The International Semantic Web Conference has held a Semantic Web Challenge since 2003. Each year, a special challenge theme is defined and groups are invited to submit papers describing applications or systems built to address the challenge. The entries are evaluated and a short list is invited to present demonstrations at the conference. Finally, a panel of judges selects he best ones which receive awards — both honorary and financial. It has become very popular and successful part of ISWC.
“This is the first public pre-announcement of the Open Web, Billion Triples Challenge, which will be organized as a special track of next year’s Semantic Web Challenge. This track will be in addition to the traditional SWC competition and it will focus on pushing the limits in tool design on the fronts of scalability in size and robustness in the face of data typically found on the Web. The goal of the competition is also to generate new application ideas, i.e. to show what is possible with Web metadata today.
The details of this Challenge are yet to be determined and we are calling on the Semantic Web community to help us in its formation. For this purpose we have set up a mailing list and would like to invite everyone interested in this new Challenge to join this list. The mailing list will serve to discuss the data sets and rules of competition, and later to disseminate all other information regarding the new Challenge.”
This is not your father’s Semantic Web.