History

This conference series started its life as the European Semantic Web Symposium (ESWS), which was held in Heraklion, Greece in May of 2004. The event was established by the SEKT, DIP, and KnowledgeWeb projects that made up the SDK cluster. Based on the success of this first event, the symposium was expanded and upgraded to a conference with the new name the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC). From 2005 through to 2008 the conference has grown in stature and quality, visiting Budva in Montenegro, Innsbruck in Austria, and Tenerife in Spain. The SDK Cluster that initially established the conference series later became known as ESSI with the addition of the ASG project. ESSI was the major seed for the establishment of STI International, which now runs the series as one of its major activities. In 2009 the conference returned to its spiritual home in Heraklion, Greece. From 2010 on, the ESWC is named 'Extended Semantic Web Conference' to underline the extended scope and international character behind the event.

The ESWC conference series rule document can be downloaded here: Rules of ESWC


Past Conferences

1st European Semantic Web Symposium (ESWS2004)
Date: May 10 - 12, 2004
Location: Heraklion, Greece
Academic Track Chairs: Dieter Fensel, Rudi Studer
Industrial Track Chair: Christoph Bussler

2nd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2005)
Date: May 24 - June 01, 2005
Location: Heraklion, Greece
General Chair: Jérôme Euzenat
Program Chair: Asunción Gómez Pérez

3rd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2006)
Date: June 11 - 14, 2006
Location: Budva, Montenegro
General Chair: John Domingue
Program Chair: York Sure

4th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2007)
Date: June 03 - 07, 2007
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
General Chair: Enrico Franconi
Program Chairs: Michael Kifer, Wolfgang May

5th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2008)
Date: June 01 - 05, 2008
Location: Tenerife, Spain
General Chair: Manfred Hauswirth
Program Chairs: Sean Bechhofer, Manolis Koubarakis

6th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2009)
Date: May 5 - June 1, 2009
Location: Heraklion, Greece
General Chair: Fabio Ciravegna
Program Chairs: Lora Aroyo, Paolo Traverso

7th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2010)
Date: May 30 - June 3, 2010
Location: Heraklion, Greece
General Chair: Lora Aroyo
Program Chairs: Grigoris Antoniou, Eero Hyvönen

8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2011)
Date: May 29 - June 2, 2011
Location: Heraklion, Greece
General Chair: Grigoris Antoniou
Program Chairs: Marko Grobelnik, Elena Simperl

9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012)
Date: May 27 - June 31, 2012
Location: Heraklion, Greece
General Chair: Elena Simperl
Program Chairs: Philipp Cimiano, Axel Polleres

10th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2013)
Date: May 26 - May 30, 2013
Location: Montpellier, France
General Chair: Philipp Cimiano
Program Chairs: Valentina Presutti, Oscar Corcho

11th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2014)
Date: May 25 - May 29, 2014
Location: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
General Chair: Valentina Presutti
Program Chairs: Fabien Gandon, Claudia d’Amato

12th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2015)
Date: May 31 - June 4, 2015
Location: Portotoz, Slovenia
General Chair: Fabien Gandon
Program Chairs: Harald Sack, Marta Sabou

13th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2016)
Date: May 29 - June 2, 2016
Location: Anissaras, Crete, Greece
General Chair: Harald Sack
Program Chairs: Mathieu D'Aquin, Eva Blomqvist

14th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2017)
Date: May 28 - June 1, 2017
Location: Portoroz, Slovenia
General Chair: Eva Blomqvist
Program Chairs: Diana Maynard, Aldo Gangemi