[DL] Workshop on Modular Ontologies

Anne Schlicht anne at informatik.uni-mannheim.de
Thu Aug 2 09:02:05 CEST 2007

[Apologies for cross-postings]

-- Submission deadline extended to August 14! --
Second International Workshop on Modular Ontologies
                October 28, 2007
     Whistler, British Columbia, Canada



* 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

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 14, 2007
Notification of acceptance: September 8, 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

Andrei Tamilin, University of Trento, Italy

Carsten Lutz, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Chiara Ghidini, ITC-irst, Trento, Italy

Christine Parent, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Djamal Benslimane, Université Claude Bernard Lyon

Frank Loebe, University of Leipzig, Germany

Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim, Germany

Jerome Euzenat, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France

Jie Bao, Iowa State University, USA

Klaus Luettich, University of Bremen, Germany

Luciano Serafini, ITC-irst, Italy

Marie-Christine Rousset, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble, France

Marta Sabou, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Mathieu D'Aquin, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Michael Sintek, DFKI Kaiserslautern, Germany

Michel Klein, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oliver Kutz, University of Manchester, UK

Oscar Corcho, University of Manchester, UK

Pascal Hitzler, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Peter Haase, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan

Stefano Spaccapietra, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

Stefano Borgo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy

Till Mossakowski, DFKI, Bremen, Germany

Antoine Zimmermann, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France

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