2019 IAOA Summer Institute

July 22-25, 2019
Utrecht, Netherlands

http://geographicknowledge.de/iaoa-summer-institute/

Programme:
The need to support spatial reasoning arises in domains as diverse as geographic information systems
and manufacturing, yet there has been little interaction between the industrial and academic communities
in these domains. The IAOA Summer Institute will bring together researchers from these domains
and explore topics in spatial representation and reasoning
such as notions of dimensionality, boundaries, shape, and location.

* What are the commonalities and differences among the research problems
that motivate the various communities that use spatial reasoning?
* Why is there not more ontology reuse and sharing among these communities?
* What applications drive the design of ontologies for spatial reasoning?
For example, location services are increasingly important for many companies.
Knowledge-based design of electromechanical devices with moving parts remains
a challenge in manufacturing.

Facilitators
Werner Kuhn (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Simon Scheider (University of Utrecht)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto)

JOWO 2019 Episode V: The Styrian Autumn of Ontology

The Joint Ontology Workshops will take place at the Medical University of Graz, September 23-25, 2019. This fifth edition will include 12 workshops and 4 tutorials.

In addition to workshops, JOWO will be hosting keynotes and joint panel sessions, as well as meetings of IAOA Special Interest Groups and Technical Committees.

Website:

https://www.iaoa.org/jowo/2019/

Important Dates:

– January 15, 2019 (passed): Workshop proposal submission deadline – you can find the expired call for workshops here
– January 31, 2019 (passed): Workshop acceptance notification
– February 25, 2019 (passed): 1st call for papers to be distributed by workshop organizers
– May 15, 2019: Suggested latest paper submission deadline
– September 23-25, 2019: JOWO 2019 in Graz

For workshop-specific detailed timelines, see the workshop pages.

Organization team:

JOWO 2019 Chairs:
Adrien Barton, CNRS-IRIT, Toulouse, France & University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Selja Seppälä, University College Cork, Ireland

JOWO 2019 Local Organization:
Catalina Martínez Costa, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Jose Antonio Miñarro Giménez, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Stefan Schulz, Medical University of Graz, Austria

JOWO Steering Committee:
Stefano Borgo, Laboratory of Applied Ontology (LOA), Trento, Italy
Oliver Kutz, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Frank Loebe, University of Leipzig, Germany
Fabian Neuhaus, Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, Germany

For further inquiries please contact jowo2019@gmail.com.

FIRST IAOA ASSEMBLY FOR 2019

Dear IAOA members,

our Statutes [1] require the Association’s Financial Statement to be formally approved every year by a (virtual) assembly.

This is a formal invitation to participate in the first 2019 virtual assembly, whose main purpose is to discuss and approve the 2018 Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement [2] is available from the Assembly page [3], together with the Auditors’ report.

Then the discussion on it (and possibly other issues concerning the Association) took place until April 05, 2019.

Finalized details on the assembly and voting procedure have been published on April 09, 2019 on the Assembly page [3].

The voting period is April 10-15, 2019. The ballot is now open, please cast your vote!

Everyone with an active IAOA membership is eligible to vote. Detailed voting instructions are available from the Assembly page [3] and have been distributed anew on April 10 just before ballot opening.

The Assembly may approve the Financial Statement by simple majority; there is no quorum. The outcome of the voting is planned to be announced to the members’ mailing list by April 18, 2019.

Laure Vieu

President, IAOA

 

[1] https://iaoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/iaoa-ch-statute-2016-06-23-en_v12.pdf

[2] https://iaoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/iaoa-ch-financial-report-2018.pdf

[3] http://ontologforum.org/index.php/IAOA_Assembly_2019_04

MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER

Dear IAOA members,

herewith you receive the March newsletter on events that cover research in ontology (conferences, workshops, etc.) or are associated with IAOA (e.g., meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Committees). These newsletters shall inform you about upcoming events and their corresponding deadlines. They may also include short reports of interesting past events, for example, by IAOA members who attended them. The planned frequency of the newsletters ranges from monthly to bi-monthly. This service complements the calendars of events [1] and deadlines [2], which we run for gathering event information. Please notice that such calendars are now easily accessible from the right sidebar of the landing page of the IAOA website [3] and from the Events page [4].

Should you have any further suggestions, comments or questions on this service, please let us know by writing to the Association [5] or publicly to the membership [6].

Should you be aware of events that you wish to be added to the calendar, you may write to [7].

