Careers in Ontology: An Interview with Professor Barry Smith

In this interview, the Blog’s Philosophy and Technology Series Editor Charlie Taben interviews Barry Smith, who is a Distinguished Julian Park Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurology at the University at Buffalo. They discuss new private and public sector jobs in a burgeoning ontological sector, involving the commercial and industrial applications of ontology across diverse industries. They also explore the evolution of the field and how philosophers are ideally suited for these tech-driven positions.

 

Careers in Ontology: An Interview with Professor Barry Smith

January 2023 newsletter

Dear IAOA members,

it is with great sadness that we have to report that our friend and colleague Peter Yim passed away. Peter was one of the founding members of the IAOA in 2009 and immediately joined its Executive Council, in which he served until 2012. Many of you will also know Peter as the founder and co-convener of the Ontolog Forum. In addition, Peter was also one of the initiators of the Ontology Summit, which he co-organised every year until his retirement. In order to honour his pivotal role in organising and growing the ontology community, Peter was awarded the first “Peter Yim Award for outstanding service in support of Ontological Engineering” by the IAOA in 2014 (see picture below).

Working with Peter was a pleasure. Peter’s enthusiasm for ontology was infectious, and he was a marvel at bringing people together and facilitating a stimulating and productive discourse. He will be sorely missed.

Because the new year started, the result of last year’s election became effective and the membership of the Executive Council changed. We would like to thank Laure Vieu, Amanda Vizedom, and Ken Baclawski for their contributions as members of the EC, and welcome our new members Guendalina Righetti, Tiago Prince Sales, and Boyan Brodaric. Further, we would like to congratulate Oliver Kutz, who was elected as new IAOA president. Fabian Neuhaus was elected as Vice President, Frank Loebe and Megan Katsumi were elected as Secretaries, and Torsten Hahmann was appointed as Treasurer.

Below you find the news and announcements of our January 2023 newsletter. If you have information that we should include in our next newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best,

The Executive Council of the IAOA

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EVENTS ORGANIZED BY IAOA
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* FOIS – 13th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2023),

July 17-20, 2023 (Sherbrooke, QC, Canada) and Sept 18-20, 2023 (Online)

Website: http://fois2023.griis.ca

Submission deadline:

*** January 26, 2023 (workshops and tutorials proposals)

*** January 31, 2023 (paper submission)

*** April 14, 2023 (demonstrations proposals)

*** April 14, 2023 (ontology showcase proposals)

* Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO)

Next meetings:

*** February 14, 2023

*** April 11, 2023

*** June 13, 2023

For further information, please stay tuned on: https://iaoa.org/

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Ontology Summit 2023
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* Title: Helping scientific researchers make better use of ontologies: Tools, Methods and Best Practices

In this Summit we will ask how to help scientists & researchers make better use of ontologies, and look for answers from a variety of perspectives. The first half of the Summit will draw examples from the Open Bio Ontologies (OBO) community, followed by a panel to discuss and help digest issues raised in the first half. Following this the second half branches out to other communities, disciplines and practices such as modular approaches to ontology development.

Website: https://ontologforum.com/index.php/OntologySummit2023

Launch of the Summit 2023:

*** January 18, 2023:

See the agenda for further information: https://ontologforum.com/index.php/OntologySummit2023

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UPCOMING DEADLINES OF EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
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* 27th European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS 2023)

September 4-7, 2023, Barcelona, Spain

Website: https://www.essi.upc.edu/dtim/ADBIS2023/index.html

Submission deadline:

** January 23, 2023 (workshops and tutorials proposals)

* 39th International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP 2023)

July 9 – 15, 2023, Imperial College London, UK

Website: https://iclp2023.imperial.ac.uk/

Submission deadline:

** January 23, 2023

* 27th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium (IDEAS 2023)

May 5-7, 2023, Heraklion, Greece

Website: https://conferences.sigappfr.org/ideas2023/

Submission deadline:

** February 1, 2023

* 3rd International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Online Discourse Analysis (BeyondFacts 2023]@TheWebConf(WWW)2023

exact date TBD within 30 April – 4 May 2023, Austin, Texas, USA

Website: https://beyondfacts2023.wordpress.com/

Submission deadline:

