Call for the Vocabulary Innovation Award

15th International Conference on Semantic Systems

Karlsruhe, Germany

September 9-12, 2019

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline:                May 20, 2019 (23:59 Hawaii Time)
Notification of Acceptance:       June 03,  2019 (23:59 Hawaii Time)

Submission via: 


SEMANTiCS Workshops and Tutorials

SEMANTiCS 2019 is a major venue for research and industrial innovation and features a workshop and tutorial program addressing the diverse practical interests of its audience. This program is intended to offer a rich diversity of topics to conference attendees and local participants seeking to pick up new skills and stay up-to-date regarding the latest developments in the community. We encourage submissions of proposals on all topics in the general areas of SEMANTiCS 2019 and proposals bridging or introducing new perspectives in these areas. Workshops and tutorials may incorporate panel discussions, lightning talks, meetings, networking or hands-on sessions, hackathons and other practical formats where applicable. Rooms for business or project meetings are available upon request as well.

Scope & Goals

Bootstrap your vocabulary project! At the Vocabulary Innovation Award you can present your ideas, early stage or camera-ready vocabularies in order to showcase your work, find the right people and get the discussion going. We use a broad definition of what a vocabulary is. For instance, ontologies, classification schemes, thesauri, taxonomies, subject heading and metadata schemes, whichever their format, be it RDF or not, are all welcome.

Setup and Requirements

Please submit your vocabulary at the indicated form. A specific room and slot will be reserved at the programme of SEMANTiCS for all Vocabulary Innovation Award participants and stakeholders. Thus you will have the chance to make people aware of your work, connect and exchange with other vocabulary creators, receive expert feedback about your work, discover and discuss other exciting vocabularies and​ bootstrap your new Vocabulary project! You can present your ideas, early stage vocabularies and find the right people to get the vocabulary discussion going.

How to present your vocabulary poster at the SEMANTiCS 2019 Conference:

Prepare a poster (max format A0) presenting your vocabulary: description, purpose, history and link to its publication page. Your description of the vocabulary must include the above criteria.

Present your poster in the dedicated space at SEMANTiCS conference.

Brace yourself to participate in the Vocabulary Minute Madness, where every vocabulary will have one minute to convince of its usefulness and quality. Sporting your vocabulary colors at this occasion is optional, but will be much appreciated.

Award categories

-Best camera-ready

-Best early stage

-Best project website

Prizes in total

1st place: 1 Full SEMANTiCS 2020 Conference Pass, trophy and certificate

2nd place: PoolParty Semantic Integration Training for 1 person, trophy and certificate

3rd place: Trophy and certificate

The winners will be announced at SEMANTiCS 2019, at the closing ceremony of the conference.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

We are looking forward to your contribution!

Contact persons

Alexandra Garatzogianni, Senior Research and Innovation Project Manager at the Leibniz Information Center for Science & Technology, University Library (TIB) and the L3S Research Center at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Alexandra.Garatzogianni@tib.eu

Andreas Ledl, Editor-in-Chief of Basel Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications (, Academic Librarian at Basel University Library, Vice-President of International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), andreas.ledl@unibas.ch

About the SEMANTiCS Conference

The annual SEMANTiCS conference is the meeting place for researchers and professionals who push the boundaries of semantic computing and who understand its benefits and encounter its limitations. Every year, SEMANTiCS attracts professionals and researchers alike ranging from NPOs, through public administrations to the largest companies in the world.

SEMANTiCS 2019 will bring presentations on industry implementations, use case prototypes, best practices, panels, papers and posters to discuss semantic systems in birds-of-a-feather sessions as well as informal settings. SEMANTiCS addresses problems common among information managers, software engineers, IT-architects and various specialist departments working to develop, implement and/or evaluate semantic software systems.

The SEMANTiCS program is a rich mix of technical talks, panel discussions of important topics and presentations by people who make things work - just like you. In addition, attendees can network with experts in a variety of fields. These relationships provide great value to organisations as they encounter subtle technical issues in any stage of implementation. The expertise gained by SEMANTiCS attendees has a long-term impact on their careers and organisations. These factors make SEMANTiCS the major industry related event across Europe for our community.