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The Lublin Ontology Site contains information on ontology research and engineering group associated with the Faculty of Philosophy at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, its major relevant publications, research and B+R projects.

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MetaOnt for ontologies

MetaOnt for ontologies

We define a schema in which to describe the cornucopia applied ontologies. We look at the domain of ontologies from the point of view of our philosophical tradition.
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Ontology of Knowledge

Ontology of Knowledge

We build a few ontologies explaining what knowledge and knowledge management are. We also model a concept of knowledge transfer.
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Ontology in HGIS

Ontology in HGIS

Our experience shows that the decisive stage in the development of HGIS systems is a conceptual model and ontology seems to be the right tool to build it.
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Ontology of Livestock

Ontology of Livestock

OntoBeef is a library of ontologies created within ProOptiBeef project to catch a conceptualization of beef production and consumption domain.
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13th Mexican International Conference on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

MICAI-2014: 13th Mexican International Conference on 
       ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

       One-week draft abstracts deadline reminder

       EXCELLENT KEYNOTES: Vapnik, Sowa, Liu, Castillo

       Excellent touristic program

     Wworkshops:
       - 7th Intelligent Learning Environments
       - 1st Recognizing Textual Entailment and Question Answering
       - 7th Hybrid Intelligent Systems

     Tutorials:
       - John Sowa: Conceptual graphs and knowledge representation
       - Bing Liu: Opinion mining and sentiment analysis
       - Oscar Castillo: Fuzzy logic
       and more

       November 16 to 22, 2014 – Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
       Publication: Springer LNAI (EI, ISI), IEEE CPS, journals
       Submission: July 31 draft abstract / Aug 6 full text 
       (late submissions can be considered)

       www.micai.org/2014


Topics: all areas of Artificial Intelligence, research or applications.
Workshops. Tutorials. Doctoral Consortium. Best papers awards.

KEYNOTES:

- Vladimir Vapnik (NEC Lab): inventor of SVM
- John Sowa (VivoMind Research; IBM): inventor of conceptual graphs
- Bing Liu (U. of Illinois): opinion mining
- Oscar Castillo (Tijuana IT): fuzzy logic

Proceedings: Springer LNAI (IE, ISI); IEEE CPS,
special issues of journals (including ISI JCR).

Venue: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Cultural program and tours: 
Sumidero canyon; El Chiflón waterfalls; Tenam Puente ancient pyramids; 
San Cristobal de las Casas colonial city (anticipated).

Dates (late submissions are possible):
July 31: draft abstract — just a general idea of what your paper 
        will be about (takes 1 minute; you can change the text later);
Aug 6:   full text for blind review.

See complete CFP at www.micai.org/2014.

The International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2014)

The International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2014)
Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland
September 22-24, 2014
 http://sdiwc.net/conferences/2014/icetc2014/

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The proposed conference on the above theme will be held at Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland  From September 22-24, 2014 which aims to enable researchers build connections between different digital applications.

The conference welcomes papers on the following (but not limited to) research topics:

- AV-Communication and Multimedia
- Assessment Software Tools
- Authoring Tools and Content Development
- Collaborative Learning
- Context Dependent Learning
- Course Design and E-Learning Curriculae
- Digital Libraries for E-Learning
- Distance and E-Learning in a Global Context
- E-Learning Platforms, Portals
- E-Testing and new Test Theories
- Educating the Educators
- Groupware Tools
- Immersive Learning
- Intelligent Tutoring Systems
- International Partnerships in Teaching
- Learning Organization
- Medical Applications
- Mobile Learning (M-learning)
- Pedagogy Enhancement with E-Learning
- Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring
- Supervising and Managing Student Projects
- Teacher Evaluation
- Technology Support for Pervasive Learning
- Virtual Labs and Virtual Classrooms
- Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments
- Assessment and Accreditation of Courses and Institutions
- Blended Learning
- Computer-Aided Assessment
- Cooperation with Industry in Teaching
- Critical Success Factors in Distance Learning
- Distance Education
- E-Learning Hardware and Software
- E-Learning Success Cases
- E-learning in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and information engineering
- Errors in E-Learning
- Higher Education vs. Vocational Training
- Impact and Achievements of International Initiatives
- Interdisciplinary Programs for Distance Education
- Joint Degrees
- Lifelong Learning: Continuing Professional Training and Development
- Metrics and Performance Measurement
- Ontologies and Meta-Data Standards
- Security Aspects
- Standards and Interoperability
- Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- Theoretical Bases of E-Learning Environments
- Web-based Learning, Wikis and Blogs