*** February 6, 2023

* 3rd International Workshop on Scientific Knowledge: Representation, Discovery, and Assessment@The Web conference (Sci-K 2023)

@The Web Conference

between April 30 and May 4, 2023 (tbc)

Website: https://sci-k.github.io/2023/

Submission deadline:

*** February 6, 2023

* 20th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR 2023)

September 2-8, 2023, Rhodes, Greece

Website: https://kr.org/KR2023/

Submission deadline:

*** March 3, 2023 (abstract submission)

*** March 14, 2023 (paper submission)

* 34th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA2023)

August 28-30, Penang, Malaysia

Website: https://www.dexa.org/dexa2023

Submission deadline:

*** March 7, 2023

* First International Workshop on Semantic Web on Constrained Things (SWoCoT23)

@ the ESWC 2023 conference

May 28 or 29, 2023, Hersonissos, Greece

Website: https://mondecalabs.github.io/SWoCoT23/

Submission deadline:

*** March 9, 2023

* 4th Biennial Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2023)

September 12-15, Vienna, Austria

Website: http://2023.ldk-conf.org/

Submission deadline:

*** March 10, 2023

* ER2023

November 6-9, 2023, Lisbon, Portugal

Website: https://er2023.inesc-id.pt/

Submission deadlines:

*** March 15, 2023 (workshop proposals)

*** May 17, 2023 (abstracts submissions)

*** May 24, 2023 (papers submissions)

* 21st International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2023)

September 11-15, 2023, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Website: https://bpm2023.sites.uu.nl

Submission deadline:

*** March 15, 2023 (abstract submission)

*** March 22, 2023 (paper submission)

* 28th International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2023)

September 11-13, Berlin, Germany

Website: https://iccs-conference.org/

Submission deadline:

*** March 26, 2023

* 5th International Workshop on Health Data Management in the Era of AI (HeDAI2023)

@ EDBT/ICDT Joint Conference

Website: http://edbticdt2023.cs.uoi.gr

Submission deadline:

*** March 28, 2023

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UPCOMING EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY
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* 16th IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2023

March 11-13, 2023, Lisbon, Portugal

Website: https://www.is-conf.org/

* 6th International Conference on Emerging Data and Industry (EDI40)

March 15-17, 2023, Leuven, Belgium

Website: http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/edi40-23/

* 26th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT 2023)

March 28-31, 2023, Ioannina, Greece

Website: http://edbticdt2023.cs.uoi.gr/

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SPECIAL ISSUES IN JOURNALS
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* Data & Knowledge Engineering (Elsevier)

Special Issue on Challenges of Data Ecosystems in Data and Knowledge Engineering

Submission:

*** January 31, 2023

Website: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/data-and-knowledge-engineering/forthcoming-special-issues/challenges-of-data-ecosystems-in-data-and-knowledge-engineering

* Information Systems (Elsevier)

Special issue on “Temporal Representation and Reasoning in data-intensive systems”

Website: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/information-systems/about/forthcoming-special-issues#temporal-representation-and-reasoning-in-data-intensive-systems

Submission:

*** April 1, 2023

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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[7] calendars@iaoa.org

FOIS 2023 – Call For Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

Submission deadline: January 15, 2023 (**extended**)
Website: https://fois2023.griis.ca/call-for-workshop-and-tutorial-proposals/
Questions to: fois2023@gmail.com

The Workshop and Tutorial Chairs for FOIS 2023 invite proposals for workshops and tutorials to be held on site in conjunction with FOIS 2023 before or after the main conference which will take place July 17-20, 2023 in Sherbrooke, Canada (https://iaoa.org/index.php/2022/11/17/fois-2023-call-for-paper/).

Workshops and tutorials at FOIS 2023 are events whose scientific program is independently established by the workshop organizers. They will be responsible for advertising the workshop and reviewing and selecting the contributions. Workshops can be events that provide a forum for the discussion of topics broadly related to ontologies, formal ontology, and knowledge management and their application in information science or other areas. Together, the workshops can address a wide spectrum of topics related to ontology research, ranging from Cognitive Science to Knowledge Representation, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics. They are especially suitable for interdisciplinary and innovative formats.

