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IFIP workshop on Ontology Content -OnToContent 2009

The 4th International Workshop on Ontology Content

Special tracks on: 
Business | Human Resources | eHealth | Web 3.0
Nov 6, 2009, Algarve, Portugal
Part of the OnTheMove Conferences & Workshops (OTM'09)
Proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS

Call for Papers

In recent years the expectations of software technology based on social networking and social analysis have increased tremendously. Where the initial interest was focused on the Web community, reflecting the success of Web 2.0 applications and the growth of relevance of social  networks analysis. Today, however, this interest extends also to include business and government organizations. A major trend in many areas involves the creation of hybrids incorporating elements of both traditional knowledge management and business process management techniques. In this context the issues related to the quality of data representation acquire a new relevance. For the sorts of accurate and timely analysis of data needed by major organizations demand that data be formulated in ways that are expressive and manipulable at the same time. In this context the role of good quality ontology (i.e. good quality conceptualizations, encoded in portable and extensible format) is more and more relevant.
This workshop aims to focus on content issues, such as methodologies and tools concerned with modeling good ontologies, approaches to ontology content evaluation, quality measures, ontology content management (e.g. metadata, libraries, and registration), ontology documentation, etc. The workshop also aims to give a special attention to ontology content issues in: Business, human resources and employment, healthcare and life sciences, and Web 3.0. We welcome papers and (past/planned) project descriptions that discuss ontology aspects, particularly:
  • Research papers presenting theoretical solutions, but with a clear illustration on how these solutions can be applied in industry.    
  • Position papers presenting opinions on some aspect of ontology practice, or describing work that is still in progress, but sufficiently mature to warrant attention.    
  • Business experience and case studies specifying requirements, challenges, or opportunities of modeling and applying ontologies in industry.


Methodology and Engineering

  • Ontology design patterns    
  • Ontological Usability and usefulness.    
  • Ontology metadata, and libraries.    
  • Ontology interoperability.     
  • Consensus reaching.     
  • Ontology tools.    
  • Modeling and engineering methodologies.    
  • Ontology evolution and versioning.

Web 3.0 Ontologies

  • Lessons from Web 2.0 for ontology engineering      
  • Experiences with participatory and evolutionary approaches to ontology engineering (e.g., based on social software)      
  • Lightweight ontology formalisms (e.g., SKOS) and microformats      
  • Experiences/empirical results on lightweight vs. heavy-weight ontologies    
  • Experiences/empirical results on graphical modeling of ontologies    
  • Experimental evidence (e.g., from cognitive science) on conceptual modeling    
  • Challenges/requirements for maintenance and evolution of ontologies    
  • Good, best, and bad practices

Ontologies for Business Process Representation and Management

  • Ontologies for modeling Business Process.   
  • Ontologies for monitoring Business Process.   
  • Ontologies for Risk Analysis.   
  • Ontologies for Supply Chains.

Ontologies for Human Resources

  • Modeling and representation of: Jobs, CVs, Competencies, Skills, Employees, People, Organizations, Social Events, etc.      
  • HR upper level concepts.     
  • Semantics of HR-XML.     
  • Semantic metadata for HR applications.     
  • Semantics in job matching.     
  • Semantics is learning technologies.    
  • Multilinguality in human resources ontologies.    
  • Best practice and semantic patterns in ontology modeling and evaluation

Ontologies for Healthcare and Life sciences

  • Ontologies in Biomedicine and bioinformatics.    
  • Ontologies of diseases, nursing, therapeutics, drug, etc.    
  • Upper level concepts of healthcare and life sciences ontologies.     
  • Semantic metadata for Clinical Data Interchange.         
  • Semantics of medical XML standards and vocabularies.    
  • Multilinguality in Biomedicine and bioinformatics ontologies.     
  • Best practice and semantic patterns in ontology modeling and evaluation


We invite (A) Research papers describing original studies of no more than 10 pages; (B) Position papers presenting opinions or work in progress of no more than 6 pages; and (C) Business experience and case studies of no more than 8 pages. All submitted papers will be evaluated by at least three members of the program committee, based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. Detailed formatting instructions can be found at:
The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS. Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings. The paper submission site is located at:

Important dates

Abstracts due:                 June 15
Papers due:                     June 29
Acceptance Notification:    August 10 
Camera-ready copies:       August 25
Registration due:              August 25
OTM Conferences:            November 1 – 6

Program Chairs

Paolo Ceravolo, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. [main contact]

General Chair

Mustafa Jarrar, University of Cyprus
Andreas Schmidt, FZI, Germany

Program Committee

Abder Koukam, University of Technology UTBM, France
Aldo Gangemi, LAO - CNR, Italy
Alessandro Oltramari, ISCT - CNR, Italy
Alia Abdelmoty, Cardiff University, UK
Andreas Wombacher, University of Twente, NL
Antonio Zilli, ISUFI - University of Lecce, Italy
Barry Smith, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Chen Wu, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Christophe Roche, Université de Savoie, France
Davy Monticolo, University of Technology UTBM, France
Eva Blomqvist, ISTC-CNR, Italy
Fabio Vitali, University of Bologna, Italy
Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento, Italy
Geert Poels, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent, Belgium
Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Trento, Italy
Harith Alani, University of Southampton, UK
Hyoil Han, Drexel University, USA
Jeff Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK
Karl Reed, La Trobe University, Australia
Luk Vervenne,  Synergetics, Belgium
Marcello Leida, Università Degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Martin Hepp, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
Michael Brown, Skillsnet.Com
Miguel Sicilia, University of Catalonia, Spain
Mohand-Said Hacid, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Núria Casellas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
Pavel Shvaiko, University of Trento, Italy
Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, CSAIL - MIT,  USA
Riccardo Albertoni, IMATI CNR, Italy
Robert Tolksdorf, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Silvie Spreeuwenberg, LibRT, NL
Stefano David, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Stijn Heymans, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


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