Appel: EKAW Workshop "Reuse and adaptation of ontologies and terminologies" (deadline extension 07/07/2010)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Jun 30 10:57:47 UTC 2010

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:28:40 +0200
From: marie dupuch <dupuchm at>
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(sorry for multiple postings)
EKAW 2010 workshop

The workshop will take place during EKAW 2010, between October 11th
and 15th, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal
ReuseOnto-EKAW2010 at


Thanks to progress performed by the knowledge engineering area,
powerful methods for designing and use of ontologies are provided. As
a result, the scientific and industrial communities have gained access
to an increasing number of ontologies and terminologies. For instance,
within the biomedical area, several dozens of orthogonal or generic
ontologies and terminologies are currently available thanks to the OBO
(Open Biological and Biomedical Ontologies) or UMLS initiatives: the
objective is to make them interoperable and hence reusable.

The usage of an ontology or terminology is often characterized by
several factors between which we would name: application, scientific
or technical domain, language of data and of documents to be
processed, user profile, etc. All of them influence the content and
organization of the semantic resources (terminologies and
ontologies). Exploitation of these resources in this original context
ensures their optimal use and results.

We assume that reuse of such resources implies that at least one of
the designing factors is modified: application, user, domain
... Hence, the reuse implies also that an adaptation of ontologies and
terminologies is performed. This process appears to be necessary in
order to guarantee an optimized exploitation of the reused ontologies
and terminologies.


Further to recent evolution of the knowledge engineering area and to
emergence of new context related to the reuse and adaptation of
ontologies and terminologies, several questions have arised and still
arise. We propose to address them in this workshop and encourage
submissions on topics related to questions such as:

- Which areas have developed and currently provide freely available
  ontologies and terminologies?

- Are these ontologies and terminologies specific to a given
  application, sub-domain or rather generic and descriptive of the

- At which extend the existing ontologies and terminologies may be

- Whether the existing ontologies can be adapted to new purposes?

- Is their adaptation a suitable process?

- Is their adaptation less expensive than the designing of new

- What knowledge elements can be reused: terms, concepts, relations,
  roles, definitions ...?

- Are terminologies more easily reusable than ontologies?

- What methods and principles should be exploited for the adaptation
  and reuse of the existing ontologies?

- How the mapping of ontologies may be helpful for their reuse?

- Which role play corpora in adaptation of terminologies and

- Are Natural Language Processing methods helpful in the process of
  adaptation of terminologies and ontologies? If they are, which of
  them prove to be suitable?

- ...

This workshop may also be concerned with questions related to managing
of the evolution of ontologies and their versioning and to analysis of
evolution of their content (i.e., concept emergence, removal,
abstraction or specialisation), especially when combined with
questions cited above.

Natalia Grabar, UMRS872-20, University Paris 5, HEGP AP-HP, Paris, France
Thierry Hamon, LIM&BIO, University Paris 13, Bobigny, France
Marie Dupuch, UMRS872-20, University Paris 6, Paris, France

Olivier Bodenreider, NLM/NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Stefano Borgo, LOA ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Sylvie Després, University Paris 13, Bobigny, France
Nathalie Hernandez, University of Toulouse, France

Véronique Malaisé, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Jérôme Nobécourt, University Paris 13, Bobigny, France
Chantal Reynaud, University Paris 11, Orsay, France
Ljiljana Stojanovic, FZI, Karlsruhe, Germany

Anna Tordai, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Karin Verspoor, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
Kewen Wang, ICT, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

- Submissions should be between 8 and 12 pages and respect the EKAW
  format (formatted according to Springer Verlag LNCS guidelines --

- Submissions should be in PDF format
- Submissions should be sent to ReuseOnto-EKAW2010 at

Proceedings will be distributed to the participants during the
workshop, and indexed through the DBLP after the workshop.

- 07/07/2010: submissions due -- extended deadline 
- 25/07/2010: notifications
- 01/09/2010: final version of papers

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