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[protege-discussion] Ontologies Come of Age
Alexander Garcia Castro
alexgarciac at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 10:08:14 PDT 2011
The real challenge for Semantic Web technologies and ontologies lays
in the adoption; although the need for this disruptive technology is
clear, it has not yet been fully adopted by the mainstream.
Ontologies: where, what for, how, when and why? Ontologies are being
used in several applications, but is ontology engineering a mature
discipline? Not only are we interested in practical realizations of
the Semantic Web, but also in visions of technology that illustrate
how SW technology and ontologies could change our experience of the
We would like to have:
Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5
pages. For system descriptions for the OCAS Challenge, a 3 page paper
should be submitted. All submissions should be formatted according to
the LNCS format. Proceedings of the workshop will be published online.
Depending on the number and quality of the submissions, authors might
be invited to present their papers during a poster session.
- Paper submission deadline: August 15
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: September 5
- Camera ready version due: September 16
Questions and issues addressed by OCAS
How are SW technologies and Ontologies being adopted by mainstream?
• Experience reports of the introduction of SW technologies and
ontologies in corporate and government
• Once introduced in an environment, how do SW and ontology-based
• Ontologies in manufacturing and production chains
• Ontologies supporting CAD interoperability and feature extraction;
towards smart CAD environments
• How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge
encoded in scientific documents and in
general-interest media publications?
• What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in
• How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in
scholarly communication, and of hypotheses and
• What does a network of truly interconnected documents look like?
could interoperability across documents
• Are decision support systems in the biomedical domain using
• How are biomedical ontologies logically formalizing the rich set of
lexical definitions gathered? How are these
ontologies going beyond controlled vocabularies?
• Practical cases of successful and unsuccessful application of
ontologies and SW technologies in application
domains such as: financial, biomedical, e-business, engineering, law
enforcement, document management, egovernment,
We would also like to have visionary papers addressing issues such
● Semantic Web + Ontologies + Ubiquitous Computing + Folksonomies
=Visions of the future, how can technology
make us look smart?
● Conceptualism vs Realism, how is this related to Ontology
Engineering? How is this related to the realization of
the Semantic Web?
● How are Semantic Web technologies and Ontologies shaping the
intelligent layer of the Web?
1. Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. Confirmed
2. John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany. Confirmed
3. Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany. Confirmed
6. Raul Palma, Poznan University, Poland. Confirmed
7. Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain. Confirmed
8. Fabian Neuhaus, University of Maryland, USA. Confirmed
12. William Hogan, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
13. Nigam Shah, Stanford University, USA. Confirmed
14. Peter Haase, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal
Description Methods, Germany. Confirmed
15. Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada Confirmed
16. Leyla Garcia, Bundeswehr University, Germany. Confirmed
17. Benjamin Good, Novartis, USA Confirmed
18. Matthew Horridge, University of Manchester, UK Confirmed
19. Oliver Kutz, University of Bremen, Germany. Confirmed
20. Raul Garcia Castro, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
21. Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA. Confirmed
22. Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK. Confirmed
23. Carlos Toro, VICOMTech Industrial Applications. Spain
24. Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan. Confirmed
25. Carlos Pedrinaci, Open University, England
26. Jouni Tuominen, University of Helsinki, Finland
27. Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
OCAS can be summarized in a simple sentence, “Ontologies and Semantic
Web technology come of age, how is the Semantic Web changing our
experience of the Web?” Moving beyond theoretical frameworks and
heading towards a significant impact in end user experience is at the
core of OCAS. The overall objective of the challenge is to illustrate
how ontologies and SW technologies are delivering novel user
First place: US$ 2000
Second place: US$ 1000
Three third prizes of $500 each
Selected projects will be funded through implementation by Protech
Projects are to focus on innovative uses of HPC and data mining in
semantic technologies for HealthCare, Medical Informatics and Computer
Security. Projects with high relevance to social networking, low-tech
environments, and third-world countries are encouraged. Those
participating in the challenge should provide a three-page manuscript
describing their software; from the manuscript it should be clear for
Software availability: judges and general public should be able to
access the software. In most cases this means that the software,
ontologies and/or infrastructure is freely accessible -free software
is not compulsory.
Semantic Web technology: how is this application making use of
semantic web technology? How is this application making use of
existing infrastructure? Data sources being used, etc.
How is it delivering new layers of functionality based on semantic
data sources (linked data, RDF stores, ontologies, etc).
How is it delivering an intelligent interconnected experience to the
What is the added value?
How is the Interconnectedness of semantic data sets being delivered
the end user?
How are intelligence and interconnectivity being supported by the
software or infrastructure?
Does the software or infrastructure represent a fundamental change
the domain rather than just an incremental improvement or just one of
many added new features?
We would like to have applications from all domains. The GC is not
limited to web based applications, mobile platforms for devices like
iPAD, iphone, Galaxy, XOOM, HTC, etc are also encouraged.
Authors submitting to other Challenges, workshops and conferences are
to also submit their work to the OCAS challenge.
For those who require high performance computing facilities our
sponsor, http://protechsolutions.com/, will make them available free
Submission should be via Easychair
All papers submitted for the OCAS Challenge should be formatted
according to the LNCS format.
Judging the Challenge:
Oscar Corcho, Ontology Engineering Group (OEG), UPM, Madrid, Spain
Pascal Hitzler, Dept. of Computer Science, Wright State University,
Dayton, OH, USA
Alexander Garcia, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA.
Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield, UK
Michel Dumontier, Carleton University, Canada
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