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Call to Host the International Semantic Web Conference in 2018

The Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) is seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting the 17th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2018. The conference series usually moves regularly between the Americas, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For the 2018 edition, we will accept bids from all locations, but we will give preference to the bids from the Americas. We expect the conference to take place in late October or early November 2018.

Organizations wishing to host ISWC 2018 should contact Dr. Natasha Noy who will work with the SWSA members to coordinate the bidding process for ISWC 2018. Any organization can apply to host the conference, but the local organizing committee must include a representative of a local research group.

The process consists of two stages. During the first stage, SWSA solicits the statements of interest through an open call. They should be submitted using the statement of interest form.

Once the first phase is complete, SWSA will shortlist a number of applications, who will be invited to submit a full proposal, using a standard form and budget template. The shortlisted applications will be expected to make a presentation at the SWSA meeting in Kobe, Japan, during ISWC 2016. SWSA will make the decision on the location of ISWC 2018 at that meeting.

More information about the ISWC Conference Series and the bidding process for hosting a conference in the series can be found in the ISWC Conference Guide.

The important dates for applying to host a Conference in 2018 are:

  • October 7, 2016:  Formal applications received from shortlisted bids.
  • October 18, 2016: Presentation of the bid at the SWSA meeting in Kobe, Japan.
  • October 21, 2016: SWSA decides on the location for the 2018 conference.