Welcome to the 5th ESWC Summer School 2015

The 5th ESWC Summer School will run in southern Crete from the morning of Monday August 31st to midday Saturday September 5th 2015. The overall goal for this event is to provide intensive training and networking opportunities for the next EWC generation. In particular we wish to facilitate the creation of a new cohort of ESWC: Master’s, Ph.D. students and junior researchers who will in time become the next leaders of the ESWC conference and of the Semantic Web research area in general. In this respect the topics of the ESWC summer school will be aligned with the most prominent and emerging topics of the ESWC conference. We will also provide opportunities for attendees to network with their peers, the school tutors and keynotes as well as senior members of STI International and senior members of the Semantic Web community who are participating in the associated events. The organization and tutorial team for this summer school have extensive experience in these types of events having organized similar events in Europe, the US and Asia over a number of years. Building from this experience, and also knowledge of pedagogy we know that learning-by-doing leads to successful learning. We also know the true value of networking in the research context and that this is best supported by an informal atmosphere coupled with an enjoyable inclusive social program. Supporting the above will be a dominant theme of the EWSC summer school and a significant portion of the school will involve hands-on sessions with the latest generation of Semantic Web tools. Recent press have highlighted the value of Open Educational Resources (OERs) within Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). The summer school will make extensive use of OERs from the Euclid and PlanetData EU projects allowing participants to:
  • View materials related to the technical part of the Summer School as high quality eBooks (available on eBook readers, on iPads, Kindle) in web form (see 'Learning Materials' menu item).
  • View the technical presentations as Webinars (see ‘Learning Materials’ menu item).
  • Provide feedback on all materials to the course authors and Summer School tutors for the benefit of both educators and learners.
The summer school is open to anyone studying in a Semantic Web related post-graduate course or is at an early stage of a Semantic Web related career and is engaged in suitable Semantic Web activities. Places will be limited to 50 in order to ensure that all participating students receive quality time with their tutors. Accepted students will be obliged to attend the whole week. We encourage anyone who is at an early stage of their Semantic Web career to apply our school which benefits from its close association with the conference. The ESWC summer school is supported by a number of European projects including CARRE, EDSA and also videolectures.net.


Some positive feedback and useful information from some of the 2014 attendees

Abduladem Aljamel
First of all, I would like to thank "Taha Osman", my PhD supervisor, for recommending this summer school. It came in a perfect time, in a very early stage of my PhD research. It changes a lot of misunderstanding of Semantic Web and its research directions.
Last of all, I would like to give BIG thanks to all attendants for their cooperation and support. Also, I would like to give a special thanks to "John Domingue" and "Irini Fundulaki" for their feedback for my PhD proposal that helps me a lot.
To all summer school's students and tutors, I wish you safe travel and good luck in your study or work.

Prashant Gupta
As my excursion to Kalamaki comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ESWC summer school organizers for such a fantastic event and the tutors to share their valuable time and experiences. I enjoyed the whole learning process with the experts and peers, along with the informal gatherings and discussions. I could not envision a better way of learning and connecting, and becoming a part of the Semantic Web community. I wish to stay in touch with all the awesome people I met here and wish them all the best for their future endeavors.

Some positive testimonials and useful information from some of the previous attendees

Gopala Koduri
It has been a fantastic experience that ironed out many of the gaps I found during self learning, while also pointing me to the topics I should further learn...

Katrin Krieger
The biggest benefit for me was the really positive feedback from different people on my PhD project. Most of them said, that they find this really useful and a good idea...

Ruben Verborghbr> Looking back after two years, I can say that the ESWC summer school has been the most influential event in my research career so far...

Anisa Rula
I attended lectures from well-known researchers in this field and learnt how to use and build Semantic Web applications. [...] This experience resulted to be extremely rewarding...

Maribel Acosta
Attending this summer school eventually lead not only to some nice paper collaborations but also paved the way to the PhD position in Germany that I'm currently holding...

Amrapali Zaveri Gokhale
Attending the summer school not only gave me the opportunity to meet different tutors and students from several different institutions and countries but also helped me gain insight into what's "hot" in the field...

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Important Dates

Application opens
Application closes
Decision on acceptance
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