3rd International Workshop on Ontology Alignment and Visualization - OnAV'10

February 16, 2010 Krakow, Poland, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Cracow College
In conjunction with the International Conference on Complex,
Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems



Ontologies provide a shared common understanding about the entities of a given domain, enabling reuse of data and information. Ontologies are becoming pervasive; they can model the structure of a knowledge system, be used to annotate data, applied to software agents or describe web services. Furthermore, ontologies form the back-bone of the Semantic Web effort, which envisions the Internet as a globally linked database, one that supports data interoperability and machine readable semantics.

However, as the use of ontologies grows, inevitably, many challenges must be addressed. Ontologies must be peer reviewed and updated through consensus, data annotations have to be updated as ontologies change, bringing issues of collaboration and trust to the forefront of semantic web technologies. Moreover, specific issues for ontology development and alignment such as: user support, human factors, alignment accuracy, applicability of different approaches, scalability, ontology evolution/versioning, run-time requirements of semantic web services and applications, etc. are critical to the success of the Semantic Web.

Over the past decade, a number of cognitive support tools for assisting users with ontology development tasks such as navigation, exploration, annotation, and mapping have been developed. Human intervention is necessary for the development of ontologies, to help evaluate the quality of ontologies and make judgments about mapping correspondences. Promising techniques from information visualization, human computer interaction, and computer supported collaborative work can, and have been applied, to help support such tasks. Furthermore, initial studies have shown that visualization can help such management tasks as ontology evaluation and alignment.

The OnAV Workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers discussing state of the art approaches to ontology management and alignment, and in particular, to investigate how information visualization techniques can be applied to support ontology navigation, ontology alignment decision making tasks, and ontology evaluation. However, we also encourage researchers and practitioners working in other areas such as ontologies for Semantic Web applications, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, to submit interesting and challenging contributions.