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The OWL: Experiences and Directions Workshop (OWLED) is an international forum for the OWL community where practitioners in industry and academia, tool developers and others interested in OWL can describe real and potential applications, share experience, and discuss requirements for language extensions/modifications. OWL has become the representational language of choice for supporting semantic interoperability in many industries in great part due to the rich OWL infrastructure including numerous OWL reasoning systems that efficiently deal with both intensional (ontologies) and extensional (data) query answering. In this edition we aim to bridge the gap with the reasoner evaluation community and welcome the submission of papers describing challenging ontologies and or tasks to be represented in OWL and processed by OWL reasoners. We also welcome proposals for improving the OWL 2 standard via the W3C OWLED Community Group.

Papers about all aspects of OWL and extensions, applications, theory, methods and tools, are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Application driven requirements for OWL
  • Applications of OWL, particularly
    • from industry or
    • for data integration
    • for service interoperability
    • for sophisticated/non-obvious inference
    • for knowledge discovery
  • and within specific domains such as
    • law
    • bio and biomed
    • eLearning
  • Experience of using OWL: notably, highly expressive ontologies or notable uses of the OWL 2 profiles
  • Evaluation of OWL tools e.g. reasoners
  • Benchmarks for OWL tools
  • Performance and scalability issues and improvements
  • Extensions to OWL
  • OWL and Rules
  • Implementation techniques and experience reports
  • Non-standard reasoning service (implementation and requirements for)
  • Explanation
  • Ontology comprehension and verbalisation
  • Multilingual OWL
  • Modelling issues
  • Tools, including editors, visualisation, parsers and syntax checkers
  • Collaborative editing of ontologies
  • Versioning of OWL ontologies
  • Alignment of OWL ontologies
  • Modularity
  • Query answering with OWL
  • SPARQL and OWL
  • Linked Data and OWL


We invite submissions of the following sorts:

Technical papers:  All submissions must be in English and no longer than 12 pages (including references). Papers that exceed this limit will be rejected without review. Submissions must be in PDF formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer’s Author Instructions.
These papers should present research, implementation experience, and reports on the above and related topics. Space will be reserved for authors to present their work at the workshop.

Short papers: 4-6 pages (including references), LNCS-style. These papers should present work that is in an early stage and/or publicizable (novel) implemented systems that are of interest to the OWLED attendees and, in case of a system, can be demonstrated at the workshop.

All submissions must be made online using the Easychair Conference system at, and will be reviewed by at least two reviewers of the Programme Committee.

Papers will be made available as CEUR-WS conference proceedings.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission due: July 30 Aug 4th, 2014
  • Acceptance notifications: September 5, 2014
  • Final papers due: September 18, 2014
  • OWLED workshop: 17-18 October, 2014

All deadlines are Hawaii time

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