The 2nd International Workshop on
Ontology content and evaluation in Enterprise
(With two tracks on Human Resources and eHealth)

Nov 28, 2007, Algarve, Portugal
In conjunction with the OnTheMove Federated Conferences (OTM'07)
Proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS


[Important Dates]



[Program Committee]



Sponsored By
Knowledge Web
Knowledge Web
This workshop is organized by the Ontology Outreach Advisory (OOA). The OOA is an international not-for-profit association that consists of industry, government, and research leaders and innovators with respect to ontology development, use, or education. The general mission of the OOA is to develop strategies for ontology recommendation and standardization, and promote the ontology technology to industry.

Call for Papers

Current trends within the Semantic Web research are mainly concerned with technological issues, such as language capabilities, inference services, etc. Yet less attention has been given to ontology content and its quality. 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 two industrial sectors: human resources and employment, and healthcare and life sciences. We welcome papers and (past/planned) project descriptions that discuss ontology modeling and evaluation 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.
Workshop Structure
The workshop consists of three tracks: Ontology Evaluation, Ontologies in Human Resources and Employment, and ontologies in Healthcare and life sciences:

Methods and tools for ontology evaluation:
  • Ontological evaluation.
  • Logical evaluation.
  • Usability/usefulness evaluation.
  • Ontology compliance to standards.
  • Ontology standardization and recommendation scenarios.
  • Ontology metadata, and libraries.
  • Ontology documentation.
  • Ontology registration and certification.
  • Ontology interoperability.
  • Consensus reaching.
  • Business cases studies.
Ontologies in 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
Submissions 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. Submitted papers will be fully refereed based on the originality and significance of the ideas presented as well as on technical aspects. Each paper will be reviewed by at least one expert from academia, and at least one expert from industry. The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Author instructions can be found at:
The paper submission site is located at:

Important dates
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 20, 2007
  • Paper Submission Deadline: July 26, 2007
  • Acceptance Notification: September 1, 2007
  • Camera Ready Due: September 10, 2007
  • OTM Conferences: November 28, 2007
Organizers and program chairs Program Committee
  • Bill Andersen - Ontology Works, USA
  • Keith Baker - University of Reading, UK
  • Ernst Biesalski - SAP AG, Germany
  • Paolo Bouquet - University of Trento, Italy
  • Simone Braun - FZI Research Center for Information Technologies, Germany
  • Christopher Brewster - University of Sheffield, UK
  • Michael Brown - Skillsnet.Com
  • Yannis Charalabidis - National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Ernesto Damiani - Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy
  • Aldo Gangemi - Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy
  • Fausto Giunchiglia - University of Trento, Italy
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi - University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Mohand-Said Hacid - University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 LIRIS - Villeurbanne, France
  • Martin Hepp - DERI Innsbruck, Austria
  • Stijn Heymans - University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Christine Kunzmann - Kompetenzorientierte Personalentwicklung, Germany
  • Jens Lemcke - SAP AG, Germany
  • Tobias Ley (Know-Center, Graz, Austria)
  • Stefanie Lindstaedt - Know-Center Graz, Austria
  • Alessandro Oltramari - Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
  • Jeff Pan - University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Paul Piwek - Open University, UK
  • Christophe Roche - Université de Savoie, France
  • Pavel Shvaiko - University of Trento, Italy
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia - University of Alcala', Spain
  • Barry Smith - State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
  • Silvie Spreeuwenberg - LibRT, The Netherlands
  • Armando Stellato - University of Roma, Italy
  • Andrew Stranieri - JUSTSYS, Ballarat, Australia
  • Karl Stroetmann - Empirica, Germany
  • Sergio Tessaris - Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Robert Tolksdorf - Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • Francky Trichet - University of Nantes, France
  • Luk Vervenne - Synergetics, Belgium

Important Dates

Abstract: 20/7/07
Paper: 26/7/07
Notification: 1/9/07
Camera: 10/9/07

Workshop Program

(Wed 28 Nov)
10:30-12:30 Session 1
Session label: Ontology Design and Evaluation
Session chair: Mustafa Jarrar

Introduction: Ontologies - Reaching Out to the Real World
Mustafa Jarrar, STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, (Belgium)
Andreas Schmidt
, FZI Research Center for Information Technologies, Karlsruhe, (Germany)
(on behalf of the Ontology Outreach Advisory)


Acquiring Content Ontology Design Patterns for the Semantic Web: A Reengineering Approach in the Enterprise Domain
Aldo Gangemi, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Rome (Italy)
Valentina Presutti, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Rome ( Italy)


Evaluation Framework for Automatic Ontology Extraction Tools: An Experiment
Jinsoo Park, Wonchin Cho, Sangkyu Rho (Seoul National University, South Korea)


Ontology Design Risk Analysis
Carlos Ferreira, Helena Pinto, Andre Martins (IST/INESC-ID, Lisbon, Portugal)

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Session 2
Session label: Ontology-based Decisions and Dialogues
Session chair: Andreas Schmidt

On Conducting a Decision Group to Construct Semantic Decision Tables
Yan Tang, STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, (Belgium)


Ontological modeling for Interactive Question Answering

Roberto Basili, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
Diego De Cao, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
Cristina Giannone, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)

15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-18:20 Session 3
Session label: Ontology-based Medical Applications
Session chair: Andreas Schmidt

Federated Ontology Search for the Medical Domain
Vasco Pedro, Lucian Lita, Radu Niculescu, Jaime Carbonell, Bharat Rao


An Ontology-Based Technique for Validation of MRI Brain Segmentation Methods
Bruno Alfano, National Research Council (CNR), Napoli (Italy)
Giuseppe De Pietro, National Research Council (CNR), Napoli (Italy)
Amalia Esposito, National Research Council (CNR), Napoli (Italy)


Discussion and Closing Remarks
Mustafa Jarrar, STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, (Belgium)
Andreas Schmidt
, FZI Research Center for Information Technologies, Karlsruhe, (Germany)
(on behalf of the Ontology Outreach Advisory)

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