Semantic Web journal: Special Call for Linked Dataset descriptions

Semantic Web journal:
Special Call for
Linked Dataset descriptions

Linked Data is a key enabler for the Semantic Web vision, and a decisive step towards a truly "Semantic" Web.

The Semantic Web journal calls for brief papers (about 4-6 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.

  • Name, URL, version date and number, licensing, availability, etc.
  • Topic coverage, source for the data, purpose and method of creation and maintenance, reported usage etc.
  • Metrics and statistics on external and internal connectivity, use of established vocabularies (e.g., RDF, OWL, SKOS, FOAF), language expressivity, growth.
  • Examples and critical discussion of typical knowledge modeling patterns used.
  • Known shortcomings of the dataset.

Papers will be evaluated along the following dimensions: Quality of the dataset, usefulness (or potential usefulness) of the dataset, clarity and completeness of the descriptions.

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


Paper submission: May 20th, 2012
Notification: Usually within 8 weeks of submission

Guest Editorial Board (to be completed):

  • Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago, U.S.A.
  • Aba-Sah Dadzie, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Emanuele Della Valle, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Jerome Euzenat, INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Fabien Gandon, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Christophe Guéret, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Willem Robert van Hage, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Michael Hausenblas, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Ivan Herman, W3C
  • Michiel Hildebrand, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Aidan Hogan, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Prateek Jain, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, U.S.A.
  • Amit Joshi, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, U.S.A.
  • Tomi Kauppinen, University of Münster, Germany
  • Dave Kolas, BBN Technologies, U.S.A.
  • Jens Lehmann, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Michael Lutz, European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, U.S.A.
  • Danh Le Phuoc, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Axel Polleres, Siemens, Austria
  • Marta Sabou, MODUL University Vienna, Austria
  • Francois Scharffe, Université Montpellier 2, France
  • Giovanni Tummarello, DERI Galway, Ireland
  • Jesse Weaver, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, U.S.A.
  • Erik Wilde, UC Berkeley, U.S.A.

In case of questions, please contact the Editors-in-chief:

Pascal Hitzler
Krzysztof Janowicz