Researchers are encouraged to submit their work electronically. All papers will be fully refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees. Before final acceptance, all referees comments must be considered.

Important Dates
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Submission Date            : Open from now until August 20, 2014
Notification of Acceptance : 2-3 weeks from the submission date
Camera Ready Submission    : Sept. 12, 2014
Registration               : Sept. 12, 2014
Conference Dates           : Sept. 22-24, 2014

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Czy ontologia formalna jest niejałowa?

W dniu dzisiejszym odbyło się seminarium ontologiczne z udziałem Andrzeja Biłata, który wygłosił wystąpienie pt. Czy ontologia formalna jest niejałowa?

Plan wystąpienia:

  1. Czym jest i po co jest ontologia filozoficzna?
  2. Ontologia formalna w stylu Wolffa
  3. Co znaczy „być dobrą teorią ontologiczną”?
  4. TO0 jako minimalna teoria ontologiczna
  5. Czy TO0 jest dobrą teorią ontologiczną?
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Applied Ontology, Volume 9, Number 1 / 2014

3 Articles

Applied Ontology, Volume 8, Number 4 / 2013

3 Articles

5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014)

 

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ICBO 2014 Call for Participation
5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014) 
Houston, Texas   |   October 6 – 9, 2014
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The biomedical area has seen an explosive growth in data in the last decade from electronic health records, procedures, imaging, lab tests, genomics, and sensors. More recently the emergence of consumer health devices and the improved understanding of the microbiome has contributed greatly to this growth. While Big Data approaches have been useful to tackle the volume and velocity aspects, variability aka the ‘small data’ issue is especially challenging in the healthcare and life sciences areas. Ontologies provide the means to tackle this variability challenge with the ability to represent the meaning of the data formally in a computable manner. In addition, a large part of healthcare data is unstructured data. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and data mining techniques are being used for information extraction into a more structured form, a process wherein ontologies provide the knowledge models and the lexicon to extract the information meaningfully.
 
A large number of biomedical ontologies are now available, and ontology frameworks and ecosystems have also emerged to facilitate interoperability among the models. The 5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO) aims to bring together application of ontologies as well as foundational issues in biomedical ontologies. The theme of ICBO 2014 is Ontologiesdriving Innovation - the main emphasis will be on the applied aspects of ontologies and demonstration of innovative ontology-driven solutions for all areas of healthcare and life sciences.
 
Important dates
Date  Events
4/01/2014  Workshop and tutorial proposal submission deadline
4/15/2014  Notification of acceptance of workshops and tutorial proposals
5/01/2014  Scientific paper submission deadline
7/01/2014  Notification of scientific paper acceptance
7/15/2014 Software demo, early career, and workshop paper submission deadline
8/15/2014  Notification of software demo, early career, and workshop paper acceptance
8/15/2014 Poster submission deadline
9/01/2014  Notification of acceptance of posters
9/15/2014 Deadline for all camera-ready copies for the proceedings
10/6/2014  ICBO
Topics
Papers, posters, workshops, tutorials, and software demonstrations are invited on a broad range of topics covering ontology development and use in the healthcare and life sciences areas. These include, but are not limited to, ontology engineering and reuse, ontologies promoting data integration, fluidity and reuse, data visualization, pathway analysis, and especially knowledge discovery. 
 
