[Message with no subject]Doug Skuce <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 1994 11:04:52 -0500
From: Doug Skuce <email@example.com>
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Workshop on Basic Ontological Issues in Knowledge Sharing
To be held in conjunction with IJCAI95
Aug 19-21, 1995
(probably 19-20, to be confirmed)
There is rapidly growing interest in ontologies. Recently there have
been workshops on ontologies at LaJolla, (Nov 1994), on implemented
ontologies, ECAI-94 in Amsterdam (August 1994), on knowledge sharing
and information interchange at IJCAI-93 in Chambery (August 1993), and
the workshop on formal ontology in Padova Italy (March 1993). This
workshop will thereby contribute to the continuum of current research
on knowledge sharing, particularly to the development of generic and
Consequently, it will cover a wide range of research topics ranging
from knowledge modeling to knowledge sharing, including philosophical
issues about the fundamentals of ontological representations. Thus, it
should be of interest to all researchers working in knowledge
representation, engineering, theory, philosophy and AI, etc
The workshop will be held during IJCAI95 at at time and place to be
determined. Attendees are expected to register for IJCAI and will be
charged an additional $50US for the workshop.
Doug Skuce (chair) University of Ottawa, Ottawa.(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nicola Guarino LADSEB-CNR, National Research Council, Padova, Italy
Lorne Bouchard Universite du Quebec a Montreal (email@example.com)
John Bateman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Institut fur Integrierte Publikations und
Jeff Bradshaw (email@example.com)
Boeing Corp. Seattle
Lorne Bouchard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University de Quebec a Montreal, Montreal
Brian Gaines (email@example.com)
University of Calgary
Nicola Guarino (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LADSEB-CNR, National Research Council, Padova, Italy
Tom Gruber (email@example.com)
(Enterprise Integration Technologies)
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
Pat Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beckman Institute, Urbana, IL.
Graeme Hirst (email@example.com)
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Ed Hovy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
Fritz Lehmann (email@example.com)
GRANDAI Software, Irvine, CA
Nicholaas Mars (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Twente, Twente, NL
Guy Mineau (email@example.com)
University of Laval, Quebec, Canada
Tony Sarris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ontek Corp, Laguna Hills, CA
Doug Skuce (email@example.com)
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
John Sowa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
State University of New York at Binghamton
Following is a list of possible topics in the form of questions. Any
other topics of related interest will be considered:
What "ontologies" are available that others might want to use, i.e
that are either sharable now or could be with some effort?
What research groups (or individuals?) are currently "developing"
ontologies?(e.g. Cyc, Pangloss, Japanese ED Project, Lilog, Ontek)
What ontologies are available online for browsing? Or in any other
form so that people can start sharing and comparing them.
What should we do with these at this time?
Can they be "studied" somehow? Is it possible to draw any
conclusions yet from any existing ontologies??
Is there any "methodolog for "building" ontologies, or is it
just informal at present? Can there be such a methodology?
What tools exist to aid in ontology construction and comparison?
Who is using these and for what?
How can such ontologies be
Is anyone doing any of these yet? Do we need some kind of
standardized format, apart from formal languages like KIF?
Can we hope to exchange kbs without agreed upon ontologies?
How far must such agreement go? Must it be formal?
Should standards committees be formed to work toward proposing certain
ontologies as standards? Or is this premature?
Is there such a thing as a truly "general" ontology? Particularly,
one that "works" in all the major natural languages?
Do we have any useful theories as yet? What is the role of"formal"
ontologies? Is metaphysics useful, e.g. are ontologies such as
What if many "ontologies" emerge (like programming languages) because of
cultural or other differences? Will we need "translators"?
Will this become another kind of MT problem, or is it in fact part of
the MT problem?
Can ontologies be "automatically" discovered by some kind of learning
from texts? If so, what corpora should be used?
What is the relation between ontologies and linguistics?
Are top-level concepts and properties just semantic primitives?
Are Wordnet or Roget useful?
What is the role of terminology, or terminography, as it is
now starting to be called? (e.g. ISO committees that are
working toward the standardization of terms, in particular the
terminology of terminology itself.)
How is an "ontology" different from a list of well-defined terms?
What is the relevance of semi-formal definition methodologies like
How would standardized ontologies differ from other standards such
as product definition standards or database standards?
What is the role of KIF? Other "exchange" formats? The WWW?
The workshop will be 2 days in length, 9-12 and 1:30-5 each day. It
will be limited in attendance to 30 people, to permit informal
discussion. 20 papers will be accepted for discussion. All papers must
be submitted electronically; no paper copies will be available. Hence
it will be assumed that attendees have read those papers of interest
to them in advance, and are ready to discuss them.
The presentations therefore should be short summaries, 10 minutes maximum.
Following each presentation up to 20 minutes will be allowed for
discussion. Thus discussion will be the most important activity.
Submission and Refereeing:
Papers must be submitted electronically to D. Skuce as Latex, RTF (to
be loaded into Word) or Postscript by April 15. Papers which do not
print on a Laserjet 4M will be returned with the error message so that
the author may fix the problem (hence submit early). Length must not
exceed 10 printed pages. The committee will have the results of
refereeing by June 1. All papers submitted will be accessible via a
A timetable for presentations will be available about one
month before the workshop.
The IJCAI95 home page is:
For further information contact: