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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Journal of Applied Ontology - Special Issue on "Ontological Foundations for Conceptual Modeling"
From:   Giancarlo Guizzardi
Email:   guizzardi_(on)_loa-cnr.it
Date received:   13 Jan 2007
Deadline:   01 Mar 2007

CALL FOR PAPERS [Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this announcement] Journal of Applied Ontology: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling http://www.applied-ontology.org/ IOS Press (Editors-in-Chief: Nicola Guarino and Mark A. Musen) Special Issue on **** ONTOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR CONCEPTUAL MODELING **** Expected publication: Winter 2007 Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2007 GUEST EDITORS OF SPECIAL ISSUE =========================================== • Giancarlo Guizzardi, Computer Science Department, UFES, Brazil & Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Trento, Italy • Terry Halpin, Neumont University, South Jordan, Utah, USA OBJECTIVES OF THIS SPECIAL ISSUE =========================================== In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the role played by formal ontology, and more generally, by areas such as philosophy, logics, cognitive sciences and linguistics in the development of theoretical foundations for conceptual modeling in computer science. As it has been shown in a large number of recent publications, so-called foundational ontologies such as BWW, GFO, DOLCE, UFO, BFO, and Chisholm’s have been successfully applied to the evaluation of conceptual modeling languages and frameworks (e.g., UML, ORM, ER) and to the development of engineering tools (e.g., methodological guidelines, modeling profiles, design patterns) that contribute to the theory and practice of conceptual modelling. The purpose of this special issue is to collect innovative and high-quality research contributions regarding the role played by the aforementioned areas to the theoretical foundations of conceptual modeling. This issue should be of interest of several academic communities, including those working on database design, requirements engineering, knowledge engineering, enterprise modeling, agent and object orientation, information systems, software engineering (in particular domain engineering), natural-language processing, business rules and model-driven architectures. We thus solicit contributions in several areas related to Ontological Foundations for Conceptual Modeling. Topics of interest include: • Philosophical and Cognitive Foundations for Conceptual Modeling • Ontology-Based Conceptual Modeling: Methodologies, Tools, and Case Studies • Psychological Experiments Evaluating the Cognitive Adequacy of Conceptual Modeling Primitives • Ontological Analysis of Existing Conceptual Models (including Reference Models) • Role of Ontology-driven Conceptual Modelling for Semantic Interoperability • Ontological Design Patterns • Linguistic theories and Natural-Language Semantics in Conceptual Modeling • Formal Semantics of Conceptual Modeling Languages • Comparison between existing Foundational Ontologies for the purpose of Conceptual Modeling SUBMISSION GUIDELINES =========================================== Submissions, that will undergo a peer-reviewing process, must be sent electronically through the journal's website (http://www.applied- ontology.org/) by the deadline listed below. Detailed instructions for authors are available from the same website. IMPORTANT DATES =========================================== Submissions Deadline March 1st, 2007 Notification of Authors April 15th, 2007 Camera-ready Version May 15th, 2007 Special Issue Publication Winter 2007 ABOUT THE JOURNAL =========================================== Although a formal contribution is not an absolute requirement for contributing to Applied Ontology, the contributors should keep in mind the aim and scope of Applied Ontology, an interdisciplinary journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling. Applied Ontology is a new journal whose focus is on information content in its broadest sense. As the subtitle makes clear, two broad kinds of content-based research activities are envisioned: ontological analysis and conceptual modeling. The former includes any attempt to investigate the nature and structure of a domain of interest using rigorous philosophical or logical tools; the latter concerns the cognitive and linguistic structures we use to model the world, as well as the various analysis tools and methodologies we adopt for producing useful computational models, such as information systems schemes or knowledge structures. Applied Ontology is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling under an interdisciplinary view. It aims to establish a unique niche in the realm of scientific journals by carefully avoiding unnecessary duplication with discipline-oriented journals. For this reason, authors will be encouraged to use language that will be intelligible also to those outside their specific sector of expertise, and the review process will be tailored to this end. For example, authors of theoretical contributions will be encouraged to show the relevance of their theory for applications, while authors of more technological papers will be encouraged to show the relevance of a well-founded theoretical perspective. Moreover, the journal will publish papers focusing on representation languages or algorithms only where these address relevant content issues, whether at the level of practical application or of theoretical understanding. Similarly, it will publish descriptions of tools or implemented systems only where a contribution to the practice of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling is clearly established. _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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