Previous JOWO (Joint Ontology Workshops)/FOIS workshops were held in 2021 in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy (hybrid); 2020 (virtually); 2019 in Graz, Austria; 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa; 2017 in Bolzano, Italy; 2016 in Annecy, France; and at IJCAI 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As in earlier years, all contributions to accepted workshops will be published open access in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, as part of the new IAOA series (http://ceur-ws.org/iaoa.html).
Researchers and practitioners interested in the theory, practice, development and/or application of ontologies and related areas are invited to submit workshop proposals for review.

We encourage several forms and length of workshops (the list is non-exhaustive):
●    workshops that focus on an established research area, including continuations of workshops that were held in the past;
●    workshops that focus on emerging topics and applications, or on open research questions and challenges;
●    workshops that aim to create cross-disciplinary research fostering exchange of ideas between groups otherwise mostly disconnected.

Submission instructions

Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no more than 2 pages in length, and must contain the following information:
●    title of the workshop/tutorial;
●    names of the workshop/tutorial organizers. Please indicate a primary contact person. For organizational purposes, there must be at least two organizers who commit to be physically present during the event taking part in Canada;
●    brief description of experience in workshop/tutorial organization;
●    description of the workshop/tutorial topic;
●    brief description of the expected audience (please give an estimate of the expected number of participants and their background and interests; if applicable, please relate this to participation in similar prior events);
●    intended duration of the workshop (between half a day and a full day);
●    timeline for the workshop (submission dates, notification dates), taking into account the proposed “important dates” below.

Workshop and tutorial proposals should be sent to fois2023@gmail.com by January 15, 2023.

Evaluation criteria

Submissions of workshop proposals will be evaluated by the workshop chairs using the following criteria:
●    Scientific relevance and utility to attendees;
●    Quality of the proposal;
●    Likelihood of success of the workshop;
●    Overlap and complementarity with other workshops.

Important dates
●    Workshop proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2023 (extended)
●    Workshop acceptance notification: January 26, 2023
●    First call for papers to be distributed by workshop organizers: February 28, 2023
●    Submission deadline: Around April 24, 2023
●    Notification to authors: Around May 24, 2023
●    Camera-ready versions of all papers received (TBD): Beginning of June, 2023
●    Workshops and tutorials take place on site in conjunction with FOIS 2023 in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada (July 17-20, 2023): TBD

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs
Megan Katsumi, University of Toronto, Canada
Emilio Sanfilippo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy

Further inquiries
Please direct all further questions to fois2023@gmail.com

December 2022 newsletter

Dear IAOA members,

Herewith you receive the December 2022 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 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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EVENTS ORGANIZED BY IAOA
=======================================================

* FOIS – 13th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2023),
July 17-20, 2023 (Sherbrooke, QC, Canada) and Sept 18-20, 2023 (Online)

Website: http://fois2023.griis.ca

Submission deadline:
*** 31 January 2023 (paper submission)
*** 6 January 2023 (workshops and tutorials proposals)

* Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO)

Next meetings:
*** 14 February 2023
*** 11 April 2023
*** 13 June 2023

For further information, please stay tuned on: https://iaoa.org/

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Ontology Summit 2023

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* Title: Helping scientific researchers make better use of ontologies: Tools, Methods and Best Practices

In this Summit we will ask how to help scientists & researchers make better use of ontologies, and look for answers from a variety of perspectives. The first half of the Summit will draw examples from the Open Bio Ontologies (OBO) community, followed by a panel to discuss and help digest issues raised in the first half. Following this the second half branches out to other communities, disciplines and practices such as modular approaches to ontology development.

