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5th Workshop on Scripting and Development for the Semantic Web
Event in series SFSW
Subevent of ESWC 2009
Dates 2009/05/07 -
Homepage: www.semanticscripting.org/SFSW2009/
Location: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Important dates
Submissions: 2009/03/07
Notification: 2009/04/04
Camera ready due: 2009/04/18
Table of Contents

On the current Semantic Web there is an ever increasing need for lightweight, flexible solutions for doing publishing, presentation, transformation, integration and general manipulation of data for supporting and making use of the increasing number of deployed open linked datasets and publicly available semantic applications. Communication and architectural standards such as AJAX, REST, JSON already cater to this need of flexible, lightweight solutions, and they are well supported by scripting languages such as PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Perl, JSP and ActionScript.

This workshop is concerned with the exchange of tools, experiences and technologies for the development of such lightweight tools, especially focusing on the use of scripting languages. Last year's workshop focused on the creation of Semantic Web data through social interactions as well as applications that integrate socially-created data across communities. Keeping in step with the increasing number of semantically enabled web- sites for public consumption, this year's focus is bringing the semantic web applications to the main-stream: everything from improving the user experience for browsing and accessing data, through integrating with existing non-semantic services, to quickly and cheaply porting such services to using a Semntic Web architecture.

The workshop will follow the tradition and include a scripting challenge which will award an industry sponsored prize to the most innovative scripting application.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Lightweight Semantic Web frameworks and APIs
  • Lightweight implementations of RDF repositories, query languages, and reasoning engines
  • Semantic Web publishing and data syndication frameworks
  • Approaches to crawling Web data and querying distributed data on the Web


  • Lightweight and flexible Semantic Web applications
  • Approaches to RDF-izing existing applications, such as RDFa, microformats, or GRDDL
  • Mashups that provide RDF views on Web 2.0 data sources such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon, or eBay
  • Wikis, weblogs, data syndication and content management applications using RDF
  • RDF/OWL editors and authoring environments
  • Scripting applications for visualizing Web data
  • Semantic Web Mining and Social Network Analysis
  • Mashups that demonstrate the novel capabilities of Semantic Web technologies


  • Rapid development techniques for the Semantic Web
  • Rapid migration of web-applications to the Semantic Web
  • Employment of scripting language characteristics for Semantic Web development
  • Scalability and benchmarks of Semantic Web scripting applications


We seek three kinds of submissions:

  • Full papers - should not exceed 12 pages in length.
  • Short papers - are expected up to 6 pages.
  • Scripting Challenge Submissions - 2 page description of the application, ideally accompanied with the source code and a link to an online demo.

Full papers, short papers and will be presented at the workshop and included into the workshop proceedings. Papers will be peer-reviewed by three independent reviewers. Scripting challenge submissions may be presented at the workshop by their authors. The descriptions of the submissions will be included into the workshop proceedings.

We strongly recommend the use of semantic metadata and annotations with all SFSW submissions. SALT (Semantically Annotated LaTeX) is an easy-to-use toolkit providing such functionality.

Workshop Chairs

Programme Committee