Call for Tutorials

ESWC 2021 invites tutorials that address the interests of its varied audience: people new to the Semantic Web, Semantic Web researchers and practitioners that wish to learn new technologies, users of Semantic Web technologies, and representatives of government and funding agencies as well as potential private investors in Semantic Web technologies.

We welcome submissions of tutorial proposals on all major topics related to semantic technologies.

We especially solicit proposals for tutorials of the following types:

  • Introduction to new semantic technologies, methods, techniques, tools and trends (e.g. Knowledge Graphs, semantic data integration, reasoning, question answering, ontology-based data access, ontology design principles, provenance and trust, etc.).
  • Tutorials describing the application of semantic technologies in specific domains (e.g., life sciences, e-government, e-commerce, Industry 4.0, cultural heritage, education, mobile, music, emergency management, etc.).
  • Tutorials presenting techniques from other fields that are of relevance for Semantic Web research, including social sciences, digital humanities, biomedical research, HCI, Information Retrieval, databases, NLP, Internet of Things, data visualization, etc.
  • Things to learn about the Semantic Web before you die. Inspired by the isomorphic call for papers in the main ESWC track. What foundational problem did the Semantic Web solve? What are we the best at? 
  • Post mortems in the Semantic Web, best practices and things learned from past experiences and projects. What did you want to achieve and what Semantic Technologies couldn’t do? What were their limitations and how did you work them around?

While tutorials may focus on theoretical topics, the organizers should incorporate hands-on exercises to engage the audience. The organizers are invited to include illustrative, real-world examples of the topics handled, illustrating the relevance to the Semantic Web community. The tutorial should reach a good balance between the topic coverage and its relevance to the community.

Tutorials can be half-day or full-day. However, due to the high probability of an online event, we recommend half-day tutorials.

We suggest having up to two presenters for half-day and up to four presenters for full-day tutorials, preferably from different institutions, contributing different perspectives to the tutorial topic. In case of online events, one person should be dedicated to the engagement of the participants for instance using Slack, Gitter, or a platform of choice.

We privilege diversity in the organizing team as well as the presence of young researchers and phd students.

Important Dates

    Tutorial proposals due: November 28th, 2020

    Notification of acceptance: December 4th,  2020

    Tutorial website due: December 19th, 2020

    Tutorial material due:  May 1st, 2021

    Tutorial days: June 6th and 7th 2021 

All deadlines are 23:59 anywhere on earth (UTC-12).

Terms and Conditions

All organizers (presenters) of accepted tutorials are expected to:

  • Have an active role in the tutorial
  • Register for and participate in ESWC 2021
  • Prepare and maintain a Website that describes the tutorial and includes all relevant information
  • Publish their program schedule as RDF (the conference has a Semantic Technologies Coordinator who will be your contact in this matter)
  • Submit the material for attendees (slide sets, additional teaching material, software installation, question answering, and usage guides for practical hands-on sessions, e.g., Jupyter Notebooks.) to the Tutorial Chairs and making it available on the tutorial Website.
  • Set up the necessary tools for online events (e.g., slid.do, Slack, etc.)
  • Agree to be recorded. 

The ESWC 2021 Organizing Committee is responsible for providing on-site logistical support to the organizers and attendees. In the interest of the overall quality of the conference, the Tutorial Chairs reserve the right to merge tutorials and/or adjust their scope, in case a minimum number of registrations is not reached by the early registration deadline.

Tutorial attendees must register for the tutorial as well as for the main conference days.

Submission Details

Tutorial proposals have to be submitted via EasyChair at

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eswc2021wt

Each proposal must consist of a single PDF document written in English, no longer than four pages, which contains the following information:

  • Title and abstract, 200 words maximum, for inclusion on the ESWC 2021 Website.
  • Tutorial description containing the objectives of the tutorial and relevance to ESWC 2021; scope and level of detail for the topics to be covered; learning objectives; practical sessions; references.
  • A description of how the organizers will interact with the participants in case it is an online event (strategy, platform that will be used, etc.), with special emphasis on how engagement with the audience will be created. 
  • A paragraph explaining how you will make the tutorial memorable. 
  • How you will organize interaction in case of a virtual event.
  • Target audience and strategy for attracting participants.
  • Tutorial length – the tutorial can be full or half day.
  • Specify other venues at which the tutorial or parts thereof has or will be presented, in addition to explaining if/how the proposed tutorial differs from these other editions. Links to the slides of those tutorial editions should be included in the proposal.
  • Brief professional biography of the presenter(s) documenting their seniority (we recommend to have at least one junior researcher), expertise, as well as previous training and speaking experience (such as teaching and tutorial presentation). 

Next to this, the tutorial organizers should also provide a video teaser of about 3 minutes that can be put on the ESWC 2021 website. It will serve to attract participants to the tutorial. As an example, the organizers can take a look at the ESWC 2021 Introduction video on the website https://2021.eswc-conferences.org/.  

All proposals will be reviewed and discussed by the Tutorial Chairs as well as a committee of senior Semantic Web representatives.

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