[DL] International Workshop on Modular Ontologies

Anne Schlicht anne at informatik.uni-mannheim.de
Fri Jul 13 18:59:47 CEST 2007

Apologies for cross-postings

Call for Papers:
Second International Workshop on Modular Ontologies
                October 28, 2007
     Whistler, British Columbia, Canada


Submissions on the following topics are due on August 1:

* Logical formalisms for Modular Ontologies
* Sharing and reuse of ontology modules - linking and importing approaches
* Identification and analysis of common scenarios for ontology 
integration or modularization
* Methodologies for providing semantic guarantees on merged ontologies
* Methodologies for extracting semantically meaningful modules from 
large ontologies
* Selective information sharing between ontology modules
* Requirements of modular ontology languages
* Reconciling inconsistent ontology modules
* Ontology language extensions to support modularity
* Modular ontology tools for collaborative ontology development
* Case studies, software tools, use cases, and application
* Open problems

we are looking forward to your contribution!

Workshop Description

Realizing the full potential of the Semantic web requires the large-scale
adoption and use of ontology-based approaches to sharing of information and
resources. Constructing large ontologies typically requires collaboration
among multiple individuals or groups with expertise in specific areas, with
each participant contributing only a part of the ontology. Therefore, 
of a single, centralized ontology, in most domains, there are multiple
distributed ontologies covering parts of the domain. Because no single
ontology can meet the needs of all users under every conceivable scenario,
the ontology that meets the needs of a user or a group of users needs to be
assembled from several independently developed ontology modules. Thus, in
realistic applications, it is often desirable to logically integrate
different ontologies, wholly or in part, into a single, reconciled 
Ideally, one would expect the individual ontologies to be developed as
independently as possible from the rest, and the final reconciliation to be
seamless and free from unexpected results. This would allow for the modular
design of large ontologies and would facilitate knowledge reuse. Few 
development tools, however, provide any support for integration, and there
has been relatively little study of the problem at a fundamental level.

Important Dates

Submissions due: August 1, 2007
Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2007
Camera-ready versions due: September 20, 2007
Workshop: October 28, 2007


Bernardo Cuenca-Grau, University of Manchester, UK, bcg at cs.man.ac.uk
Vasant Honavar, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University, 
honavar at cs.iastate.edu
Anne Schlicht, University of Mannheim, Germany, 
anne at informatik.uni-mannheim.de (main contact)
Frank Wolter, University of Liverpool, UK, frank at csc.liv.ac.uk

Program Committee

Jie Bao, Iowa State University, USA
Djamal Benslimae, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon, France
Stefano Borgo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Oscar Corcho, University of Manchester, UK
Matthieu D'Aquin, University of Milton Keynes, UK
Jerome Euzenat, INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France
Chiara Ghidini, ITC-irst, Trento, Italy
Peter Haase, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Pascal Hitzler, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Michel Klein, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oliver Kutz, University of Manchester, UK
Frank Loebe, University of Leipzig, Germany
Klaus Luettich, University of Bremen, Germany
Carsten Lutz, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan
Till Mossakowski, DFKI, Bremen, Germany
Christine Parent, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Marie-Christine Rousset, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble, France
Marta Sabou, University of Milton Keynes, UK
Luciano Serafini, ITC-irst, Italy
Michael Sintek, DFKI Kaiserslautern, Germany
Stefano Spaccapietra, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim, Germany
Andrei Tamilin, FBK-IRST, Italy
Antoine Zimmermann, INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France

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