WoMO 2012

6th International Workshop on Modular Ontologies

24 July, Graz, Austria


Modularity, studied for years in software engineering, allows mechanisms for easy and flexible reuse, generalization, structuring, maintenance, design patterns, and comprehension. In formal and applied ontology, modularity is central to reducing the complexity of designing and understanding ontologies, and to facilitating ontology verification, reasoning, development, maintenance and integration.

Recent research on ontology modularity shows substantial progress in foundations of modularity, techniques of modularization and modular development, distributed reasoning and empirical evaluation. These results provide a solid foundation and exciting prospects for further research and development.

The workshop continues a series of successful events that have been an excellent venue for practitioners and researchers to discuss latest and current work; the most recent WoMOs were held at FOIS 2010 and ESSLLI 2011. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. BulletWhat is modularity: kinds of modules and their properties; modules vs. contexts; design patterns; granularity of representation;

  2. BulletLogical/foundational studies: conservativity; modular ontology languages; reconciling inconsistencies across modules; formal structuring of modules; heterogeneity;

  3. BulletAlgorithmic approaches: distributed and incremental reasoning; modularization and module extraction; sharing, linking, reuse; privacy; evaluation of modularization approaches; complexity of reasoning; implemented systems;

  4. BulletApplications: semantic web; life sciences; bio-ontologies; natural language processing; space and time; ambient intelligence; social intelligence; collaborative ontology development and ontology versioning.

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