Areas of special focus
  • Foundational issues in Biomedical Ontologies
  • Ontology development tools, reuse, and interoperability
  • Data Science and Big Data
  • Linked Open Data and Semantic Web services
  • Ontologies for clinical decision support
  • Pharma-biotech and genomics
  • Personalized medicine
  • Translational science
  • Consumer health data
  • Ontologies for life sciences, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology
  • Reasoning with biomedical ontologies
  • Natural language processing, text mining, and information extraction
  • Bridging between ontologies and controlled vocabularies such as ICD-9/10
 
Submissions
  • Scientific paper –  up to 6 pages
  • Early career track paper – 4 pages (students/post-docs/junior faculty should be the first authors)
  • Poster abstract – 2 pages
  • Software demos – 2 pages (include screenshots and links to demos)
  • Workshop and tutorial proposals – 2 pages (1 page for proposal, 1 page for organizers)
Submission Format
Submission Types
Scientific paper:  A scientific paper describes a major advance in the field of biological and biomedical ontologies.  It can report a new ontology, a major revision or extension to an existing ontology, a new application of an existing ontology, a substantial critique of an existing ontology with a proposed alternative approach, the result of applying an ontology–for example–to data interoperability and/or data analysis.  Minor additions and/or refinements to an existing ontology are not appropriate.  
 
Note that per the topic list above, a scientific paper may also describe thorough analysis of foundational issues in biological and biomedical ontologies without the requirement for a use case or specific application domain. Advancements and innovations in the field benefit from theoretical analysis and discussion.
 
Early career track paper:  An early career track paper describes mentored work in the field of ontology carried out by a student (undergraduate and graduate) or post-doctoral fellow, or junior faculty (within 5 years of appointment), who must be the first author on the paper.  Additional authors, including senior researchers, are permitted.  This category of paper gives early career ontologists the opportunity to benefit from constructive criticism, feedback, and advice from a broad audience of senior scientists and practitioners in the field.  
 
Poster abstract:  A poster abstract describes formative work, early or preliminary results, late-breaking developments, minor refinements to existing ontologies, proposed or planned applications of ontologies to particular use cases, and the opportunity to showcase mature work in a visual format.
 
Software demonstration:  Demonstrations showcase innovative uses of ontologies and engage the audience providing a deeper understanding of how the software works, how different parts of the system interact, and the ways in which ontologies form a core aspect of the solution. 
 
 
Publication
All accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings and published at CEUR Workshop Proceedings. A selection of high quality paper submissions will be invited for revision and publication in Journal Special Issues in a timely manner.
 
Organizing Committee Members
Scientific Chair:    Sivaram Arabandi, ONTOPRO & Health 2.0
Scientific Chair:    Bill Hogan, Univ. of Arkansas Medical Sciences
Local Organizer:   Brian Lang, Seniors in Touch & Health 2.0
Program Chair:     Mathias Brochhausen, Univ. of Arkansas Medical Sciences
Workshop and Tutorial Chair:   Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health & Science University
Proceedings and Special Issue Chair:    Cui Tao, SBMI, UT Health Sciences in Houston
Early Career Chair:   Alexander Diehl, University at Buffalo
Poster and Demonstrations Chair:   James P. McCusker, 5AM Solutions
Sponsorship and Publicity:    Health 2.0 Houston
 
Contact
For more information or to offer sponsorship, please send us a note at:
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Alexander D. Diehl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
701 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203

work phone:  +1 716-881-8975
email:  addiehl@buffalo.edu


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Workshop of Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS 2014)


               Call for Papers       >> ODLS 2014 <<    

               Submission deadline:   July 15, 2014

https://wiki.imise.uni-leipzig.de/Gruppen/OBML/Workshops/2014-ODLS   

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  Workshop of Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS 2014)

           Oct 7-8, 2014      Freiburg i.Br., Germany         


Goals of the Workshop
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Medicine, biology and life sciences produce hardly manageable and
comprehensible amounts of data, information, and knowledge. Their
computer-based processing, integration, as well as their conceptual
foundation and application presents ever new challenges to existing
methods of knowledge representation, data bases, and data analysis.
In the life sciences, enormous data sets are being produced in
connection with biological and medical experiments, aiming to unravel
biological interconnections for a better understanding in order to
offer patients the best possible therapies. Data management and data
processing in the life sciences ranges from the best possible
integration and usage of distributed, heterogeneous data to the best
possible obfuscation of medical data.

