Workshop on Ontology Evolution (OnE 2007)

in conjunction with

10th International Conference on Business Information Systems BIS 2007

in co-operation with ACM SIGMIS

Poznan, Poland
April 25, 2007

Deadline for submissions: February 18, 2007

Change is one of the few constants in the world that surrounds us. As ontologies are used to conceptualize certain domains of this changing world, they should evolve accordingly to reflect the modified state of the domain or they become obsolete very quickly. Besides changing domains, other common factors that cause ontologies to evolve are corrections of design flaws, changing user- and business requirements, a shift of focus on a domain. Because ontologies are intended to be used by other ontologies and applications, and because they are often deployed in a highly decentralized environment such as the Web, the problem of ontology evolution is far from trivial. Consequences of changes donít remain local to the ontology itself, but affect depending ontologies and applications as well, possibly resulting in failing applications or applications with an unexpected behaviour.

Due to the complexity of ontology evolution, a manual and ad-hoc management of ontology evolution is not feasible. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners with different research backgrounds and interests working on aspects related to the problem of ontology evolution (e.g., change discovery, consistency management, temporal knowledge representation, temporal queries, visualisation of ontology changes, collaborative development). The ultimate goal is to facilitate the discussion of key issues, approaches, open problems, innovative applications, and trends in these research areas.

Topics of the workshop

  • knowledge representation models for ontology evolution
  • ontology for representation of events and states
  • temporal dimension of ontology
  • change representation
  • belief revision
  • change discovery based on information extraction
  • ontology versioning and management
  • ontology manipulation languages
  • visualisation of ontology changes
  • reasoning with evolving or inconsistent ontologies
  • consistency maintenance, inconsistency resolution
  • collaborative environments and social networks
  • ontology refinement
  • ontology evolution tool support


  • Long papers: max. 5000 words
  • Work-in-progress rep.: max. 2500 words
  • Position papers: max. 2500 words

Electronic submission system available at:

Papers must be submitted in either Word or PDF format, according to the ACM SIG proceedings template (

The proceedings will be published as CD-ROM with ISBN number and on-line at CEUR workshop proceedings publication service.

Important Dates

  • February 18, 2007 - submission deadline for papers
  • March 20, 2007 - notification about acceptance/rejection
  • April 4, 2007 - submission of final papers
  • April 25-27, 2007 - the workshop



  • ACM Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems
  • GI - Gesellschaft fŁr Informatik, Austria, Germany, Switzerland
  • NTIE - Polish Society for Information Systems

Workshop Organizers

  • Peter Plessers
  • Krzysztof Wecel

Workshop Program Committee

  • Sven Casteleyn, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Emanuele Della Valle, CEFRIEL, Italy
  • Giorgos Flouris, Istituto della Scienza e delle Tecnologie della Informazione (ISTI), CNR, Italy
  • Peter Haase, AIFB - University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Zhisheng Huang, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Michel Klein, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jacek Kopecky, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Oliver Kutz, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Peter Plessers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Krzysztof Wecel, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

Poznan University of Economics
Departament of Information Systems
Al. Niepodleglosci 10
60-967 Poznan, POLAND
Tel: +48(61)854-3381
Fax: +48(61)854-3633

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