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10th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns - WOP2019

This is the tenth 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 series covers issues related to quality in ontology design and ontology design patterns (ODPs) for data and knowledge engineering in Semantic Web. The increased attention to ODPs in recent years through their interaction with emerging trends of Semantic Web such as knowledge graphs can be attributed to their benefit for knowledge engineers and Semantic Web developers. Such benefits come in the form of direct link to requirements, reuse, guidance, and better communication. The workshop’s aim is thus not just: 1) providing an arena for discussing patterns, pattern-based ontologies, systems, datasets, but also 2) broadening the pattern community by developing its own "discourse" for discussing and describing relevant problems and their solutions.

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

WOP2019 is a full-day workshop consisting of three parts: paper presentations, a poster session, and an interactive breakout discussion session.


Venue and dates

The tenth edition of WOP was held in conjunction with ISWC 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand, on October 27th, 2019.

WOP 2019 Program

Room: Case Room 1 (260-005) (poster session in foyer), Owen G. Glenn Building, University of Auckland


Categories are in flux, but their computational representations are static and isolated. That’s a problem by Mark Gahegan, School of Computer Science and Centre for eResearch, The University of Auckland

Abstract: Whether we are creating categories of our own, or operationalising categories proposed by somebody else, how we do it, and how well we do it are seldom recorded. It is therefore usually impossible for another researcher to fully understand how a category came to be, or what it meant to its creator(s). This makes our science opaque and harder for others to reuse. When we create and modify categories, our computational systems are not up to the task of representing how they came into being and how they have changed over time, we have falsely separated our ontological representations from the process of analysis. But they should be tightly coupled to it! Consequently, ontologies only capture part of this meaning: they describe what we would like our categories to mean, not how exactly they came to be, nor why they ended up the way they are, nor what they evolved from, or later became. But much of their identity and meaning is unfortunately tied up with the process of their construction and use. The issue pervades all fields of enquiry where we rely on the human construction of categories to help us understand the world and communicate this understanding with others.

This talk describes our efforts to represent concepts/categories & relationships (via ontologies), data, analytical methods and workflow all within the a single computational environment, allowing us to explicitly describe the interplay between these research artefacts and how they each shape meaning. It also allows us to keep track of how changes to any one artefact can affect others. For example, improving a classifier might lead to changes in categorical (intensional) models, but might not change the related ontology.

Workshop Schedule

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Call for Papers and Patterns

We invite the submission of original research results related to the focus areas of the workshop, in one of three categories:

  1. Research papers (maximum 15 pages LNCS style) presenting mature work and established results.
  2. Short papers (maximum 5 pages LNCS style) presenting proposed research directions, novel ideas, or more general positions or discussions.
  3. Ontology Design Patterns (described in paper format, 5-12 pages LNCS style) should solve a particular modelling problem, of relevance either to the broader ontology engineering community, or to some specific knowledge domain, in a novel and reusable manner. Note that accepted pattern submissions are presented through a poster session (see below).

Topics of interest

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Methods and tools for developing high-quality ontologies or other knowledge graph schemas, including ontology engineering by domain experts
  • Analyses of quality attributes in ontologies and ontology engineering, and quality assurance approaches for ontology engineering
  • New ontology design patterns (content patterns, structural patterns, architecture patterns, correspondence patterns, etc.)
  • Pattern-based methods and methodologies for development of semantic applications
  • Analyses of ODP use, and analyses of pattern-based ontologies
  • Antipatterns and their relations to ODPs
  • Pattern-based ontology design and knowledge engineering
  • Pattern-based ontology evaluation and selection
  • Pattern-based information extraction, ontology learning, and relation to NLP
  • Correspondence patterns for ontology matching and integration
  • Patterns and Linked data (usage, emerging patterns, pattern-driven data publishing, etc.)
  • ODP development and use in specific domains including geosciences, life sciences, digital humanities, cultural heritage, e-history, IoT, smart homes & cities, smart agriculture etc.


Submissions should be made via the WOP 2019 EasyChair page. Detailed instructions can be found at the submission page. Note that design pattern submissions also need to be submitted to the ontologydesignpatterns.org community portal, as described on that page.


Accepted pattern submissions will be expected to present a poster describing the pattern at the workshop poster session.

Accepted research or short papers may also be presented in this manner if the authors would like to, but posters are not mandatory for such submissions.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission (recommended): June 21th, 2019
  • Submission date (strict, no extensions allowed): June 28th, 2019
  • Author notifications: July 24th, 2019
  • Camera-ready submissions: August 29th, 2019
  • Workshop will be held on: October 27th, 2019


WOP 2019 proceedings are published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings Volume 2459.

WOP Organisation

WOP2019 Chairs

For general inquiries, please contact wop2019@easychair.org

Steering Committee

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

Managing committee

Other board members

  • Aldo Gangemi, ISTC-CNR (elected 2016-2018, re-elected 2018-2020)
  • Karl Hammar, Jönköping University (elected as executive member 2016-2018, elected as regular member 2018-2020)
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara (elected 2016-2018, re-elected 2018-2020)
  • Agnieszka Lawrynowicz, Poznan University of Technology (elected 2017-2019)
  • Adila Krisnadhi, Universitas Indonesia (elected 2017-2019)
  • Andrea Nuzzolese, ISTC-CNR (elected as executive member 2016-2018, elected as regular member 2018-2020)
  • Jim Salmons, Citizen Scientist at FactMiners.org and The Softalk Apple Project (elected 2018-2020)

Program Committee

  • Luigi Asprino, University of Bologna and STLab (ISTC-CNR)
  • Eva Blomqvist, Linköping University
  • Marilena Daquino, University of Bologna
  • Chen-Chieh Feng, National University of Singapore
  • Alba Fernandez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Raúl García-Castro, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Karl Hammar, Jönköping University
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Tomi Kauppinen, Department of Computer Science, Aalto University School of Science
  • Johan W. Klüwer, DNV
  • Adila A. Krisnadhi, Universitas Indonesia
  • Piotr Kulicki, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
  • Steffen Lohmann, Fraunhofer
  • María Poveda Villalón, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Idafen Santana-Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Cogan Shimizu, Wright State University
  • Gem Stapleton, University of Brighton
  • Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • He Tan, Jönköping University
  • Dalia Varanka, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Jennifer Warrender, Newcastle University

WOP 2019 | Start date: 2019/10/26 | End date: 2019/10/27


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