Appel: Reuse and Adaptation of Ontologies and Terminologies, EKAW Workshop

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue May 18 19:26:06 UTC 2010

Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 18:16:16 +0200
From: marie dupuch <dupuchm at>
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EKAW 2010 workshop 

Call soon available at



Natalia Grabar (1,2), Thierry Hamon (3) and Marie Dupuch (1) 


(1) Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, Université Pierre et Marie
Curie - Paris6, UMR_S 872, Paris, F-75006; Université Paris Descartes,
UMR_S 872, Paris, F-75006; INSERM, U872, Paris, F-75006 France

(2) HEGP AP-HP, 20 rue Leblanc, Paris, F-75015 France 

(3) LIM&BIO (EA3969) UFR SMBH, Léonard de Vinci Université Paris 13,
74 rue Marcel Cachin 93017 Bobigny Cedex France


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
[1] (Open Biological and Biomedical Ontologies) or UMLS [2]
initiatives: the objective is to make them interoperable and hence

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 [3,4] 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 area? 

- 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 [5,6] and to
analysis of evolution of their content (i.e., concept emergence,
removal, abstraction or specialisation) [7], especially when combined
with questions cited above.


- Submissions should not exceed 8 pages and respect the EKAW format
  (formatted according to Springer Verlag LNCS guidelines)

- Submissions will be in PDF format

- Submissions will be sent to:
  ReuseOnto-EKAW2010 at


- 01/07/2010: submissions due 

- 25/07/2010: notifications 

- 01/09/2010: final version of papers 


The workshop will be held with the main conference EKAW 2010
( in Lisbon, Portugal on 11th October-15th
October 2010.



2. NLM (2008). UMLS Knowledge Sources Manual. National Library of
   Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

3. Van Heijst G., Schreiber A. & Wielinga B. (1997). Using explicit
   ontologies in KBS development. IJHCS, 46(2-3), 183–292

4. Guarino N. (1997). Understanding, building, and using
   ontologies. IJHCS, 46(2-3), 293–310.

5. Klein M. & Fensel D. (2001). Ontology versioning on the semantic
   web. In Proceedings of the International Semantic Web Working
   Symposium (SWWS), pp. 75–91.

6. Maedche A., Motik B., Stojanovic L., Studer R. & Volz R.
   (2002). Managing multiple ontologies and ontology evolution in
   ontologging. In Symposium on Intelligent Information Processing,
   pp.  51–63: Kluwer.

7. Guelfi N., Pruski C. & Reynaud C. (2007). Undestanding and
   supporting ontology evolution by observing the WWW conference. In

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