The workshops for SEMANTiCS 2017 will be held prior to the conference core programme at September 11th. We recommend attending SEMANTiCS main conference as well.

Day passes for the workshops are at 40,- (excl. registartion fee and VAT). Coffee, some cakes and sandwiches are included. Registration is mandatory as space is very limited. Given beginning and end times are preliminary.

  Monday, 11.09.2017             Thursday, 14.09.2017        
  Room 5 Room 6 Room 7 Room 8 Room 9 Room 10   Room 8+9 Room 5 Room 6 Room 4 Room 7
09:00 - 10:30  
11:00 - 12:30  
13:30 - 15:00  
15:30 - 17:30  
from 19:30 Meetup            


SHACL (Shapes Constraint Language) – Introduction and Implementation

For several years, organizations have used W3C standards: SKOS for taxonomies, RDF/OWL for ontologies. Using standards enables interoperability and re-use of assets and skills. Until now, there wasn’t a standard for defining rules or for checking data conformance. Organizations used proprietary approaches or simply stated their rules on paper. 

Enter SHACL (Shapes Constraint Language) – the new W3C standard that addresses this problem. SHACL offers rich, flexible notations for expressing practically any rule. 

Organized by Eric Freese ( and Irene Polikoff (

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Telling stories with structure: addressing user questions with granular semantic authoring

This tutorial aims to stimulate discussion on the potential for granular semantic tagging of content but also on the potential tensions between content as narrative and content as linked data. To this end, conceptual sections are broken up by practical exercises so that participants can experience at first-hand the opportunities and challenges faced by information modelers and authors of semantic structured content alike.

Presenters: Joe Pairman (Lead Consultant, Mekon Ltd), Jan Benedictus (CEO, FontoXML), Andreas Blumauer (Managing Partner, Semantic Web Company)

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EVENTS2017: Understanding Events Semantics in Cultural Heritage

The EVENTS2017 workshop is intended for researchers, practitioners, and students of ICT, Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage domains. The workshop will explore top-down the state-of-the-art and work in progress in the space around events, e.g. detecting, modelling and representing events, with a special focus in the cultural heritage domain.

Organized by: Lora Aroyo / Computer Science - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Victor de Boer / Computer Science - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Oana Inel / IBM, Gerard Kuys / Ordina, Lodewijk Petram / Huygens ING

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ALIGNED: Engineering Agile Big Data Systems with Semantic Web technologies

In this tutorial we will showcase how the latest breakthroughs in computer science research can help companies to deal with the practical challenges of big data, so that they can more efficiently and agilely integrate it into their core business processes. 

Chairs: Christian Dirschl (Chief Content Architect at Wolters Kluwer Germany), Dr. Kevin Feeney (Trinity College Dublin)

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Big Data Europe: The challenges of big data for societies in a changing world

This workshop will focus on societal challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, with a main focus of OpenScience & (Big) Data Management by introducing the background, covering the main challenges, and seeking real examples of the potential, challenges and complexities of using big data in our societies.

Chairs: Ivana Versic (Cessda) and Martin Kaltenböck (SWC)

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SIS-IoT: Semantic Interoperability and Standardization in the IoT

The main objective of this workshop is to bring SDOs and industrial practitioners in IoT with an interest in semantic interoperability together with the strong and successful research community at SEMANTiCS 2017 to progress the state of the art in Semantic Interoperability and Standardization in IoT.

Chairs: Laura Daniele (TNO), Anna Fensel (Semantic Technology Institute, Innsbruck), Raúl García-Castro (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Enrico Scarrone (Telecom Italia and ETSI SmartM2M), Omar Elloumi (Nokia and oneM2M)

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SALAD 2017 – Services and Applications over Linked APIs and Data

With this workshop, we aim to discover new ways to embrace the opportunities that Web APIs offer in terms of data consumption, processing, and provisioning but also to investigate the possibilities of integrating them more closely with Linked Data. We want to challenge researchers towards developing integrated description and implementation approaches through both paper submissions and interactive on-site discussion and dialog. In particular we are looking for description approaches, formal models, implementation solutions, use cases, and applications that support a more automated and unified Web API and Linked Data use.

Chairs: Maria Maleshkova (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Ruben Verborgh (Ghent Univeristy, IMEC), Laura Daniele (TNO),  Felix Leif Keppmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

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LIDARI - 2nd Workshop on Linked Data in Robotics and Industry 4.0

The overall goal of the workshop is to identify challenges and limitations in Robotics and Industry 4.0 and discuss with experts from the linked data community how linked data can be effectively applied addressing the synergies and solution approaches.

Organizing Committee: Thomas Moser (St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences), Munir Merdan (Practical Robotics Institute Austria)

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Real life Linked data Kadaster use cases for vocabulary management

During this workshop the vocabulary management implementation at the Kadaster Netherlands will be shared. For this management different technical concepts were used and implemented.

Chairs: Tim Nelissen (Kadaster), Erwin Folmer (Kadaster), Pieter J.C. van Everdingen (PLDN), Alwin Sixma (TNO)

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Large scale Public Administration data processing for easy to use Smart Public (City) purposes

As of today all geo information and base registration information in the Netherlands is not easy to access and use seen the formats it’s provided in. All these datasets need to be harvested individually which has some consequences for the up-to-date presentation of the data and also requires hardware on the application side where the data is being used. Another challenge for geo information is findability of the information via search engines like Google as also providing a proper working open SPARQL endpoint enabling cross dataset exploration of the available datasets. During this session we show interesting developments solving these issues via easy to find and consume data set formats whereby the data can be kept up to date as harvesting isn’t needed anymore. The data can be directly accessed from the source. Some proactical examples will be shared during this workshop which is splitted in following three sub sessions.

Chairs: Tim Nelissen (Kadaster), Erwin Folmer (Kadaster), Pieter J.C. van Everdingen (PLDN), Alwin Sixma (TNO)

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