First International Workshop on
Semantic Web and Databases
Co-located with VLDB 2003
Berlin, Germany
September 7-8, 2003
Supported in part by the OntoWeb Network  
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Industrial Sponsors Keynote Talks





If you are interested in sponsoring this workshop, please contact one of the Program Committee Chairs.
Anatole Gershman
Director of Research, Accenture Technology Labs

Philip Bernstein
Microsoft Research

Amit Sheth
University of Georgia and Semagix, Inc.
Program Important Dates and Registration
The program will be posted by August 18. Important Dates
Submission Deadline: June 25, 2003 (extended from May 15)
Notification of Acceptance:
Aug 12, 2003.
Camera Ready Papers Due:
Aug 18, 2003
Please register on the VLDB web site.
Organization Objectives
Program Committee Chairs
Isabel Cruz
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Vipul Kashyap
National Library of Medicine, NIH, USA

Proceedings and Publicity Chair
Stefan Decker
USC Information Sciences Institute, USA

Organization Chair
Rainer Eckstein
Humboldt University, Germany

Program Committee
Karl Aberer, EPFL, Switzerland
Sibel Adali
, Rensselaer Polytechnic I., USA
Paolo Atzeni
, U. Rome Tre, Italy
Alex Borgida, Rutgers U., USA
Olivier Bodenreider, NLM-NIH, USA
Stéphane Bressan, National U. of Singapore
Christoph Bussler, Oracle, USA
Isabel Cruz, U. of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Umesh Dayal, HP Labs, USA
Stefan Decker, USC-ISI, USA
Max Egenhofer, U. Maine, USA
Rainer Eckstein, Humboldt U., Germany
Dieter Fensel, Institut für Informatik, Austria
Mary Fernandez, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
Susan Gauch, U. Kansas
Carole Goble, U. Manchester, UK
Rick Hull, Lucent Technology, USA
Vipul Kashyap, NLM-NIH, USA
Maurizio Lenzerini, U. Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Aris Ouksel, U. Illinois at Chicago, USA
Dimitris Plexousakis, U. Crete, Greece
Steve Ray, NIST, USA
Amit Sheth, U. Georgia and Semagix, USA
Surya Sripada, Boeing, USA
Munindar Singh, N. Carolina U., USA
V.S. Subrahmanian, U. Maryland, USA
Rudi Studer, U. Karlsruhe, Germany
Ram Sriram, NIST, USA
Clement Yu, U. Illinois at Chicago, USA
The Semantic Web is a key initiative being promoted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the next generation of the current web. Machine-understandable metadata is emerging as a new foundation for component-based approaches to application development. Within the context of reusable distributed components, Web services represent the latest architectural advancement. Such concepts can be synthesized providing powerful new mechanisms for quickly modeling, creating and deploying complex applications that readily adapt to real world need.

The objective of this workshop is to present database and information system research as they relate to the Semantic Web and more broadly, to gain insight into the Semantic Web technology as it relates to databases and information systems.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Infrastructure: component models (e.g., J2EE, .NET); distributed object-based architectures; scalability, extensibility and robustness of applications; algebras for modeling and ontology management; creation, maintenance and versioning of annotations, metadata and mappings; tools (including visual tools) for creating components (e.g., ontologies, mappings, views, etc.); workflow systems, web services and quality of service contracts; support for negotiation and trust; security.

Semantics: conceptual clustering and statistical approaches; social networks and consensus analysis approaches; information analysis accuracy (e.g., precision, recall, false positives); ontologies, conceptual models, taxonomies; semantic interoperability and integration; semantic composition of web services; view definition and transformations (e.g., global/local as view); query algebras for combined data and metadata queries; semantics-based query relaxation techniques, loss of information; logic based (centralized and distributed) inferences; intensional query answering; emergent semantics.

Applications: Semantic Web applications (prototypes, pilots, deployed) based on XML, RDF, and various variants; web services based applications (prototypes, pilots, deployed) based on WSDL, SOAP, UDDI, ebXML and other related standards; natural language processing; semantics-based integration of data/applications within enterprises; geographical information systems; bio-informatics; business aspects for Semantic Web applications (e.g., return of investment, sustainable business models).
Previous Related Workshops Paper Submission

We invite the submission of short (up to six pages) and long papers (up to twenty pages) on:

  • research, focusing on foundational or technological aspects
  • experience, describing industrial aspects
  • position, discussing a wide variety of issues

The submitted papers should be formatted as close as possible to the rules of Springer LNCS (see, section "Proceedings and Other Multi-author Volumes" for formatting instructions).

Please submit documents as HTML, PDF, or Word to Isabel Cruz ( and Stefan Decker (