Call for Papers

The International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling ( is hosted at the 12th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. OntoCom2021 concerns the practical and formal application of ontologies to conceptual modelling.

While models pervade the information systems 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. OntoCom is intended to be highly interactive and bring together academics and practitioners interested in foundational ontologies and their meta-ontological choices.

Important Dates

  • July 3rd, 2021 – Paper submission deadline.
  • August 9th, 2021 – Notification of acceptance.
  • August 23rd, 2021 – Camera-ready version.
  • 13-16 September 2021 – Workshop (the exact date will be communicate later).


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: Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following CEUR formatting guidelines (downloadable here).

We accept to types of submissions:

  • Regular Articles (12 pages including the bibliography) for presenting original unpublished work, neither submitted to, nor accepted for, any other venue.
  • Short Papers (max 5 pages) for presenting a conceptual modeling problem (and possible answers) which will be analyzed in the afternoon session of the workshop using different reference ontologies.