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ECONOM 2009 : 1st Workshop on the Economics of Knowledge-based Technologies


When Apr 29, 2009 - Apr 29, 2009
Where Poznan, Poland
Submission Deadline Mar 8, 2009
Notification Due Apr 7, 2009
Final Version Due Apr 22, 2009
Categories    semantic web   knowledge based technologies   economics   ontologies

Call For Papers


1st Workshop on the Economics of Knowledge-based Technologies (ECONOM
in conjunction with
12th International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2009)

Poznan, Poland
April 29, 2009


Deadline for submissions: March, 8 2009 (extended)


Knowledge-based technologies use machine-understandable formalizations
of expert knowledge to realize scalable, robust and economically
feasible approaches and to support knowledge management, information
integration or intelligent search. In order to encourage the wide
industrial uptake of knowledge-based technologies, instruments to assess
potential economic benefits of these technologies and to predict the
total costs of their development and deployment are a must.

CIOs are starting to acknowledge the technical value of knowledge-based
technologies for enterprises. In the last years early adopters have been
increasingly using them in various application settings ranging from
content management to enterprise integration platforms. Core
technological building blocks and development platforms are meanwhile
available from established vendors. Despite this promising position, it
is still difficult to argue in favor of knowledge-based technologies in
front of the CFOs because of the lack of convincing measurable benefits
or of proven-and-tested methods to determine and quantify these.

This workshop addresses economic aspects of knowledge-based
technologies. This includes the assessment of their potential business
value, more precisely the costs and benefits of their application, and
qualitative and quantitative methods therefor. We are interested in
original research looking into the aforementioned aspects for both
knowledge-based systems and knowledge structures (i.e., ontologies,
taxonomies, folksonomies) supporting these systems.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a communication platform for
researchers to discuss ideas and results and to identify new challenges
in the areas of economics and knowledge-based technologies. The workshop
is also intended to be a networking event for participants from the
industry willing to share their experiences on the adoption of
knowledge-based technologies in enterprises.


* Methods to estimate costs and/or benefits of introducing
knowledge-based technologies into enterprise environments.
* Methods to estimate return on investment in knowledge-based
technologies in terms of their potential business value.
* Methods to estimate benefits of knowledge-based technologies in
enterprise architectures.
* Methods to measure efficiency gains through knowledge-based
* Cost and benefit analysis of knowledge structures such as ontologies,
taxonomies or folksonomies.
* Evaluation criteria and methods to assess the quality and to compare
alternative technological solutions.
* Incentives for knowledge-based content creation.
* Empirical studies on the usage of knowledge-based technologies.
* Business strategies for the introduction of knowledge-based


* Long papers: max. 12 pages
* Work-in-progress reports: max. 6 pages
* Demo papers: max. 4 pages

Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to Springer LNBIP
template available from

Submission system is available at

Papers approved for presentation at ECONOM 2009 will be published in BIS
2009 workshop proceedings, as a volume in Springer's Lecture Notes in
Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series.


ECONOM 2009 will consist of a keynote talk by Prof. Dr. Robert Tolksdorf
(Free University Berlin, Germany), two sessions for presentation of
accepted papers, and a moderated panel discussion integrating the
workshop participants. The panel discussion will include the invited
speaker and 3-4 other participants from academia and industry.


* March 8, 2009 - submission deadline for papers
* March 22, 2009 - notification of acceptance/rejection
* April 07, 2009 - submission of final papers
* April 29, 2009 - the workshop


* Semantic Technology Institute (STI) Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck,
Austria (
* Poznan University of Economics, Department of Information Systems,
Poland (
* Detecon International GmbH, Germany (


* Elena Simperl
* Tobias Buerger
* Agata Filipowska
* Christoph Tempich

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be extended)

* Elena Simperl, STI Innsbruck, Austria
* Tobias Buerger, STI Innsbruck, Austria
* Agata Filipowska, Poznan Univeristy of Economics, Poland
* Christoph Tempich, Detecon International GmbH, Germany
* Nicholas King, British Telecom, UK
* Jose-Manuel Gomez-Perez, ISOCO, Spain
* Robert Tolksdorf, Free University Berlin, Germany
* Maria del Carmen Suarez-Figueroa, UPM, Spain
* Marek Kowalkiewicz, SAP Research, Australia
* Ozelin Lopez, XimetriX Network Thoughts, Spain
* Marco Zapletal, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
* York Sure, SAP, Germany
* Astrid Giernalczyk, Research Institute for Operations Management at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
* Roberta Cuel, University of Trento, Italy
* Ronald Maier, University of Innsbruck, Austria


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