Call for papers: Special issue of the Semantic Web journal on Semantics For Big Data

Call for papers: Special issue of the Semantic Web journal on


Extended deadline: January 20, 2014

One of the key challenges in making use of Big Data lies in finding ways of dealing with heterogeneity, diversity, and complexity of the data, while its volume and velocity forbid solutions available for smaller datasets as based, e.g., on manual curation or manual integration of data. Semantic Web Technologies are meant to deal with these issues, and indeed since the advent of Linked Data a few years ago, they have become central to mainstream Semantic Web research and development. We can easily understand Linked Data as being a part of the greater Big Data landscape, as many of the challenges are the same. The linking component of Linked Data, however, puts an additional focus on the integration and conflation of data across multiple sources.

Possible Topics

Topics of interest focus explicitly on the interplay of Semantics and Big Data, and include

  • the use of semantic metadata and ontologies for Big Data,
  • the use of formal and informal semantics,
  • the integration and interplay of deductive (semantic) and statistical methods,
  • methods to establish semantic interoperability between data sources,
  • ways of dealing with semantic heterogeneity,
  • scalability of Semantic Web methods and tools, and
  • semantic approaches to the explication of requirements from eScience applications.


Deadline: January 20, 2014 (extended!)

Submissions shall be made through the Semantic Web journal website at Note that you need to request an account on the website for submitting a paper. Please indicate in the cover letter that it is for the "Semantics for Big Data" special issue.

Submissions are possible in all standing paper type of the journal, see for descriptions: full research papers, surveys, linked dataset descriptions, ontology descriptions, application reports, tool/systems reports.

Guest Editors

Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
James A. Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Pascal Hitzler, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, USA
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

The editors can be reached by email to

Guest Editorial Board

Claudio Gutierrez, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Steffen Lamparter, Siemens, Germany
Lars Schmidt-Thieme, University of Hildesheim, Germany

Further members of the guest editorial board will be recruited based on the topics of the submitted papers.