Evaluation of Ontology-based Tools

OntoWeb-SIG3 Workshop at the 13th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management EKAW 2002
Siguenza (Spain), 30th September 2002

Published as CEUR-WS Vol-62

Program & Experiment Whitepaper Objectives Topics Organization Committee Program Committee Submission Dates

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Program & Experiment Top

The program is now available! It is divided into two major parts: (i) presentation of accepted papers and (ii) discussion of the OntoWeb experiment on evaluation of ontology engineering environments.

Whitepaper Top

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Objectives Top

In the Evaluation of Ontology-based Tools workshop we intend to bring together researchers and practitioners from the fastly developing research areas Ontologies and Semantic Web. Currently the semantic web attracts researchers from all around the world. Numerous tools and applications of semantic web technologies are already available and the number is growing fast. However, deploying large scale ontology solutions typically involves several separate tasks and requires applying multiple tools. Therefore pragmatic issues such as interoperability are key if industry is to be encouraged to take up ontology technology rapidly. The main aim of this workshop is therefore to encourage and stimulate discussions about the evaluation of ontology-based tools.

The large visibility of the semantic web, it?s tools and applications already attracts industrial partners, e.g. in numerous projects funded by the European Commission. In particular, as tools move from academic institutions into commercial environments they have to fulfil stronger requirements and in some cases new requirements (e.g. concerning scalability and multi-user access). Different tools from different sources need to interoperate. Typically tools are not anymore standalone solutions but integrated into a framework. This framework must be open to other commercial applications and provide connectors and interfaces to industrial standards. Larger applications need also larger ontologies and therefore require substantially more performance and scalability.

A systematic evaluation of the tools might lead to a consistent level of quality and thus acceptance by industry. For the future this might lead into certification efforts for such tools.

This event is sponsored by OntoWeb

Topics of Interest Top

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Interoperability of tools (e.g. turnaround abilities)
  • Integration of tools into frameworks
  • Performance benchmarks
  • Scalability of tools
  • Certification of tools
Tools include e.g.:
  • Annotation tools
  • Inference engines
  • Ontology editors and browsers
  • Ontology servers
  • Ontology mapping tools
  • Repositories
  • Retrieval tools
  • Semantic search engines

Workshop Organising Committee Top

Program Committee Top

  • Richard Benjamins, iSOCO (ES)
  • Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester (UK)
  • Jesus Contreras, iSOCO (ES)
  • Carole Goble, University of Manchester (UK)
  • Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (ES)
  • Atanas Kiryakov, OntoText Lab / Sirma AI, Ltd. (BG)
  • Robert Meersman, StarLab Brussels (BE)
  • Henrik Oppermann, Ontoprise (DE)
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)
  • Rudi Studer, University of Karlsruhe (DE)
  • Mike Uschold, Boeing (USA)

Submission and Proceedings Top

We invite submissions of technical papers and short position papers (two pages). To ensure a creative atmosphere of the workshop, the participants will be selected on the basis of their submitted papers, posing important issues to be presented and discussed at the workshop. The workshop will consist of presentations followed by discussions. In order to obtain an intensive exchange of ideas between the participants, there will be left extensive time for discussion following each presentation. A final panel will discuss the research agenda for the coming years and predicted development trends to serve industrial requirements.

We explicitly encourage people to make demos of their tools.

Format requirements for submissions of papers are:

  • Maximum 10 pages, excluding title page and bibliography for technical papers
  • Maximum 2 pages, excluding title page and bibliography for short position papers
  • All submissions should be made electronically if possible, by email attachment and preferably in Postscript or PDF format. Only if electronic submission is impossible should you send three hardcopies.
  • All submissions must be sent to the workshop contact, York Sure at sure@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de

Although not required for the initial submission, we recommend to follow the format guidelines of EKAW 2002, as this will be the required format for accepted papers (cf. http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).

Important Dates (Extended on March 24th) Top

  • First call for papers: March 4th, 2002
  • Deadline paper submissions: June 28th, 2002
  • Notification of acceptance: August 2nd, 2002
  • Camera ready deadline: August 30th, 2002
  • Workshop: September 30th, 2002 in Siguenza (Spain)

Please do not hesitate to contact York Sure for any questions you have!