Semantic Web for
Social Good

In this ISWC 2018 workshop, we are hoping to bring together researchers
to present and discuss multiple Social Good projects and topics,
to better identify intersections, overlaps, opportunities for accelerated advancement, and
opportunities for shared abstractions.

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ISWC 2018 workshop

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Monterey, California, USA

Many of the Social Good topics can benefit from the sort of unplanned, cross-domain, rapid-prototyping analysis that Linked Data makes possible. We’ve learned that measuring topics like poverty, health, economic opportunity and equality can be substantially more nuanced by considering broader categories of data than organizations traditionally collect for their own use. Past conferences have had individual presentations on topics that involve Semantic Web for Social Good. This workshop is intended to present multiple topics, to better identify intersections, overlaps, opportunities for accelerated advancement, and opportunities for shared abstractions.

Program Agenda

Papers published at

2:00pm - 3:30pm

4:00pm - 5:10pm

Call For Submissions (Closed)

We invite submissions in the areas and intersections of Social Good, particularly those which discuss (a) Ontologies for; (b) Reasoning about; and (c) Recognizing Impact related to Social Good topics that benefit from substantial use of cross- domain data, such as (but not limited to) these high priority “Targets” from the UN Sustainable Development Goalsi:

  • Promote rule of law and access to justice.

  • Ensure access to safe, effective, and affordable health care, medicine, & vaccines.

  • Ensure women’s rights to economic opportunity, property ownership and inheritance.

  • Ensure government accountability and transparency.

  • Ensure all children graduate from primary and secondary schools.

  • End discrimination against women and girls.

  • Expand access to safe drinking water

  • Promote social, economic and political inclusion

  • End corruption and bribery

  • Expand access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy

  • End preventable deaths of infants and children under 5 years of age

  • Ensure literacy and numeracy for youth and adults

  • Ensure equal opportunity in economic and public life

  • Ensure equal access to legal rights, economic rights, and natural resources

  • Reduce all poverty by half

  • End violence against women and girls

  • Ensure safe, accessible sanitation and hygiene

  • End human trafficking, harsh labor, forced marriage and genital mutilation

  • Improve domestic capacity for tax and revenue collectionEliminate the most extreme poverty.

  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Important Dates

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: Paper/Demo/Poster Submission deadline: June 7, 2018 (11:59 PM HAST)

  • Decisions to authors: June 27, 2018

  • Deadline to Submit Materials for USB sticks: July 31, 2018 (11:59 PM HAST)

  • Publication of Workshop Proceedings: August 15, 2018 (11:59 PM HAST)

  • Workshop: October 9, 2018

Accepted Formats

  • Extended abstracts (2 pages) or short paper (2 to 5 pages). Papers should be in PDF format and not anonymized.

  • Posters should be in PDF, PNG, or GIF

  • Demos should be submitted as video in MP4. Demos should be submitted with an abstract or short paper. Submitted demo videos should be no longer than 7 minutes; if accepted, a longer video or live demo may be invited.

Submission Site

Submissions should be made to
SW4SG on EasyChair.

Submission Options

Because we are looking to promote discussion about an emerging area, we encourage authors to keep the following options in mind when preparing submissions. Regardless of submission type, some focus should be given to (a) Ontologies for; (b) Reasoning about; and/or (c) Recognizing Impact related to Social Good topics.

  • Works-In-Progress: To facilitate sharing of thought-provoking ideas and high-potential though preliminary research, authors are welcome to make submissions describing early-stage, in-progress, and/or exploratory work.

  • Demonstrations: Presentations of functioning technology with a short paper.

  • Posters

  • White Papers

  • Traditional Papers

Accepted Papers

We are pleased to announce the following papers and authors accepted for presentation at the Workshop:

    Ontology-Grounded Topic Modeling for Climate Science Research,
    Jennifer Sleeman, Tim Finin, and Milton Halem,
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • A Framework to Support the Trust Process in News and Social Media,
    Carlos Laufer and Daniel Schwabe,

    Dept. of Informatics, PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Contextual Semantics for Radicalisation Detection on Twitter,
    Miriam Fernandez and Harith Alani,

    Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, United Kingdom

  • Creating and Using an Education Standards Ontology to Improve Education,
    Sabbir M. Rashid and Deborah L. McGuinness,

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

  • Data Privacy Vocabularies and Controls: Semantic Web for Transparency and Privacy,
    Piero A. Bonatti (5), Bert Bos (2), Stefan Decker (4), Javier D. Fern ́andez (1), Sabrina Kirrane (1), Vassilios Peristeras (3), Axel Polleres (1), and Rigo Wenning (2),
    (1)Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria; (2)W3C/ERCIM;
    (3)International Hellenic University, Greece; (4)RWTH Aachen University, Germany;
    (5)Universita‘ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

  • Towards an Open Data Vocabulary for Canvas Driven Innovation Ethics,
    Dave Lewis (1,2), Harshvardhan J. Pandit1 (1,2), Hannah Devinney (2), Wessel Reijers (1,3)
    (1)ADAPT Centre; (2)Trinity College; (3)Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Program Committee

Committee Chairs

K Krasnow Waterman

Visiting Scientist, MIT.

CEO, LawTechIntersect, LLC.

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Deborah McGuinness

Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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James Hendler

Director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA), Tetherless World, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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