Sincerely,
IAOA Executive Council

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[5] info@iaoa.org

[6] iaoa-member@ovgu.de

[7] calendars@iaoa.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
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* Special event in honour of Nicola Guarino
April 5, Trento, Italy

* 2nd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2019)
May 20-22, Leipzig, Germany

Website: http://2019.ldk-conf.org/

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* 2nd Workshop on Interaction-Based Knowledge Sharing (WINKS-2@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Tuesday, April 30 (papers submission)

Website: http://www.iiia.csic.es/winks-2/index.html

* 1st International Workshop on Ontologies for Digital Humanities and their Social Analysis (WODHSA@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Tuesday, April 30 (papers submission)

Website: http://www.loa.istc.cnr.it/WODHSA/

* 2nd International Workshop on Bad Or Good Ontology (BOG@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, May 15 (papers submission)

Website: http://bog.inf.unibz.it/

* 10th International Workshop on Formal Ontologies meet Industry (FOMI@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, May 15 (papers submission)

Website: http://stl.mie.utoronto.ca/fomi2019/home.html

* Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, May 15 (papers submission)

Website: https://wiki.imise.uni-leipzig.de/Gruppen/OBML/Workshops/2019-ODLS

* SHAPES 5.0 – THE SHAPE OF THINGS (SHAPES 5.0@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, May 15 (papers submission)

Website: http://www.loa.istc.cnr.it/workshops/SHAPES5/

* Ontology of Social, Legal and Economic Entities (SoLEE@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, May 15 (papers submission)

Website: https://solee-2019.github.io/

* 4th International Workshop on Ontology Modularity, Contextuality, and Evolution (WOMoCoE@JOWO 2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, May 15 (papers submission)

Website: https://womocoe19.fbk.eu/

* Workshop on Data meets Applied Ontologies in Open Science and Innovation (DAO-SI @JOWO-2019)
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Saturday, June 1 (papers submission)

Website: https://daosi.inf.unibz.it/

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APPROACHING DEADLINES OF FURTHER EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
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* Social Ontology 2019 (ENSO VI)
August 22-24, Tampere, Finland

Deadline for submissions:
*** Saturday, March 16 (abstract submission)

Website: https://isosonline.org/SO2019/

* 10th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2019)
June 17-21, Charlotte, NC, USA

Deadline for submissions:
*** Monday, March 18 (doctoral consortium submission)
*** Friday, May 17 (Art/demo submission)

* ESWC 2019
June 2-6, Portoroz, Slovenia

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, March 20 (challenge deadline)
*** Monday, April 22 (project networking session deadline)

* Open Data and Ontologies for Cultural Heritage (ODOCH’19)
June 3, Rome, Italy

Deadline for submissions:
*** Saturday, March 23 (paper registration)
*** Saturday, March 30 (paper submission)

Website: http://odoch19.uniroma1.it/odoch19/

* Journées francophones d’Ingénierie des Connaissances 2019 (IC@PFIA)
July 1-5, Toulouse (France)

Deadline for submissions:
*** Monday, April 1 (paper submission)

Website: https://www.irit.fr/pfia2019/ic/

* 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2019)
July 29- August 2, Buffalo, NY, USA

Deadline for submission:
*** Monday, April 1 (full paper and early career paper submission)
*** Wednesday, May 15 (poster abstract submission)

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/icbo2019/home

* SEMANTiCS 2019
September 9-12, Karlsruhe, Germany

Deadline for submissions:
*** Tuesday, April 23 (research and innovation track abstract submission)
*** Tuesday, April 30 (research and innovation track paper submission)
*** Monday, May 20 (Vocabulary and innovation award submission)
*** Monday, May 27 (Industry and case track submission)

Website: https://2019.semantics.cc/

* Ontological and Foundational Perspectives in Business Process Modelling Workshop (onBPM 2019)
September 2, Wien, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Friday, May 24 (paper submission)

Website: https://onbpm2019.fbk.eu/home

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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF IAOA SIGS AND COMMITTEES
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* Ontology Summit 2019
March 20, 12:00 EST, virtual meeting
(the Ontology Summit is organized and run by the Ontolog Community)
“Financial Explanations Session 2”
default dates: every Wednesday, 12.00 EST

Websites:
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/OntologySummit2019
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/WikiHomePage
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/ConferenceCall_2019_03_20

* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

next meeting: n.213, March 18, 14:30 UTC
default dates: bi-weekly, on Mondays, 14:30 UTC

