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OntoContent 2008: Ontology Content and Evaluation in Enterprise with two Special Tracks on Human Resources and E-Health/AAL

In conjunction with OnTheMove Federated Conferences 2008, Monterrey, Mexico, November 9-14, 2008


Under the buzz word Semantic Web a lot of research has been going on in recent years, exploring formalisms for expressing ontologies, reasoning algorithms for inferencing hidden knowledge in an open world, but also on "semantifying" different types of problems. But outside the Semantic Web research community, there has been little uptake so far. This is also due to the fact that the concept of ontology is more about content than formalism, and we are in dire need for content-related research and experiences. As [1] stated, a "good" ontology is a balance of the degree of social agreement, the level of formality, and the appropriateness for the problem at hand that is supposed to be solved with ontologies. In line with this view, the workshop is looking for experiences and empirical results on which formalism is better suited, how to achieve or measure social agreement, and how to judge whether an ontology is appropriate. It is the mission of this workshop to report on these experiences and to reflect them back to the Semantic Web community.

In the area of system design, there is currently a major shift taking place towards user-centered design, and the workshop aims to foster use-centered ontology-based system design. Therefore, we also welcome research and experiences on participatory and evolutionary approaches (i.e., with a continuously high degree of involvement of the actual users) to building and maintaining ontologies that pave the way towards a Web 3.0, bringing together users and semantics.

We also strongly encourage to submit critical papers deriving lessons from failures with "ontologies in the wild", not only stereotypical success reports!

[1] Braun, Schmidt, Walter, Zacharias: The Ontology Maturing Approach to Collaborative and Work-Integrated Ontology Development: Evaluation Results and Future Directions. In: Emergent Semantics and Ontology Evolution 2007 at ISWC 2007, Busan, Korea, 2007

Programme of OntoContent-QSI 2008 on November 28, 2008

9.30-12.30: Benefits of Ontologies and Human Factors
Chair: Simone Braun

  • Introduction: Ontologies - Reaching Out to the Real World
    Mustafa Jarrar, University of Cyprus
    Andreas Schmidt, FZI Research Center for Information Technologies, Karlsruhe (Germany)
    Ramon F. Brena, Tec de Monterrey (Mexico)
    Francisco Cantu-Ortiz, Tec de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • MATURE: a dynamic perspective on ontologies
    Simone Braun, FZI Research Center for Information Technologies
  • Measuring the Benefits of Ontologies
    Tobias Bürger, Elena Simperl
  • Towards a Human Factors Ontology for Computer-Mediated Systems
    Panagiotis Germanakos, Mario Belk, Nikos Tsianos, Zacharias Lekkas, Constantinos Mourlas, George Samaras
  • Ontology development in collaborative networks as a process of social construction of meaning
    Carla Pereira, António Soares

14.00-15.30: Folksonomies, and Community Aspects
Chair: Simone Braun

  • A Method for Management of Folksonomies with Ontologies in Semantic Web
    Francisco Echarte, Jose Javier Astrain, Alberto Cordoba, Jesus Villadangos
  • Toward a Community Vision Driven Topical Ontology in Human Resource Management
    Damien Trog, Stijn Christiaens, Gang Zhao, Johanna de Laaf
  • Automatic profiling system for ranking candidate answer in Human Resources
    Remy Kessler, Nicolas Béchet, Marc El-Beze, Mathieu Roche, Juan Manuel, Torres Moreno

16.00-17.30: Elements for Quantitative Semantics
Chair: Juan M. Torres-Moreno

  • Semantic Expansion of Service Descriptions
    Christian Sánchez, Leonid Sheremetov
  • Tuning Topical Queries through Context Vocabulary Enrichment: A Corpus-Based Approach
    Carlos Lorenzetti, Ana Maguitman
  • Measuring Similarity between Web-based Agent Communication Protocols
    Maricela Bravo

Workshop Structure and Topics

The workshop will consists of three main parts: a general part on Web 3.0 and ontology engineering, a special track on ontologies in Human Resources and a special track on ontologies in e-health and ambient-assisted living.

