Global Award

Introducing the award

The central idea of the Semantic Web is to extend the current human-readable web by encoding some of the semantics of resources in a machine-processable form. Moving beyond syntax opens the door to more advanced applications and functionality on the Web. Computers will be better able to search, process, integrate and present the content of these resources in a meaningful, intelligent manner.

The Semantic Web Challenge offers participants the chance to show the best of the Semantic Web.


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Winners

The winners of the 2013 award are:

Open Track challenge

Big Data Prize

The winners of the 2012 award are:

Open Track challenge

Billion Triples Track challenge

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Background

The central idea of the Semantic Web is to extend  the current human-readable web by encoding some of the semantics of resources  in a machine-processable form. Moving beyond syntax opens the door to more  advanced applications and functionality on the Web. Computers will be better  able to search, process, integrate and present the content of these resources  in a meaningful, intelligent manner.

The core technological building blocks are now in  place and widely available: ontology languages, flexible storage and querying  facilities, reasoning engines, etc. Standards and guidelines for best practice  are being formulated and disseminated by the W3C.

The Semantic Web Challenge offers participants the  chance to show the best of the Semantic Web. The Challenge thus serves several  purposes:

  • Helps us illustrate to society what the Semantic Web can provide
  • Gives researchers an opportunity to showcase their work and compare it to others
  • Stimulates current research to a higher final goal by showing the state-of-the-art every year

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Application Process

Criteria

The overall objective of the challenge is to apply Semantic Web techniques in building online end-user applications that integrate, combine and deduce information needed to assist users in performing tasks.

Applicants are required to demonstrate applications that can work on Web scale using realistic Web-quality data. The Semantic Web Challenge (SWC) offers participants the chance to show the best of the Semantic Web. The Challenge thus serves several purposes:

  • Helps us illustrate to society what the Semantic Web can provide
  • Gives researchers an opportunity to showcase their work and compare it to others
  • Stimulates current research to a higher final goal by showing the state-of-the-art every year

A number of minimal criteria have been defined which allow people to submit a broad range of applications. In addition to the criteria, a number of specific desires have been formulated. The more desires are met by the application, the higher the score will be. The SWC advisory board also defines an additional goal every year based on the development of the Challenge.

Selection Process

The Semantic Web Challenge is advised by a board of experts working at universities and in private industry. The advisory board also acts as a jury and awards the best applications at the yearly International Semantic Web Conference.

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Award and Ceremony

The ceremony takes place during the annual International Semantic Web Conference.

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Past Event Ceremonies

2013 – Sydney, Australia. Read the press release.

2012 – Boston, MA. Read the press release.

2011 – Bonn, Germany. Read the press release.

2010 –Shanghai, China. Read the press release.

2009 – Washington, D.C. Read the press release.

2008 –Karlsruhe, Germany. Read the press release.

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