3rd International Workshop on Semantic Web Enterprise Adoption and Best Practice (WaSABi2015)

The WaSABi workshop aims at helping to guide the conversation between the scientific research community, IT practitioners and industry. The workshop helps to establish best practices for the development, deployment and evaluation of Semantic Web based technologies. Both research and industry communities can benefit greatly from this discussion by sharing use cases, user stories, practical development issues, evalutaions and design patterns. The goal of this particular workshop is to analyse the emerging Semantic Technology market, identify and apply appropriate methodologies, highlight success stories and overall support the increase in industry adoption of Semantic Web technologies.

The gap between the Semantic Web research and industry practitioner communities, as evidenced by the limited uptake of very promising technologies in the broader market needs to be addressed. Researchers steadily improve upon modelling, query languages, reasoners, triple stores, and development tooling - but all too often, these improvements are driven not by real business needs, but intrinsically by the interests of researchers to work on and solve interesting challenges, or to obtain public funding. Conversely, practitioners are oftentimes unaware of how existing Semantic Web technologies already can help them to solve their problems (such as data or service integration, conflict detection and resolution, or data processing). Even in cases where they do know about these Semantic Web solutions, most practitioners lack the knowledge about tooling, scalability issues, design patterns that are required in order to successfully apply these technologies.

In order to help analyse and ultimately bridge this gap, the WaSABi organisers believe two things are needed: firstly, a greater understanding of industrial organisations and their needs, guiding them in selecting problems to work on that are of direct relevance to them, and secondly, to establish a set of methodolgies, evaluation strategies and best practices for Semantic Web technology development and use, guiding practitioners who want to apply these technologies first hand. The WaSABi workshop provides a forum for discussing and developing solutions to both of these needs, neither of which can be solved by researchers or practitioners on their own.

Topics Of Interest

Topics for presentation and discussion at the workshop include both technical and usage-oriented issues. They include everything that helps improve and shortening development and deployment time for an academic or a practitioner, wishing to work with semantic technologies.

  • Surveys or case studies on Semantic Web technology in enterprise systems
  • Semantic Technology Market Analysis
  • Comparative studies on the evolution of Semantic Web adoption
  • Semantic systems and architectures of methodologies for industrial challenges
  • Semantic Web based implementations and design patterns for enterprise systems
  • Enterprise platforms using Semantic Web technology as part of the workflow
  • Architectural overviews for Semantic Web systems
  • Design patterns for semantic technology architectures and algorithms
  • System development methods as applied to semantic technologies
  • Semantic toolkits for enterprise applications
  • Surveys on identified best practices based on Semantic Web technology
  • Linked Data integration and change management

Of special interest are papers that touch upon the issues discussed during the brainstorming sessions of WaSABi 2014 at ESWC (proceedings forthcoming):

  • Linked Data lifecycle management: How can the longevity of key URIs and namespaces be guaranteed? Are such resources too important infrastructure or community assets to leave to commercial actors? How does one handle change management in a linked data context? How can software be analysed to find (potentially dangerous) dependencies on distributed Semantic Web resources?
  • Software development for the Semantic Web: Are traditional software engineering methods well suited to the development of solutions for the Semantic Web? How can the complexity of the Semantic Web technology stack be abstracted or simplified (e.g. ORM for RDF)? Can Semantic Web software components run unchanged on cloud computing platforms, or how must they be adapted?

Additionally, industrial papers that focus on approaches, architectures, or tools demonstrating best practices in Semantic Web technologies are particularly encouraged.


Submission criteria are as follows:

Important dates

Friday March 6, 2015
Friday April 3, 2015
Camera ready version
Friday April 17, 2015
May 31 / June 1 (TBD), 2015

For enquiries, please contact the organizers at wasabi2015@easychair.org.

For further information visit the workshop website.