The Web has an immense impact on our daily activities at work, home, and leisure. As a result, more effective and efficient methods and technologies are needed to make the most of the Web's practically unlimited potential. The new Web-related research directions include intelligent methods usually associated with the areas of Computational Intelligence, Semantic Web, Soft Computing, and Data Mining. In this article, the necessity for research on Web intelligence, mining and semantics (WIMS) is discussed together with ways in which a wide range of research is benefiting this area for the long-term. Also the WIMS conference's goal and structure are presented.