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
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
How far have we come towards
scalable industrial-strength technology?
Is there enough
infrastructure (e.g., tools, architectural and language
specifications, meta-services) to begin to support widespread
If not, what significant gaps most urgently need to be
Relevant topics include:
Ontology Design and Use with Semantic Web Services
Applications of SWS to E-business and E-government
Supporting Enterprise Application Integration with SWS
Relationship with Commercial Web Services technologies
Relationship with Grid computing technologies
Architectures for SWS Deployment
Tools and Infrastructure Supporting SWS Deployment
Advertising, Discovery, Matchmaking, and Brokering of SWS
Conversational Protocols for SWS
Models and Languages for Process Modeling for SWS
Composition and Planning with Semantic Web Services
Execution and Lifecycle Management of Semantic Web Services
Monitoring and Recovery Strategies for Semantic Web Services
Relationship of Semantic Web Services with Workflow Technologies
Security and Privacy for Semantic Web Services
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
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:
All submissions should be formatted in Springer's LNCS
style, and sent by e-mail to
- Full papers (up to 15 pages)
- Position statements (1-2 pages)
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
time slots. In some cases, papers may be presented as part of
All accepted full papers, and all position papers of attendees, will be published
online, on a publicly available Web site.
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,
that help the reader to quickly grasp the essence of complex material
are strongly encouraged.
Position statements are limited to 2 pages and should include some
or all of the following:
- introduction of the author(s)
- brief description of your work (and possibly other work at your
institution) related to Semantic Web services
- tools or testbeds you have to offer to the community
- discussion of what you view as the most challenging issues in
Semantic Web Services and prospects for solving them
- challenges, questions or issues that you'd like to see addressed
at the workshop.
Last updated June 11, 2004
Please send questions and comments to