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CFP:Semantics in Dataspaces Workshop @ TheWebConf 2023

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    Call for Papers for the:
    First International Workshop on Semantics in Dataspaces (SDS 2023)
    Collocated with TheWebConf (WWW) 2023
    April 30 – May 4, 2023 (workshops on April 30 – May 1)
    Austin, Texas, USA
    * Submission deadline February 6, 2023
    * Proceedings published by ACM as Companion Proceedings of TheWebConf 2023
    In recent years, multiple dataspace initiatives were formed and are growing in both implementation and memberships. Dozens of individual dataspaces and use-cases are arising in their context, as listed in the International Data Spaces Association’s “Data Space Radar” and Gaia-X’ initial list, and even more from other initiatives. The European Union pushes this trend even more by including dataspaces as key elements in their data strategy and spending 4-6 billion Euros on establishing these in various domains. The main challenges of this trend on dataspaces are twofold. First, no common definition of dataspaces and their core components exist, which complicates interoperability and FAIRness even at conceptual level. This probably produces isolated solutions tailored to specific use-cases only. Second, the various arising dataspaces in the wild follow different goals and have individual implementations and technology readiness levels. The lack of reusable core components forces stakeholders to reinvent these and leads to diverging implementations and therefore high costs.
    The workshop intends to bring together people interested in dataspaces and the role of semantics in these, who may be from different communities such as dataspace drivers, law, and policymakers as well as the researchers from the Semantic Web community. Since members of these different communities rarely have chances to interact, we design the workshop to be highly interactive and communicative. We aim at a full-day workshop with ⅔ formal presentations and ⅓ collaboration using the Open Space technique. This approach enables us to identify promising topics for collaboration and follow-up activities by enabling a dynamic agenda driven by the participants’ shared interests.
    Conceptual Perspective:
    * Surveys on definitions and visions
    * What are dataspaces and what are their core elements?
    * How are components and data life cycles structured?
    * Formal models of dataspaces
    * The role of stakeholders in decision processes
    * Impact and potential of unique identifiers
    * Conceptual reusable assets
    State-of-the-art Implementations:
    * How do arising dataspaces coincide/differ with each other?
    * Requirements of customers, stakeholders, and politics
    * Who drives their implementations and what are their technology readiness levels?
    * Common reusable elements and standards
    * Gap between academic definitions and actual implementations
    Semantics for Dataspaces:
    * Review of arising dataspaces with a focus on the Semantic Web and FAIR data
    * Potential of methods and solutions from the Semantic Web for dataspaces
    * Tailored benefits of ontologies, unique identifiers, algorithms, etc.
    * Measuring political, practical, scientific, performance, etc. challenges for adoption
    We welcome the following types of contributions:
    * Full papers (up to 12 pages; max 8 pages for the main content + max 2 pages for appendixes + max 2 pages for references) may contain original research of relevance to the workshop topics.
    * Short papers (up to 6 pages; all included with references) may contain original research in progress of relevance to the workshop topics.
    * System/Demo papers (up to 6 pages; all included with references) may contain descriptions of prototypes, demos or software systems related to the workshop topics.
    * Resource papers (up to 6 pages; all included with references) may contain descriptions of resources related to the workshop topics, such as ontologies, knowledge graphs, ground truth datasets, etc.
    * Position/Vision papers (up to 6 pages; all included with references) may discuss vision statements or arguable opinions related to the workshop topics.
    Workshop papers must be self-contained and in English. They should not have been previously published, should not be considered for publication, and should not be under review for another workshop, conference, or journal.
    All submissions must adhere to the ACM template (, using the traditional double-column format. Word users may use *Word Interim* Template, and latex users may use *sample-sigconf* template. Overleaf users may use the ACM proceedings template ( The PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded.
    Please submit your contributions via the EasyChair conference submission system:
    by selecting the track: [Workshop] First Workshop on Semantics in Dataspaces (SDS 2023).
    All questions about submissions should be emailed to Up-to-date information will continuously be posted on the workshop website.
    Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
    * Submission: February 06, 2023
    * Notification of acceptance: March 06, 2023
    * Registration: March 11, 2023
    * Camera-Ready Submission: March 20, 2023
    * Final program provided: March 31, 2023
    * Workshop at WWW: April 30 or May 01, 2023
    All submission deadlines are end-of-day in the Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone. Please check our website for the latest updates.
    * The WWW attendance policy also holds for this workshop: All presenters (keynotes, papers, etc.) must register for the main conference and need to be physically present. No virtual presentations are allowed. It is allowed to foresee a proxy in case the author cannot attend. We however encourage additional participants to join the workshop physically or virtually.
    * Workshop papers will be included in the WWW’23 companion proceedings, which are archived in the ACM Digital Library.
    * Pre-prints of all contributions will be made available during the conference.
    * All contributions are eligible for the “Best Paper” award
    * Johannes Theissen-Lipp, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
    * Stefan Decker, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Germany
    * Edward Curry, University of Galway, Ireland
    * Manfred Hauswirth, Technical University of Berlin
    * York Sure-Vetter, National Research Data Infrastructure NFDI
    * Sebastian Steinbuss, International Data Spaces Association
    * Jodi Schneider, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, IL
    * Guha Ramanathan, Google
    * André Pomp, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal
    * Sandra Geisler, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen
    * Christoph Lange, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT
    * Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid
    * Christoph Quix, Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld
    * Jose-Luis Ambite, University of Southern California, CA
    * Andreas Harth, University of Erlangen, Nuremberg
    * Aiara Lobo Gomes, Maastricht University, Maastricht
    * Johan van Soest, Maastricht University, Maastricht
    * Giacomo Lanza, PTB National Metrology Institute, Braunschweig
    All questions should be emailed to

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