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OWLED – ORE 2016: Call for Papers

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Important Dates (All deadlines are Hawaii time)

  • Paper submission due: September 15th, 2016 September 22nd, 2016
  • Acceptance notifications: October 6th, 2016 October 8th, 2016
  • Final papers due: October 22th, 2016, October 29th, 2016

• OWLED-ORE workshop: 19th-20th November, 2016

The aim of the OWL: Experiences and Directions Workshop (OWLED) is to establish 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 experiences and discuss requirements for language extensions/modifications.

OWL has become the representational model of choice for supporting interoperability in many industries. With its rise in popularity, as well as the number of publicly available ontologies, it becomes important to focus on the processes by which ontologies can be engineered through reuse.

In this edition of OWLED we aim to bridge the gap between ontology engineering practices and software engineering, where reuse is common practice, and we welcome submissions of papers describing reuse methods employed throughout the ontology development cycle; modeling / terminological decisions, alignment and comparison between ontologies, how ontologies are stored, versioned, distributed, and consumed over the Web. As with previous editions, we also welcome proposals for improving the OWL standard.

The goal of the OWL Reasoner Evaluation (ORE) workshop, is to bring together the developers and users of reasoners for (subsets of) OWL 2, including systems focusing on both intensional (ontology) and extensional (data) query answering. The workshop will give developers a perfect opportunity to promote their systems.

We invite submissions for the following tracks:

  • Research and In-Use papers:  All submissions must be in English and be no longer than 12 pages (including references). Papers that exceed this limit will be rejected without review. These papers should present research, implementation experience, and reports on the below and related topics. Space will be reserved for authors to present their work at the workshop.
  • Ontology papers: All submissions must be in English and be no longer than 8 pages (including references). These papers should describe ontologies that present interesting modelling and other challenges with respect to OWLED topics (e.g., ontologies that are challenging for reasoners to handle or that demand features that are outside the standard OWL profiles). Papers are expected to include the URL of the ontology described.
  • ORE: All submissions must be in English and be no longer than 8 pages (excluding references). These submissions should describe reasoning systems. For this track, two main kind of contributions are expected: reasoner papers (reasoning algorithms, optimisation techniques, architecture, usage reports, implementation tips and tricks) and evaluation/benchmark papers (evaluation of one or more OWL reasoners, benchmark for OWL reasoners, description of challenging ontologies).
  • Extended versions of EKAW short papers: All submissions must be in English and be no longer than 12 pages (including references). Contributions accepted as short-papers at EKAW will be invited to submit extended versions of their contribution to OWLED-ORE.

All submissions must be in PDF according to the Springer LNCS style. For more details, see Springer’s Author Instructions:

Papers can be submitted online using the Easychair Conference system:

Papers related to any 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 (extensions of) 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
  • biology and biomedicine
  • eLearning
  • Experience of using OWL: notably, highly expressive ontologies or the OWL 2 Profiles
  • Evaluation of OWL tools (e.g., ontology editors, versioning tools, reasoners)
  • Benchmarks for OWL tools
  • Performance and scalability issues and improvements
  • Extensions to OWL
  • OWL and Rules
  • Ontology engineering  techniques and experience reports
  • Non-standard reasoning services (implementation and requirements for)
  • Explanation
  • Translating natural language into OWL (and vice-versa, i.e., verbalisation)
  • Ontology comprehension and visualisation
  • Multilingual OWL
  • Modelling issues
  • Reuse of OWL ontologies
  • Tool descriptions and experience reports, including editors, visualisation, parsers and syntax checkers
  • Collaborative editing of ontologies
  • Comparison of OWL ontologies (diff)
  • Versioning of OWL ontologies
  • Alignment of OWL ontologies
  • Ontology modularity and views
  • Query answering with OWL
  • SPARQL and OWL
  • Linked Data and OWL
  • Ontology-based data access (e.g., ontologies for big data, data integration, data fusion)
  • Cognitive aspects of ontology engineering
  • Reasoners for OWL
  •  reasoning algorithms
  •  optimisation techniques
  •  usage reports
  •  implementation tips and tricks

OWLED is now also a Community Group at the W3C. Everyone is invited to participate:


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