Website: https://ontologforum.com/index.php/OntologySummit2023

Launch of the Summit 2023:
*** January 18, 2023:

See the agenda for further information: https://ontologforum.com/index.php/OntologySummit2023

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UPCOMING DEADLINES OF EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY

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* 33nd International Conference on Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases (EJC 2023)
June 5 – June 9, 2023, Maribor, Slovenia

Website: https://ejc2023.um.si/

Submission daedline:
** 15 January 2023

* 27th European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS 2023)
September 4-7, 2023, Barcelona, Spain

Website: https://www.essi.upc.edu/dtim/ADBIS2023/index.html

Submission deadline:
** 23 January 2023 (workshops and tutorials proposals)

* 39th International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP 2023)
July 9 – 15, 2023, Imperial College London, UK

Website: https://iclp2023.imperial.ac.uk/

Submission deadline:
** 23 January 2023

* 27th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium (IDEAS 2023)
May 5-7, 2023, Heraklion, Greece

Website: https://conferences.sigappfr.org/ideas2023/

Submission deadline:
** 1 February 2023

* 3rd International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Online Discourse Analysis (BeyondFacts 2023]@TheWebConf(WWW)2023
exact date TBD within 30 April – 4 May 2023, Austin, Texas, USA

Website: https://beyondfacts2023.wordpress.com/

Submission deadline:
*** 6 February 2023

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UPCOMING EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY

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* IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2022)
December 17 – 20, 2022, Osaka, Japan (Completely Virtual)

Website: http://bigdataieee.org/BigData2022/

* 2nd Workshop on Knowledge Graphs and Big Data @IEEE BigData 2022
December 17, 2022 (Completely Virtual)

Website: https://cci.drexel.edu/kgbigdata/2022/

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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF IAOA SIGS AND COMMITTEES

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* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

EC Webpage:

https://iaoa.org/index.php/about/organization/executive-council/

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FOIS 2023 Call for paper

13th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2023), July 17-20, 2023 (Sherbrooke, QC, Canada) and Sept 18-20, 2023 (Online)


http://fois2023.griis.ca 

For any questions, please email: fois2023@gmail.com

Definition and scope
The FOIS conference is a meeting point for all researchers with an interest in formal ontology. Formal ontology is the systematic study of the types of entities and relations making up the domains of interest represented in modern information systems. The conference encourages submission of high quality, not previously published results on both theoretical issues and practical advancements. FOIS 2023 will have distinct tracks for foundational issues, ontology applications and methods, and domain ontologies.

FOIS aims to be a nexus of interdisciplinary research and communication for researchers from many domains engaging with formal ontology. Common application areas include conceptual modeling, database design, knowledge engineering and management, software engineering, organizational modeling, artificial intelligence, robotics, computational linguistics, the life sciences, bioinformatics and scientific research in general, geographic information science, information retrieval, library and information science, as well as the Semantic Web.

FOIS is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA: http://iaoa.org/), which is a non-profit organization promoting interdisciplinary research and international collaboration in formal ontology.

Important dates

• Abstract submission: 31 January 2023
• Paper submission: 12 February January 2023
• Author rebuttal period: March 24-31, 2023 (tentative)
• Notifications: April 10, 2023 (tentative)
• Camera-ready papers: May 1, 2023
• Onsite conference: July 17-20, 2023
• Virtual conference: week of September 18, 2023

The submission deadline for workshops will be after the notifications to allow authors to submit a revised version of rejected papers to any of the conference workshops if the paper topics are appropriate for this workshop.

Location
FOIS 2023 will consist of a physical meeting and a virtual meeting: 

• An in-person only meeting in Sherbrooke, Quebec from July 17 to 21, 2023 that will be very much like a traditional conference with keynotes, regular talks, workshops and tutorials and plenty of social and networking opportunities. This part will not have a remote participation option, but we plan on recording selected talks (e.g. keynotes).
• This will be followed by an online part to be held from September 18 to 20, 2023 that offers an opportunity for presentation and discussion of additional papers that were not presented at the physical meeting in Sherbrooke. 

Submissions
FOIS 2023 seeks three types of full-length (14 pages) high-quality papers on a wide range of topics:

• Foundational papers address content-related ontological issues, their formal representation, and their relevance to some aspect of information systems.
• Application and Methods papers address novel systems, methods, and tools related to building, evaluating, or using ontologies, emphasizing the impact of ontology contents.
• Domain ontology papers describe a novel ontology for a specific realm of interest, clarifying ontological choices against requirements and foundational theory, and showing ontology use.

Please refer to the Submissions Instructions (coming soon)  for more details. As usual, the FOIS proceedings will be published by IOS Press.

