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From: (Otto Kuehn)
Subject:  CFP: ECAI94 Workshop on Comparison of Implemented Ontologies
Date:     9 May 1994 08:16:19 -0500

ECAI94 Workshop

Comparison of implemented ontologies.

A number of research groups have found that the design and representation
of a limitative set of concepts and relations, a so-called ontology, can
contribute to sharing and reusing knowledge bases. However, there is no
accepted method for designing and building such ontologies, nor is it
clear how ontologies can be best evaluated.

The aim of the workshop is to gather those researchers who have actually
designed and implemented ontologies for the purpose of improved reuse and
sharability of knowledge bases. Participants will be required to submit
their ontologies, including documentation and design considerations, to
the Organizers, who will distribute them to all other accepted participants.
Users who need ontologies, such as engineering tool developers and enterprise
integration people, can submit a request to participate as well, which
should include a description of their involvement in the field and their
motivation to participate.

During the workshop, attendants will be expected to have studied these
ontologies and supporting material, and thus be in a position to discuss
the merits and problems of each of them. This will be of particular value
in those (probably few) cases where competing ontologies exist for the
same domain. We know that this is the case for ontologies of engineering
measurement units and, possibly, for materials science and engineering

Thus, the outcome of the workshop may be twofold: on the one hand, an inventory
of currently usable ontologies, on the other hand a first cut at a method
for evaluating ontologies. The submitted ontologies will be published in
the workshop proceedings.

Workshop format:
The workshop will last one day: Tuesday, August 9, 1994.
To facilitate interaction, the number of attendees at the workshop will
be limited to 30.

Organizing Committee:
Nicolaas J.I. Mars, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands (Chair)
Thomas Gruber, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Otto Kuehn, DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Submission of material:
Send three copies of a written description (15 pages maximum)
of your implemented ontology, including its scope and design rationale by mail;
send (one copy of) your machine-readable implementation by E-mail to the
address below, BEFORE MAY 31, 1994.

Nicolaas J.I. Mars
Department of Computer Science
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE  Enschede
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 53 893690
Fax.: +31 53 339605