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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Special Issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
From:   Chris Brewster
Email:   C.Brewster_(on)_dcs.shef.ac.uk
Date received:   29 Aug 2005
Deadline:   15 Sep 2005

Apologies for cross-posting. Call for Papers: Special Issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies: "KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION WITH ONTOLOGIES: PRESENT CHALLENGES - FUTURE POSSIBILITIES" Guest Editors: Christopher Brewster and Kieron O'Hara http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/%7Ekiffer/IJHCS.html ------------------------------------------- | Deadline extended to 15 September 2005 | ------------------------------------------- Recently, we have seen an explosion of interest in ontologies as artifacts to represent human knowledge and as critical components in knowledge management, the Semantic Web, business-to-business applications, and several other application areas. Various research communities commonly assume that ontologies are the appropriate modelling structure for representing knowledge. However, little discussion has occurred regarding the actual range of knowledge an ontology can successfully represent. What are the limits of ontology-based representation? Some types of knowledge are extremely suited to ontological representation, such as taxonomic information, but clearly this isn't always the case. We can't always easily represent certain types of knowledge (for example, skills or distributed knowledge), nor easily transform types of representation into ontology-appropriate formats (for example, diagrammatic knowledge). And with the expanded recognition of multiple modalities, does our vision of an ontology change? Can we speak of multi-media ontologies? This is of even greater significance as Knowledge Management recognises more exactly the range of knowledge that is embodied in an organisation. Most, but not all, definitions of "ontology" insist that an ontology specifically represents common, shared conceptual structures. Does this requirement for publicity help guarantee adequacy? And if so, can we talk of personal ontologies? If ontologies have to represent knowledge relatively coarsely or approximately, how much is this likely to matter in realistic contexts? Will scale be a problem? This special issue seeks outstanding papers on the potential and the limits of ontologies in the broad range of fields in which they have come to play a major part. We wish to stimulate discussion so as to facilitate a vision of where ontologies and knowledge representations are heading. Contributions should be original and unpublished studies. We are interested in both theoretical and practical research concerning the limits and value of ontologies, including: evaluations of the practical applicability of ontology based technologies; their limits and potentials; issues and solutions for problematic real-world applications; tools and techniques for ontology building and maintenance. Papers concerning the following topics will be particularly welcome, though any other topic relevant to the theme of the limits and value of ontological representations would be acceptable: - Limits of the knowledge representable in ontologies - New approaches to representing non-standard forms of knowledge using ontologies - Alternatives to/Evolution of ontologies - Formal vs. informal ontologies - Multimedia ontologies - Ontologies as corporate memories - Intellectual property and the commercial significance of ontologies - Issues in ontology maintenance - Ontologies for web-scale applications - The evaluation and trust of ontologies Important Dates ---------------------------------------- Paper submissions: 15 September, 2005 Notification of acceptance: 1 November, 2005 Final versions due: 1 February, 2006 Journal publication: Summer, 2006 Format for submissions --------------------------------------- Paper should be formatted in accordance with IJHCS guidelines available in the journal, or at http://authors.elsevier.com/journal/ijhcs and should be between 6000-8000 words in length. Authors of submitted journals may be invited to take part in the review process. Submission should be made in pdf or word format electronically to C.Brewster_(on)_dcs.shef.ac.uk. ***************************************************** Natural Language Processing Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield Tel: +44(0)114-22.21967 Fax: +44 (0)114-22.21810 Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street Sheffield S1 4DP UNITED KINGDOM Web: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/%7Ekiffer/ ***************************************************** A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of an idea within a wall of words.--- Samuel Butler _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_mailman.elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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