[DL] Deadline Extension/Keynote: ESWC Workshop Ontology Repositories and Editors for the Semantic Web (ORES)

Christoph LANGE ch.lange at jacobs-university.de
Sat Feb 27 17:38:31 CET 2010

ESWC 2010 Workshop on Ontology Repositories and Editors for the Semantic Web
ORES 2010 - Call for papers and system 
descriptions - http://www.ontologydynamics.org/od/index.php/ores2010/

The deadline for the ORES workshop has been extended to March 7, 2010.

We would also like to announce the invited talk as part of the workshop, which 
will be given by Nigam Shah from the Stanford Center for Biomedical 
Informatics Research (http://www.stanford.edu/~nigam/).

The growing number of online ontologies makes the availability of ontology 
repositories, in which ontology practitioners can easily find, select and 
retrieve reusable components, a crucial issue. The recent emergence of several 
ontology repository systems is a further sign of this. However, in order for 
these systems to be successful, it is necessary to provide a forum for 
researchers and developers to discuss features and exchange ideas on the 
realization of ontology repositories in general and to consider explicitly 
their role in the ontology lifecycle. In addition, it is now critical to 
achieve interoperability between ontology repositories, through common 
interfaces, standard metadata formats, etc. ORES10 intends to provide such a 

Illustrating the importance of the problem, significant initiatives are now 
emerging. One example is the Open Ontology Repositories (OOR) working group 
set up by the Ontolog community. Within this effort regular virtual meetings 
are organized and actively attended by ontology experts from around the world; 
The Ontolog OOR 2008 meeting was held at the National Institute for Standards 
in Technology (NIST), generating a joint communiqué outlining requirements and 
paving the way for collaborations. Another example is the Ontology Metadata 
Vocabulary (OMV) Consortium, addressing metadata for describing ontologies. 
Despite these initial efforts, ontology repositories are hardly interoperable 
amongst themselves. Although sharing similar aims (providing easy access to 
Semantic Web resources), they diverge in the methods and techniques employed 
for gathering these documents and making them available; each interprets and 
uses metadata in a different manner. Furthermore, many features are still 
poorly supported, such as modularization and versioning, as well as the 
relationship between ontology repositories and ontology engineering 
environments (editors) to support the entire ontology lifecycle.

Submitting papers and system descriptions

We want to bring together researchers and practitioners active in the design, 
development and application of ontology repositories, repository-aware 
editors, modularization techniques, versioning systems and issues around 
federated ontology systems. We therefore encourage the submission of research 
papers, position papers and system descriptions discussing some of the 
following questions:

 * How can ontology repositories “talk” to each other? 
 * How can the abundant and complex knowledge contained in an ontology 
repository be made comprehensible for users? 
 * What is the role of ontology repositories in the ontology lifecycle? 
 * How can branching and versioning be managed in and across ontology 
 * How can ontology repositories interoperate with ontology editors, and other 
applications and legacy systems? 
 * How can connections across ontologies be managed within and across ontology 
 * How can modularity be better supported in ontology repositories and 
 * How can ontology repositories and editors use distributed reasoning? 
 * How can ontology repositories support corporate, national and domain 
specific semantic infrastructures?  
 * How do ontology repositories support novel semantic applications? 
 * What measurements for describing and comparing ontologies can we use? How 
could ontology repositories use these?  

Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5 pages. For 
system descriptions, a 5 page paper should be submitted. All papers and system 
descriptions should be formatted according to the LNCS format 
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-2-72376-0). Proceedings of 
the workshop will be published online. Depending on the number and quality of 
the submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers during a 
poster session.

Submissions can be realized through the easychair system 
at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ores2010.

Important dates

Papers and demo submission: March 7, 2010 (23:59 Hawaii Time)
Notification: April 5, 2010
Camera ready version: April 18, 2010
Workshop: May 30 or 31, 2010

Organizing committee

Mathieu d'Aquin, the Open University, UK
Alexander García Castro, Bremen University, Germany
Christoph Lange, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Kim Viljanen, Aalto University, Finland 

Program committee

Ken Baclawski, Northeastern University, USA. 
Leo J. Obrst, MITRE Corporation, USA. 
Mark Musen, Stanford University, USA. 
Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA. 
Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. 
Mike Dean, BBN, USA. 
John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany. 
Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany. 
Tomi Kauppinen, University of Muenster, Germany. 
Peter Haase, Fluid Operations, Germany. 
Raul Palma, Poznan University, Poland. 
Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands. 
Eero Hyvönen, Helsinki University of Technology and University of Helsinki,   
Martin Luts, ELIKO TAK, Estonia. 
Janne Saarela, Profium Ltd, Finland. 
Jouni Tuominen, University of Helsinki, Finland. 
Sandro Hawke, W3C. 
Wolfram Wöß, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt 
charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).
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