Topics of interest
Areas of particular interest to FOIS include the following:

Foundational Issues

• Kinds of entities: particulars/universals, continuants/occurrents, abstracta/concreta, dependent entities/independent entities, natural objects/artifacts, events/processes
• Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence, constitution, causality, subsumption, instantiation
• Vagueness and granularity
• Space, time, and change

Methodological issues

• Top-level vs. domain-specific ontologies
• Role of reference ontologies
• Ontology similarity, integration, alignment, matching and entity reconciliation
• Ontology modularity, patterns, and contextuality
• Ontology evaluation, quality, reuse, adaptation, and evolution
• Ontology compliance with FAIR principles
• Formal comparison among ontologies
• Relationship between conceptual modeling and ontologies
• Relationship with cognition, language, semantics, and context
• Connections between knowledge graphs and ontologies
• Methodological issues in the applications of ontologies
• Social issues, such as trust or bias, with respect to ontologies 

Applications

• Technical applications of ontologies, such as
• Semantic Web
• Other areas of AI (Machine Learning, Explainable AI, Rules)
• Qualitative modeling
• Systems applications of ontologies, such as
• Ontology-driven information systems design
• Ontology-based data access
• Knowledge management
• Information retrieval
• Computational linguistics
• Metadata management
• Domain applications of ontologies, such as
• Ontologies for business modeling
• Ontologies for particular scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, geography, physics, geoscience, cognitive sciences, linguistics, etc.)
• Ontologies for engineering: shape, form and function, artifacts, manufacturing, design, architecture, etc.
• Ontologies for the humanities: arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, etc.
• Ontologies for the social sciences: economics, law, political science, anthropology, archeology, etc.
• Ontologies for Open Science and dataset sharing

Domain-specific ontologies

• Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, etc.)
• Ontology of biological reality (organisms, genes, proteins, cells, etc.)
• Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions, emotions, perceptions, cognition, etc.)
• Ontology of artifacts, functions, capacities and roles
• Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms, social relationships, artistic expressions, etc.)

Conference Organization

General Chair:

Antony Galton, University of Exeter, UK

PC Chairs:

Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles, IRIT-CNRS Toulouse, France
Torsten Hahmann, University of Maine, USA

Local Organization Chair:

Jean-François Ethier, University of Sherbrooke, Canada 

Online Chair:

Cassia Trojahn, IRIT Université Toulouse 2, France

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:

Megan Katsumi, University of Toronto, Canada
Emilio Sanfilippo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy

Early Career Chairs:
Antoine Zimmermann, École des Mines de Saint-Étienne (EMSE), France
Guendalina Righetti, Free University Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Demo & Showcase Chairs:
Sergio de Cesare, University of Westminster, UK
TBA

Publicity Chairs:
Lucia Gomez Alvarez, TU Dresden, Germany
Selja Seppälä, University College Cork, Ireland




IAOA November 2022 Newsletter

Dear IAOA members,

Herewith you receive the November 2022 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 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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[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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EVENTS ORGANIZED BY IAOA
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* FOIS – 13th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2023),
July 17-20, 2023 (Sherbrooke, QC, Canada) and Sept 18-20, 2023 (Online)

Website: http://fois2023.griis.ca

Submission deadline:
*** 31 January 2023

>> Forthcoming: Call for the organization of Workshops and Tutorials @FOIS 2023

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UPCOMING DEADLINES OF EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY

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* 20th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2023)
May 28th – June 1st, 2023, in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece.

Website: https://2023.eswc-conferences.org/eswc-2023/

Submission deadline:
*** November 24, 2022 (call for tutorials)
*** December 8, 2022 (abstract submission – research, resource, in-use)
*** December 15, 2022 (full paper submission – research, resource, in-use)

* CAISE’23 – 35th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering
June 12 – 16, Zaragoza, Spain

Website: https://caise23.svit.usj.es/

Submission deadline:
*** November 22, 2022 (abstract submission)
*** November 29, 2022 (paper submission)

* The Conference on Information and Research science Connecting to Digital
and Library science 2023 (Formerly the Italian Research Conference on
Digital Libraries)
February 23-24, 2023, Bari, Italy

Website: http://lacam.di.uniba.it/IRCDL23/

Submission deadline:
*** December 5, 2022

* 11th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (WorldCIST’23)
April 4-6, 2023, Pisa, Italy

