, WordNet, UBL, RossettaNet or others.

Data Warehousing

Semantic technologies are being used to correlate data from diverse sources into a common data repository. We’re looking for Case Studies, Vendor products that use Semantics and any research in the area of applying semantics to the population or querying of data warehouses.

Ontology and Taxonomy

This topic should cover methods and tools for more structured organization of data or knowledge. The marketplace should review the ontology and taxonomy editors and how this functionality is being grafted onto existing products.

Semantic Brokers

Use of Semantic Brokers to achieve Enterprise Application Integration. We are specifically looking for case studies and comparison of vendor products in this area.

Semantic Queries

Talks in this section will focus on emerging query languages that operate at a semantic model level. Distributed and/or agent-based technologies could be discussed.

The Semantic Web

Presentations in this section should focus on external, or web based application of the semantic web technologies. We are looking for presentations to explain the underlying technologies, demonstrations of existing products and Case Studies of Web based companies using these technologies.

Business Rules

We are looking for presentations that either present an ontology of business rules (that is a formal, structured decomposition of type of rules that can be instantiated in a given framework) or case studies of methodologies covering experience of using a domain ontology for the expression of Business Rules.

Semantic Search

This topic is for the application of semantics to Search technology. We are looking for case studies from existing search sites, research into applying semantics to deepen search results and analysis of the state of the market for search currently.

Knowledge Representation

There is of course a great deal of overlap between Semantic Technology and Knowledge Management. In this topic we’re looking for Knowledge Management products or projects that have specifically benefited from the application of Semantic Technologies.


You are welcome to suggest other topic areas, but if you do, please indicate candidates to complete all three treatments of the topic (research, case study and marketplace)

Dates & Guidelines

Proposal Submissions – due
October 4, 2004

Please submit a proposal for a 50-minute presentation & paper in the following format:

Topic Area (from the above list or if “other” describe the topic)
Title of Presentation (should be descriptive of the subject matter – not too “cute”)
Brief abstract of Presentation, suitable for publication (limit to 250 words)
Longer description of talk (for evaluation purpose, if appropriate)
Treatment (please define as research, case study or marketplace)
Author Credentials/Bio suitable for publication (limit to 250 words)
Author portrait photo suitable for publication – color or B&W (please provide as .jpg file, limit to 250 KB file size)

Presentation Guidelines

Each presentation will be 50 minutes in length. Presentations must not be sales presentations for vendor products. Where vendors have done something unique in the field they are encouraged to describe this and how it can impact the participants whether or not they implement vendors product.

PowerPoint slides must be provided for each presentation. A written paper is optional, however is “expected” from all research/academic proposals.

The conference proceedings will be published on CD-ROM. In order for a presentation to be included in the proceedings the final presentation file and/or paper must be provided to the organizers by January 28, 2005.

Presentations and Papers due January 28, 2005

October 4 – Presentation proposals due
October 18 – Speakers notified of selection
January 28 – Speaker Papers and/or PowerPoint files due

Questions and Inquiries

All questions and inquiries about the conference may be directed to:

Key Dates & Speaker Deadlines

All speakers are invited to include a paper of length 1000-2000 words should they wish (academic/research papers are expected to provide a written paper). Papers will be published after the conference. The conference proceedings will be published on CD-ROM. In order for a paper to be included in the proceedings the final paper must be made available by January 28, 2005.


One speaker for each selected topic will be given a free pass to the conference as well as a $300 honorarium. Travel expenses will not be provided.