EC Webpage:

Executive Council

* EduTC Meetings – Technical Committee on Education

next meeting: n. 37, April 3, 14:30 UTC
default dates: 1st Wednesday of each month, 14:30 UTC

Mailing list archive:
https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-education/

EduTC Webpage:

Education Standing Committee

EduTC Wiki: http://iaoaedu.cs.uct.ac.za/

* SWAO SIG Meetings – Semantic Web Applied Ontology SIG

next meeting: n.65, April 1, 14:00 EST
default dates: 1st Monday of each month, 14:00 EST

Mailing list archive: https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-swao/

Last SWAO Meeting Webpage:
http://ontologforum.org/index.php/IAOA_SWAO_SIG-confcall_n_64

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FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

Dear IAOA members,

herewith you receive the February newsletter on events that cover research in ontology (conferences, workshops, etc.) or are associated with IAOA (e.g., meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Committees). These newsletters shall inform you about upcoming events and their corresponding deadlines. They may also include short reports of interesting past events, for example, by IAOA members who attended them. The planned frequency of the newsletters ranges from monthly to bi-monthly. This service complements the calendars of events [1] and deadlines [2], which we run for gathering event information. Please notice that such calendars are now easily accessible from the right sidebar of the landing page of the IAOA website [3] and from the Events page [4].

Should you have any further suggestions, comments or questions on this service, please let us know by writing to the Association [5] or publicly to the membership [6].

Should you be aware of events that you wish to be added to the calendar, you may write to [7].

Sincerely,
IAOA Executive Council

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[2] calendar: “IAOA Check Deadlines”
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[3] https://iaoa.org/

[4] https://iaoa.org/index.php/events/

[5] info@iaoa.org

[6] iaoa-member@ovgu.de

[7] calendars@iaoa.org

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APPROACHING DEADLINES OF FURTHER EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
==========================================================

* 10th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2019)
June 17-21, Charlotte, NC, USA

Deadline for submissions:
*** Monday, February 18 (paper and workshop proposal submission)
*** Monday, March 18 (doctoral consortium submission)

* SEMANTiCS 2019
September 9-12, Karlsruhe, Germany

Deadline for submissions:
*** Monday, March 4 (workshops and tutorials proposal submission)
*** Tuesday, April 23 (research and innovation track abstract submission)
*** Tuesday, April 30 (research and innovation track paper submission)

Website: https://2019.semantics.cc/

* ESWC 2019
June 2-6, Portoroz, Slovenia

Deadline for submissions:
*** Friday, February 15 (PhD Symposium deadline)
*** Wednesday, March 13 (industry track and poster and demo deadline)
*** Wednesday, March 20 (challenge deadline)
*** Monday, April 22 (project networking session deadline)

* Social Ontology 2019 (ENSO VI)
August 22-24, Tampere, Finland

Deadline for submissions:
*** Saturday, March 16 (abstract submission)

Website: https://isosonline.org/SO2019/

* Open Data and Ontologies for Cultural Heritage (ODOCH’19)
June 3, Rome, Italy

Deadline for submissions:
*** Saturday, March 23 (paper registration)
*** Saturday, March 30 (paper submission)

Website: http://odoch19.uniroma1.it/odoch19/

* Journées francophones d’Ingénierie des Connaissances 2019 (IC@PFIA)
July 1-5, Toulouse (France)

Deadline for submissions:
*** Monday, April 1 (paper submission)

Website: https://www.irit.fr/pfia2019/ic/

* 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2019)
July 29- August 2, Buffalo, NY, USA

Deadline for submission:
*** Monday, April 1 (full paper and early career paper submission)
*** Wednesday, May 15 (poster abstract submission)

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/icbo2019/home

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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF IAOA SIGS AND COMMITTEES
=============================================

* Ontology Summit 2019
February 20, 12:00 EST, virtual meeting
(the Ontology Summit is organized and run by the Ontolog Community)
“Explainable AI Session 1”
default dates: every Wednesday, 12.00 EST

Websites:
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/OntologySummit2019
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/WikiHomePage
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/ConferenceCall_2019_02_20

* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

next meeting: n.211, February 18, 14:30 UTC
default dates: bi-weekly, on Mondays, 14:30 UTC

EC Webpage:

Executive Council

* EduTC Meetings – Technical Committee on Education

next meeting: n. 36, March 6, 14:30 UTC
default dates: 1st Wednesday of each month, 14:30 UTC

