The second International Workshop on

Regulatory Ontologies


 - WORM 2004 -


Part of the International Federated Conferences (OTM '04)

  Proceedings published by Springer LNCS

Workhop Location,Cyprus

October 26 2004 , Larnaca, Cyprus



[Important Dates]



[Program Committee]

[Accepted Papers]

[Invited Speaker]



Sponsored By
Knowledge Web
Call for Papers

In many application areas (such as e-commerce, e-governments, content standardizations, legal information systems etc.), the modeling of regulatory and legal knowledge is a critical. Modeling and deploying regulatory knowledge has some specifics that differentiate it out from other kinds of knowledge modeling: reasoning methods and application scenarios, the legal weight (/order) of regulations, parsing legal texts requires special semantic patterns, the sensitivity in cross-boarder regulations, etc. This workshop aims at bringing together academics, researchers, professionals and industrial practitioners to discuss issues involved in modeling regulatory ontologies. Regulatory ontologies typically involve the description of rules and regulations within the social world. In particular, we seek original contributions on the following issues of interest, but not limited to:

  • Engineering of regulatory ontologies: conceptual analysis, representation, modularization and layering, reusability, evolution and dynamics, etc;
  • Multilingual and terminological aspects of regulatory ontologies;
  • Models of legal reasoning (from ontological viewpoint): regulatory compliance, case-based reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty, etc.
  • Sensitivity on and harmonization of regulations;
  • Regulatory metadata and content standardization (e.g. legal-XML/LeXML, ADR/ODR-XML,...);
  • Regulatory ontologies of: property rights, persons and organizations, legal procedures, contracts, legal causality, etc;
  • Task models for socially regulated activities;
  • Experiences with projects and applications involving regulatory ontologies in legal knowledge based systems, legal information retrieval, e-governments, e-commerce;
  • Automated extraction of Information from regulatory documents.

We invite papers of no more than 14 pages length (Springer style format) describing original completed work, work in progress, interesting problems or use cases, or trends in this research area. Submitted papers will be fully refereed based on the originality and significance of the ideas presented as well as on technical aspects. Accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag as a part of Proceedings of the “On The Move Federated Conferences 2004”. Authors can submit their abstracts and papers via the following link: WORM Submit-Page.

Important dates
  • July 4, 2004 : Deadline for submission of papers
  • August 4, 2004 : Notification of acceptance
  • August 20, 2004 : Camera-ready paper
  • Oct. 26, 2004 : Workshop
Organizers and program chairs
  • Mustafa Jarrar (Contact), STARLAb, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Aldo Gangemi (Contact), Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Rome
Program Committee
  • Aldo Gangemi, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy

  • André Valente, Knowledge Systems Ventures, USA

  • Andrew Stranieri, JUSTSYS, Ballarat, Australia

  • Bart Verheij, Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands

  • Cecilia Magnusson Sjoberg, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • Carole Hafner, Northeastern University, USA

  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Twente, The Netherlands

  • Guiraude Lame, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, France

  • Jaime Delgado, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  • Jerome Euzenat, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France

  • Joost Breuker, LRI-UVA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Leonardo Lesmo, Universita' di Torino, Italy

  • Marc Wilikens, EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy
  • Mariano Fernandez Lopez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

  • Mustafa Jarrar, STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  • Nicklas Lundblad, Viktoria Institute/Framkom, Sweden

  • Richard Benjamins, ISOCO, Spain

  • Rita Temmerman, Erasmushogeschool Brussels, Belgium
  • Robert Meersman, STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Said Tabet, The RuleML Initiative, Boston, USA

  • Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, UK

  • Youssef Amghar, Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systemes d'Information, INSA de Lyon, France

Invited Speaker

Nicola Guarino , Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy
<Title:The Ontology of Social Roles>
<abstract: To be announced ...>

Workshop Program

Date: Tuesday, 26/10/2004
Room: 3
10:30 WROM.0 Invited Paper - Chair: Mustafa Jarrar

The ontology of Social Roles
Nicola Guarino, CNR Italy (WORM Invited Speaker)

11:30 WROM.1 Ontology modelling: Digital right management - Chair: Christian Koncilia

An ontology-based model for Representing "Bundle-of-rights"
Maria-Teresa Sagri, Daniela Tiscornia (Institute for Theory and Techniques for Legal Information, Florence, Italy), Aldo Gangemi (Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, Rome, Italy)

Workflow description of digital rights management systems
Silvia Llorente, Eva Rodriguez, Jaime Delgado (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)

12:30 Lunch
14:00 WROM.2 Ontology modelling: Finance and eGovernment - Chair: Aldo Gangemi

Ontology-based e-Government Thematic Services Based on Topic Maps
Ioannis Tsampoulatidis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Michael G. Strintzis (Informatics & Telematics Institute, Thermi-Thessaloniki, Greece)

Modeling the Tax Code
Eric Melz, Andre Valente (USC Information Sciences Institute, USA)

Towards an Ontology of Forensics covering Financial Securities Fraud
Gang Zhao (STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), John Kingston (JBC, University of Edinburgh, Scotland), Koen Kerremans (CVC, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, Belgium), Frederick Coppens (Language & Computing NV, Belgium), Ruben Verlinden (STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Rita Temmerman (CVC, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, Belgium), Robert Meersman (STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

15:30 Coffee
16:00 WROM.3 Ontology extraction and evolution - Chair: Jaime Delgado

Extracting Legal Propositions from Appellate Decisions with Text Discourse Analysis Methods
Woojin Paik (Konkuk University, Korea)

Automatic classification and analysis of provisions in Italian legal texts: a case study
Roberto Bartolini (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Italy), Alessandro Lenci (Università di Pisa,Italy), Simonetta Montemagni, Vito Pirrelli, Claudia Soria (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Italy)

Modelling Changes in Ontologies
Johann Eder, Christian Koncilia (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)

Cases and dialectical arguments: An approach to case-based reasoning
Bram Roth (Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands), Bart Verheij (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands)

18:00 Close


Invited Speaker:

Nicola Guarino
Nicola Guarino

 <Title: The Ontology of Social Roles>

Important Dates

- 4/July: Papers
- 4/Aug: Notification
- 20/Aug: Camera Ready


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