2nd International Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled
Software Engineering (SWESE 2006)

to be held at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2006)
November 6th, 2006
Athens, GA, U.S.A.

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In cooperation with the European KnowledgeWeb Thematic Network

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The advent of the World Wide Web has led many corporations to web-enable their business applications and to the adoption of web service standards in middleware platforms. Marking a turning point in the development of the Web, the Semantic Web is expected to provide more benefits to software engineering. Over the past five years there have been a number of attempts to bring together languages and tools, such as the UML, developed for Software Engineering with Semantic Web languages such as RDF and OWL. The Semantic Web Best Practice and Deployment Working Group (SWBPD) in W3C has started a Software Engineering Task Force (SETF) to investigate potential benefits. Another recent related international standardisation activity is OMG's Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM).

It has been argued that the advantages of Semantic Web Technologies in software engineering include reusability and extensibility of data models, improvements in data quality, and discovery and automated execution of workflows. According to SETF's recent note "A Semantic Web Primer for Object-Oriented Software Developers" (http://www.w3.org/TR/sw-oosd-primer/), the Semantic Web can serve as a platform on which domain models can be created, shared and reused. However, are there any other potential benefits related to the reversal of this approach and the use of Semantic Web concepts in the field of Software Engineering? Could the Web-based, semantically rich formality of OWL be combined with emerging model driven development tools such as the Eclipse Modelling Framework to provide some badly needed improvements in both the process and product of software development activities? What is it about the amalgamation of OWL, UML and the Model Driven Architecture (MDA) that could make a difference? Certainly, there appear to be a number of strong arguments in favour of this approach but consensus on the best way forward, or if there is indeed a way forward at all has not yet formed. This workshop seeks to explore and evaluate this area.

The popularity and power of the MDA approach has made many software development practitioners familiar with modeling and appreciative of additional levels of abstraction in their models. In parallel, Semantic Web language standards have arrived with substantial tool support that also provide a means of describing models, but providing different capabilities than the UML and MOF models typical of MDA tools. The advantages of bridging these approaches has been compelling enough for tool vendors to build products which do this and to spend considerable effort defining an OMG standard for these products (ODM). While the primary purpose of these efforts is to enable SW development with MDA tools, the bridge could also be exploited in the other direction. We think with the standards for this bridge close to completion, the time IS right to explore the potential created by the flow of capabilities of the Semantic Web into the software development environment.

The workshop organizers believe that the informal nature of the workshop, located at the major event on the Semantic Web, will aid to further exchange between practitioners and researchers working on these and other issues related to Semantic Web enabled software engineering by providing a forum for discussing the major challenges of the area and the different approach being taken to resolve them. In fact, the 1st SWESE workshop at ISWC2005 turned out to be a huge success with more than 50 participants in the full day workshop.

Intended Audience

While the intended audience for this workshop includes those with experience or interest in Semantic Web languages and tools, it is also crucial to have participation by those with expertise in other areas such as Automatic Software Engineering, Software Engineering, OO/UML/MDA, Semantic Web, and Software/legacy Modernization.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Visions for Semantic Web driven software engineering
  • Tools developed or being developed for software engineering using SW languages
  • Integration or application development projects combining Software Engineering techniques and Semantic Web tools or languages
  • Lessons learned in Automatic Software Engineering or KBSE applicable to SW based SE
  • Shortcomings with the Semantic Web with respect to Software Engineering
  • Uses, extensions and/or issues with ODM
  • Visions for SW driven software modernization
  • Integration of UML, OO programming languages and Semantic Web languages
  • Integration of formal methods and Semantic Web languages
  • Software specification and Semantic Web languages
  • Ontologies for software engineering
  • Component discovery and ontologies
  • Feature modelling and ontologies
  • Ontology reasoning for software engineering
  • Semantic annotations in software engineering
  • Ontology-Driven Architecture: How to introduce Semantic Web technology into mainstream development processes

Workshop Format and Attendance

This will be an all day workshop a poster session and technical talks discussing competing visions for Semantic Web enabled software engineering (final format will be dependent on submissions; keynotes and panel are pending).

This workshop is open to all members of the ISWC community, as well as other communities identified in the Intended Audience discsussion above.

Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the workshop. However, in the event that the workshop cannot accommodate all who would like to participate, those who have submitted a paper will be given priority for registration. All workshop attendees must pay the ISWC 2006 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference registration fee. We encourage those who plan to attend this workshop, to register early in order to help conference organizers with their planning as well as insure that the workshop is not cancelled do to projected poor attendance.

Organizing Committee

Elisa F. Kendall, Sandpiper Software
Daniel Oberle, SAP Research
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen (contact)
Phil Tetlow, IBM
Marwan Sabbouh, MITRE Corporation
Holger Knublauch, Top Quadrant Software

Program Committee

Colin Atkinson (DE), University of Mannheim
Ken Baclawski (US), Northeastern University
Roberta Cuel (IT), University of Trento
Jin Song Dong (SG), National University of Singapore
Dragan Gasevic, (CA) Simon Fraser University Surrey
Michael Goedicke (DE), University of Essen
Mitch Kokar (US), Northeastern University
Alex Kozlenkov (UK), Betfair
Alain Leger (FR), France Telecon
Bob Lojek (UK), IBM
David Martin (US), SRI International
Jishnu Mukerji (US), Hewlett-Packard Company
Steffen Staab (DE), University of Koblenz
Michael K. Smith (US), Electronic Data System
Evan Wallace (US), NIST
Hai Wang (UK), University of Manchester
Andrea Zisman, (UK) City University, London

Submissions and Publication

We invite three forms of submission to this workshop:

  • Full papers
  • Short position papers
  • Posters

Submission closed

Format required for submissions:
Full technical papers should not exceed fifteen pages in length, while the body of short position papers should not exceed two pages.

Please use the Springer's LNCS format for accepted papers. Complete details on this format are available at Springeronline. Technical papers will be peer reviewed by a group of experts representing a cross-section of fields relevant to Semantic Web enabled software engineering.

The workshop content will be available for publication in separate ISWC2006 workshop proceedings. A publication of extended versions of the best technical papers of the workshop in a journal is pending.

Important Dates

  • 17 Aug 2006 - Paper submission deadline extended
  • 6 Sep 2006 - Notification of acceptance to authors
  • 20 Sep 2006 - Camera-ready version of accepted papers
  • 6 Nov 2006 - Workshop

Please send any questions or comments to Jeff Z. Pan.


The workshop is being held in cooperation with a prominent network of excellence and is meant to act as a focal point for joint interests and future collaborations.

Accepted Papers

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