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Code of conduct for ISWC

The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is organized by the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA) as a forum to encourage rich interactions and promote the free exchange of ideas to benefit the community.  SWSA welcomes conference participants that foster inclusion and respect to all members of the community.  


Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Respectful behavior is always assumed and expected of community members during all conference events, on-line discussions about conference topics, and networking events held after hours.  Conference participants are expected to interact with others in a respectful and courteous manner, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical appearance, national origin, religion, ethnicity, marital status or technology choices.


Abusive, racist, sexist, homophobic, harassing, or threatening behavior towards any other conference participant or directed at any organizer, student volunteer, sponsor, conference staff or locals, will not be tolerated.


SWSA disapproves of offensive actions, aggressive acts, or comments that intimidate or disparage others. SWSA will not tolerate any kind of harassment, including but not limited to:


  • Verbal attacks, accusations or bullying

  • Aggressive or intimidatory questioning

  • Sustained disruption during presentations and other events

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Deliberate intimidation and stalking in person and online

  • Sexual and racist images and materials in public spaces

  • Ignoring, encouraging, or advocating any of the above behaviours


SWSA expects all community members to endorse this code of conduct, and to actively prevent, discourage, and publicly condone any undesired behaviors. Participants asked to stop any unacceptable behavior are expected to comply immediately.