Semantic Web Working Symposium (SWWS)
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Further Information

Final Report updated November 20
Program and Proceedings updated August 15: Tutorial slides are available
Important Dates updated June, 19 SWWS Extended by 1/2 day to August 1st
Submission format updated June, 21
Position Papers closed on June, 1
Online Registration closed on July 23
Hotels & Motels updated June, 27
Visitor's information
Parking, driving, and related information updated July, 25
Sponsoring and Demo Possibilities updated June, 7
Semantic Web Resources affiliated with SWWS updated August 15
Birds-of-a-feather results: created August 15

Our Sponsors
Language and Computing

Isabel Cruz
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Stefan Decker
Stanford University, USA

Jč³“me Euzenat
INRIA, France

Deborah McGuinness
Stanford University, USA

Program Committee
  • Dan Brickley, University of Bristol, UK
  • Tiziana Catarci, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
  • Vassilis Christophides, ICS-FORTH, Greece
  • Steve Demurjian, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Max J. Egenhofer, University of Maine, USA
  • Peter Eklund, Griffith University, Australia
  • Dieter Fensel, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Asunciņn Gomez-Perez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain
  • Benjamin Grosof, MIT, USA
  • Natasha Fridman Noy, Stanford University, USA
  • Nicola Guarino, CNR, Italy
  • Pat Hayes, University of West Florida, USA
  • Jim Hendler, DARPA and University of Maryland, USA
  • Masahiro Hori, IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory, Japan
  • Ian Horrocks, University of Manchester, UK
  • Ora Lassila, Nokia Research, USA
  • Raphael Malyankar, Arizona State University, USA
  • Massimo Marchiori, W3C, University of Venice, USA, Italy
  • Brian McBride, Hewlett Packard, UK
  • Sheila McIlraith, Stanford University, USA
  • Robert Meersman, Free University Of Brussels, Belgium
  • Eric Miller, W3C, USA
  • Enrico Motta, The Open University, UK
  • Amedeo Napoli, LORIA, France
  • Dimitris Plexousakis, ICS-FORTH & Univ. of Crete, Greece
  • Peter Patel-Schneider, Lucent Technologies, USA
  • Guus Scheiber, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Amit Sheth, University of Georgia and Taalee Inc, USA
  • Steffen Staab, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Frank van Harmelen, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Semantic Web Working Symposium

(previously known as Semantic Web Workshop)

(please look at some Semantic Web applications)

Infrastructure and Applications for the Semantic Web

July 30 - August 1, 2001

Stanford University, California, USA

  supported in part by the National Science Foundation
OntoWeb supported in part by the OntoWeb network IST
in cooperation with the DARPA DAML Program
in cooperation with ICCS 2001 and DL 2001

The Semantic Web is a vision: the idea of having data on the Web defined and linked in a way that it can be used by machines not just for display purposes, but for automation, integration and reuse of data across various applications. In order to make this vision a reality for the Web, supporting standards, technologies and policies must be designed to enable machines to make more sense of the Web, with the result of making the Web more useful for humans. Facilities and technologies to put machine-understandable data on the Web are rapidly becoming a high priority for many communities. For the Web to scale, programs must be able to share and process data even when these programs have been designed totally independently. The Web can reach its full potential only if it becomes a place where data can be shared and processed by automated tools as well as by people.

On the technology side, Web-enabled languages and technologies are being developed (e.g. RDF-Schema, DAML+OIL, DAML-Rules, Rule-ML), schema and ontology integration techniques are being examined and refined and Web Services Integration Standards are being defined (e.g. UDDI, JINI). The success of the Semantic Web will depend on a widespread adoption of these technologies. The workshop is dedicated to groups willing to contribute to the Semantic Web. Its expected outcome is a better common knowledge and synergy, of those wishing to develop new exciting basic technology and applications for the Semantic Web. It should guide the future coalitions for enabling future standard to be adopted worldwide. We thus solicit contributions to the foregoing Semantic Web infrastructure and content as well as contributions about innovative applications taking advantage of this infrastructure. These application proposals are also expected to provide requirements for the core technology developers and standardization efforts.

Suggested topics include:

  • Searching the Semantic Web
  • Use of Semantic Web Languages and XML/RDF Infrastructure
  • Metadata and Ontologies
  • Visual modeling of semantic webs
  • Semantic Web for e-learning and e-science (molecular data, geographic information systems, and digital libraries)
  • Semantic Web for e-business and Large-scale Knowledge Management
  • Semantic Web and Mobile, Situated and Diffuse Computing
  • Semantic Web and Multimedia Data
  • Semantic Web, Trust and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Knowledge Portals
  • Agent Communication and Applications in the Semantic Web
  • Semantic Web Bootstrapping and Growth Models
  • Technological Requirements for Semantic Web Applications


Submission deadline (full papers) May 15th, 2001
Submission deadline (position papers) May 31st, 2001
Notification of acceptance: June 15th, 2001
Camera (Web)-ready:  July 10th, 2001
Workshop: July 30th

- August 1st, 2001

Due to demand SWWS is extended by 1/2 day to 2 1/2 days.

Submission Format (Full Paper)

Submission of full papers is now closed! We received 59 full papers.

Preparation of the camera ready papers: please follow the guidelines available at the IOS press book publishing page but use American letter format (corresponding to 8.5 by 11 inch, 21.6cm x 28cm) instead of A4. Please turn page numbering of. The maximal number of pages allowed is 20.


Position Papers

We also encourage the submission of position papers. Participants will be selected based on the position papers by the chairs if interest exceeds available capacity. Rational: we have limited capacity and thus worry about potential high demand. Therefore we ask people willing to attend to send us a statement of interest for (1) getting an idea of the number of participants to expect, (2) issuing invitations if it appears necessary to do so, and (3) having means to connect participants to each other. A position paper is not necessary, if you have submitted a regular paper.

Position papers will be published on the Web and should not exceed 2 pages. Deadline for the submission of position papers is May 31st, 2001. Papers have to be submitted electronically (in HTML or PDF) to Jč³“me Euzenat (Email: Please add title, authors, and contact information to the submission email.

Please consider the following questions when preparing your position paper:

  • What is your view on the Semantic Web? What is the interest of your Organization in the Semantic Web?
  • Are you planning to provide services and machine readable data on the Web? How? Access requirements?
  • Which languages and tools are you currently using?
  • What do you envision to be the most important practical uses of the Semantic Web in a few years ?
  • What applications in your organization would improve by making use of the Semantic Web?
  • What new research and tools need to be done to support your use of the Semantic Web?

Registration Information

Update: We closed registration on July 23nd. If you are from a sponsoring organization or are an author of a full paper please sent an email to Stefan Decker (

Sponsoring Possibilities

You are a company willing to sponsor this event or give a demo? Sponsoring companies are are given the opportunity to present their software in the demo session. Please contact Martin Lacher (

Semantic Web Resources affiliated with SWWS

Birds-of-a-Feather results