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8th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns - WOP2017

Saturday 21st October 2017, Vienna, Austria – Collocated with ISWC 2017

Venue: WOP 2017 will take place in Room TC.2.01 on the WU Campus.

This is the eight edition in a series of workshops addressing the topic of ontology and semantic web patterns as best practices, related to the ontologydesignpatterns.org initiative.

The Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns targets topics relating to high quality ontology design. The workshop series addresses topics centered around quality in ontology design as well as ontology design patterns (ODP) in Semantic Web data and ontology engineering. ODPs have seen a sharp rise in attention in the past few years, both pertaining to this workshop series and other related events. Patterns can benefit knowledge engineers and Semantic Web developers with a direct link to requirements, reuse, guidance, and better communication. They need to be shared by a community in order to provide a common language, hence the aim of this workshop is twofold: 1) providing an arena for discussing patterns, pattern-based ontologies, systems, datasets, etc., and 2) broadening the pattern community by developing its own 'discourse' for discussing and describing relevant problems and their solutions. Related to the latter aim we see that it is an opportune time to open up the workshop to other approaches focusing on high quality ontology design, e.g. other methods and tools, with the intention to cross-fertilise these with the ODP idea.

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

WOP2017 is a full-day workshop consisting of three parts: paper presentations, pattern presentations and posters, and an interactive pattern writing and/or discussion session. The poster session will feature pattern posters, i.e. presentations of patterns submitted according the call for patterns.


Venue and dates

The eight edition of WOP will be held in conjunction with ISWC 2017 in Vienna, Austria on 21st or 22nd of October 2017.

WOP 2017 Program

Venue: WOP 2017 will take place in Room TC.2.01 on the WU Campus.

Session 1 (09:00 - 10:30)

Welcome & Introduction

Keynote Talk:
Ontology Modeling 2.0: Next Steps
by Pascal Hitzler

Abstract: Advances in ontology-design-pattern (ODP) based ontology modeling have already led to solid drafts of modeling methodologies. At the same time, however, there is still a lack in suitable documentation, artefacts and tools which severely hinders the uptake of the approach. In this presentation, we will point out the most severe gaps which the community needs to fill in order to enable a large-scale uptake of high-quality ODP-based ontology modeling. We also point out avenues for further research on the topic.

Presenter Bio: Pascal Hitzler is endowed NCR Distinguished Professor and Director of Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. His research record lists over 400 publications in such diverse areas as semantic web, neural-symbolic integration, knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, denotational semantics, and set-theoretic topology. He is Editor-in-chief of the Semantic Web journal by IOS Press, which is the leading journal in the field, and of the IOS Press book series Studies on the Semantic Web. He is co-author of the W3C Recommendation OWL 2 Primer, and of the book Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies by CRC Press, 2010 which was named as one out of seven Outstanding Academic Titles 2010 in Information and Computer Science by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine, and has translations into German and Chinese. He is on the editorial board of several journals and book series and is a founding steering committee member of the Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning (NeSy) workshop series, and of the Association for Ontology Design and Patterns (ODPA). He also frequently acts as conference chair in various functions. For more information, see http://www.pascal-hitzler.de

10:15 Research Paper:
Generic Ontologies and Generic Ontology Design Patterns. [1]
Bernd Krieg-Brückner and Till Mossakowski

Coffee Break 10:30-11:00

Session 2 (11:00 - 12:20)

11:00 Research Paper:
On the Ontological Modeling of Trees [2]
David Carral, Pascal Hitzler, Hilmar Lapp and Sebastian Rudolph.

11:15 Research Paper:
Pattern-Based Ontology Design and Instantiation with Reasonable Ontology Templates [3]
Martin G. Skjæveland, Henrik Forssell, Johan Wilhelm Klüwer, Daniel P. Lupp, Evgenij Thorstensen and Arild Waaler.

11:30 Research Paper:
Pattern Alternatives for Referring to Multiple Indirectly Specified Objects [4]
Vojtěch Svátek, Ján Kľuka, Miroslav Vacura and Martin Homola.

11:45 Research Paper:
Towards a simple but useful ontology design pattern representation language [5]
Pascal Hitzler, Aldo Gangemi, Krzysztof Janowicz, Adila A. Krisnadhi and Valentina Presutti

12:00 Design Pattern:
Computational Environment: An ODP to Support Finding and Recreating Computational Analyses [6]
Michelle Cheatham, Charles Vardeman Ii, Nazifa Karima and Pascal Hitzler.

12:10 Design Pattern:
A Logical Design Pattern for Representing Change Over Time in OWL [7]
Megan Katsumi and Mark Fox

Lunch 12:20-14:00

Session 3 (14:00 - 14:45)

14:00 Design Pattern:
An Ontology Design Pattern for Microblog Entries [8]
Cogan Shimizu and Michelle Cheatham.

14:10 Design Pattern:
Defining Activity Specifications in OWL [9]
Megan Katsumi and Mark Fox.

14:20 Design Pattern:
LoSeMa ODP - An Ontology Design Pattern for Logistics Service Maps [10]
Michael Glöckner and Andre Ludwig.

14:30 Short Paper:
A pattern-based ontology for the Internet of Things [11]
Aldo Gangemi, Raffaele Lillo, Giorgia Lodi, Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese and Valentina Presutti

Session 4 (14:45 - 15:20)

Discussion of Topics for Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Coffee Break 15:20 - 16:00

Session 5 (16:00 - 16:35)

Breakout Sessions (Continued)

Breakout Session Reports

Poster Session (16:35 - 17:20)

Posters will be presented in the workshop poster session room.

