The Sixth Summer School on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW'08)

July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008. Cercedilla, near Madrid (Spain)

Important Dates

  • 11-Mar-2008 | Registration Opens
  • 20-Apr-2008 | Registration Closes
  • 01-May-2008 | Notification of Acceptance
  • 30-May-2008 | Deadline for Payment of Registration
  • 06-Jul-2008 | Arrival of Participants
  • 07-Jul-2008 | Start of Event
  • 12-Jul-2008 | End of event


    LispWorks LUISA
    NeOn STI International
    SUPER Vulcan Inc. X-Media
Semantic Web, Ontology, Semantic Web Services




We are pleased to announce the sixth European Summer School on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web. This summer school, presented by leading researchers in the field, is the successor to the well-received schools held in 2003, as part of the activities of the OntoWeb Network Consortium, and in 2004-2007, as part of the activities of the KnowledgeWeb Network of Excellence.  The school represents an opportunity for postgraduate students to equip themselves with the range of theoretical, practical, and collaboration skills necessary for full engagement with the challenges involved in developing Ontologies and Semantic Web applications. To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to 50 participants. This year the school will be sponsored by a number of European projects including LUISA, NEON, SUPER and X-MEDIA and also by STI International.


Our approach combines the practical with the theoretical. Tutorial/lecture material is augmented with hands-on practical workshops and we ensure that the sessions complement each other by linking them to a mini-project. Work on developing and presenting this project in cooperation with other participants will serve as a means of consolidating the knowledge and skills gained from lectures and practical sessions. Participants will be provided with a copy of all course lectures and access to a PC with all necessary tools and environments pre-installed. SSSW-2008 will provide a stimulating and enjoyable environment in which participants will benefit not only from the formal and practical sessions but also from informal and social interactions with established researchers and the other participants in the school. To further facilitate communication and feedback all attendees will be obliged to prepare and present a poster on their own research.


We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. Normally, but not exclusively, applicants will be postgraduate students in relevant disciplines with some knowledge of ontological or knowledge engineering and/or the development of applications for the World Wide Web. Some basic acquaintance with knowledge representation is required.

Accepted candidates are expected to arrive on Sunday between 3pm and 6pm (July 6th) and to participate fully in the activities of the school until it ends, at 2pm on Saturday 12th July. We will not consider applications from students who cannot commit themselves to full participation for the whole duration of the school.