Call for Papers: Special issue on Transport Data on the Web

Call for papers: Special Issue on

Transport Data on the Web

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) integrates different transport services into a single mobility service. The goal is to provide a traveler with all the services needed for a door-to-door travel under a single payment whilst integrating disparate modes of mobility (public transport, car- or bike-sharing, taxi/car rental, or a combination thereof) under one travel experience. After years of conceptualization and strategizing, MaaS is becoming a reality.

Different initiatives are creating specifications for route planning and ticketing APIs. As multiple companies can offer a way to get from A to B and validate a ticket, a “smart mobility” ecosystem is by definition decentralized, and Semantic Web technologies can thus excel for this use case.

Topics relevant to this special issue include – but are not limited to – the following:

  • Decentralized data management:
    • Query languages and methods for a Web of Transport Data
    • Creating automated alignments between datasets using the various specifications
    • Recommendations for mobility specification builders to raise interoperability between specifications
    • Alignments with existing or upcoming general purpose Web API specifications such as W3C Web payments or SOLID
    • Interfaces between enterprise data and the Semantic Web
  • Exploitation of Transport Data on the Web
    • Challenges and opportunities for route planning and ticketing
    • Personalized route planning taking into account data stored on your client or personal data space
    • Anonymization in the mobility space for data sharing
  • Benchmarking of Web Infrastructure
    • Comparing ticketing API architectures
    • Comparing route planning API architectures
    • Publishing and querying planned transport data and their live updates on the Web
  • Knowledge Graphs and Ontologies in the transportation domain


  • Submission deadline: 1st of November 2020 (extended!). Papers submitted before the deadline will be reviewed upon receipt.

Author Guidelines

Submissions shall be made through the Semantic Web journal website at Prospective authors must take notice of the submission guidelines posted at

We welcome four main types of submissions: (i) full research papers, (ii) reports on tools and systems, (iii) application reports, and (iv) survey articles. The description of the submission types is posted at While there is no upper limit, paper length must be justified by content.

Note that you need to request an account on the website for submitting a paper. Please indicate in the cover letter that it is for the "Special Issue on Transport Data on the Web" special issue. All manuscripts will be reviewed based on the SWJ open and transparent review policy and will be made available online during the review process.

Guest editors

The guest editors can be reached at .

Marco Comerio: Cefriel, Italy

David Chaves-Fraga: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Joshua Shinavier: Uber, USA

Pieter Colpaert: Ghent University – IDLab – imec, Belgium

Mersedeh Sadeghi: Politecnico di Milano, Italy