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Welcome to the 3rd Workshop on Ontology Patterns - WOP2012

This workshop is partly supported by the IKS EU co-funded project.

This is the third edition in a series of workshops addressing the emerging topic of ontology patterns as best practices, related to the ontologydesignpatterns.org initiative.

Patterns need to be shared by a community in order to provide a common language, and to stimulate pattern usage and development. Hence, the aim of this workshop is twofold

  • providing an arena for proposing and discussing good practices, patterns, pattern-based ontologies, systems etc., and
  • broadening the pattern community that is developing its own “language” for discussing and describing relevant problems and their solutions.

For more background on the workshop series, see the main page.

WOP2012 will be a half-day workshop consisting of two parts: paper presentations and posters. The poster session will feature pattern posters, i.e. presentations of patterns submitted according the call for patterns.

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Venue and dates

The third edition of WOP will be held on November 12th (08:30-12:30), in conjunction with ISWC 2012 in Boston, US (for previous editions, see the main WOP website in the menu on the left).


Accepted papers

Note that these are only preprints of the papers, the final version of the proceedings will be published by CEUR Workshop proceedings. Please refer to the proceedings, rather than this website, when citing the papers.

Full research papers:

Poster papers:


Workshop schedule

  • 08:30-08:40 Opening and welcome
  • 08:40-09:05 Mortensen et al. "Modest Use of Ontology Design Patterns in a Repository of Biomedical Ontologies "
  • 09:05-09:30 Hammar "Ontology Design Patterns in Use - Lessons Learnt from an Ontology Engineering Case"
  • 09:30-09:55 Gruninger & Katsumi "Specifying Ontology Design Patterns with an Ontology Repository"
  • 09:55-10:15 Poster-"lightning talks" of 2 min each
  • 10:15-11:15 Poster session (including coffee)
  • 11:15-11:40 Horridge et al. "Ontology Design Pattern Language Expressivity Requirements "
  • 11:40-12:05 Zedlitz et al. "A Pattern For Interrelated Numerical Properties"
  • 12:05-12:30 Zouaq et al. "Linguistic Patterns for Information Extraction in OntoCmaps"
  • 12:30-12:40 Closing and best poster award

Presenter instructions

Paper presentations of 15 minutes each (+ 5-10 min discussion). Lightning talks (mandatory) for presenting the posters (both paper and patterns) of maximum 2 minutes each (= max 2 slides) in a specific session preceding the poster session. All posters must be placed on the stands before 08:30, and left on the stands until 12:40 - lightning talk slides have to be entered on a dedicated USB-stick before 09:55.

Best Poster Award

Workshop participants will be able to vote for the best poster, final decision to be made by the chairs. The best poster award takes into account criteria such as the quality of the submission, the relevance and significance of patterns or pattern usages presented, the presentation of the poster during the "lightning talks", and the level of involvement of the author during the revision phase and poster session discussions during the workshop.


Accepted research papers and pattern descriptions are published online as CEUR-Workshop Proceedings, Volume 929.

Call for Papers - Topics

Submission instruction for research papers (including position papers) can be found at the submission page.

The main aim of the workshop is to discuss and collect solutions to recurrent problems i.e. ontology patterns, that matter to researchers and practitioners of the Semantic Web field, and that impact on ontology design and engineering. Original research papers and poster papers are invited to consider the following (non exhaustive) list of topics:

  • Ontology Design Patterns (ODPs) and pattern-based ontology design
  • ODPs for specific knowledge domains e.g. multimedia, fishery and agriculture, user profiling, business modeling, etc.
  • Anti-patterns and their relations to ODPs
  • ODPs for interacting with data
  • ODPs for expressing relevance of data in context
  • Collaborative ontology design and collaboration patterns in ontology design and engineering
  • Correspondence patterns for ontology matching and integration
  • Lexico-syntactic patterns
  • Reasoning patterns (workflows made of reasoning steps for addressing specific goals)
  • Processes and services - process patterns
  • Re-engineering patterns for conceptual models, folksonomies, lexicons, thesauri
  • Problem solving methods and patterns

  • Ontology Design Patterns and Linked Data
  • Ontology Patterns and Microformats
  • Patterns for using different vocabularies together e.g. FOAF, SIOC, DC, etc.
  • Web semantics from a pattern perspective

  • Good practices of ontology design
  • Good practices for Linked Data and related applications
  • Good practices for hybridization of semantic web and NLP techniques
  • Good Practices and Patterns of semantic social networks, semantic wikis, semantic blogs
  • Good Practices of Semantic Web in general

  • Software patterns for Semantic Web applications
  • Interaction patterns and the Semantic Web
  • Pattern-based methodologies for Semantic Web ontologies and software engineering
  • Application Profiles
  • Domain specific applications based on patterns and success-stories
  • Pattern-based ontologies

  • Tools support for pattern-based knowledge engineering
  • Pattern-based ontology evaluation and selection
  • Automatic ontology construction (ontology learning) based on patterns
  • Contextual reasoning and patterns as context
  • Knowledge patterns and knowledge re-engineering based on patterns
  • Pattern-based information extraction

  • Quality evaluation of patterns
  • Benefits of ontology patterns and knowledge patterns

Call for Patterns

We invite the submission of research results in the form of ontology design patterns (ODPs). Patterns submitted should have a general relevance to the ontology engineering field, or specific interest within a knowledge domain. Patterns should solve some particular problem, and be of significant interest for discussion at the workshop. Patterns should be original, in the sense that they are the intellectual product of the author(s), however they may still be based on the collective experience of a community.

