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Formal Ontologies Meet Industry

June 9-10, 2005
Lake of Garda, Verona (Italy)


This event is jointly organized and supported by:
- University of Verona
- Creactive Consulting S.r.l., Affi
- Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento


Modeling corporate knowledge is one of the most attractive themes in applied research and it has been an important motivation for several areas of investigations like distribute systems and knowledge management. Clearly, the business world considers this issue of strategic relevance and keeps paying particular attention to it because many theoretical results have already been proved effectiveness in real applications like data warehouse construction, information infrastructure definition, and all processes and applications of knowledge management.

These knowledge models in industry aim at providing a framework for information and knowledge sharing, reliable information exchange, meaning negotiation and coordination between distinct organizations or among members of the same one.

With the application of new methodologies and techniques in the everyday practice and the accessibility of new theoretical results in this area, developing new tools based on more sophisticated frameworks has become a common need. This is an important reason for the increasing interest in the employment of formal ontologies in fields like medicine, engineering, financial and legal systems, and other business practices.

The workshop is a forum to meet and discuss problems, solutions, perspectives and research directions for researchers and practitioners. We welcome papers or project descriptions that aim at applying formal ontologies in industry. In particular,
- theoretical studies on formal ontologies committed to provide sound bases for industrial applications and to allow formal representation of corporate knowledge;
- business experiences on case studies that single out concrete problems and possible solutions; the experience analysis should provide useful insights on social and strategic aspects that might be relevant in the creation and deployment of formal ontologies as well as useful criteria or methods to evaluate ontologies and their effectiveness in applications.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- ontology methodologies in business practice;
- ontologies and corporate knowledge;
- formalization of the know-how;
- representation of artifacts and design;
- representation of functionalities;
- representation of knowledge and business processes;
- enterprise modeling;
- ontology evaluation;
- representation of business services;
- ontologies and electronic catalogs;
- ontologies and e-commerce;
- ontologies and marketing;
- ontologies in the practice of engineering;
- ontologies in the practice of medical sciences;
- ontologies in finance.

We also encourage submissions which relate research results from close areas connected to the workshop topics.
Important dates
Workshop: June 9-10, 2005
Deadline for paper submissions: March 4th, 2005
Notification of acceptance: April 4th, 2005
Camera ready submission: May 2nd, 2005
Submission and Proceedings
We invite two types of submissions in any of the topics of interest to the workshop:
1. Technical papers
Maximum 10 pages, excluding title page and bibliography.

2. Short position papers
Maximum 4 pages, excluding title page and bibliography.

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of technical quality, relevance of the described experiences (depending on the type of submission), and clarity of the presentation for for the workshop. In particular, we insist the paper to be written for a wide audience. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop, and published as proceedings.

All papers should be electronically submitted in PDF format to
Roberta Cuel at:

If electronic submission is not possible, please contact RobertaCuel at ph +39-045-802-7908 (or at for further instructions.

Workshop Organising Committee
Roberta Cuel (University of Verona --
Francesco Bellomi (University of Verona --
Roberta Ferrario (LOA ISTC-CNR --
Program Committee (to be completed)
Chair Matteo Cristani (University of Verona --
Nicola Guarino (LOA-CNR, Italy --
Stefano Borgo (LOA-CNR, Italy --
Miltidias Lydias (Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece --

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Organizing Committee members for further details.

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