Mailing list archive:
https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-education/

EduTC Webpage:

Education Standing Committee

EduTC Wiki: http://iaoaedu.cs.uct.ac.za/

* SWAO SIG Meetings – Semantic Web Applied Ontology SIG

next meeting: n.64, March 4, 14:00 EST
default dates: 1st Monday of each month, 14:00 EST

Mailing list archive: https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-swao/

Last SWAO Meeting Webpage:
http://ontologforum.org/index.php/IAOA_SWAO_SIG-confcall_n_63

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JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

Dear IAOA members,

herewith you receive the January newsletter on events that cover research in ontology (conferences, workshops, etc.) or are associated with IAOA (e.g., meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Committees). These newsletters shall inform you about upcoming events and their corresponding deadlines. They may also include short reports of interesting past events, for example, by IAOA members who attended them. The planned frequency of the newsletters ranges from monthly to bi-monthly. This service complements the calendars of events [1] and deadlines [2], which we run for gathering event information. Please notice that such calendars are now easily accessible from the right sidebar of the landing page of the IAOA website [3] and from the Events page [4].

Should you have any further suggestions, comments or questions on this service, please let us know by writing to the Association [5] or publicly to the membership [6].

Should you be aware of events that you wish to be added to the calendar, you may write to [7].

Sincerely,
IAOA Executive Council

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[2] calendar: “IAOA Check Deadlines”
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[3] https://iaoa.org/

[4] https://iaoa.org/index.php/events/

[5] info@iaoa.org

[6] iaoa-member@ovgu.de

[7] calendars@iaoa.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
==================================

* AAAI-19 – 33th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
January 27 – February 1, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Website: https://aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI-19/

* IEEE ICSC 2019 – 13th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
January 30 – February 1, Newport Beach, California, USA

Website: http://www.ieee-icsc.org

* 2019 International Industrial Ontologies Workshops
February 4-7, Oslo, Norway

Website: https://www.dnvgl.com/events/international-industrial-ontologies-workshops-134292

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APPROACHING DEADLINES OF EVENTS ORGANIZED BY IAOA
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* JOWO 2019 – 5th Joint Ontology WOrkshops
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Tuesday, January 15 (workshop and tutorial proposals submission)

Website: http://www.assoc-asl.net/5th-Joint-Ontology-Workshops-JOWO-2019-2799

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* ISWC 2019 – 18th International Semantic Web Conference
October 26-30, 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

Deadline for submissions:
*** Friday, January 18 (workshop, tutorial and challenge proposals submission)

Website: https://iswc2019.semanticweb.org/

* ER 2019 – 38th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling
November 4-7, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Deadline for submissions:
*** Sunday, January 20 (workshop proposals submission)
*** Sunday, June 30 (workshop paper submission)

Website: http://www.inf.ufrgs.br/er2019/

* Social Ontology 2019 (ENSO VI)
August 22-24, Tampere, Finland

Deadline for submissions:
*** Saturday, March 16 (abstract submission)

Website: https://isosonline.org/SO2019/

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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF IAOA SIGS AND COMMITTEES
=============================================

* Ontology Summit 2019
January 16, virtual meeting
(the Ontology Summit is organized and run by the Ontolog Community)
“Introduction to the Tracks”

Websites:
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/OntologySummit2019
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/WikiHomePage
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/ConferenceCall_2019_01_16

* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

next meeting: n.209, January 21, 14:30 UTC
default dates: bi-weekly, on Mondays, 14:30 UTC

EC Webpage:

Executive Council

* EduTC Meetings – Technical Committee on Education

next meeting: n. 35, February 6, 14:30 UTC
default dates: 1st Wednesday of each month, 14:30 UTC

Mailing list archive:
https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-education/

EduTC Webpage:

Education Standing Committee

EduTC Wiki: http://iaoaedu.cs.uct.ac.za/

* SWAO SIG Meetings – Semantic Web Applied Ontology SIG

next meeting: n.63, February 11, 18:30 UTC
default dates: 1st Monday of each month, 18:30 UTC

Mailing list archive: https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-swao/

Last SWAO Meeting Webpage:
http://ontologforum.org/index.php/IAOA_SWAO_SIG-confcall_n_62

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IAOA EC Elections 2018

The nomination phase for the 2018 Executive Council election has closed on December 09, 2018. In addition to Ken Baclawski, Michael Gruninger, Roberta Ferrario, Oliver Kutz, Frank Loebe, Fabian Neuhaus, Laure Vieu, and Amanda Vizedom who are candidates for re-election, we have one new candidate: Maria Keet.