Social Dinner

Place: Schweizerhaus (http://www.schweizerhaus.at/index.asp)

Address: Prater 116, 1020 Wien (Google Maps: https://tinyurl.com/y97g8rqz)

Date: 21/10/2017

Time: 20:00

Call for Papers - Topics

Submission of research papers (including position papers) is via the WOP 2017 EasyChair page. Detailed submission instructions can be found on the WOP 2017 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. We invite the submission of original research results related to the focus areas of the workshop. Research papers (maximum 15 pages LNCS style) should present mature work and document established results. Short papers (maximum 5 pages LNCS style) may present proposed research directions, novel ideas, or more general positions or discussions.

This year we particularly welcome contributions considering how one can develop high-quality ontologies in general, with or without the help of ODPs. Nevertheless, as usual we also welcome pattern descriptions of all sorts, including patterns geared towards applications in specific domains, such as geosciences, biomedical science, as well as digital humanities. The following shows main topics of interest:

  • Ontology design patterns, analyses of ODP use, and analyses of pattern-based ontologies
  • Correspondence patterns for ontology matching and integration
  • Knowledge patterns and knowledge reengineering based on patterns
  • Antipatterns and their relations to ODPs
  • Methods and tools for developing high-quality ontologies, including ontology engineering by domain experts *new*
  • Analyses of quality attributes in ontologies and ontology engineering, and quality assurance approaches for ontology engineering *new*
  • Pattern-based ontology design and knowledge engineering
  • Pattern-based methods and methodologies for development of semantic applications
  • Ontology pattern extraction
  • Pattern-based information extraction, ontology learning, and relation to NLP
  • Pattern-based ontology evaluation and selection
  • Patterns and Linked data (usage, emerging patterns, pattern-driven data publishing, etc.)
  • Quality assurance for Linked Data vocabularies *new*
  • Patterns for streaming data and evolving knowledge, as well as processes and services
  • Data mining patterns and Semantic Web design
  • Web semantics from a pattern perspective
  • Reasoning with, or using, patterns
  • Patterns in semantic social networks, semantic wikis, semantic blogs, as well as in related fields such as business intelligence and conceptual modelling
  • ODPs development and use in specific domains including geosciences, life sciences, digital humanities, cultural heritage, e-history, etc.

Call for Patterns

Submissions should be made via the WOP 2017 Easy Chair page. Detailed instructions for submitting your pattern can be found at the WOP 2017 submission page.

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 modelling 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

Submissions should be made via the WOP 2017 Easy Chair page. Submissions should be in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format. Latex and Word templates are available. Detailed submission requirements can be found on the WOP 2017 submission page.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission (required): July 18th, 2017 - extended to July 25th
  • Submission date: July 21st, 2017 - Submission deadline extended to July 28th!
  • Author notifications: August 24th, 2017
  • Camera-ready papers: September 11th, 2017
  • Workshops will be held on: 21st or 22nd of October, 2017 (TBD)

Best Poster Award

The best poster award for WOP 2017 is awarded based on voting by the workshop chairs (excluding those workshop chairs who themselves authored or co-authored a poster). 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 session, and the level of involvement of the author during the revision phase and poster session discussions during the workshop.


We have published the proceedings of WOP2017 online as CEUR Workshop Proceedings. The volume number is 2043.

WOP Organisation

WOP2017 Chairs

  • Chairs:
    • Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University, Sweden (general chair)
    • Oscar Corcho, Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain (papers co-chair)
    • Matthew Horridge, Stanford Center for Bio-Medical Informatics Research, Stanford University, US (papers co-chair)
    • Rinke Hoekstra, Elsevier B.V., the Netherlands (patterns co-chair)
    • David Carral, International Center For Computational Logic, TU Dresden, Germany (patterns co-chair)

For general inquiries, please contact Eva Blomqvist

Steering Committee

The WOP Steering committee - the Board of the Association of Ontology Design and Patterns - consists of:

Regular members:

  • Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University (chair)
  • Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University (vice chair)
  • Valentina Presutti, ISTC-CNR (vice chair)
  • Aldo Gangemi, ISTC-CNR
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Agnieszka Lawrynowicz, Poznan University of Technology
  • Adila Krisnadhi, Wright State University

Members with special appointments:

  • Andrea Nuzzolese, ISTC-CNR
  • Karl Hammar, Jönköping University

Program Committee

Alessandro Adamou Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
Luigi Asprino University of Bologna and STLab (ISTC-CNR)
Victor de Boer Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Marilena Daquino University of Bologna
Mauro Dragoni Fondazione Bruno Kessler - FBK-IRST
Aldo Gangemi Université Paris 13 & CNR-ISTC
Karl Hammar Jönköping University
Yingjie Hu University of Tennessee Knoxville
Krzysztof Janowicz University of California, Santa Barbara
Tomi Kauppinen Department of Computer Science, Aalto University School of Science
Adila A. Krisnadhi Wright State University & Universitas Indonesia
Piotr Kulicki John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
Jose Emilio Labra Gayo Universidad de Oviedo
Agnieszka Lawrynowicz Poznan University of Technology
Steffen Lohmann Fraunhofer
Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese STLab, ISTC-CNR
Francesco Poggi Università di Bologna
María Poveda-Villalón Ontology Engineering Group. Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Valentina Presutti CNR - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Tecnologies
Cogan Shimizu Wright State University
Monika Solanki University of Oxford
Gem Stapleton University of Brighton
Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Samson Tu Stanford University
Charles Vardeman Ii University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Warrender Newcastle University

WOP 2017 | Start date: 2017/10/21 | End date: 2017/10/22


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