Pattern submissions for the pattern session will be collected:

  • through the ODP portal and
  • by submitting a description of the pattern (pattern description) via EasyChair

Detailed instructions for patterns submission, including how to submit via the ontologydesignpatterns.org portal, are found at the submission page. Note that an account in the ODP portal is needed for submitting patterns; thus, authors should take care to request an account at least one week before their intended submission.

Pattern submissions can be made in any type of ODPs. Currently, portal templates for submission are provided for the following types of patterns (see general typology for explanation of the types):

  • Content patterns
  • Structural patterns: logical and architecture patterns.
  • Correspondence patterns: re-engineering and alignment patterns.

For other types of patterns, the author is welcome to submit only a pattern description.

Submission and Important Dates

For details on how to submit to WOP2012 see the submission page.

Important dates

  • Extended Submission deadline (research papers and patterns) - August 10th (11:59 Hawaii time)
  • Notification of acceptance (research papers and patterns) - September 4th
  • Camera ready deadline (research papers and pattern abstracts) - September 10th
  • Workshop date - November 12th (08:30-12:30)
  • Online proceedings published (research papers and pattern abstracts) - TBD

WOP Organisation

WOP2012 Chairs

  • Paper chairs:
    • Aldo Gangemi, STLab ISTC-CNR (IT) contact
    • Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University (SE) contact
  • Pattern chairs:
    • Karl Hammar, Jönköping University (SE) contact
    • Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Ontololgy Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES) contact

Steering Committee

The workshop series is arranged by a fixed steering committee, appointing the chairs and adjusting the focus of the workshop on a yearly basis.

The WOP Steering committee consists of:

  • Eva Blomqvist, ISTC-CNR (IT)
  • Aldo Gangemi, ISTC-CNR (IT)
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford University (US)
  • Valentina Presutti, ISTC-CNR (IT)
  • Alan Rector, University of Manchester (UK)
  • Francois Scharffe, INRIA (FR)
  • Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz (DE)
  • Chris Welty, IBM Watson Research Center (US)

Paper Program Committee

  • Alessandro Adamou, ISTC-CNR, Rome (IT)
  • Vinay Chaudhri, SRI International, Menlo Park (US)
  • Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)
  • Enrico Daga, ISTC-CNR, Rome (IT)
  • Violeta Damjanovic, Salzburg Research (AT)
  • Leigh Dodds, Ingenta (UK)
  • Henrik Eriksson, Linkping University (SE)
  • Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez, Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO) (ES)
  • Gerd Gröner, University of Koblenz (DE)
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara (US)
  • Steffen Lohmann, University of Stuttgart (DE)
  • Alessandro Oltramari, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh (US)
  • Wim Peters, University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Valentina Presutti, ISTC-CNR, Rome (IT)
  • Marta Sabou, MODUL University Vienna (AT)
  • Kurt Sandkuhl, University of Rostock (SE)
  • Francois Scharffe, LIRMM, University of Montpellier (FR)
  • Ansgar Scherp, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany (DE)
  • Andreas Schultz, Freie Universität Berlin (DE)
  • Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics, Prague (CZ)
  • Tania Tudorache, Stanford University (US)
  • Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)
  • Amanda Vizedom, Wind River Consulting, LLC (US)
  • Fabio Massimo Zanzotto, Università di Roma 2 (IT)

Pattern Program Committee

  • Alessandro Adamou, ISTC-CNR (IT)
  • Violeta Damjanovic, Salzburg Research (AT)
  • Rim Djedidi, University Paris Nord 13 (FR)
  • Gerd Gröner, University of Koblenz-Landau (DE)
  • Rinke Hoekstra, VU University Amsterdam (NL)
  • Olaf Noppens, University of Ulm (DE)
  • Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese, ISTC-CNR (IT)
  • María Poveda-Villalón, Ontology Engineering Groupd (OEG), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)
  • Benedicto Rodriguez-Castro, Bundeswehr University Munich (DE)
  • Francois Scharffe, LIRMM, University of Montpellier (FR)
  • Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics, Prague (CZ)
  • Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Ontology Engineering Groupd (OEG), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)

Third Workshop on Ontology Patterns | Start date: 2012/11/11 | End date: 2012/11/12

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