We therefore have nine candidates for nine positions. The Election Committee has acknowledged all candidates and confirms that in this situation the election follows the procedure according to Article VII, Section 4, of the Bylaws:
“If the number of candidates is not larger than the number of
vacancies, no ballot is required and the nominated candidates
are deemed to have been elected.”

In conclusion of the election, the new Executive Council for the
period of 2019-2020 consists of:
* Ken Baclawski
* Roberta Ferrario
* Michael Gruninger
* Maria Keet
* Oliver Kutz
* Frank Loebe
* Fabian Neuhaus
* Laure Vieu
* Amanda Vizedom

The new officers will take up their roles on January 1st, 2019, when the current period of office comes to an end. At its first meeting, the new EC will also newly elect the holders of the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Please note that this election and its result applies to IAOA as established in Bern, Switzerland since 2016, where the Association was relocated to from Italy. As mentioned previously, IAOA in Italy has not yet been closed for administrative reasons. Accordingly and following its regulations, the Executive Council for IAOA in Italy will also be newly elected in the near future. Everyone concerned about the governance of IAOA in Italy can inquire for more information about the relation between the two associations as legal entities and can request to become also a member of that old association by writing to its new contact address:

iaoa-italy <at> iaoa.org

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who has actively participated so far, as well as all those who have meanwhile renewed their membership and thus have joined IAOA (often: again) in Switzerland. Everybody who has not yet taken the opportunity to do so is cordially invited to have a look at IAOA’s recently refurbished website and (re-)register as a member, thereby supporting the ontology community as well as becoming eligible to membership benefits.

DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

Dear IAOA members,

herewith you receive the December newsletter on events that cover research in ontology (conferences, workshops, etc.) or are associated with IAOA (e.g., meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Committees). These newsletters shall inform you about upcoming events and their corresponding deadlines. They may also include short reports of interesting past events, for example, by IAOA members who attended them. The planned frequency of the newsletters ranges from monthly to bi-monthly. This service complements the calendars of events [1] and deadlines [2], which we run for gathering event information. Please notice that such calendars are now easily accessible from the right sidebar of the landing page of the IAOA website [3] and from the Events page [4].

Should you have any further suggestions, comments or questions on this service, please let us know by writing to the Association [5] or publicly to the membership [6].

Should you be aware of events that you wish to be added to the calendar, you may write to [7].

Sincerely,
IAOA Executive Council

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[2] calendar: “IAOA Check Deadlines”
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[3] https://iaoa.org/

[4] https://iaoa.org/index.php/events/

[5] info@iaoa.org

[6] iaoa-member@ovgu.de

[7] calendars@iaoa.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
==================================

* IEEE ICSC 2019 – 13th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
January 30 – February 1, Newport Beach, California, USA

Website: http://www.ieee-icsc.org

* 2019 International Industrial Ontologies Workshops
February 4-7, Oslo, Norway

Website: https://www.dnvgl.com/events/international-industrial-ontologies-workshops-134292

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APPROACHING DEADLINES OF EVENTS ORGANIZED BY IAOA
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* JOWO 2019 – 5th Joint Ontology WOrkshops
September 23-25, Graz, Austria

Deadline for submissions:
*** Tuesday, January 15 (workshop and tutorial proposals submission)

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APPROACHING DEADLINES OF FURTHER EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
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* LDK 2019 – 2nd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge
May 20-22, 2019, Leipzig, Germany

Deadline for submissions:
*** Friday, January 11 (paper submission)

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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF IAOA SIGS AND COMMITTEES
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* Ontology Summit 2019
January 16, virtual meeting
(the Ontology Summit is organized and run by the Ontolog Community)
“Introduction to the Tracks”

Websites:
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/OntologySummit2019
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/WikiHomePage
*** Call for Presentations and Schedule: http://bit.ly/2zzyX6s

* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

next meeting: n.208, January 7, 14:30 UTC
default dates: bi-weekly, on Mondays, 14:30 UTC

EC Webpage:

Executive Council

* EduTC Meetings – Technical Committee on Education

next meeting: n. 34, January 9, 14:30 UTC
default dates: 1st Wednesday of each month, 15:00 UTC

