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ODiSE 2009 : International Worksop on Ontology Driven Software Engineering


When Oct 25, 2009 - Oct 26, 2009
Where Orlando, USA
Submission Deadline Aug 21, 2009
Final Version Due Oct 2, 2009
Categories    software engineering   ontology

Call For Papers

International Worksop on Ontology Driven Software Engineering (ODiSE)

at the ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) 2009
Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
October 25-29, 2009 (workshop date to be announced)


This workshop represents the 6th in a series of related OOPSLA workshops focusing on the impact of semantics on the development and re-engineering of software systems. These workshops include three on ?Semantics of Enterprise Integration? (2001-2003), one on ?Legacy Transformation? (2004) and one on ?Semantic-Based Systems Development? (2007).

The main theme of the workshop is Ontology-Driven Software Engineering (ODiSE). ODiSE here refers to the different ways in which ontologies (i.e., formalized conceptual models of real world domains) can contribute to improving Software Engineering ? its processes and its artifacts. This use of the term encompasses different and interrelated aspects of Software Engineering as a discipline. For example: (1) ontological principles can be used as the basis of improved development languages; (2) ontologies can help improve the way in which software development projects are organized; and (3) ontological domain models can drive or refine typical development phases, such as requirements, design and implementation.

The motivation for organizing a workshop on ODiSE derives from the increased interest that ontologies have generated in recent years within the software community. The relevance of ontologies in Software Engineering is exemplified, for instance, by the successful OOPSLA 2007 workshop on ?Semantic-Based Systems Development?, various OMG and W3C initiatives, and commercial products based on ?semantic technologies?. However, regardless of such developments, these efforts still represent pioneering initiatives in the field of Software Engineering. As the state-of-the-art stands, ODiSE is still in its infancy. The adoption of theory and technologies developed by the Semantic Web community to enhance Software Engineering appears promising, with many areas that are worth investigating and exploring.

The workshop therefore aims to bring together researchers and practitioners with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in order to discuss and analyze the different perspectives, issues and challenges of Ontology-Driven Software Engineering. Researchers and practitioners are invited to provide contributions in the form of research/case study (max. 15 pages) or position/idea papers (2-3 pages) related to the workshop theme. Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

- Novel ODiSE lifecycle models (for example, dual-lifecycles as in domain engineering).
- Project/risk management of ontology-based software systems.
- Ontology-driven guidance of software processes.
- New methodologies, techniques and tools or specializations of existing ones.
- Languages: RDF, OWL, UML and novel ontology-based development/programming languages.
- Integrated modeling (e.g., UML and OWL).
- Ontological modeling paradigms (e.g., endurantism vs. perdurantism) and resolution of their semantic mismatches.
- Persistence, indexing and mapping of semantic models.
- Relationships between ontology, epistemology and system behavior/performance.
- Semantic discovery from legacy sources.
- Model Driven Architecture/Development with ontologies.
- Automated ontology generation and management for software development purposes.
- Traceability of software artifacts with ontologies.

Revised versions of the best workshop papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal 'Applied Ontology'.

For the submission process and further information please visit the ODiSE 2009 Web site at

Important Dates:

- Intent to submit (optional) - anytime.
- Paper submission deadline - August 21, 2009.
- Notification to authors - at least one week prior to early bird registration deadline (to be confirmed).
- Submission of revised papers - October 2, 2009.
- Accepted papers uploaded to website - October 9, 2009.
- Workshop - either October 25 or 26, 2009 (to be confirmed).


Sergio de Cesare, (Brunel University, U.K.).
Guido L. Geerts, (University of Delaware, U.S.A.).
Grant Holland, (Sun Microsystems, Inc., U.S.A.).
Mark Lycett, (Brunel University, U.K.).
Chris Partridge, (BORO Solutions Ltd., U.K).

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