The 3rd International Workshop on

Regulatory Ontologies


 - WORM 2005 -


Part of the International Federated Conferences (OTM '05)

Workhop Location,Cyprus

31 Oct - 4 Nov 2005 , Larnaca, Cyprus



[Important Dates]



[Program Committee]

[Accepted Papers]

[Invited Speaker]



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In many application areas (such as e-commerce, e-government, content standardization, legal information systems etc.), the modeling of regulatory and legal knowledge is 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 require special semantic patterns, the sensitivity in cross-border 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 (but not limited to) the following issues of interest:

  • 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 2005”. Authors can submit their abstracts and papers via the following link: WORM Submit-Page.

Important dates
  • July 1, 2005 : Abstract Submission Deadline
  • July 1, 2005 : Paper Submission Deadline
  • July 29, 2005 : Acceptance Notification
  • August 20, 2005 : Final Version Due
  • October 31 - November 4, 2005: Workshop
Organizers and program chairs Program Committee (To be confirmed)
  • 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

  • Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

  • 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
  • Joost Breuker, Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands

  • Jos Lehmann, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Rome Italy

  • Layman Allen, University of Michigan, USA

  • 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

  • Radboud Winkels, Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands

  • Robert Tolksdorf, Free university of Berlin, Germany

  • Richard Benjamins, ISOCO, Spain

  • Rita Temmerman, Erasmushogeschool Brussels, Belgium

  • Said Tabet, The RuleML Initiative, Boston, USA

  • Tom van Engers, Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands

  • Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK

  • Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, UK

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

Invited Speaker

<To be announced>

Workshop Program

<To be announced>

Invited Speaker:

To be announced

Important Dates

- 1/7/05: Abstracts
- 29/6/05: Papers
- 29/7/05: Notification
- 20/8/05: Camera Ready


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