The International Semantic Web Conference is the premier forum for Semantic Web research, where cutting edge scientific results and technological innovations are presented, where problems and solutions are discussed, and where the future of this vision is being developed. It brings together specialists in fields such as artificial intelligence, databases, social networks, distributed computing, Web engineering, information systems, human-computer interaction, natural language processing, and the social sciences.
The papers cover topics such as querying with SPARQL; querying linked data; linked data; ontology-based data access; ontology alignment; reasoning; instance matching, entity resolution and topic generation; RDF data dynamics; ontology extraction and generation; knowledge graphs and scientific data publication; ontology instance alignment; knowledge graphs; data processing, IoT, sensors; archiving and publishing scientific data; IoT and sensors; experiments; evaluation; and empirical studies.
Part 1 (LNCS 9366) contains a total of 38 papers which were presented in the research track. They were carefully reviewed and selected from 172 submissions.
Part 2 (LNCS 9367) contains 14 papers from the in-use and software track, 8 papers from the datasets and ontologies track, and 7 papers from the empirical studies and experiments track, selected, respectively, from 33, 35, and 23 submissions.
The core tracks of the research conference were complemented with new tracks focusing on linked data; machine learning; mobile web, sensors and semantic streams; natural language processing and information retrieval; reasoning; semantic data management, big data, and scalability; services, APIs, processes and cloud computing; smart cities, urban and geospatial data; trust and privacy; and vocabularies, schemas, and ontologies.
The Semantic Web Services (SWS) approach is about describing services with metadata on the basis of domain ontologies as a means to enable their automatic location, execution, combination, and use. Fensel and his coauthors provide a comprehensive overview of SWS in line with actual industrial practice. They introduce the main sociotechnological components that ground the SWS vision (like Web Science, Service Science, and service-oriented architectures) and several approaches that realize it, e.g. the Web Service Modeling Framework, OWL-S, and RESTful services. The real-world relevance is emphasized through a series of case studies from large-scale R&D projects and a business-oriented proposition from the SWS technology provider Seekda.
Each chapter of the book is structured according to a predefined template, covering both theoretical and practical aspects, and including walk-through examples and hands-on exercises. Additional learning material is available on the book website www.swsbook.org. With its additional features, the book is ideally suited as the basis for courses or self-study in this field, and it may also serve as a reference for researchers looking for a state-of-the-art overview of formalisms, methods, tools, and applications related to SWS.