We seek high-quality papers on a wide range of topics. While authors may focus on fairly narrow and specific issues, all papers should emphasize the relevance of the work described to formal ontology and to information systems. Papers that completely ignore one or the other of these aspects will be considered as lying outside the scope of the meeting.

Topic areas of particular interest to the conference are:

Foundational Issues

  • Kinds of entity: particulars vs. universals, continuants vs. occurrents, abstracta vs. concreta, dependent vs. independent, natural vs. artificial
  • Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence, constitution, subsumption, instantiation
  • Vagueness and granularity
  • Identity and change
  • Formal comparison among ontologies
  • Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, ...)
  • Ontology of biological reality (genes, proteins, cells, organisms, ...)
  • Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions and other mental attitudes; emotions, ...)
  • Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms, social relationships, artistic expressions, ...)
  • Ontology of the information society (information, communication, meaning negotiation, ...)
  • Ontology and Natural Language Semantics, Ontology and Cognition

Methodologies and Applications

  • Top-level vs. application ontologies
  • Ontology integration and alignment; role of reference ontologies
  • Ontology-driven information systems design
  • Requirements engineering
  • Knowledge engineering
  • Knowledge management and organization
  • Knowledge representation; Qualitative modeling
  • Computational lexica; Terminology
  • Information retrieval; Question-answering
  • Semantic Web; Web services; Grid computing
  • Domain-specific ontologies, especially for: Biomedical science, eBusiness, Enterprise integration, Geography, Law, Library science, Linguistics, ...