Mailing list archive:
https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-education/

EduTC Webpage:
https://iaoa.org/index.php/about/organization/standing- committees/education-standing-committee/

EduTC Wiki: http://iaoaedu.cs.uct.ac.za/

* SWAO SIG Meetings – Semantic Web Applied Ontology SIG

next meeting: n.62, January 7, 18:30 UTC
default dates: 1st Monday of each month, 18:30 UTC

Mailing list archive: https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-swao/

Last SWAO Meeting Webpage:
http://ontologforum.org/index.php/IAOA_SWAO_SIG-confcall_n_61

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Invitations to Membership Registration and 2018 Executive Council Elections

Before 2018 will come to an end, there are still two major “projects” concerning IAOA as an organization: (1) the full opening of membership registration and renewal and (2) the Election of the IAOA Executive Council (EC) for the two-year period of office of 2019-2020.

Membership Renewal and Registration

We are happy to announce that the main steps for relocating IAOA to Switzerland have been taken and the IAOA website, relaunched in September 2018, has matured to a functional level over the last two months. Therefore, we cordially invite former members and everyone else with an interest in IAOA, who have not (re)joined the association during 2018, to register newly as a member of the association.

Joining or renewing now will allow you to (re)gain access to the Member Area of the website and its benefits. Moreover, members have access to the [iaoa-member] mailing list and they can participate in the upcoming elections for the Executive Council, please see below.

The navigation item Join IAOA allows you to join or renew. The membership period is no longer a calendar year, but is now determined individually. Based on the annual fee, membership lasts for one year, which starts from the date at which renewal/joining application is approved by IAOA.

As indicated above, joining IAOA now means to join an international association legally domiciled in Bern, Switzerland, whereas previously IAOA was located in Trento, Italy. Please note: Basically all IAOA activities are now transferred to the new association in Switzerland, while IAOA in Italy will remain for administrative reasons for some more time. Anyone concerned about the governance of IAOA in Italy can request more information about the relation between the two associations as legal entities and can request to become also a member of the old association by writing to its new contact address: iaoa-italy <AT> iaoa.org.

Virtual Assembly for 2018 Executive Council Elections

A Virtual Assembly will soon be open in order to select members for the Executive Council (EC) of IAOA (in Switzerland). All nine positions need to be newly elected within December 2018 for the period of office of 2019-2020. These elections follow the regulations in the IAOA Statute as of Jun 23, 2016. An Election Committee is in charge of supervising the election process, which comprises of Valter Cavecchia, Roberta Ferrario, Michael Gruninger, Nicola Guarino and Leo Obrst. More detailed documentation of the process and its development is available at the wiki page IAOA Executive Council Election 2018.

In order to participate in the EC Election in any form, your IAOA membership must be up-to-date. If you have not renewed your membership during 2018, then your membership has elapsed, cf. above; please (re)join IAOA before making a nomination or otherwise participating in the election.

For the next few weeks, we foresee three main phases: Candidature, Campaigning, and Elections. Key points are summarized below, whereas more details can be found at the election wiki page.

A – Candidature Phase (Nov 26 to Dec 9, 2018)

At least two members (a proposer and at least one seconder, none of whom should be the nominee) are required in order to make a nomination. The members making the nomination shall ensure that they, as well as the nominee, are current members of the association, and that the nominee shall accept the nomination.

The list of candidates and their position statements will be made available through the election wiki page.

B – Campaigning Phase (Dec 10 to Dec 16, 2018)

Nominations can be freely discussed on the [iaoa-member] mailing list from the nomination time on. Likewise, campaigning itself can start with the first candidate nomination. Once that the candidature phase is closed, there is still one week available for (further) active campaigning and discussion on the members’ mailing list.

C – 2018 IAOA Virtual Assembly eBallot (Dec 17 to Dec 20, 2018)

In this period all members will be asked to vote for candidates for nine Executive Council positions. We kindly ask all members to participate in the vote (even in the case of abstention) – the more participants, the stronger the result of the election will be!

Results will be announced to the [iaoa-member] mailing list and at the wiki page.

All members should feel free to contact  iaoa-election <AT> ovgu.de  for any concerns regarding the 2018 EC election.

 

PLEASE START NOW
with your own membership (re)registration as well as
with nominations for the 2018 EC Election.

We will be very grateful for any efforts and contributions.

Michael Gruninger
President, IAOA
for the IAOA Executive Council

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