Semantic Web journal: Special Call for Linked Dataset Descriptions

Linked Data is a key enabler for the Semantic Web vision and one of the steps towards a truly "Semantic Web".

The Semantic Web journal calls for brief papers (usually about 5-8 pages) containing a concise description of a Linked Dataset. The paper shall describe in concise and clear terms key characteristics of the dataset as a guide to its usage for various (possibly unforeseen) purposes. In particular, such a paper shall typically give information, amongst others, on the following aspects of the dataset (if applicable).

  • Name, URL, versioning, licensing, availability
  • Topic coverage, source for the data
  • Purpose of the Linked Dataset, e.g. demonstrated by relevant queries or inferences over it
  • Applications using the dataset and other metrics of use
  • Creation, maintenance and update mechanisms as well as policies to ensure sustainability and stability
  • Quality, quantity and purpose of links to other datasets
  • Domain modeling and use of established vocabularies
  • Examples and critical discussion of typical knowledge modeling patterns used
  • Known shortcomings of the dataset
  • A discussion of the dataset in the context of the Five Stars of Linked Data Vocabulary Use

Papers will be evaluated along the following dimensions: (1) Quality and stability of the dataset - evidence must be provided. (2) Usefulness of the dataset, which should be shown by corresponding third-party uses - evidence must be provided. (3) Clarity and completeness of the descriptions. Papers that do not list third-party usage will usually be rejected without review.

Papers should usually be written by people involved in the generation or maintenance of the dataset, or with the consent of these people.

Prospective authors must take notice of the submission guidelines posted at

Past dataset descriptions which were already accepted for publication are available for perusal; see also the editorial of the first SWJ special issue with linked dataset descriptions. Authors should note, though, that requirements and expectations have evolved since previous calls. In particular, we now request evidence for third-party usage of the datasets.


Paper submission: January 31, 2016. Extensions can be granted upon request.
Notification: usually within 8 weeks of submission