2nd ESWC2012 Summer School


Following a very successful inaugural event we are very happy to be able to announce that the 2nd ESWC Summer School will take place again in the week before the ESWC 2012 conference on the Southern part of Crete in the beautiful village of Kalamaki.

Essential Data

Website: http://summerschool2012.eswc-conferences.org/ 
Applications: http://summerschool2012.eswc-conferences.org/attending/apply


  • John Domingue (The Open University, UK)
  • Elena Simperl  (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE)


  • Lora Aroyo (Free University of Amsterdam, NL)
  • Enrico Franconi (Free University of Bolzano, IT)
  • Mark Greaves (Vulcan Inc. US)
  • Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US)
  • Chris Welty (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, New York, US)


  • Dan Brickley (Free University of Amsterdam, NL)
  • Aidan Hogan (Digital Enterprise Research Institute, IE)
  • Barry Norton (Ontotext, BG)
  • Matthew Rowe (The Open University, UK)
  • Elena Simperl  (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE)
  • Denny Vrandenic (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE)


  • Knowledge representation languages and Web-scale reasoning
  • Linked Data publishing and consumption
  • Developing and using ontologies
  • Semantically enabled Web APIs and services
  • Social semantics


  • Application opens: December 1st 2011
  • Application closes: February 15th 2012
  • Decision on acceptance: March 1st 2012
  • Summer school: May 21st (9am) to midday May 26th


STI Members: 650 Euros
Non STI Members: 700 Euros
Fees include registration fee, accommodation and meals.


The 2nd ESWC Summer School will run in southern Crete in the week before the EWSC conference -  from the morning of Monday May 21st  to midday Saturday May 26th 2012. The overall goal for this event is to provide intensive training and networking opportunities for the next EWC generation. In particular we wish to facilitate the creation of a new cohort of ESWC: Master’s, Ph.D. students and junior researchers who will in time become the next leaders of the ESWC conference and of the Semantic Web research area in general.

In this respect the above the topics of the ESWC summer school will be aligned with the most prominent and emerging topics of the ESWC conference. We will also provide opportunities for attendees to network with their peers, the school tutors and keynotes as well as senior members of STI International and senior members of the Semantic Web community who are participating in the conference.
The organization and tutorial team for this summer school have extensive experience in these types of events having organized similar events in Europe, the US and Asia over a number of years. Building from this experience, and also knowledge of pedagogy we know that learning-by-doing leads to successful learning. We also know the true value of networking in the research context and that this is best supported by an informal atmosphere coupled with an enjoyable inclusive social program. Supporting the above will be a dominant theme of the EWSC summer school and a significant portion of the school will involve hands-on sessions with the latest generation of Semantic Web tools.

The summer school is open to anyone studying in a Semantic Web related post-graduate course or is at an early stage of a Semantic Web related career and is engaged in suitable Semantic Web activities. Places will be limited to 50 in order to ensure that all participating students receive quality time with their tutors. Accepted students will be obliged to attend the whole week.

We encourage anyone who is at an early stage of their Semantic Web career to apply our school which benefits from its close association with the conference.


The ESWC summer school is supported by a number of European projects including PlanetData and also videolectures.net.

You can find out more details including the whole program at our website at http://summerschool2012.eswc-conferences.org/




The Open University



University of Aberdeen


University of Innsbruck

Universidad Politecnica

Won Kwang University

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)