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Welcome to FOIS 2008, the 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems

Saarbrücken, Germany
Oct 31st - Nov 3rd 2008

co-located with ISWC 2008, Karlsruhe, Germany (Oct 26 - 30)

Since its inception ten years ago, the International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems has explored the multiple perspectives on the notion of ontology that have arisen from such diverse research communities as philosophy, logic, computer science, cognitive science, linguistics, and various scientific domains.

As ontologies have been applied in new and exciting domains such as the World Wide Web, bioinformatics, and geographical information systems, it has become evident that there is a need for ontologies that have been developed with solid theoretical foundations based on philosophical, linguistic, and logical analysis. Similarly, there is also a need for theoretical research that is driven by the issues that have been raised by recent work in the more applied domains.

FOIS is intended to be a forum in which to explore this interplay between the theoretical insights of formal ontology and their application to information systems and emerging semantic technologies.

The official conference language is English.

FOIS conference series.

Photos

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Click on any of the photos to see the full set of Manuel's web album of that day. Peter Yim's photos are here.

Proceedings and Presentations

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Proceedings Cover
You can order the proceedings for EUR 59.50 (German VAT included; plus postage & packing) by contacting Uta Merkle (u.merkle @ univw.uni-saarland.de - remove spaces before and after "@").

You can find the list of accepted papers (and the presentation slides for some of them) here. The poster proceedings are available for download here (PDF).