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[protege-discussion] First International Workshop on Debugging Ontologies and Ontology Mappings (WoDOOM) Call for Papers

Matthew Horridge matthew.horridge at
Mon Jun 11 09:24:41 PDT 2012

[Apologies for cross-posting and re-posting]


     First International Workshop on  Debugging Ontologies and Ontology Mappings (WoDOOM)

                                      Galway, Ireland, October 8 or 9, 2012 

                                       held in conjunction with EKAW 2012 

                                      Submission deadline: August 15, 2012

(or )

Developing ontologies is not an easy task and, as the ontologies grow in size, they are likely to show a number of defects.  Such ontologies, although often useful, also lead to problems when used in semantically-enabled applications. Wrong conclusions may be derived or valid conclusions may be missed.  Defects in ontologies can take different forms. Syntactic defects are usually easy to find and to resolve. Defects regarding style include such things as unintended redundancy. More interesting and severe defects are the modeling defects which require domain knowledge to detect and resolve such as defects in the structure, and semantic defects such as unsatisfiable concepts and inconsistent ontologies. 

Further, during the recent years more and more mappings between ontologies with overlapping information have been generated, e.g. using ontology alignment systems, thereby connecting the ontologies in ontology networks. This has led to a new opportunity to deal with defects as the mappings and other ontologies in the network may be used in the debugging of a particular ontology in the network. It also has introduced a new difficulty as the mappings may not always be correct and need to be debugged themselves.  

This workshop intends to be a forum where issues in debugging ontologies and mappings between ontologies are discussed. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

- detecting and repairing semantic defects in ontologies 

- detecting and repairing modeling defects in ontologies 

- detecting and repairing defects in the structure of ontologies 

- detecting and repairing defects in mappings between ontologies 

- debugging ontology networks 

- debugging modular ontologies 

- justifications

- belief revision for debugging 

- ontology patterns for debugging 

- interactive ontology debugging

- visualization for ontology debugging

- connection of ontology debugging with other ontology engineering tasks (e.g. ontology development, ontology alignment, ontology comprehension, ontology sense making, ontology evolution, ontology enrichment)

- case studies


Submission: August 15, 2012.

Notification: September 10, 2012.

Camera-ready: September 30, 2012.


Paper submission and reviewing for this workshop will be electronic via The papers should be written in English, follow Springer LNCS format (see, and be submitted in PDF.

We invite the submission of Research papers (up to 12 pages), Experience papers (up to 12 pages), Poster papers (up to 8 pages) and System/demonstration  papers (up to 8 pages).

Accepted papers will be included in CEUR Workshop Proceedings.


Note that workshop attendees cannot register for the workshop only, but need to register for the EKAW conference as well. 


Patrick Lambrix, Linköping University, Sweden

Guilin Qi, Southeast University, China. 

Matthew Horridge, Stanford University, USA


Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Bernardo Cuenca-Grau, University of Oxford, UK

Jianfeng Du, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

Peter Haase, fluid Operations, Germany

Aidan Hogan, DERI, Ireland

Ian Horrocks, University of Oxford, UK

Yue Ma, Université Paris 13, France

Christian Meilicke, Mannheim University, Germany

Nadeschda Nikitina, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Bijan Parsia, University of Manchester, UK

Rafael Penaloza, TU Dresden, Germany

Uli Sattler, University of Manchester, UK

Stefan Schlobach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kostyantyn Shchekotykhin, Klagenfurt University, Austria

Baris Sertkaya, SAP Research Dresden, Germany

Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia

Peng Wang, Southeast University, China

Renata Wassermann, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fang Wei-Kleiner, Linköping University, Sweden

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