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Subject:   Applied Ontology jumps across the semantic gap
From:   Astrid Engelen
Email:   A.Engelen_(on)_iospress.nl
Date received:   15 Dec 2005

Applied Ontology jumps across the semantic gap FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Astrid Engelen Editorial Office IOS Press Tel.: + 31 20 688 33 55 E-mail: market_(on)_iospress.nl Amsterdam, 10 November, 2005 – It is widely recognized that the most important problems facing information technology today are semantic in nature—they concern the ways in which the syntax of our systems relates to the content and objects addressed by real-world applications. The persisting, ubiquitous distance between syntax and content is called the semantic gap. Ontologies, which make explicit the semantics of a vocabulary in a machine-processable way, play a key role in bridging such a gap. Nicola Guarino and Mark Musen, Co-Editors-in-Chief of the new IOS Press journal Applied Ontology, acknowledge the explosive interest in ontologies, reflecting the need to focus squarely on the content of information, rather than just on the formats and languages used to represent such content. Musen: “This is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling, within an interdisciplinary view.” “Applied Ontology aims at being a major publication forum for theoretical and applied research in a variety of topics, including specialized ontologies in particular fields, ontology-development methodology, relationships among ontology, language, cognition, and perception, as well as foundational issues and innovative ontology-based applications, such as the Semantic Web,” says Guarino. The papers appearing in the first issue are intended to show the journal’s character, and the overall attitude we shall adopt. They include a number of short notes from the members of our editorial board, intended to establish a forum for interdisciplinary discussion, as well as original articles concerning the ontology of relative space, a presentation of the Web Service Modeling Ontology, an extension to the OntoClean methodology and an analysis of the semantics of relationships aimed at comparing and integrating different database schemes. © 2005 IOS Press. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------- About Nicola Guarino Nicola Guarino is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council, where he leads the Laboratory for Applied Ontology in Trento. He has been active in the ontology field since 1991, playing a leading role in promoting the study of ontological foundations of knowledge engineering and conceptual modeling under an interdisciplinary approach. Guarino is general chair of the conference series on "Formal Ontology in Information Systems" (FOIS). Among the best known results of his research work are the OntoClean methodology and the DOLCE foundational ontology. More information on Nicola Guarino can be found at www.loa-cnr.it <http://www.loa-cnr.it/> . About Mark Musen Mark Musen is Professor of Medicine (Medical Informatics) and Computer Science at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. He is co-director of the U.S. National Center for Ontological Research and principal investigator of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He is principal investigator of the Protégé project, which has led to the most widely used ontology-management system in the world. Musen conducts research on the modeling and use of ontologies to build intelligent systems. More information on Mark Musen can be found at www.smi.stanford.edu/people/musen. About Applied Ontology - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling Applied Ontology - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling is a new journal whose focus is on information content in its broadest sense. The first issue will be published at the end of November 2005 and is already available online. Please visit www.iospress.nl <http://www.iospress.nl/> or the journal’s website www.applied-ontology.org for more information. In 2006, Applied Ontology will be published in one volume of four issues (volume 2). About IOS Press Commencing its publishing activities in 1987, IOS Press ( <http://www.iospress.com/> www.iospress.nl) is a rapidly expanding scientific, technical, medical and professional publishing house focusing on a broad range of subject areas. Headquartered in Amsterdam, IOS Press publishes approximately 100 new books per annum and 70 international journals, covering topics ranging from computer science and mathematics to medicine and the natural sciences. Electronic access to all journals is now available. 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