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Call for papers: K-Cap Workshop on Ontology Management

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Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 18:05:13 -0700
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   Ontology Management: Searching, Selection, Ranking, and Segmentation

      K-Cap 2005 Workshop - Sunday, October 2, 2005 at Banff, Canada


Ontologies are a cornerstone of the Semantic Web, and are probably the most
important form of knowledge representation currently used in both Artificial 
Intelligence and on the Semantic Web. Building the required ontologies 
represents a major challenge both because of the complexity of each 
knowledge domain and because of the sheer number of ontologies the Semantic 
Web will require. It takes a considerable amount of time and effort to 
construct a single ontology, and even more if the engineer lacks first hand 
knowledge of the domain they are trying to represent.

However, one of the original motivations and supposed advantages of ontologies 
is that they facilitate "knowledge reuse". In theory, existing ontologies 
constructed by third parties could be reused, modified, extended and pruned 
as required, thereby avoiding the considerable effort of starting from 
scratch. To achieve this level of reuse, however, an appropriate 
infrastructure of tools and methods must be made available to allow the search, 
selection and general management of the existing resources.

Ontology search systems permit the identification from the plethora of web 
resources of only those items which are proper ontologies. Ontology ranking 
involves the ranking of the retrieved entities in accordance with a number 
of criteria, including the presence and absence of certain terms, and their 
position in the ontology. Ontology segmentation involves the ability to select 
and extract a particular sub-section of an existing ontology for the current 
needs. In order to facilitate these procedures, ontology visualisation and 
editing are necessary.

This workshop will encourage the presentation and exploration of solutions to 
key aspects of ontology management and it is expected to stimulate further 
research in these important issues. This workshop intends to bring together 
researchers and practitioners from a wide area of research, such as semantic 
web, knowledge management, information retrieval, to discuss the issues above 
and exchange knowledge and experience.

Topics of Interest
Includes but not limited to:

- Ontology search engines
- User interfaces for searching ontologies
- Ontology reuse
- Ontology ranking
- Ontology partitioning
- Ontology task-based evaluation
- Ontology change management
- Ontology versioning
- Ontology selection using visualisation

- Harith Alani (University of Southampton, UK) ha@ecs.soton.ac.uk
- Christopher Brewster (University of Sheffield, UK) C.Brewster@dcs.shef.ac.uk
- Natasha Noy   (Stanford Medical Informatics, USA) noy@smi.stanford.edu
- Derek Sleeman (University of Aberdeen, UK) sleeman@csd.abdn.ac.uk

Programme Committee
- Srinandan Dasmahapatra (University of Southampton, UK)
- Mark Musen (Stanford Medical Informatics, USA)
- Sofia Pinto (Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal)
- Alun Preece (University of Aberdeen, UK)
- Alan Rector (University of Manchester, UK)
- Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton, UK)
- Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz, Germany)
- York Sure (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
- Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)

We welcome the submission of full papers (up to 8 pages) describing some 
ongoing work relevant to this workshop=92s topics of interest, and short 
papers (up to 4 pages) for position statements and new ideas. Papers must 
be formatted using the K-CAP 2005 formatting guidelines on the conference 
website (http://www.kcap05.org/). Please email your submissions in PDF to 
ha@ecs.soton.ac.uk, no later than 11:59pm 11th July 2005.

Submissions due: July 11, 2005
Notification: August 8, 2005
Camera ready copy: September 5, 2005
Workshop: October 2, 2005 
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