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VORTE 2017 : The 9th International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for the Enterprise (VORTE 2017)


When Oct 10, 2017 - Oct 10, 2017
Where Quebéc-City, Canada
Submission Deadline May 7, 2017
Notification Due Jul 16, 2017
Final Version Due Aug 6, 2017
Categories    computer science   ontologies   enterprise computing

Call For Papers


The 9th International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for the Enterprise (VORTE 2017)

Co-located with the 21th IEEE International EDOC Conference - The Enterprise Computing Conference
Quebéc-City, Canada, 10th-13th October, 2017

*The best paper of VORTE 2017 will be fast-tracked for extension and publication at the Applied Ontology Journal (IOS Press)*


The VORTE series of workshops is devoted to the topics of vocabularies, ontologies and rules in the context of enterprise systems. Examples of topics covered by VORTE include the development and adaptation of foundational, business and domain ontologies for the enterprise, the use of ontologies and rules in all aspects of enterprise modeling such as business process management and services, the enhancement of rules and services with formal semantics, and the evaluation of such systems and approaches.

From the enterprise system development perspective, research topics are focused on relations of process modeling and execution languages with business ontologies and rules, and on how business ontologies and rules used in enterprise models are further propagated into technologies (e.g., linked data and semantic web) and architectures (e.g., service-oriented architectures) that enable collaboration between heterogeneous enterprise systems.

The workshop also welcomes experience reports and empirical studies that are reporting on the use of ontologies and rules in the enterprise system development lifecycle.


Vocabularies and Ontologies for the enterprise:
- Ontology-driven representation of products, services, functionalities, design, processes;
- Ontologies for the know-how;
- Ontologies for corporate knowledge;
- Upper-level ontologies in the enterprise;
- Adaptation of ontologies for companies and organizations;

Conceptual and Enterprise Modeling:
- Ontological Foundations for Conceptual Modeling and Meta-modeling
- Ontology Design and maintenance for Conceptual Model Integration;
- Ontology-Based Conceptual Modeling Tools and Environments
- Ontologies and Enterprise Architecture Modeling
- Ontologies and Business Process Modeling
- Ontologies and Goal-Based Modeling
- Ontologies and Business Rules

Enterprise Semantic Interoperability:
- Web services, Semantic services
- Composition and Modularity
- Merging, Mapping and Alignment
- Ontology Language Interoperability
- Open linked data publishing and exploitation

Knowledge management:
- Ontology and ontological methodologies in knowledge management and integration;
- Ontology engineering, learning and maintenance;
- Ontology integration and alignment;
- Ontology effectiveness and evaluation;

Case studies and Evaluation:
- Practical issues in using ontologies in enterprises
- Real cases of successful/unsuccessful use of ontology in business
- From legacy systems to the new ontology-driven systems


We solicit two types of papers:

- Short papers (4 pages) discussing controversial issues in the field or describing interesting or thought-provoking ideas that are not yet fully developed; and
- Full papers (8-10 pages) describing more mature results

All submissions MUST conform to the two-column format of IEEE Computer Society conference proceedings ( and include the author's name, affiliation, and contact details.

Papers must be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair at

All papers must not have been previously published or submitted elsewhere.

The papers accepted for the EDOC 2017 Workshops will be published along with EDOC proceedings in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. At least one of the authors for each accepted paper must register for the main conference and present their papers at the workshop.

Post-conference Journal Publication
The previous editions of VORTE resulted in the successful special issues published in journals such as Applied Ontology (2007), IJBPIM (2007), Elsevier's Information Systems (2008), Journal of Research Practice in Information Technology (2009), and Elsevier’s Information Systems (2010).

The best paper of VORTE 2017 will be fast-tracked for extension and publication at the Applied Ontology Journal (IOS Press).


Workshop Paper Submission: May 7, 2017
Workshop Paper Notification: July 16, 2017
Workshop Camera Ready: August 6, 2017


Workshop Chairs:
- João Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil,
- Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy,
- Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada,

Program Committee (tentative):
- Adrian Paschke, Free University Berlin, Germany
- Aldo Gangemi, University of Paris, France
- Andreas Opdahl, University of Bergen, Norway
- Colin Atkinson, University of Mannheim, Germany
- Daniele Porello, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Fabian Neuhaus, University of Magdeburg, Germany
- Fernanda Baião, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Florian Matthes, University of Munich, Germany
- Frank Loebe, University of Leipzig, Germany
- Frederik Gailly, Ghent University, Belgium
- Geert Poels, Ghent University, Belgium
- Guido Governatori, NICTA, Australia
- Hans Weigand, Faculty of Economics of Tilburg University, Netherlands
- Leo Obrst, MITRE Corporation, USA
- Luís Ferreira Pires, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Michel Gagnon, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
- Mike Bennett, Hypercube Ltd, UK
- Mark Linehan, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
- Nicola Guarino, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
- Oliver Kutz, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Oscar Pastor, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
- Paul Johannesson, KTH, Sweden
- Renata Guizzardi, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
- Ricardo Falbo, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
- Roberta Ferrario, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
- Sergio de Cesare, Brunel University, UK
- Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy

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