  • Towards Web 3.0
    • lessons from Web 2.0 for ontology engineering
    • participatory and evolutionary approaches to ontology engineering (e.g., based on social software)
    • lightweight ontology formalisms (e.g., SKOS) and microformats
    • challenges/requirements for the maintenance and evolution of ontologies
    • experiences/empirical results on lightweight vs. heavy-weight ontologies
    • experiences/empirical results on graphical modeling of ontologies
    • good, best, and bad practices
  • Methods for assessing ontologies
    • Ontology evaluation
    • Quality measures for ontologies
    • assessment of ontologies with regard to social agreement, formality, and appropriateness
    • experiences with assessment and evaluations methods
  • Ontologies in Human Resources (Recruiting, Development, Employability)
    • modeling and representation of: Jobs, CVs, Competencies, Skills, Employees, People, Organizations, Social Events, etc.
    • HR upper level concepts
    • E-Portfolio (standards) and ontologies
    • Semantics of HR-XML
    • Semantic metadata for HR applications
    • Semantics in job matching
    • Semantics in learning technologies
    • Good/Best practices for semantics in HR
    • Maintenance of ontologies in HR
  • Ontologies in E-Health and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
    • Upper level concepts of healthcare and life sciences ontologies.
    • Ontologies of diseases, nursing, therapeutics, drug, etc.
    • Ontologies and ontology-driven approaches in Ambient-Assisted Living
    • Maintenance of ontologies in e-health and AAL

If you feel that something fits into the theme of the workshop, but is not listed here, just contact the organizers.


Types of papers include:

  • research papers (max. 10 pages)
  • case studies experience reports (preferrably from industry, max 10 pages)
  • position papers, clearly analyzing current state of practice for future challenges of research (max. 6 pages)
  • Papers submitted to OntoContent 2008 must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop or conference. All submitted papers will be evaluated by at least three members of the program committee, based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. Detailed formatting instructions can be found at:

    The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS. Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.

    Excellent papers will be considered for a journal publication or as book chapters

    The paper submission site is located at:


    • Paper deadline June 21 2008 Extended Deadline: July 7, 2008
    • Notification August 15 2008


    Andreas Schmidt, FZI Research Center for Information Technologies, Karlsruhe, Germany [main contact]

    Mustafa Jarrar, University of Cyprus

    Werner Ceusters, University of Buffalo, USA

    Program Committee

    Ernst Biesalski (EnBW AG, Germany)
    Simone Braun (FZI Research Center for Information Technologies, Germany)
    Christopher Brewster (University of Sheffield, UK)
    Thanasis Bouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
    Michael Brown (Skillsnet.Com)
    Yannis Charalabidis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
    Ernesto Damiani (Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy)
    Panagiotis Gouvas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
    Giancarlo Guizzardi (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
    Mohand-Said Hacid (University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 LIRIS - Villeurbanne, France)
    Martin Hepp (Bundeswehr University, Germany)
    Stijn Heymans (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
    Christine Kunzmann (Kompetenzorientierte Personalentwicklung, Germany)
    Stefanie Lindstaedt (Know-Center Graz, Austria)
    Tobias Ley (Know-Center Graz, Austria)
    Clementina Marinoni (Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
    Alessandro Oltramari (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
    Viktoria Pammer (Know-Center Graz, Austria)
    Paul Piwek (Open University, UK)
    Christophe Roche (Université de Savoie, France)
    Peter Scheir (Know-Center Graz, Austria)
    Pavel Shvaiko (TasLab, Informatica Trentina, Italy)
    Miguel-Angel Sicilia (University of Alcalá, Spain)
    Barry Smith (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)
    Armando Stellato (University of Roma, Italy)
    Karl Stroetmann (Empirica, Germany)
    Mohammed-Reza Tazari (Fraunhofer IGD, Germany)
    Sergio Tessaris (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
    Francky Trichet (University of Nantes, France)
    Robert Tolksdorf (Free University of Berlin, Germany)
    Luk Vervenne (Synergetics, Belgium)

    Sponsoring institutions/projects

    This workshop is organized in a joint effort by the Ontology Outreach Advisory (OOA), the MATURE IP, and the SOPRANO IP.

    • The OOA is an international not-for-profit association that consists of industry, government, and research leaders and innovators with respect to ontology development, use, or education. The general mission of the OOA is to develop strategies for ontology recommendation and standardization, and promote the ontology technology to industry.
    • The MATURE IP is a large-scale integrating European project (FP7) in the field of technology-enhanced learning aiming at support of knowledge maturing processes within and across companies, including in particular ontology maturing.
    • The SOPRANO IP is an integrated European project (FP6) in the field of ambient-assisted living and follows an ontology-driven service-oriented approach to construct a flexible and affordable platform for in-house ambient-assisted living solutions.
    • The SEARCHiN, EU Marie Curie actions, developing advanced methods for SEARCHing In a Networked world.