Natural Language Interfaces for Web of Data


While the amount of Linked Open Data (LOD) increases rapidly, it is still used mostly by Semantic Web experts. There are two main obstacles to making the billions of RDF triples already available accessible for common Web users: (1) the need to learn the query language SPARQL, and (2) the need to know the schemas underlying the datasets. Approaches to ease the access to the Web of Data include graphical query interfaces, agent-based systems, and natural language interfaces. Amongst them, natural language interfaces are receiving an increasing interest due to its high expressive power and low cost for educational purposes. Recent progresses in speech recognition technologies (e.g., Siri and Google Voice) also demonstrate the usefulness of a natural language interface. The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts on the use of natural-language interfaces (NLI) for accessing the Web of Data.


  • OKBQA day meeting has been held on 24th (Friday).

  • The Best Paper Award, that is sponsored by the ExoBrain project and SaltLux,

  • has been presented to

  • Denis Lukovnikov and Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo,

  • for their fine work,

  • SESSA - Keyword-Based Entity Search through Coloured Spreading Activation.

  • NLIWoD workshop has been held successfully. The number of participants has been counted to 42.

Important dates

  • Submission date: July 7th, 2014 July 14th, 2014

  • Author notifications: July 30th, August 8th, 2014

  • Camera-ready proceedings: August 20th, August 24th, 2014

  • Workshop: October 19th, 2014

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