Website: http://worldcist.org/

Submission deadline:
*** December 6, 2022

* 16th IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2023
11 – 13 March 2023, Lisbon, Portugal

Website: http://www.is-conf.org/

Submission deadline:
*** December 12, 2022

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UPCOMING EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY

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* 15th Seminar on Ontology Research in Brazil (ONTOBRAS 2022)
November 22-25, 2022 (online)

Website: https://www.inf.ufrgs.br/ontobras/en/15th-seminar-on-ontology-research-in-brazil-ontobras-2022-2/

* 21st International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AIxIA 2022)
November 28 – December 2, 2022, Udine, Italy (several events in context of AIxIA 2022)

Website: https://aixia2022.uniud.it/

* 24th International Conference on Information Integration and Web Intelligence (iiWAS2022)
November 28 – December 30, 2022 (online)

Website: https://www.iiwas.org/conferences/iiwas2022/

* IEEE International Conference on Knowledge Graph (ICKG-2022)
November 30 – December 1, 2022, Orlando, Florida, USA

Website: https://ickg2022.zhonghuapu.com/

* IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2022)
December 17 – 20, 2022, Osaka, Japan

Website: http://bigdataieee.org/BigData2022/

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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF IAOA SIGS AND COMMITTEES

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* IAOA Educational Technical Committee meeting
Nov 22, 08:00 EST / 14:00 CET

Webpage: https://iaoa.org/index.php/faq/education-committee/

* 2022 IAOA Extra-Ordinary Assembly

Important dates:
** Nov 23 – discussion phase ends
** Nov 30 – assembly called to order, ballot starts
** Dec 06 – ballot closes

Webpage: https://iaoa.org/index.php/2022/11/10/2022-iaoa-extra-ordinary-virtual-assembly-nov-30-dec-06/

* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

EC Webpage:

https://iaoa.org/index.php/about/organization/executive-council/

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ONTOBRAS 2022

15th Seminar on Ontology Research in Brazil – ONTOBRAS 2022

22 – 25 November 2022 – 100% Online

Free Registrations!

The free registrations for ONTOBRAS 2022 are now open! To subscribe, visit the conference’s page on Eventbrite. The conference’s sessions are limited to 300 simultaneous participants.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ontobras-2022-tickets-443758943947

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October 2022 newsletter

Dear IAOA members,

Herewith you receive the October 2022 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 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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[5] info@iaoa.org

[6] iaoa-member@ovgu.de

[7] calendars@iaoa.org

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EVENTS ORGANIZED BY IAOA
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* Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO)

Website: https://iaoa.org/index.php/2022/10/11/educational-series-on-applied-ontology-esao-fourth-webinar/

When: October 18, 2022 at 10:00-10:30 EDT / 14:00-14:30 UTC / 16:00-16:30 CEST/SAST

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UPCOMING DEADLINES OF EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY

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* 6th International Conference on Emerging Data and Industry (EDI40 2022)
March 15-17, 2023, Leuven, Belgium

Website: http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/edi40-23/

Submission deadline:
*** October 30, 2022

* 2nd Workshop on Knowledge Graphs and Big Data (KGBigdata 2022)
@IEEE Big Data 2022
Dec. 17, 2022 (online workshop)

Website: https://cci.drexel.edu/kgbigdata/2022/

Submission deadline:
*** November 1, 2022

* 11th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (WorldCIST’23)
April 4-6, 2023, Pisa, Italy

Website: http://worldcist.org/

Submission deadline:
*** December 6, 2022

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UPCOMING EVENTS INVOLVING ONTOLOGY

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* 41st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2022)
October 17-20, 2022, Hyderabad, India (online)

Website: https://er2022web.github.io/ER2022/

* 21st International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2022)
October 23-27, 2022, Hangzhou, China (online)

Website: https://iswc2022.semanticweb.org/

* 11th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Graphs (IJCKG-2022)
in cooperation with ISWC
October 27-29, 2022, Hangzhou, China(online)

Website: https://www.ijckg.org/

* 29th International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning (TIME 2022)
November 7-9, 2022 (online)

