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Welcome to the Workshop on Ontology and Semantic Web Patterns (4th edition) - WOP2013

This is the fourth edition in a series of workshops addressing the topic of ontology and semantic web 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.

WOP2013 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.


Venue and dates

The fourth edition of WOP will be held on October 21st (morning session), in conjunction with ISWC 2013 at the Sydney Masonic Conference & Function Centre in the Sydney CBD, Australia (ISWC venue details)

NEW! The WOP 2013 program is available on the ISWC 2013 web site.

Congrats to Gem Stapleton, John Howse, Kerry Taylor, Aidan Delaney, Jim Burton and Peter Chapman who just received the Best Poster award at WOP 2013 for their work on Diagrammatic Ontology Patterns!


[09:00-09:20] Opening and welcome

[09:20-09:35] María Poveda-Villalón, Bernard Vatant, Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa and Asunción Gómez-Pérez. Detecting Good Practices and Pitfalls when Publishing Vocabularies on the Web

[09:35-09:50] Mikko Rinne, Eva Blomqvist, Robin Keskisärkkä and Esko Nuutila. Event Processing in RDF

[09:50-10:05] Karl Hammar. Reasoning Performance Indicators for Ontology Design Patterns

[10:05-10:20] Eva Blomqvist, Ziqi Zhang, Anna Lisa Gentile, Isabelle Augenstein and Fabio Ciravegna. Statistical Knowledge Patterns for Characterising Linked Data

[10:30 - 11:00] Morning Tea

[11:00-11:20] Poster lightning talks (2 minutes each - sharp!)

[11:20-12:35] Poster session (Patterns and short papers - list below)

[12:35-12:45] Closing and best poster award

[12:45 - 13:45] Lunch

Presenter instructions

Full Research paper presentations should last up to 12 minutes in order to leave 3 minutes for questions.

Lightning talks (mandatory) for presenting the posters (both short papers 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 uploaded on a dedicated USB-stick before 10:00am or sent by email to wop-chairs@cnr.it.

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 that matter to researchers and practitioners of the Semantic Web field, and that impact on design and engineering of ontologies, linked data, knowledge extraction, and other semantic web applications. Original research papers and poster papers are invited to consider the following (non exhaustive) list of topics:

  • Ontology Design Patterns (ODP)
    • foundations of ODP
    • automatic extraction of ODP
    • ODP-based ontologies
    • domain specific ODP and application use cases
    • anti-Patterns or pitfalls in ontology modeling
    • foundational ODP
    • ODP and their relations with standards
    • analysis of ODP usage
    • evaluation of ODP (methods, benchmarks)
    • languages for representing ODP
    • ODP as context for reasoning
  • Semantic Web patterns
    • Patterns in semantic wikis, blogs, social networks
    • Linked data patterns and their relation to ODP
    • NLP patterns and linguistic frames and their relation to ODP and linked data
    • Reasoning patterns
    • Data and graph mining patterns and their relation to ODP and linked data
    • navigation/browsing patterns and their relation to ODP and linked data
    • Reengineering patterns for conceptual models, folksonomies, lexicons, thesauri
  • Tools, methods and applications
    • pattern-based knowledge and ontology engineering
    • architectural patterns for semantic web applications
    • ODP and linked data visualization
    • pattern-based ontology and linked data learning
    • N-ary fact extraction and representation

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 modeling 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 WOP2013 see the submission page.

Important dates

  • Extended Submission deadline (research papers and patterns) - July 19th (11:59 Hawaii time)
  • Notification of acceptance (research papers and patterns) - August 12th
  • Camera ready deadline (research papers and pattern abstracts) - September 3rd (extended)
  • Workshop date - October 21st (morning session)

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 will be published online as CEUR-Workshop Proceedings.

WOP Organisation

WOP2013 Chairs

  • Paper chairs:
    • Valentina Presutti, STLab ISTC-CNR (IT) contact
    • Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto (Canada) contact
  • Pattern chairs:
    • Ansgar Scherp, University of Mannheim (DE) contact
    • Laurent Lefort, CSIRO (Australia), ICT Centre in Canberra contact
  • Proceedings chair:
    • Aldo Gangemi, LIPN Paris Sorbonne Citè/Paris 13 (FR), 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, KMI Open University (UK)
  • Lora Aroyo, VU (NL)
  • Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University (SE)
  • Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)
  • Enrico Daga, ISTC-CNR, Rome (IT)
  • Henrik Eriksson, Linkping University (SE)
  • Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez, Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO) (ES)
  • Aldo Gangemi, LIPN Paris Sorbonne Citè/Paris 13 (FR)
  • Gerd Gröner, University of Koblenz (DE)
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, Federal University of Espírito Santo (BR).
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara (US)
  • Steffen Lohmann, University of Stuttgart (DE)
  • Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese, University of Bologna/STLab ISTC-CNR (IT)
  • 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)
  • Andreas Schultz, Freie Universität Berlin (DE)
  • Mari Carmen Suarez-Figueroa, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics, Prague (CZ)
  • Tania Tudorache, Stanford University (US)
  • Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)
  • Chris Welty, IBM (US).

Pattern Program Committee

  • Alessandro Adamou, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Gerd Gröner, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Karl Hammar, Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Rinke Hoekstra, Vrije Universiteit/Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jose Emilio Labra Gayo, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Timothy Lebo, RPI, US
  • Olaf Noppens, University of Ulm, Germany
  • María Poveda, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Benedicto Rodriguez Castro, Universitaet der Bundeswehr Munich, Germany
  • Catherine Roussey, Irstea - Centre de Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Alan Ruttenberg, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, US
  • François Scharffe, INRIA, France
  • Mari Carmen Suárez de Figueroa Baonza, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics Prague, Czech Republic
  • Boris Villazon-Terrazas, iSOCO, Spain

Workshop on Ontology and Semantic Web Patterns (4th edition) | Start date: 2013/10/21 | End date: 2013/10/22

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