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Call for Chapters: "Semi-Automatic Ontology Development: Processes and Resources"

From: Armando Stellato <stellato@info.uniroma2.it>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 14:59:32 +0200
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       Call for Chapters for a new book by IGI Global:

  Semi-Automatic Ontology Development: Processes and Resources 


Web site: http://art.uniroma2.it/books/saod 

Maria Teresa Pazienza and Armando Stellato
ART research group (http://art.uniroma2.it/),
University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.

Call for Chapters: 
Proposals Submission Deadline: November 15, 2010
Full Chapters Due: January 15, 2011


Exploitation of theoretical results in knowledge representation, language
standardization by W3C and data publication initiatives such as Linked Open
Data have definitively given concreteness to the field of ontology research.
In light of these outcomes, ontology development has also found its way,
benefiting from years of R&D on ontology development tools.

However, while basic development and management technologies have reached a
wide consensus in both academia and industry, those “more intelligent”
aspects focused on how to automate these processes, how to reuse existing
resources (from raw textual sources to structured / linguistic resources) to
improve existing knowledge, and how to properly interact with different kind
of users, are failing to reach industry-standards. Despite interesting and
promising results from the area of ontology learning, scientifically proven
both on quality and performance of algorithms and on user perspective, there
is a daily evidence that “ontologists” are not really exploiting these
results, and support from robust and usable tools is quite far from being

The next quantum leap in ontology research should thus properly address
these high-level aspects: resource reuse (linguistic resources, thesauri
etc..), enrichment of contents, networking, support for collaboration
between different experts (domain experts, ontologists, engineers etc…) and
user-tailored interfaces.

Objective of the Book:

This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest
empirical research findings in the ontology development and knowledge
acquisition areas. It will be written for both researchers willing to find
new scientific approaches on knowledge acquisition and management in a
homogeneous framework and professionals who want to improve their
understanding of these aspects.

Target Audience:

This book seeks original contributions (or major revision/extensions to
previous work) containing visionary approaches, mature research results and
descriptions of developed tools/frameworks related to optimizing effort and
time required to build Semantic Web Knowledge Resources (from thesauri to
ontologies) and to improve their quality.

Recommended topics include (but are not limited to):

- Improving the ontology life cycle through use of (semi)automatic tools
- Smart acquisition of information extracted from text
- Development of ontologies through reuse of external information from
thesauri / linguistic resources etc…
- Intelligent Visual Interfaces for improving ontology developer / domain
expert experience
- Collaboration and Coordination platforms for ontology development for
letting different experts (domain experts, ontologists, knowledge engineers
etc…) cooperate in the creation/maintenance of knowledge resources

Submission Procedure:

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November
15th, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will
be notified by November 27th about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January
15th, 2011. All submitted chapters should not exceed 15,000 words and should
be sent as a manuscript formatted with MS Word, according to the template
available at:


All chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors
may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. 


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group
Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group
Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science
Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional
information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This
publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates

November 15, 2010:	Proposal Submission Deadline (email to the editors a
brief description of the chapter you plan to submit)
November 27, 2010:	Notification of Proposal Acceptance
January 15, 2011:		Full Chapter Submission
March 30, 2011:		Review Results Returned/Acceptance Notification
April 20, 2011:		Revised Chapter Submission
May 10, 2011:		Final Acceptance Notification
May 30, 2011:		Final Chapter Submission

Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Francesco Guerra (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Dickson Lukose (MIMOS, Malaysia)
Diana Maynard (Sheffield University, UK)
John McCrae (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Frederique Segond (Xerox Research Centere Europe, France)
Michael Uschold (USA)
René Witte (Concordia University, Canada)

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document): 

Armando Stellato
Department of Computer Science, Systems and Production
University of Rome, Tor Vergata
Tel.: +39 06 7259 7330 • Fax: +39 06 7259 7460  •  cell: +39 328 9115548
E-mail: stellato@info.uniroma2.it

And in copy to:
Maria Teresa Pazienza: pazienza@info.uniroma2.it

Please send all submissions with the following subject in the mail (copy and
the past it in the subject field of your email to be sure you printed it
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