Website: https://time2022.time-symposium.org/

* 15th Seminar on Ontology Research in Brazil (ONTOBRAS 2022)
November 22-25, 2022 (online)

Website: https://www.inf.ufrgs.br/ontobras/en/15th-seminar-on-ontology-research-in-brazil-ontobras-2022-2/

* 21st International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AIxIA 2022)
November 28 – December 2, 2022, Udine, Italy (several events in context of AIxIA 2022)

Website: https://aixia2022.uniud.it/

* 24th International Conference on Information Integration and Web Intelligence (iiWAS2022)
November 28 – December 30, 2022 (online)

Website: https://www.iiwas.org/conferences/iiwas2022/

* IEEE International Conference on Knowledge Graph (ICKG-2022)
November 30 – December 1, 2022, Orlando, Florida, USA

Website: https://ickg2022.zhonghuapu.com/

* IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2022)
December 17 – 20, 2022, Osaka, Japan

Website: http://bigdataieee.org/BigData2022/

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UPCOMING MEETINGS OF IAOA SIGS AND COMMITTEES

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* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

EC Webpage:

https://iaoa.org/index.php/about/organization/executive-council/

 

Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO)- Fourth Webinar!

The fourth ESAO webinar will be held on
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 10:00 EDT / 14:00 UTC / 16:00 CEST/SAST via a Zoom meeting (full connection details at the end of this message).No registration needed; please find full connection details at the end of this message.Program
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* 10:00-10:30 EDT / 14:00-14:30 UTC / 16:00-16:30 CEST/SAST

Clément Jonquet
French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics for Environment and Agronomy research unit, Montpellier, France

“O’FAIRe: Ontology FAIRness Evaluator in the AgroPortal semantic resource repository”

Abstract: O’FAIRe, the Ontology FAIRness Evaluator, is a methodology to automatically assess to which level a semantic resource or ontology respects the FAIR Principles. This talk will present the online tool implementing O’FAIRe within the AgroPortal ontology repository, through 61 questions/tests, among 80% are based on the ontology metadata description. For a specific ontology or a group of semantic resources, O’FAIRe web service outputs both global and detailed scores (normalized) against the 15 FAIR Principles. O’FAIRe results are visualized and explained with new specific user-friendly interfaces (such as the FAIRness wheel) in order to help AgroPortal users improve the FAIRness of their resources. O’FAIRe is currently implemented in three different public ontology repositories as they offer the required metadata descriptions. In the future, we will deploy the service in other OntoPortal repositories.

Series Description
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The IAOA [2] has created ESAO [1], a new educational effort directed towards topics of Applied Ontology, primarily established basics and foundations.

The series is inspired by the Interdisciplinary Schools on Applied Ontology (ISAO) [3] (whose next edition will be held in 2023). ESAO is complementary in format and its overall approach. The goal is to provide a combination of an archive of educational material (e.g., short video lectures) and a series of webinars for presenting and discussing that material.

Organization
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Members of the Education Technical Committee of IAOA [2] and among those primarily (in alphabetical order):

* Lucía Gómez Álvarez
* Frank Loebe
* Sandra Lovrenčić
* Cassia Trojahn (Chair)
* Laure Vieu

Contact
E-Mail:info@iaoa.org

[1] Educational Series on Applied Ontology
https://wiki.iaoa.org/index.php/Edu:ESAO

[2] IAOA website
http://iaoa.org/

[3] ISAO History page
https://iaoa.org/index.php/isao-history/

Connection Details
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Topic: 4th ESAO Session
Time: Oct 18, 2022 03:45 PM Paris

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JOWO 2022 – Report from Jönköping

On the morning of the 15th of August 2022, Jönköping University opened the doors to for the first time in Sweden host The Joint Ontology Workshops – Episode VIII: The Svear Summer of Ontology. In the five days that followed, scientists and practitioners interested in ontology gathered to share their latest research, discuss fundamental problems and network under the Swedish summer sun. 

 

Taking place as a stand-alone event, JOWO’22 was chosen to be held predominantly on-site to, once again, try to reduce the distance between scientists and research disciplines after the covid-pandemic had made everything feel so far away. However, since “hybrid is the new black”, the event live-streamed the full scientific content to offer remote participants a chance to join the fun from the distance of their choosing. In the end, the combination resulted in just over 50 participants joining on-site and some 70 participants came and went on the virtual platform.

