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From: Alexander Garcia Castro <alexgarciac@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 18:15:07 +0200
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The real challenge for Semantic Web technologies and ontologies lays  in the adoption; although the need  for this disruptive technology is clear, it has not yet been fully  adopted by the mainstream. Ontologies:  where, what for, how, when and why? Ontologies are being used in  several applications, but is ontology  engineering a mature discipline? Not only are we interested in  practical realizations of the Semantic Web, but also in visions of technology that illustrate how SW technology  and ontologies could change our  experience of the Web 

We would like to have:

Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5 pages. For system descriptions for the OCAS Challenge, a 3 page paper should be submitted. All submissions should be formatted according to the LNCS format. Proceedings of the workshop will be published online. Depending on the number and quality of the submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers during a poster session.



- Paper submission deadline: August 15
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: September 5
- Camera ready version due: September 16

Questions and issues addressed by OCAS 

 How are SW technologies and Ontologies being adopted by mainstream? 
• Experience reports of the introduction of SW technologies and 
ontologies in corporate and government 
• Once introduced in an environment, how do SW and ontology-based 
applications evolve? 
• Ontologies in manufacturing and production chains 
• Ontologies supporting CAD interoperability and feature extraction; 
towards smart CAD environments 
• How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge 
encoded in scientific documents and in 
general-interest media publications? 
• What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in a 
• How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in 
scholarly communication, and of hypotheses and 
scientific evidence? 
• What does a network of truly interconnected documents look like? How 
could interoperability across documents 
be enabled? 
• Are decision support systems in the biomedical domain using 
ontologies? How? 
• How are biomedical ontologies logically formalizing the rich set of 
lexical definitions gathered? How are these 
ontologies going beyond controlled vocabularies? 
• Practical cases of successful and unsuccessful application of 
ontologies and SW technologies in application 
domains such as: financial, biomedical, e-business, engineering, law 
enforcement, document management, egovernment, 
legislative systems. 

We would also like to have visionary papers addressing issues such as: 

● Semantic Web + Ontologies + Ubiquitous Computing + Folksonomies 
=Visions of the future, how can technology 
make us look smart? 
● Conceptualism vs Realism, how is this related to Ontology 
Engineering? How is this related to the realization of 
the Semantic Web? 
● How are Semantic Web technologies and Ontologies shaping the 
intelligent layer of the Web? 

Program Committee
1. Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. Confirmed
2. John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany. Confirmed
3. Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany. Confirmed
6. Raul Palma, Poznan University, Poland. Confirmed
7. Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain. Confirmed
8. Fabian Neuhaus, University of Maryland, USA. Confirmed
12. William Hogan, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Confirmed
13. Nigam Shah, Stanford University, USA. Confirmed
14. Peter Haase, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods, Germany. Confirmed
15. Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada Confirmed
16. Leyla Garcia, Bundeswehr University, Germany. Confirmed
17. Benjamin Good, Novartis, USA Confirmed
18. Matthew Horridge, University of Manchester, UK Confirmed
19. Oliver Kutz, University of Bremen, Germany. Confirmed
20. Raul Garcia Castro, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain. Confirmed
21. Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA. Confirmed
22. Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK. Confirmed
23. Carlos Toro, VICOMTech Industrial Applications. Spain
24. Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan. Confirmed
25. Carlos Pedrinaci, Open University, England
26. Jouni Tuominen, University of Helsinki, Finland
27. Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

OCAS Challenge 

OCAS can be summarized in a simple sentence, “Ontologies and Semantic  Web technology come of age, how is the Semantic Web changing our  experience of the Web?” Moving beyond theoretical frameworks and  heading towards a significant impact in end user experience is at the core of OCAS. The overall objective of the challenge is to illustrate 
how ontologies and SW technologies are delivering novel user experiences. 


First place: US$ 2000 

Second place: US$ 1000 

Three third prizes of $500 each 

Selected projects will be funded through implementation by Protech 
Solutions Inc. 

Projects are to focus on innovative uses of HPC and data mining in semantic technologies for HealthCare, Medical Informatics and Computer Security. Projects with high relevance to social networking, low-tech environments, and third-world countries are encouraged. Those participating in the challenge should provide a three-page manuscript describing their software; from the manuscript it should be clear for judges: 

  • Software availability: judges and general public should be able to access the software. In most cases this means that the software, 
ontologies and/or infrastructure is freely accessible -free software is not compulsory. 
  • Semantic Web technology: how is this application making use of semantic web technology? How is this application making use of 
existing infrastructure? Data sources being used, etc. 
  • How is it delivering new layers of functionality based on semantic 
data sources (linked data, RDF stores, ontologies, etc). 
  • How is it delivering an intelligent interconnected experience to the 
end user? 
  • What is the added value? 
  • How is the Interconnectedness of semantic data sets being delivered to 
the end user? 
  • How are intelligence and interconnectivity being supported by the 
software or infrastructure? 
  • Does the software or infrastructure represent a fundamental change for 
the domain rather than just an incremental improvement or just one of 
many added new features? 
  • We would like to have applications from all domains. The GC is not 
limited to web based applications, mobile platforms for devices like 
iPAD, iphone, Galaxy, XOOM, HTC, etc are also encouraged.

Authors submitting to other Challenges, workshops and conferences are welcome 

to also submit their work to the OCAS challenge. 

For those who require high performance computing facilities our sponsor, http://protechsolutions.com/, will make them available free 
of charge. 

Submission should be via Easychair  https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ocas2011 

 All papers submitted for the OCAS Challenge should be formatted 
according to the LNCS format. 

Judging the Challenge: 

Oscar Corcho, Ontology Engineering Group (OEG), UPM, Madrid, Spain 

Pascal Hitzler, Dept. of Computer Science, Wright State University, 
Dayton, OH, USA 

Alexander Garcia, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA. 

Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield, UK 

Michel Dumontier,  Carleton University, Canada 

Alexander Garcia

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