Call for Papers

International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling (Onto.com) is part of the 4th Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO) that are hosted at the 10th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems in Cape Town, South Africa. OntoCom2018 concerns the practical and formal application of ontologies to conceptual modelling. We invite leading ontologists and conceptual modellers to discuss and comparatively analyse different foundational ontologies, their meta-ontological choices and their associated modelling processes. The workshop consists out of two different aspects: first, the workshop focuses facilitating discussion to discover and evaluate how different ontologies would distinguish themselves in representing different kinds of case studies that each represent a particular modelling problem. Second, the workshop will host a poster session where researchers can present their current research efforts and/or will be able to discuss with experienced academics new research ideas.

Information Systems Engineering (ISE) is strongly based on the development, integration and application of models. While models pervade the ISE lifecycle from requirements to implementation, there appears to be a lack of theoretical foundation in the way that models are developed. As a result it is quite common for practitioners, even working together, to produce different representations of the same real world domain or system. Conversely, a preferred approach would be one in which IS practitioners have the necessary conceptual tools to enable them to accurately represent the things that exist in the real world. Foundational or upper ontologies have the potential to resolve the difficult problems that derive from a lack of a consistent and sound ontological theory. The benefits that can derive from the application of a foundational ontology include improved mapping to the real world domain, increased level of communication and understanding among stakeholders, model reuse, semantic integration and interoperability and increased overall efficiency and effectiveness of information systems development and evolution.

This year the theme of Onto.Com will be Foundational Ontologies and their Meta-ontological Choices.
Leading ontologists and conceptual modellers will be invited to discuss and comparatively analyse different foundational ontologies, their meta-ontological choices and their associated modelling processes. The workshop will be practically oriented and discussions will be centred on models produced for different kinds of case studies. More specifically, we intend to provide several case studies that each focus on a concrete modelling problem. Next, during our workshop, we would discuss and clarify each of these case studies using several different foundational ontologies. The purpose of this discussion is to discover and evaluate how the different ontologies would distinguish themselves in representing each of these case studies and their respective problems. Consequently, this would lead to highly interesting discussions between experts of different kinds of ontologies.

This workshop is aimed at providing a platform to stimulate high expert discussions concerning the application of different kinds of foundational ontologies to a set of distinct modelling problems. Furthermore, we intend to bring together academics, researchers and practitioners (with a background in IS engineering and/or ontology development) in order to develop an agenda of future collaborations that combine research and industrial expertise.

Important Dates

  • June 18, 2018 – Paper submission deadline.
  • July 18, 2018 – Notification of acceptance.
  • August 18, 2018 – Camera-ready version.
  • September 17-18, 2018 – Workshop (the exact date will be communicate later).

Submissions

As in earlier years, all contributions to JOWO workshops will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, together with the contributions to the Early Career Symposium. Papers can be submitted using easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2018 and select the track”6th International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling”