Appel: Formal Ontologies Meet Industry, Second International Workshop

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
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Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 12:01:17 +0200
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       Second International Workshop on
       Formal Ontologies Meet Industry

       December 14-15, 2006

       University of Trento	


This event is jointly organized by:
      - Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento
      - University of Trento
      - University of Verona
      - Creactive Consulting S.r.l., Affi


Following the great success of the previous edition, we are glad to
invite you to attend the second Formal Ontologies Meet Industry
Workshop (FOMI 2006).


FOMI aims to become an international forum where researchers in
different disciplines and practitioners of various industry sectors
meet to analyze and discuss issues related to methods, theories, tools
and applications based on formal ontologies.

It is nowadays widely understood that the semantic dimension and model
driven approaches play an important role not only in research fields
but also in networked economy. In particular, it has emerged that
semantic based applications are relevant in distributed systems such
as networked organizations, organizational networks, and in
distributed knowledge management. Namely, these knowledge models in
industry aim at providing a framework for information and knowledge
sharing, reliable information exchange, meaning negotiation and
coordination between distinct organizations or among members of the
same worldwide organization.

The business world also considers this issue of strategic relevance
and keeps paying particular attention to it because many theoretical
results have already been proved effectiveness in real applications
like data warehouse construction, information infrastructure
definition, and all processes and applications of knowledge

With the application of new methodologies and techniques in the
everyday practice and the accessibility of new theoretical results in
this area, developing new tools based on more sophisticated frameworks
has become a common need. This is an important reason for the
increasing interest in the employment of formal ontologies in fields
like medicine, engineering, financial and legal systems, and other
business practices. In all these fields, a new emerging trend is to
evaluate the interdependencies between theories and methods of formal
ontology and the activities, processes, and needs of enterprise

A typical example of this is the evaluation of the benefits that huge
organizations can obtain by implementing ontology based systems.


The workshop is a forum to meet and discuss problems, solutions,
perspectives and research directions for researchers and
practitioners. We welcome papers or project descriptions that aim at
applying formal ontologies in industry. In particular,

   - theoretical studies on formal ontologies committed to provide
sound bases for industrial applications and to allow formal
representation of corporate knowledge;

   - business experiences on case studies that single out concrete
problems and possible solutions; the experience analysis should
provide useful insights on social and strategic aspects that might be
relevant in the creation and deployment of formal ontologies as well
as useful criteria or methods to evaluate ontologies and their
effectiveness in applications.


Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

    - ontology methodologies in business practice;
    - ontologies and corporate knowledge;
    - ontologies adaptation within organizations;
    - formalization of the know-how;
    - representation of artifacts and design;
    - representation of functionalities;
    - representation of knowledge and business processes;
    - linguistic representation in organizational knowledge;
    - linguistic problems in organizational standard code and 
      codification processes;
    - enterprize modeling;
    - ontology evaluation;
    - ontology effectiveness;
    - ontology changes and developments within organizations;
    - representation of business services;
    - ontologies and electronic catalogs;
    - ontologies and e-commerce;
    - ontologies and marketing;
    - ontologies in the practice of engineering;
    - ontologies in the practice of medical sciences;
    - ontologies in finance;
    - ontologies and e-government.

We also encourage submissions which relate research results from close
areas connected to the workshop topics.


Important dates

Workshop: December 14-15, 2006

Deadline for paper submissions: July 15, 2006

Notification of acceptance: October 8, 2005

Camera ready submission: November 9, 2006


Submission and Proceedings

We invite submissions of papers in any of the topics of interest to
the workshop.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically as PDF files via e-mail
to the following address:

fomi at

Paper maximal length is 10 pages, excluding title page and
bibliography. Instructions about format can be found at

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of
technical quality, relevance of the described experiences (depending
on the type of submission), and clarity of the presentation for the
workshop. In particular, we insist that papers should be written for a
wide audience. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop, and
published as proceedings.

Accepted papers will be electronically published on CD and distributed
to participants. Following FOMI 2005, a selection of the best papers
accepted at the workshop will be considered for publication in the
international journal ''Applied Ontology''.


Program Committee (to be completed)

Chair: Nicola Guarino (LOA-CNR, Italy --  guarino at

Matteo Cristani (University of Verona -- cristani at

Stefano Borgo (LOA-CNR, Italy -- borgo at

Miltidias Lydras (Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece
-- mdl at

York Sure (Institut AIFB Universität Karlsruhe, Germany --
sure at

Paulo Leitao (Polytechnic Institute of BraganÁa, Portugal --
pleitao at

Roberta Cuel, University of Trento, Italy -- roberta.cuel at

Francesco Bellomi, University of Verona, Italy --
bellomi at

Roberta Ferrario, LOA ISTC-CNR, Italy -- ferrario at


Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Organizing Committee
members for further details.


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