2nd Workshop on Ontologies and Information Systems

WOIS 2014

in conjunction with 13th International Conference on Business Informatics Research, BIR 2014

Lund, Sweden

September 22-24, 2014

The aim and focus of the workshop

Ontologies specify knowledge about entities, and their relationship and interactions. In conjunction with evolving semantic technologies for ontology engineering, representation and query, new ways open up for ontologies and information systems (IS) integration, combination and use.


In the structural perspective, ontologies can provide means to structure, store and access generic IS content. In the temporal perspective, ontologies can guide the development of new IS. They may help to choose appropriate processes, algorithms, rules, and software components depending on the requirements.

For both perspectives, a couple of research questions arise. Starting with the question for methods to structure IS content by the use of ontologies - What entities should  be captured how in which context? – the range reaches to questions of knowledge discovery through ontology mining, and the use of ontologies for organisational design. And there are numerous other questions.


This workshop aims to bring together people who have strong interest in the use of ontologies in the context of enterprise information systems. We invite researchers and practitioners from both industry and academia to submit original results of their completed or on-going projects. We encourage broad understanding of possible approaches and solutions for the application of ontologies in information systems and systems development. Specific focus will be on practices and experiences, i.e. we encourage submission of case study and experiences papers, and of contributions bringing together business cases and enabling technologies.

Workshop topics

The following topics are of relevance for the workshop:

  • Challenges in ontology use in information systems
  • Literature surveys and systematic literature analyses
  • IS concepts and architectures including ontologies or semantic technologies
  • Business ontologies
  • Application ontologies
  • Ontology based interoperability solutions
  • Application of ontologies in Enterprise Modeling
  • Ontology Design Patterns
  • Knowledge Management
  • Economic effects and relevance (business cases)
  • Active information systems
  • Ontology engineering
  • Ontology based systems engineering
  • Knowledge fusion
  • Ontology based knowledge discovery
  • Experience reports about and show cases of ontology use
  • Practices of ontology use
  • Value modeling using ontologies
  • Ontology based interoperability and integration solutions
  • Ontology based competence modelling for human resource management systems


Monday, September 22nd  


14:00   Welcome and Opening (Birger Lantow, Vladimir Tarasov)


Session 1: [14:05 – 15:30]  Ontology-based Detection of States and
Chair: Vladimir Tarasov


Hasan Koç, Birger Lantow and Kurt Sandkuhl. Ontology Development for Intelligent Information Logistics in Transportation

Tatiana Levashova, Kurt Sandkuhl, Nikolay Shilov and Alexander Smirnov. Situation Detection Based on Knowledge Fusion Patterns

Ludmila Penicina and Marite Kirikova. Towards Compliance Checking between Business Process Models and Lawful States of Objects.



15:30 – 16:00             Coffee Break


Session 2: [15:30 – 17:30]  Ontology Matching and Alignment
Chair: Birger Lantow


Nikolay Karpov, Eduard Babkin and Tatiana Babkina. A Method of Ontology-aided Expertise Matching for Facilitating Knowledge Exchange

Lorena Otero Cerdeira, Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Martínez and Alma Gómez-Rodríguez. Enhancing Alignment Results in Ontology Matching for Smart Cities

Anders W. Tell. Interpreting Service Using an Upper-level Ontology




•    Submission deadline –  July 11  July 20

•    Notification of acceptance – August 16  August 23

•    Camera ready deadline (hard) – August 31

•    Workshop date – September 22

Program committee chairs

  • Birger Lantow, University of Rostock (Germany) (chair)
  • Vladimir Tarasov, Jönköping University (Sweden) (co-chair)

Program committee (preliminary)

  • He Tan, Jönköping School of Engineering (Sweden)
  • Karl Hammar, Jönköping School of Engineering (Sweden)
  • Kurt Sandkuhl, University of Rostock (Germany)
  • Tatiana Levashova, St. Petersburg Institute Inform. & Autom. (Russia)
  • Nikolay Shilov, St. Petersburg Institute Inform. & Autom. (Russia)
  • Ralf D. Kutsche, TU Berlin (Germany)
  • Eduard Babkin, Higher School of Economics Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)
  • Marite Kirikova, Riga Technical University (Latvia)