This integrated workshop covers the overall spectrum of biomedical
information processing, from experimental data acquisition and data
management, across analysis, structuring and interpretation of data,
up to the development of structures of knowledge in the form of
ontologies with their various applications. The workshop pursues the
aim to gather scientists that work in these fields in order to exchange
ideas, to discuss new results and to inspire collaborations. The work-
shop has an interdisciplinary character. It fosters the collaboration
between ontologists, computer scientists, bio-informaticians, medical
information scientists, applied logicians, as well as the cooperation
with physicians, bio-chemists, and biometricians.


Topics
——

We invite submissions in all areas of biomedical ontology and data
management. The following topics are relevant, yet others related
to these basic topics are likewise welcome:

- Integration, management and retrieval of big data and/or complex
  data sets
- Heterogeneity and integration of big data
- Integrative data semantics
- Curation of data in life sciences
- Visualization of data in life sciences
- Generic transformation of clinical data into Semantic Web standards
- Data protection of clinical data
- Omics-data for diagnosis and therapy
- Ontologies in the field of biology, medicine and clinical research,
  for example
 – Ontologies for the specification of clinical trials and medical
    phenotypes
 – Process ontologies in systems biology and in medicine
 – Ontologies in neuro biology 
- Ontologies in knowledge representation
  (for example, formal ontology of time and space, formal ontology of
   properties, roles and functions)
- Methods and tools for development, management and application of
  ontologies, for example,
 – Quality assurance and evaluation of ontologies
 – Applications in the fields of Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, and
    Big Data


Important Dates
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Submission of contributions:   July 15, 2014       (Tue)      <—
Author notification:           August 25, 2014     (Mon)
Camera-ready manuscripts due:  September 10, 2014  (Wed)
Registration:                  September 30, 2014  (Tue)
ODLS Workshop:                 October 7-8, 2014   (Tue-Wed)


Submission Instructions
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Submissions to the workshop can be
- **extended abstracts of 2 pages** or
- **papers of 4 to 6 pages** (any such length is equally welcome;
                              6 pages is the strict maximum).

Contributions in English are highly recommended, but submissions
in German can also be accepted.

The preferred file format for submissions is PDF, other admitted
formats are Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX) and Postscript (PS).
Please use the corresponding template for submissions, either the
LaTeX template or the Microsoft Word template, see [1].

Contributions must be submitted via the EasyChair conference system.

Accepted abstracts and papers will be printed in a proceedings
volume (with ISSN) that will be distributed during the workshop.
After the workshop authors of selected papers will be invited to submit
extended versions to the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS) [2].


Organization
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Martin Boeker,  University of Freiburg    (general & local chair)
 TBA (inquiry pending)                   (PC chair)
Heinrich Herre, University of Leipzig
Frank Loebe,    University of Leipzig


Location and Local Organization
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ODLS 2014 will take place in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany,
hosted by the

 Center for Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics   [3]
 Medical Center – University of Freiburg


Program Committee
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TBA   (see [1] for updates)


Links
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[1] Workshop website

   http://tinyurl.com/odls-2014

   https://wiki.imise.uni-leipzig.de/Gruppen/OBML/Workshops/2014-ODLS

[2] Journal of Biomedical Semantics website

   http://www.jbiomedsem.com/

[3] Local Organization website

   http://portal.uni-freiburg.de/imbi


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10th International Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

Apologies for multiple postings


                           CALL FOR PAPERS

                       10th International Workshop on
                 Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web
                       http://c4i.gmu.edu/ursw/2014

                            In conjunction with the
                 13th International Semantic Web Conference

                           Riva del Garda, Italy
                           October 19-20, 2014

You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Uncertainty
Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW), to be held as part of the 13th
International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in October of 2014 at
Fierecongressi SpA, Riva del Garda, Italy.

