Call for Papers

WS-REST 2014 – Fifth International Workshop on Web APIs and RESTful Design
WWW2014 – 7 April 2014 – Seoul, Korea

Who? Web researchers and engineers working on API servers and clients
What? a full-day workshop on current and future challenges for Web APIs and their interaction
Why? Web APIs are more important than ever, yet many unsolved problems demand our attention
When? full-day workshop on 7 April 2014 – paper submissions before 14 January (hard deadline)
Where? at the WWW2014 conference in Seoul, Korea

Thousands of APIs exist and their number is growing tremendously, while use cases become increasingly complex. In contrast to the human-oriented part of the Web, Web APIs are designed to be used by machines. This makes issues surrounding their design and integration significantly different from those of the traditional Web. However, this also enables the provisioning of new added-value automated solutions on the Web.

The discussion surrounding Web APIs and RESTful services is often held outside of research communities. This workshop brings together researchers and practitioners by providing an open discussion forum around the design and use of the programmable Web. It is the principal venue for discussing latests findings and research and development results around the issues, practices, and best principles surrounding Web APIs design and their use.


Pressing topics

We especially welcome research and engineering work in the following areas:

  • development of intelligent and generic Web API clients
  • dynamic combination of and interactions between Web APIs
  • novel hypermedia-driven solutions
  • tackling the tremendous growth and heterogeneity of APIs
  • analysis and understanding of the social and economic factors surrounding the development, use, and adoption of Web APIs and mashups
  • novel solutions for the automated discovery and profiling of Web APIs
  • novel technologies for facilitating the development of mashups and services for the Web of Things
  • lessons learnt from the deployment, maintenance and evolution of Web APIs and mashups


All topics

In addition to the topics above, this workshop is also open to:

  • applications of the REST architectural style to novel domains
  • design patterns and anti-patterns for Web APIs
  • automated Web API composition
  • inverted REST (REST for push events)
  • integration of pub/sub with REST
  • REST-compliant transaction models
  • frameworks for Web API implementation and consumption
  • modeling Web APIs
  • resource design and granularity
  • evolution, versioning and extension of Web APIs
  • REST-protocols beyond HTTP


Details and deadlines

We welcome full papers (6 pages) and vision papers (4 pages) in the WS-REST ACM template.

  • Paper submission: Jan 14, 2014 through EasyChair
  • Notification: Feb 4, 2014
  • Camera-ready: Feb 12, 2014
  • Workshop: Apr 7, 2014 at WWW2014 in Seoul, Korea


WS-REST2014 is organized by:

  • Ruben Verborgh, Ghent University – iMinds, Belgium
  • Thomas Steiner, Google Germany GmbH, Germany
  • Carlos Pedrinaci, The Open University, UK


The WS-REST2014 program committee consists of:

  • Jim Webber, Neo Technology
  • Steve Vinoski, Verivue
  • Leonard Richardson
  • Steve Klabnik
  • Ivan Zuzak, GitHub
  • Joe Gregorio, Google
  • Mike Amundsen, Layer7
  • Stefan Tilkov, innoQ
  • Benjamin Carlyle, Siemens
  • Vlad Stirbu, Nokia
  • Erik Wilde, EMC
  • Rosa Alarcón, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Cesare Pautasso, University of Lugano
  • Stefan Dietze, L3S Research Center
  • Markus Lanthaler, Graz University of Technology
  • Sylvia Schreier, innoQ
  • Yves Lafon, W3C
  • Tomas Vitvar, Oracle
  • Christoph Bussler, Tropo
  • Luca Panziera, The Open University
  • Dave Raggett, W3C
  • Michael Mrissa, Université Lyon 1


Don't hesitate to e-mail us with any questions or proposals. We'll be glad to help you out!





Any paper published by the ACM, IEEE, etc. which can be properly cited constitutes research which must be considered in judging the novelty of a WWW submission, whether the published paper was in a conference, journal, or workshop. Therefore, any paper previously published as part of a WWW workshop must be referenced and suitably extended with new content to qualify as a new submission to the Research Track at the WWW conference.