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Date: 04/19/04

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    In response to numerous requests, the ISWC2004 Research Track and Industrial
    Track submission deadlines have been extended to Friday April 30 (11:59pm Hawaii Time).
              3rd International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2004)
               Sunday, November 7 -- Thursday, November 11, 2004
                   Hiroshima Prince Hotel, Hiroshima, Japan
    The  vision of  the  Semantic  Web  is  to make  the  contents of  the  Web
    unambiguously computer interpretable, enabling automation of a diversity of
    tasks currently performed by human beings.  The goal of providing semantics
    and automated reasoning capabilities  for the Web draws upon research  in a
    broad range of areas including Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Software
    Engineering, Distributed Computing  and Information Systems.  Contributions
    to date have included languages  for semantic annotation  of Web documents,
    automated reasoning capabilities  for Web languages,  ontologies, query and
    view languages,  semantic translation of Web contents, semantic integration
    middleware,  technologies and principles for building multi-agent  and Grid
    systems, semantic interoperation of programs and devices,  technologies and
    principles for describing,  searching and composing Web Services,  and more.
    The 3rd  International  Semantic  Web  Conference (ISWC2004) follows on the
    success of previous conferences and workshops in
      Sanibel Island, USA in 2003 (,
      Sardinia, Italy in 2002     (, and
      Stanford, USA in 2001       (
    The organizing committee solicits research submissions for the main research
    track of  the conference,  as well as  for  the accompanying industrial and
    posters track:
    - research track (
    - industrial track (
    - posters track (
    ISWC2004  also  encourages  the submission of proposals  for workshops  and
    tutorials, and system demonstrations.  Please see the ISWC2004 Web site for
    pertinent details.
    The research track of ISWC2004 solicits the submission of original, principled
    research papers  dealing  with theoretical,  methodological,  empirical and
    application-related  aspects  of  the  Semantic  Web.  Papers  must clearly
    demonstrate  relevance  to  the Semantic  Web.  Topics include  but are not
    limited to the following:
    -	Languages, Tools and Methodologies for Semantic Web Data
    -	Ontologies (creation, merging, linking and reconciliation)
    -	Large Scale Knowledge Management
    -	Data Semantics
    -	Database Technologies for the Semantic Web
    -	Semantic Web Middleware
    -	Knowledge Portals
    -	Tools and Methodologies for Web Agents
    -	Peer to Peer Systems
    -	Semantic Brokering
    -	Semantic Integration and Interoperability
    -	Semantic Web Mining
    -	Semantic Web Services (description, discovery, invocation, composition)
    -	Semantic Web Inference Schemes
    -	Semantic Web Trust, Privacy, Security and Intellectual Property Rights
    -	Semantic Web for e-Business  and e-Learning
    -	Searching, Querying and Viewing the Semantic Web
    -	User Interfaces
    -	Visualization and Modelling
    The industrial track of ISWC2004 invites the submission of original papers
    describing industrial advances in semantic technologies.  The goals of the
    track are to help researchers  understand  the current status and needs of
    industry, as well as to allow industry to communicate  recent advances.
    Papers must be designated as belonging to one of the following three broad
    - Deployed applications, demonstrating the application of Semantic Web
      technologies to real-world problems and assessing their impact
    - Industrialization of technology, demonstrating successful efforts at an
      industrial scale on productization of research results and assessing their
      competitiveness and/or potential
    - Industrial innovations, describing novel applications of new capabilities
      and deployment plans in an industrial setting
    Please consult the Industrial Track Web page for further information.
    To accommodate late-breaking results and work in progress, the poster track
    of ISWC2004 solicits contribution of poster submissions.  Accepted posters
    will be presented in a separate plenary poster session during the conference
    and  poster  summaries  will  be  distributed  to  conference attendees and
    published on the Web.
    Please consult the Poster Track Web page for further information.
    IMPORTANT DATES (revised)
    Paper titles & abstracts - Research & Industrial Tracks: 	April 30
    Paper submission - Research & Industrial Tracks:		April 30
    Acceptance notification - Research & Industrial Tracks: 	June 28
    Camera-ready papers  - Research & Industrial Tracks: 	September 6
    Poster summary submissions - Poster Track: 	                July 12
    Poster acceptance notification: 				September 6
    Camera-ready poster summaries - Poster Track:	  	September 20
    The deadlines for submissions are strict: no further extensions will be given.
    Research and industrial track papers must be submitted electronically via the
    ISWC2004 Web  page  at  Authors will be
    asked to designate whether they are submitting to the research paper track,
    the industrial track or the poster track. Papers must be submitted in either
    PostScript or PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) format. Papers will not
    be accepted in any other format.
    Research and industrial track  paper  submissions  must be  formatted in the
    style of the  Springer  Publications  format f or Lecture Notes  in Computer
    Science (LNCS) (  Papers must
    be no longer than 15 pages  in Springer LNCS format.   Poster summaries must
    be no longer than 2 pages in IJCAI03 format (linked from: Over-length papers will be rejected.
    ISWC2004 will not accept any paper in the research or industrial track which,
    at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published
    or accepted for publication in a journal  or another conference.  Authors of
    accepted papers will be required to mark up the abstract of their submission
    for the Semantic Web (help will be provided for this task). Details will be
    provided on the conference Web page, at the time of acceptance.
    Please monitor for further submission details
    or changes.
    The conference will be held at the Hiroshima Prince Hotel, which is a four-
    star equivalent hotel  located at the edge of a small peninsula  facing the
    picturesque islands that dot the  Seto Inland Sea.   Hiroshima city has two
    World  Heritages  one  of  which  is  called  Miyajima  to which  fast-boat
    transportation is available at the hotel port. Miyajima has one of the best
    Shrines to visit in Japan.
    General Chair: 		Frank van Harmelen (Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands)
    Program Co-Chairs: 	Sheila McIlraith (University of Toronto, Canada),
                            Dimitris Plexousakis (University of Crete. Greece)
    Local Arrangements Chair: Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)
    Industrial Track Co-Chairs: Jun-ichi Akahani (NTT Laboratories, Japan)
                                Dean Allemang (TopQuadrant Inc., USA)
    Posters Chair: 		Jeremy Carroll (Hewlett-Packard Labs, UK)
    Tutorial Co-Chairs:	Vipul Kashyap (National Library of Medicine, USA)
                            Takahira Yamaguchi (Shizuoka University, Japan)
    Workshop Chair:  	Natasha Noy (Stanford University, USA)
    Metadata Chair: 	Steffen Staab (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
    Semantic Web Challenge Co-Chairs:
    			Michael Klein (Vrije University, Netherlands)
    			Ubbo Visser (University of Bremen, Germany)
    Software Demonstrations Chair: Stefan Decker (DERI, Ireland)
    Sponsor Co-Chairs: 	Akira Maeda (Hitachi Ltd., Japan)
    			Massimo Paolucci (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
    Publicity Chair: 	Akiko Inaba (Osaka University, Japan)

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