The First International Workshop on

Regulatory Ontologies and the modeling of complaint regulations

 - WORM CoRe 2003 -


Part of the International Federated Conferences (OTM '03)

  Proceedings published by Springer LNCS


November  4, 2003 

Catania, Sicily, Italy



[Call for Papers]

[Important Dates]



[Program Committee]

[Accepted Papers]


[Related Events]




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Call for Papers

The benefits of e-commerce cannot be exploited fully by consumers because of the lack of trust and confidence in online cross-border purchases. To achieve fair trading and transparency in commercial communications and transactions, effective complaint mechanisms need to be established and involved in e-business activities. This workshop aims at bringing together academics, researchers, professionals and industrial practitioners to discuss issues involved in modeling ontology of cross-border business regulations, among other things focusing on complaint regulations.

We seek original contributions on the following issues of interest, but not limited to:

  • Engineering of regulatory ontologies: Representation, Context, Modularization,
    L ayering, Reusability, Maintainability, Extensibility, etc;
  • Regulatory metadata standards (legal-XML/LeXML, ADR/ODR-XML,...);

  • Policies and complaint regulations in Policy RuleML.
  • Ontologies of: complaints, complaint resolutions, complainants, evidences, legal cases etc;
  • Sensitivity on and harmonization of cross-border business regulations in general;

  • Multilingual and terminology aspects of regulatory ontologies;

  • Experiences with projects and applications of regulatory ontologies;


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 2003 International Conference on Ontologies, Databases and Applications of SEmantics (ODBASE).


Please email your submission by 25-July-2003 in PDF or Postscript format to Mustafa Jarrar (mjarrar(at) AND Anne Salaun (anne.salaun(at)


Important dates

  • July 25, 2003 : Deadline for submission of papers

  • August 15, 2003 : Notification to paper authors

  • August 28, 2003 : Final version of accepted papers

  • Nov 4, 2003 : Workshop


Program Committee

  • Aldo Gangemi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Italy

  • Bruce Spencer, NRC Institute for Information Technology, Canada

  • Gerd Wagner, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Joost Breuker, LRI-UVA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Mariano Fernandez Lopez , Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

  • Michael Sintek, DFKI GmbH Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • Robert Meersman, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  • Rita Temmerman, Erasmushogeschool Brussels, Belgium

  • Said Tabet, The RuleML Initiative, Boston, USA

  • Sophie Louveaux, e-consult, Belgium

  • York Sure, Karlsruhe University, Germany

  • Yves Poullet , University of Namur, Belgium

 Publicity Chairs

  • Luk Vervenne, VUB Ontology Competence Center, Belgium

  • Alastair Tempest, FEDMA, Belgium

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Workshop Program

Date: Tuesday, 4/11/2003
Room: 4
10:15 WROM.1 Session: Digital Rights Management -Chair: Aldo Gangemi

Introductory Remarks

On the ontology of Digital Identification.
Giles Hogben, Marc Wilikens, Ioannis Vakalis (EU JRC, Ispra, Italy)

Regulatory Ontologies: An Intellectual Property Rights approach.
Jaime Delgado, Isabel Gallego, Silvia Llorente (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Copyright conflicts resolution: a method based on legal ontologies in an architecture enabling subsidiarity
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay

12:30 Lunch
14:00 WROM.2 Session: Multilingualism and Engineering of Regulatory Ontologies -Chair: Jaime Delgado

Representing Multilingual and Culture-Specific Knowledge in a VAT Regulatory Ontology. Support from the Termontography Method
Koen Kerremans, Rita Temmerman, Jose Tummers (Erasmus College, Brussels)

Some ontological tools to support legal regulatory compliance, with a case study
Aldo Gangemi, Alessandra Prisco, Maria-Teresa Sagri, Geri Steve, Daniela Tiscornia

Ontology-based Customer Complaint Management
Mustafa Jarrar, Ruben Verlinden, Robert Meersman (VUB STARLab, Brussels)

15:30 Coffee
16:00 WROM.3 Session: Modeling Legal, Financial and Business Relationships -Chair: Mustafa Jarrar

Ontology-based platform for trusted regulatory compliance services
Henry J. F. Ryan, Pieter De Leenheer, Peter Spyns and Richard M. Leary (Lios Geal Consultants Ltd., Galway; VUB Brussels; Forensic Analytics Ltd., Staffordshire)

Business Contract Obligation Monitoring through the use of Multi-Tier Contract Ontology
Vandana Kabilan, Paul Johannesson, Dickson M Rugaimukkamu

Comparison of a regulatory ontology with existing legal ontology framework.
John Kingston, Wim Vandenberghe (JBC, University of Edinburgh)

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