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Call for participation: Interoperability Working Days

From: Raúl García Castro <rgarcia@fi.upm.es>
Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 11:51:40 +0200
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(Apologies for multiple postings)

                  Interoperability Working Days
                 Madrid, October 10th - 11th 2005

                     Call for participation


The Interoperability Working days will be a two-day event related to the benchmarking of
the interoperability of ontology development tools.

This email contains information both on the benchmarking and on the Interoperability
Working Days.

Benchmarking motivation

There are many existing ontology development tools, and they are used by different groups
of people for performing diverse tasks. Although each tool provides different
functionalities, users tend to use just one tool, as they are not able to exchange their
ontologies from one tool to another.

The ideal scenario would be to exchange ontologies from one ontology development tool to
another so as to benefit from the functionalities of these tools. However, this scenario
is only possible if these tools are able to correctly interoperate.

The benchmarking to be performed will have two goals:
  * To improve the interoperability of ontology development tools using RDF(S) for
ontology exchange.
  * To identify the subset of the RDF(S) elements that ontology development tools can use
to correctly interoperate.

This will be carried out by performing interoperability experiments according to a common
experimentation framework; then, their results will be collected, analysed and written in
a public report, along with the best practices and tool improvement recommendations found.

Experiments to be performed

In this benchmarking activity, we will assess the interoperability between two ontology
development tools using RDF(S) files to exchange ontologies. This scenario requires that
the importers and exporters from/to RDF(S) of the ontology development tools work
accurately to be able to exchange ontologies correctly. Therefore, the benchmarking is
composed of the following evaluation phases:

* Evaluation phase 1. The RDF(S) importers and exporters of the ontology development tools
will be evaluated according to the same benchmark suites.
* Evaluation phase 2. Once the RDF(S) importers and exporters have been evaluated, there
will be a second phase that will cover the evaluation of the ontology exchange between
ontology development tools.


The timeline for the the benchmarking is the following:

September 30th  Results of the RDF(S) import and export experiments
October 10-11th Interoperability Working Days in Madrid
November 11th   Results of the ontology exchange experiments

Interoperability Working Days

The goals of this meeting are:

* To refine the benchmark suites already published at the benchmarking web page (link
below) for importing and exporting RDF(S) ontologies.
* To report about how different ontology tools export and import the RDF(S) test cases
already available.
* To perform a hands-on session for exchanging RDF(S) ontologies between tools.

The meeting is organised as follows:

Monday 10th:
9:00-9:30   Welcome
9:30-13:00  Presentations: How do tools import the RDF(S) Import Benchmark Suite
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-17:30 Presentations: How do tools export the RDF(S) Export Benchmark Suite
17:30-18:00 Wrap up first day
20:30-?     Dinner

Tuesday 11th:
9:00-11:30  Improvements on the benchmark suites
11:30-13:00 Hands-on session
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Hands-on session
16:30-17:00 Conclusions and follow-up

Participating in the benchmarking

Organisations participating in the benchmarking are expected to participate in the
development of the benchmark suites and in the experimentation related to their tool. They
are also expected to provide documents with the results of the benchmarking according to
the structure presented in the benchmarking web page.

If you want to participate in the benchmarking or have some further question about it,
please contact Raúl García Castro in the following email: rgarcia ( a ) fi . upm . es .

If you are attending to the Interoperability Working Days in Madrid, please confirm your
attendance in advance, including the type of results you would like to present and if you
will attend to the meeting dinner. Also, don't forget to bring the last version of your
tools for the hands on sessions.

 - Raúl García Castro
 - Asunción Gómez Pérez

This benchmarking activity is supported by the Knowledge Web Network of Excellence

 You can find more information about the meeting in
and about the benchmarking in

Best regards,


Raúl García Castro

Ontology Engineering Group (http://www.oeg-upm.net/)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Campus de Montegancedo, s/n - Boadilla del Monte - 28660 Madrid
Phone: +34 91 336 66 04 - Fax: +34 91 352 48 19
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