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CFP: DEADLINE APPROACHING: KCap05 Workshop on Ontology Management: Searching, Selection, Ranking, and Segmentation



   Ontology Management: Searching, Selection, Ranking, and Segmentation
      K-Cap 2005 Workshop - Sunday, October 2, 2005 at Banff, Canada
                http://www.aktors.org/ontoman05/

Objectives
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Ontologies are a cornerstone of the Semantic Web, and are probably the
most important form of knowledge representation currently used in both
Artificial Intelligence and on the Semantic Web. Building the required
ontologies represents a major challenge both because of the complexity
of each knowledge domain and because of the sheer number of ontologies
the Semantic Web will require. It takes a considerable amount of time
and effort to construct a single ontology, and even more if the engineer
lacks first hand knowledge of the domain they are trying to represent.
However, one of the original motivations and supposed advantages of
ontologies is that they facilitate "knowledge reuse". In theory,
existing ontologies constructed by third parties could be reused,
modified, extended and pruned as required, thereby avoiding the
considerable effort of starting from scratch. To achieve this level of
reuse, however, an appropriate infrastructure of tools and methods must
be made available to allow the search, selection and general management
of the existing resources.

Ontology search systems permit the identification from the plethora of
web resources of only those items which are proper ontologies. Ontology
ranking involves the ranking of the retrieved entities in accordance
with a number of criteria, including the presence and absence of certain
terms, and their position in the ontology. Ontology segmentation
involves the ability to select and extract a particular sub-section of
an existing ontology for the current needs. In order to facilitate these
procedures, ontology visualisation and editing are necessary.

This workshop will encourage the presentation and exploration of
solutions to key aspects of ontology management and it is expected to
stimulate further research in these important issues. This workshop
intends to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide area
of research, such as semantic web, knowledge management, information
retrieval, to discuss the issues above and exchange knowledge and
experience.

Topics of Interest
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Includes but not limited to:

- Ontology search engines
- User interfaces for searching ontologies
- Ontology reuse
- Ontology ranking
- Ontology partitioning
- Ontology task-based evaluation
- Ontology change management
- Ontology versioning
- Ontology selection using visualisation

Organisers
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- Harith Alani (University of Southampton, UK) ha@ecs.soton.ac.uk
- Christopher Brewster (University of Sheffield, UK) C.Brewster@dcs.shef.ac.uk
- Natasha Noy   (Stanford Medical Informatics, USA) noy@smi.stanford.edu
- Derek Sleeman (University of Aberdeen, UK) sleeman@csd.abdn.ac.uk


Programme Committee
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- Srinandan Dasmahapatra (University of Southampton, UK)
- Mark Musen (Stanford Medical Informatics, USA)
- Sofia Pinto (Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal)
- Alun Preece (University of Aberdeen, UK)
- Alan Rector (University of Manchester, UK)
- Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton, UK)
- Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz, Germany)
- York Sure (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
- Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)

Submissions
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We welcome the submission of full papers (up to 8 pages) describing some
ongoing work relevant to this workshop=92s topics of interest, and short
papers (up to 4 pages) for position statements and new ideas. Papers
must be formatted using the K-CAP 2005 formatting guidelines on the
conference website (http://www.kcap05.org/). Please email your
submissions in PDF to ha@ecs.soton.ac.uk, no later than 11:59pm 11th
July 2005.

Dates
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Submissions due: July 11, 2005
Notification: August 8, 2005
Camera ready copy: September 5, 2005
Workshop: October 2, 2005