22 October 2017

ISWC2017 workshop on Decentralizing the Semantic Web

A workshop that focuses on clients

DeSemWeb will be back at ISWC2018. Visit us at DeSemWeb2018!

If you are looking for Semantic Web Technologies for the Internet of Things, visit the SWIT2017 website.


We have received 14 contributions in response to our call, 13 of which will be presented at the workshop.

The workshop proceedings link to all of this edition’s contributions.

You are still welcome to write a post-publication review to any of them.
Just go to OpenReview, log in, and pick the contribution you want to review.

Purpose and scope

Unfortunately, the Semantic Web is increasingly becoming a centralized story: we rely on large-scale server-side infrastructures to perform intense reasoning, data mining, query execution, etc. Therefore, we urgently need research and engineering to put the “Web” back in the “Semantic Web”, aiming for intelligent clients instead of intelligent servers. The DeSemWeb2017 workshop purposely takes a radical perspective by focusing solely on decentralized and client-side applications, to counterbalance the centralized discourse of other tracks. While we recognize the value in all subfields of the Semantic Web, we see an urgent need to revalue the role of clients.

Submit to this workshop and help put different topics on the Semantic Web community’s research agenda, which will lead to new inspiration and initiatives to build future Semantic Web and Linked Data applications.

Topics of the DeSemWeb workshop series

Share your work on these topics and related subjects:

The Web is our main differentiator compared to other communities such as Big Data, databases, and machine learning. If we’re not betting on the Web now, we risk becoming obsolete as a Semantic Web community.

Ruben Verborgh, DeSemWeb co-organizer

Your creative input is needed to make this happen!

Share your research, clients, and vision at the DeSemWeb2017 workshop.

Come and join us in Vienna in October at ISWC2017 to discuss about the Web.