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OSS 2023 : 2nd International Workshop on Ontologies for Services and Society at JOWO 2023


When Jul 17, 2023 - Jul 20, 2023
Where Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Submission Deadline May 21, 2023
Notification Due Jun 15, 2023
Final Version Due Jun 30, 2023
Categories    knowledge representation   artificial intelligence   social service   ontology engineering

Call For Papers

(ADDED Late-breaking Poster Submissions and FINAL EXTENSION, May 21, 2023)

International Workshop on Ontologies for Services and Society (OSS2023)

Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO) 2023. The workshop will be held on

The workshop will be held on July 17-20, 2023, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in conjunction with FOIS 2023.


Semantic Technologies provide a formal way to represent knowledge in ways that are interpretable by computers and a related technology stack to store, integrate and query information semantically.

The purpose of the OSS workshop is to foster communication and strengthen interdisciplinary work at the intersection of semantic technologies and social services. We invite researchers from the Knowledge Representation, Semantic Web, Machine Learning, and Social Science communities to submit theoretical contributions, novel algorithms, artefacts, and tools related to social services. We welcome reports from Social Work practitioners on their experiences using semantic-enabled technologies, best practices, and insights.

For additional information, please contact


- Submissions Due: (Final) May 21th May 13th, 2023
- Late-breaking Posters Due: (NEW) June 7th, 2023
- Notifications Due: June 15th, 2023
- Camera Ready: June 30th, 2023
- Workshop: July 17-20, 2023


We welcome submissions from researchers and practitioners working at the intersection of semantic technologies and social services, and social service practitioners developing ontological artefacts.

- New ontologies and Semantic Data Models for Social Services

- Ontology extension for Societal Services (e.g. DOLCE, SUMO, FOAF, GoodRelations)

- Knowledge Acquisition including ontology learning, natural language processing, and service plan extraction and optimization.

- Knowledge Management

- Semantic Data Integration

- Knowledge-based Decision Support Systems, such as recommender systems and information retrieval.

- Service governance, including trust, cooperation, and competition.

- Human Resource related ontologies.

- System Assessment and Analysis, including policy evaluation, economic analysis, impact models, Social Return on Investment (SROI)

- Service client outcome assessment, including risk assessment and conflict resolution.

- Industry Applications and Case-studies, including Linked Data Applications, Semantic Web, and Knowledge Graphs, lessons learned and best practices.

- Governance of data models for societal data sets.

- Social Change Theory, including ontology of practitioner paradigms, educational material, and practice, behaviour theory, cognitive theory.

- Models of stakeholder goals, needs, roles (e.g. belief-desires-intentions models, UNSDG Goals , service providers and funders, socioeconomic determinants)

- Models of society and human services, including service provisioning, process modelling, economic and funding models, sustainability, and client agency.

- Cross-disciplinary research in sociology and service provisioning and related areas, including public services, public health, government services, urban planning, and the judicial system.


- Authors are invited to submit electronically original contributions in English. Submitted papers should not exceed 12 pages for regular papers, 6 pages for early career and position papers, and 3 pages for posters and demos.

- All papers must be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following the CEUR-WS single column formatting guidelines.

- The direct template download for Latex and MS Word is available here:

- There is also an Overleaf Template available here:

- Papers must be submitted through the EasyChair system.

- Papers accepted at ICBO workshops will be published in a volume of CEUR workshop proceedings IAOA series.

Please make your submission using EasyChair

Diversity and inclusion statement. We kindly ask authors to adopt

inclusive language in their papers and presentations ( and, and all participants to adopt a proper code of conduct (


- Bart Gajderowicz, Centre for Social Services Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
- Daniela Rosu, Centre for Social Services Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
- Janna Hastings, University of Zurich, University of St. Gallen

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