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[iaoa-general] FOIS 2014 ontology competition: call for submissions due

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From: "Janna Hastings" <hastings@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:33:18 -0000
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Ontology competition

at the 8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems

FOIS 2014, September 22-25, 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil









FOIS papers often refer to ontologies which are not publicly available, or to ontologies whose relations to other ontologies are not clearly specified.


The aim of the FOIS 2014 ontology competition is (1) to encourage ontology authors to make their ontologies publicly available and (2) to subject them to evaluation according to a set of pre-determined criteria.


Submission is not restricted to ontologies accompanying FOIS research papers.


The criteria to be used in the competition were identified at the Ontology Summit 2013 and summarized at http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2013_Communique):


Informal Criteria


1. Can ontologically naive speakers understand the ontology and agree with one another as well as with the ontology engineers about its design and the meaning of its terms? (Intelligibility)

2. Does the ontology accurately represent its domain? (Fidelity)

3. Is the ontology well-built and are design decisions followed consistently? (Craftsmanship)

4. Does the representation of the domain fit the requirements for its intended use? (Fitness)

5. Does the deployed ontology meet the requirements of the information system of which it is part? (Deployability)


Logically formalizable criteria


6. Is the ontology consistent?

7. Does the ontology satisfy its intended consequences?

8. Do intended models satisfy the ontology?

9. Has the ontology been aligned/linked with other ontologies?

10. Has an OWL version of the ontology been (formally) linked to a FOL version?


Criteria for links


11. Do links represent an interesting logical and/or ontological relationship between ontologies?

12. Do links relate domain and foundational ontologies?

13. Do links provide a logical relation between different versions of one ontology formulated in different languages?

14. Do links provide the basis for an interesting combination of ontologies?


Each paper should satisfy a non-empty subset of these criteria. Papers suggesting ways to detail these criteria are welcome as well, as long as they are accompanied by some sample ontology submitted for evaluation.





Each submission should consist of




1. one or more ontologies, and possibly links between these, and

2. a paper describing the ontologies, addressing at least some of the above criteria.


or B:


1. one or more links between existing ontologies, and

2. a paper describing the links, addressing at least some of the above questions.


The paper can either be a regular FOIS paper (that then will be

reviewed both within the main FOIS conference and in the competition

track, with independent acceptance decision), or a short paper

focusing on the description of the ontology/ontologies (and possibly

links) that is reviewed only in the competition track.


Note that links may be formulated as alignments in the ontology

alignment format, see  http://alignapi.gforge.inria.fr/format.html.

However, the focus of the competition will not be on

mapping individual terms, but on links carrying also some logical

relation between the axioms of the involved ontologies, like

e.g. theory interpretations.

Logical links between versions in different languages (e.g. OWL and FOL) are of particular interest.


Submissions may have been published previously, but any prior publication

must be cited in the paper. However, the verbatim reproduction of previous

work is not encouraged - and submissions should explicitly address

as many of the fourteen above-mentioned criteria as possible.


At the conference, the best submission(s) will be rewarded a prize.






Paper Submission Deadline: March 3, 2014

Ontology/Link Submission Deadline: March 10, 2014

Notification: May 5, 2014

Ontology and Paper Final Version Due: June 30, 2014

Conference Dates: September, 22-26, 2014






Ontologies, links and the paper should be submitted simultaneously.

Ontologies and links should be uploaded to some repository of the Open Ontology Repository initiative, see http://www.oor.net

Whilst these repositories share common goals, they have different

specialisations: some support exclusively OWL and related languages,

whilst the COLORE repository focuses on Common Logic, and the

Ontohub.org repository specialises on supporting a variety of

languages. Moreover, some repositories are more domain-specific,

e.g. Bioportal focuses on biomedical ontologies, etc. In any case, all

submissions will be mirrored at one site in order to give reviewers

(and later FOIS participants) a compact access to the ontologies and

links. Submitters should contact mossakow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

for details about how to add their ontologies and links to some



Submitted short papers must not exceed 6 pages (including the

bibliography). Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF

format. Submission should be prepared in accordance with the IOS

formatting guidelines found at




The Easychair submission page can be found at (please select the competition track):




Short papers will be published within the FOIS proceedings volume in the IOS Press series 'Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications'.






Competition committee:

Aldo Gangemi (Université Paris 13 & CNR-ISTC, France)

Barry Smith (The State University of New York, Buffalo, USA)

Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)

Christoph Benzmüller (FU Berlin, Germany)

Fabian Neuhaus (University of Magdeburg, Germany)

Florian Probst (SAP Research, Germany)

Jérôme Euzenat (INRIA & LIG, France)

Matthew    Horridge (Stanford University, USA)

Michael    Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)

Oliver Kutz (University of Bremen, Germany)

Robert Hoehndorf (University of Cambridge, UK)

Till Mossakowski (University of Magdeburg, Germany) (chair)

Vinay Chaudhri (SRI International, Menlo Park, USA)







Janna Hastings 

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