ISWC is a major international forum for presenting visionary research on
all aspects of the Semantic Web. The Uncertainty Reasoning workshop is
an exciting opportunity for collaboration and cross-fertilization
between the uncertainty reasoning community and the Semantic Web /
Linked Data community.

Effective methods for reasoning under uncertainty are vital for
realizing many aspects of the Semantic Web vision, but the ability of
current-generation web technology to handle uncertainty remains
extremely limited. Thus, there is a continuing demand for uncertainty
reasoning technology among Semantic Web researchers and developers, and
the URSW workshop creates a unique opening to bring together two
communities with a clear commonality of interest but limited history of
interaction. By capitalizing on this opportunity, URSW could spark
dramatic progress toward realizing the Semantic Web vision.


AUDIENCE

The intended audience for this workshop includes the following

* Researchers in uncertain reasoning technologies with interest in the
Semantic Web.
* Semantic Web developers and researchers.
* People in the knowledge representation community with interest in the
Semantic Web.
* Ontology researchers and ontological engineers.
* Web services researchers and developers with interest in the Semantic Web.
* Developers of tools designed to support semantic web implementation,
e.g., Jena developers, Protégé developers, OWL-API developers…


TOPIC LIST

We intend to have an open discussion on any topic relevant to the
general subject of uncertainty in the Semantic Web and Linked Data
(including fuzzy theory, probability theory, and other approaches).
Therefore, the following list should be just an initial guide.

* Syntax and semantics for extensions to Semantic Web / Linked Data
languages to enable representation of uncertainty
* Logical formalisms to support uncertainty in Semantic Web / Linked
Data languages
* Probability theory as a means of assessing the likelihood that terms
in different ontologies refer to the same or similar concepts
* Architectures for applying plausible reasoning to the problem of
ontology mapping
* Using fuzzy approaches to deal with imprecise concepts within ontologies
* The concept of a probabilistic ontology and its relevance to the
Semantic Web
* Best practices for representing uncertain, incomplete, ambiguous, or
controversial information in the Semantic Web / Linked Data
* The role of uncertainty as it relates to web services and cloud computing
* Interface protocols with support for uncertainty as a means to improve
interoperability among web services
* Uncertainty reasoning techniques applied to trust issues in the
Semantic Web and Linked Data
* Existing implementations of uncertainty reasoning tools in the context
of the Semantic Web and Linked Data
* Issues and techniques for integrating tools for representing and
reasoning with uncertainty;
* The future of uncertainty reasoning for the Semantic Web and Linked Data


IMPORTANT DATES

July 7    Paper submissions due
July 30    Paper acceptance notification
August 20    Camera-ready papers due
October 19-20    10th Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web


SUBMISSION DETAILS

The URSW will be accepting submissions of technical papers and position
papers. Each submission will be evaluated for acceptability by at least
three members of the Program Committee. Decisions about acceptance will
be based on relevance to the above topic list, originality, potential
significance, topicality and clarity. Since all accepted papers will be
presented at the workshop, we require that at least one of the
submitting authors must be a registered participant at the ISWC 2014
Conference, and committed to attend the URSW Workshop.

Submissions to the workshop are only accepted in electronic format and
should be sent via the workshop’s submission
site: https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=ursw2014. Papers
must be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). This is the very same format
adopted by the ISWC 2014. For complete details, see Springer’s Author
Instructions (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop must not exceed 12
pages, including figures and references. Submissions exceeding this
limit will not be reviewed.

Position papers consist of a summary of ideas, projects, or any research
efforts that are relevant to the URSW Workshop and must not exceed 4 pages.

Following the general acceptance rules of the ISWC 2014 conference,
papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have
already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or
another conference will not be accepted to the URSW workshop.


PRESENTATION AND PUBLICATION

URSW 2014 will be a half-day workshop.

