[DL] Journal of Logic and Computation: Special Issue on Ontology Dynamics - First Call for Papers

Giorgos Flouris fgeo at ics.forth.gr
Tue Jul 10 14:49:06 CEST 2007

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Journal of Logic and Computation
Special Issue on Ontology Dynamics

One of the crucial tasks to be performed towards the realization of the
vision of the Semantic Web is the encoding of human knowledge in ontologies
using formal representation languages. Simply creating an ontology is not
enough though; ontologies, just like any structure holding knowledge, need
to be updated as well. There are several reasons why an ontology should
change: changes could be initiated because of a change in the world being
modeled; the users' needs may change, requiring a different
conceptualization; knowledge previously unknown, classified or otherwise
unavailable may become known; or a design flaw may have been noticed in the
original conceptualization.
In all these cases, the representation of our knowledge in the ontology
should be modified so as to form a more accurate or adequate
conceptualization of the domain. Such a modification presents several
difficulties from both the practical and the theoretical point of view, as
it is not always clear what the expected, or desired, result of any
particular modification should be, nor how such a result can be determined.
This special issue intends to publish articles related to the field of
ontology dynamics, in order to discuss and analyze important
characteristics, open research issues and recent research developments on
the field. We are interested in advances in the field of ontology evolution,
which is the main research area dealing with ontology dynamics, as well as
in works that are directly or indirectly related to the problem. Both
theoretical research work as well as works describing implemented systems or
tools are welcome. It is targeted to anyone (from academia or industry)
working on ontology evolution or related fields, as well as to people
designing, supporting, or using ontologies that are subject to change.

Topics of Interest
We encourage submissions on all topics related to ontology dynamics,
including original theoretical work on the issues involved directly or
indirectly with change as well as applications or implemented systems
related to such issues. We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested
in the following topics:
- Ontology evolution and versioning
- Foundations and formal aspects of ontology dynamics
- Extensions to ontology languages to better support change
- Belief revision for ontologies and the Semantic Web
- Inconsistency handling in evolving ontologies
- Change propagation in ontologies and metadata
- Ontologies for dynamic environments
- Dynamic knowledge construction and exploitation
- Case studies, software tools, use cases, applications

Important Dates
Submission deadline:		October 31, 2007
Acceptance notification:	January 31, 2008
Revised Version deadline:	March 31, 2008
Final Decision:			May 30, 2008

Method of Submission
Only electronic submissions will be considered. All submissions should be
sent by email to Giorgos Flouris (fgeo at ics.forth.gr) in pdf format.
Submitted articles should follow the formatting guidelines of the Journal of
Logic and Computation (see:

Guest Editors
Giorgos Flouris, FORTH (fgeo at ics.forth.gr)
Mathieu d'Aquin, The Open University (M.Daquin at open.ac.uk)
Grigoris Antoniou, FORTH (antoniou at ics.forth.gr)
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen (jpan at csd.abdn.ac.uk) 
Dimitris Plexousakis, FORTH (dp at ics.forth.gr)

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