 

During the full event week (15-19th of August), JOWO’22 ran two parallel sessions to provide enough time for the contributing workshops and tutorials to run their individual programs. The scientific program consisted of seven workshops, three tutorials, three shared keynotes and one panel debate, all carefully puzzled into a schedule that, to the best of our ability, ensured that the participants could participate in as many of workshops/tutorials of their choosing.

 

The list of workshops consisted of a few JOWO classics like the sixth editions of CAOS VI: Cognition And OntologieS IV” and ”FOUST VI: Foundational Ontology,” as well as ”IFOW III: The Integrated Food Ontology Workshop” and ”RobOntics III: Ontologies for Autonomous Robotics” which celebrated their third editions at JOWO’22. More impressive still, was to see that the impact of the ontology community is growing in different application areas as demonstrated in how several new ontology workshops were present in this year’s edition. Covering ever-relevant topics such as environmental concern, knowledge diversity and social services the newcomings were: Ensusto: Energy, Materials and Sustainability Ontology Workshop,” “FMKD: First Workshop on Formal Models of Knowledge Diversity” and OSS: Ontologies for Social Services.” 

 

The participants were also offered the chance to further extend their ontology-focused skillset by participating in three tutorials of different scientific characters. First, He Tan held a semantic web tutorial on “Knowledge Graphs.” Then Tiago Prince Sales, Joao Paolo A. Almeida and Giancarlo Guizzardi organised a tutorial on how to “Implement Better Ontologies with gUFO.” Finally, the intersection between ontological modelling and linguistic research was investigated in the tutorial “Generating Text from Ontologies in Multiple Languages” organised by Maria Keet and Zola Mahlaza.

 

The scientific highlights of the event were, however, the presentations of the three shared keynotes. First up was Janna Hastings (University of Zurich/University of St. Gallen) who promoted ontology research in the setting of recent computer technologies in her talk “Ontologies in the age of deep learning.” This was followed by a talk by Peter Gärdenfors (University of Lund) who presented selected parts of his paradigm-shifting research on “Conceptual spaces, event structure and cognitive ontology.” The final keynote speaker, invited as part of the FMKD workshop, was Sebastian Rudolph (Technical University Dresden) who took the opportunity to build on Gärdenfors’ research and presented a more formal theory of knowledge representation in his talk “The Matrix Has You – Toward Compositional Conceptual Spaces.”

 

Another scientific highlight was the panel experiment “A Foustian Struggle” organised as part of the FOUST VI workshop. Here some of the founders of the seven (perhaps) most famous foundational ontologies were positioned against one another in a battle of how best to model particular scenarios. It was a fast-pasted intellectual battle that left both the audience and the participants wanting more. 

 

Yet, scientific excellence is nothing without an opportunity to promote the conducted research and to ground it into meaningful connections. Thus, to take advantage of the on-site conference setting, JOWO’22 consisted of a rich social program that encouraged communication between both newcomers and returning members. During the conference’s cookie-overflowing coffee breaks (in Sweden it is considered rude to offer less than 7 types of cookies) the participants could get to know one another by, for instance, playing “Networking BINGO.” The conference extracurricular activities on the social program consisted of a conference reception with Swedish “skumpa och smörgåstårta,” a BBQ on the beach, a half day along Vättern that included not only a nature hike but a trip to the twelfth-century industry village Röttle and the Swedish candy-capital Gränna. However, the social highlight was without a doubt the conference dinner that set in between the medieval armours at the old country inn Gyllene Uttern provided the participants with the extraordinary panorama of the rainbow-coloured sunset as day turned into night over the second largest lake in Sweden. 

 

The success of the event was the direct result of the hard work of everyone involved. As general chairs, we would like to say a warm thank you to the JOWO’22 organisation, all the workshop and tutorial chairs, the members of the program committees, the contributing authors and presenters, as well as to the audience. We hope that you all learned something new and that you had as much fun as we did!

 

The JOWO’22 chairs,

 Maria M. Hedblom and He Tan

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