All papers accepted to the URSW will be presented during the workshop
and published in the workshop proceedings. Authors of accepted technical
papers will have 20 minutes to present their work, while authors of
accepted position papers will have a 10-minute slot to share their
ideas. After each presentation, 5 minutes will be allocated to questions
from the audience. Both technical and position papers will be published
in the URSW workshop proceedings, to be available after the ISWC 2014
conference.

In addition, extended and revised versions of selected technical papers
accepted for presentation at the URSW 2014 will be eligible for
participating in a “Journal of Data Sematics” special issue with the
best ISWC 2014 workshop papers or in a joint post-proceedings book
(“Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web IV”) with papers from the
next editions of the URSW workshop.


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

* Fernando Bobillo – University of Zaragoza, Spain
* Rommel N. Carvalho – Brazil’s Office of the Comptroller General /
University of Brasília, Brazil
* Davide Ceolin – VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Paulo C. G. Costa – George Mason University, USA
* Claudia d’Amato – University of Bari, Italy
* Nicola Fanizzi – University of Bari, Italy
* Kathryn Laskey – George Mason University, USA
* Kenneth J.  Laskey – MITRE Corporation, USA
* Thomas Lukasiewicz – University of Oxford, UK
* Trevor Martin – University of Bristol, UK
* Matthias Nickles – DERI, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
* Michael Pool – Vertical Search Works, Inc., USA


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

* Fernando Bobillo – University of Zaragoza, Spain
* Rommel N. Carvalho – Brazil’s Office of the Comptroller General /
University of Brasília, Brazil
* Davide Ceolin – VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Paulo C. G. Costa – George Mason University, USA
* Fabio G. Cozman – Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
* Claudia d’Amato – University of Bari, Italy
* Nicola Fanizzi – University of Bari, Italy
* Marcelo Ladeira – University of Brasilia, Brazil
* Kathryn B. Laskey – George Mason University, USA
* Kenneth J. Laskey – MITRE Corporation, USA
* Thomas Lukasiewicz – Oxford University, UK
* Trevor Martin – University of Bristol, UK
* Alessandra Mileo – DERI Galway, Ireland
* Matthias Nickles – National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
* Jeff Z. Pan – University of Aberdeen, UK
* Rafael Peñaloza, Technical University Dresden, Germany
* Michael Pool – Goldman Sachs, USA
* Livia Predoiu – University of Oxford, UK
* Guilin Qi – Southeast University, China
* Dave Robertson – University of Edinburgh, UK
* Daniel Sánchez  - University of Granada, Spain
* Thomas Scharrenbach – Swiss Federal Institute WSL, Switzerland
* Giorgos Stoilos – National and Technical University of Athens, Greece
* Umberto Straccia – ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
* Matthias Thimm – University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
* Peter Vojtas – Charles University, Czech Republic

We are looking forward to seeing you in Riva del Garda!




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Second International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2014)

2nd call for papers – Second International Workshop on Definitions in 
Ontologies (DO 2014)

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Please forward this message to colleagues in the areas of interest

CALL FOR PAPERS

Second International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2014) at 
the International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014)

October 6-7, 2014
Houston, USA

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/definitionsinontologies/

This workshop is a follow-up to the workshop on Definitions in 
Ontologies (DO 2013) held last year in Montreal in conjunction with ICBO 
2013. The focus of this second workshop is on definition practices in 
either human or machine-assisted ontology development.

PRESENTATION
A current problem in ontology development is constructing the needed 
definitions of terms either logical or in natural language. For example, 
ontologies built using OBO Foundry principles are advised to include 
both logical and natural language definitions, but ontology developers 
too often focus on only one of these, or they pay insufficient attention 
to whether they are equivalent.

