Semantic Web Services:
Preparing to Meet the World of Business Applications

a workshop at

The Third International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2004)

Monday, November 8, 2004

Home Agenda Call for Papers Dates Organization


Recognition of the potential value and technical challenges of Semantic Web services (SWS) has grown rapidly over the last couple years in the Semantic Web research community. Awareness of the need for richer semantics for service description is also growing in the worlds of commercial Web services (particularly with respect to Enterprise Application Integration and eCommerce) and Grid computing, as well as in selected groups of early adopters of Semantic Web technologies.

Significant work has already been done in this decade on SWS, and a large body of relevant work exists from earlier decades, in fields such as knowledge representation, planning, agent-based systems, databases, programming languages, and software engineering. Nevertheless many difficult research challenges remain, and much work is needed to adapt relevant existing technologies to the context of Web services and the Semantic Web, and to prepare the more mature languages, capabilities and architectures for widespread deployment.

This workshop aims to provide a forum in which to focus on selected core technical challenges for deployment of SWS; provide guidance to early adopters of Semantic Web services technology, particularly in the business community; and facilitate the formation of new communities of SWS users.

There will be a particular focus on the relationship of work on SWS to the needs of business systems. To this end, submissions are sought that demonstrate innovative application of SWS technologies to the challenges involved in automating online business transactions.

Another focus will be on the relationship between current research efforts and the ultimate requirements for full-scale deployment of these technologies. One desired outcome of the workshop is to get clearer about questions such as


Relevant topics include:

Intended Audience

The intended audience includes researchers working on Semantic Web services and related technologies, students interested in these topics, developers of commercial Web services standards (such as those engaged in these activities at W3C and OASIS), and commercial software developers who are investigating how to achieve greater flexibility and automation in the delivery of Web services.

Workshop Format and Attendance

The program will occupy one full day, and will include presentations of papers selected from the full papers category (see "Submissions" below). In some cases, papers may be presented as part of themed discussion panels.

There will be one invited speaker. Subject to time constraints, there may also be a panel of experts on a selected topic. Panels will be conducted in such a way as to encourage discussion with the audience.

This workshop is open to all members of the ISWC community. Please note that at least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop. All workshop participants must pay the ISWC2004 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference registration fee.

Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the workshop. However, in the event that the workshop cannot accommodate all who would like to participate, those who have submitted a paper (in any category) will be given priority for registration.


Two categories of submissions are solicited:
  1. Full papers (up to 15 pages)
  2. Position statements (1-2 pages)
All submissions should be formatted in Springer's LNCS style, and sent by e-mail to

Full papers will be peer-reviewed; position papers will receive no review. 

Accepted full papers will be scheduled for a presentation at the workshop.  Shorter full papers may be given appropriately shortened time slots.  In some cases, papers may be presented as part of themed discussion panels.

All accepted full papers, and all position papers of attendees, will be published online, on a publicly available Web site.

Full papers

We emphasize that a larger word count does not necessarily confer any greater likelihood of acceptance.  In some cases -- such as papers describing early work on a project -- it is appropriate for papers to be considerably shorter than 15 pages.  Naturally, however, figures that help the reader to quickly grasp the essence of complex material are strongly encouraged.

Position statements

Position statements are limited to 2 pages and should include some or all of the following:



Last updated June 11, 2004
Please send questions and comments to