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Subject: [ E-CFP ] Call for papers: International Workshop on "Definitions in Ontologies" at ICBO'13
From: <selja.seppala.unige_(on)_gmail.com>
Date received: 06 Mar 2013
Deadline: 15 Apr 2013
Start date: 07 Jul 2013

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International Workshop on "Definitions in Ontologies" at ICBO
2013 (International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies) July 7,
2013 Montreal, Canada

Website: http://definitionsinontologies.weebly.com/

Ontologies built using OBO Foundry principles are advised to
include both formal (logical) definitions, as well as natural
language definitions. Depending on the effort, one or the other
can be underrepresented. Possible explanations to this bottleneck
are the high cost of producing well-written definitions; an
insufficient understanding of the nature of natural language
definitions or of logic; the lack of an operational theory of
definitions; the lack of studies that evaluate usability and
effectiveness of definitions in ontologies; a paucity of tools to
help with definition authoring and checking. Producing natural
language definitions is time-consuming, costly and prone to all
kinds of inconsistencies. Producing logical definitions that are
effective, correct, and communicative is also difficult. It is
therefore worth exploring different ways of assisting, with
automation, creation and quality control of definitions.

This workshop gathers interested researchers and developers to
reflect upon general themes as the selection and modeling of
defining information; the relation between definitions in
specific domains as opposed to domain-independent definitions;
the theoretical underpinnings of definitions; tools that can
facilitate relating logical and natural language definitions. In
addition, we would want to encourage participation by different
communities using definitions so that their needs can be exposed.


The workshop will consist of two parts. First, selected
presentations of short papers from attendees. Second, a guided
discussion based on the participants' suggestions. This
discussion is aimed at synthetizing and prioritizing defining
practices. All papers should end with a suggestion on the
defining practices or users' needs regarding definitions. We
will, based on the presentations and discussion, collect a list
of recommendations relating to definitions in ontologies to be
posted on the workshop's website.


We solicit participation from developers and users from all
around the world and different linguistic communities in the
areas of ontology, natural language processing, information
retrieval, logics, philosophy, terminology and lexicology. We
want to encourage participation of ontologists and tool
developers building ontology authoring tools; philosophers and
logicians who can shed light on the issues in creating
definitions; biomedical researchers interested in the role of
definitions in nomenclatures such as SNOMED; computer scientists
interested in the treatment of definitions in the framework of
languages like OWL; terminologists and lexicologists working on
definitions and their modeling; NLP researchers working on
definition extraction techniques or on information retrieval
methods for definition production; and NLP/IR researchers reusing
definitions produced for ontologies.


Topics of interest are split between foundational aspects,
pragmatic issues and user perspectives. Below we list some
possible topics.

===== Foundational aspects =======================

   * Theories of definition and their implications for the
     defining practice
   * Realist versus conceptualist approaches in definition
   * Definition modeling: what kinds of information are defining
   * Domain-independent versus domain-specific definition models
   * Formal versus natural language definitions

===== Pragmatic issues ===========================

   * Quality control in definitions
   * Ways of evaluating definitions
   * Comparison and evaluation of different definition production
     techniques: handwritten, automatically generated from formal
     definitions, extracted from corpora or constructed from
     information retrieved from corpora
   * Methods and tools to automate definition production and
   * (Multilingual) definition generation
   * Information retrieval for definition production
   * Use of definition models to facilitate information retrieval
   * Definition extraction from corpora
   * Interactions between ontologies and lexical resources
     (WordNet, FrameNet)
   * Consequences/Strategies of giving necessary versus necessary
     and sufficient definitions, or simply sufficient definitions
   * Coordination of logical and textual definitions
   * Alternatives to and variants of definitions: elucidations,
     explanations, glosses, figures

===== User perspectives ==========================

   * Assessment of definitions used in current practice
   * Balancing needs of within discipline use and wider use of
   * Use of specialized terminology versus general vocabulary
   * Presentation of definitions to different user audiences
   * Alternatives/Augmentations of textual definitions, such as
     figures and images for anatomy, where textual definitions
     may be harder to formulate


Deadline for submission: April 15, 2013 Notification of
acceptance: May 15, 2013 Camera-ready copies for the proceedings:
June 15, 2013 Workshop: July 7, 2013


We welcome short papers, up to 6 pages, excluding references. All
papers should end with a suggestion on the defining practices or
users' needs regarding definitions.

Papers are to be prepared using the ICBO templates
and submitted via EasyChair
(https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=do2013). All papers
must be http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 original. By
submitting a paper, the authors agree to publication of their
paper in the proceedings under the CC-BY 3.0 license (open
access). The proceedings of the workshop will be published on
CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS.org).


Selja Seppälä (University at Buffalo, USA), seljamar_(at)_buffalo.edu
Alan Ruttenberg (University at Buffalo, USA),


César Aguilar (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) Nathalie
Aussenac-Gilles (National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS),
France) Caroline Barrière (CRIM, Canada) Thomas Bittner
(University at Buffalo, USA) Mélanie Courtot (British Columbia
Cancer Research Centre, Canada) Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton
University, USA) Natalia Grabar (Université de Lille 3, France)
Janna Hastings (European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK)
Marie-Claude L'Homme (Université de Montréal, Canada) James
Malone (European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK) Alexis
Nasr (Aix Marseille Université, France) Fabian Neuhaus (National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA) James Overton
(Knocean, Toronto, Canada) Richard Power (The Open University,
UK) Patrice Seyed (Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, USA) Robert Stevens (The University of
Manchester, UK) Allan Third (The Open University, UK) Sandra
Williams (The Open University, UK)

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