Explicit definitions of terms in ontologies serve a number of purposes. 
Logical definitions allow reasoners to create inferred hierarchies, 
lessening the burden of asserting and checking the validity of 
subsumptions. Natural language definitions help to ameliorate the 
pervasive problem of low inter-annotator agreement. In specialized 
domains, experts will know their own field well, but may only have 
limited knowledge of adjacent disciplines. Good definitions make it 
possible for non-experts to understand unfamiliar terms and thereby make 
it possible for more confident reuse of terms by external ontologies, 
which in turn facilitates data integration.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together interested researchers 
and developers to explore these issues by presenting case studies in a 
biomedical domain discussing the difficulties that arise when 
constructing definitions with a view to sharing strategies in the 
future. Even in the seemingly narrow domain of definition construction, 
cross-fertilization from related disciplines should yield benefits in 
quality and help to identify novel approaches.

Papers submitted should include one or more case studies and raise 
specific questions related to definitions with a link to a biomedical 
domain. Reports on successful or unsuccessful methods are both 
appropriate.

TOPICS
-experiences in formulating definitions
-tools that assist in definition editing, including collaborative 
systems
-coordination of logical and textual definitions
-validation and quality control of definitions, e.g., checking that 
definitions comply with the all/some form
-methods for constructing definitions from multiple sources
-use of controlled languages such as Rabbit or ACE for more 
user-friendly logical definition creation
-use of templates to systematize definition creation

FORMAT AND OUTCOMES
This will be a half-day workshop with a selected mix of presentations 
based on accepted papers. In order to promote discussion, each 
presentation will be followed by a short response by a participant of 
the workshop to be arranged in advance of the workshop.

This workshop will document findings on the workshop’s website 
(https://sites.google.com/site/definitionsinontologies/). We expect 
accepted papers to be published in the Journal of Biomedical Semantics 
(JBS).

INTENDED AUDIENCE
-ontologists, tool developers, and domain experts whose work encounters 
issues regarding definitions
-tool developers building definition- or ontology-authoring tools
-philosophers and logicians
-biomedical researchers working on definitions in nomenclatures such as 
SNOMED
-computer scientists addressing these issues in languages like OWL
-NLP researchers working on definition extraction, generation, or 
checking
-NLP/IR researchers reusing definitions produced for ontologies

SUBMISSIONS
All papers should include one or more case studies and raise specific 
questions related to definitions with a link to a biomedical domain.
Papers should be between 5 and 10 pages long, excluding references, 
formatted using the JBS templates at 
http://www.jbiomedsem.com/authors/instructions/research#preparing-main-manuscript
and submitted via EasyChair 
(https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=do2014).

IMPORTANT DATES
Workshop paper submission: July 15, 2014
Notification of paper acceptance: August 15, 2014
Camera-ready copies for the proceedings: September 15, 2014
Workshops: October 6-7, 2014

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Selja Seppälä (University at Buffalo, USA)
Patrick Ray (University at Buffalo, USA)
Alan Ruttenberg (University at Buffalo, USA)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (National Center for Scientific Research 
(CNRS), France)
Mélanie Courtot (MBB Department Simon Fraser University and BC Public 
Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory, Canada)
Natalia Grabar (Université de Lille 3, France)
Janna Hastings (European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK)
James Malone (European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK)
Alexis Nasr (Aix Marseille Université, France)
Richard Power (The Open University, UK)
Allan Third (The Open University, UK)

SUPPORTED BY
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
The State University of New York at Buffalo


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6th International Workshop on the Foundations, Technologies and Applications of the Geospatial Web

6th International Workshop on the Foundations, Technologies and Applications
of the Geospatial Web — Terra Cognita 2014
In Conjunction with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference
October 19-23, 2014
Riva del Garda, Trentino, Italy

Terra Cognita 2014 will bring together researchers and practitioners from
various disciplines, as well as interested parties from industry and
government, to advance the frontiers of the Geospatial Web.

Submissions are invited for a large variety of topics, ranging from user-
generated geospatial content, mobile data management, and linked geospatial
data to OGC and W3C technologies and standards.

Research papers (max. 12 pages) and demo papers (max. 5 pages) are both due
by July 9, 2014.

Submissions should be formatted according to the LNCS guidelines and be
submitted in PDF using the EasyChair system:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=terra2014

For the full Call for Papers please visit the workshop Web site:

http://event.cwi.nl/terracognita2014/

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