International Workshop on Ontology Matching

collocated with the 5th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC-2006
November 5, 2006: Masters Hall, 1st floor, GA Center, Athens, Georgia, USA

OM-2006 proceedings [PDF]: CEUR-WS Vol-225

Objectives Call for papers Submissions Accepted papers Program Organization


Ontology matching is a key interoperability enabler for the Semantic Web, since it takes the ontologies as input and determines as output correspondences between the semantically related entities of those ontologies. These correspondences can be used for various tasks, such as ontology merging, query answering, data translation, or for navigation on the Semantic Web. Thus, matching ontologies enables the knowledge and data expressed in the matched ontologies to interoperate.

The workshop has two goals:

    To bring together academic and industry leaders to assess how academic advances are addressing real-world requirements. The workshop will strive to improve academic awareness of industrial needs, and therefore direct research towards those needs. Simultaneously, the workshop will serve to inform industry representatives about existing research efforts that may meet their business needs. Moreover, it is central to the aims of the workshop to evaluate how technologies for ontology matching are going to evolve, which research topics are in the academic agenda and how these can fit emerging business issues.

    To conduct an extensive evaluation of ontology matching approaches through the OAEI (Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative) 2006 campaign. The particular focus of this year’s OAEI campaign is on real-world matching tasks from specific domains, such as medicine, food. Therefore, the ontology matching evaluation initiative itself will provide a solid ground for discussion of how well the current approaches are meeting business needs.

Call for papers


The workshop encourages participation from both academia and industry with its emphasis on theoretical and practical aspects of ontology matching. On the one side, we expect representatives from industry to present business cases and their requirements for ontology matching. On the other side, we expect academic participants to present their approaches vis-a-vis those industrial requirements.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Application of ontology matching techniques in real-world scenarios;
  • Requirements to ontology matching from specific domains;
  • Formal foundations and frameworks for ontology matching;
  • Performance of ontology-matching techniques;
  • Background knowledge in ontology matching;
  • Uncertainty in ontology matching;
  • Interactive ontology matching;
  • Ontology matching evaluation methodology;
  • Ontology matching for information integration;
  • Ontology matching for query answering;
  • Ontology matching for dynamic environments;
  • Systems and Infrastructures.

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of technical papers addressing different issues of ontology matching as well as participating in the OAEI 2006 campaign. Technical papers should be not longer than 12 pages using the LNCS Style. These should be prepared in PDF format and should be sent (no later than August 11, 2006) by email to Pavel Shvaiko: pavel at dit dot unitn dot it

Contributors to the OAEI 2006 campaign have to follow the contest conditions and schedule at

Important Dates:

  • August 11, 2006: CLOSED
    Deadline for the submission of papers.
  • September 14, 2006: NOTIFICATIONS SENT
    Deadline for the notification of acceptance/rejection.
  • September 21, 2006: CLOSED
    Workshop camera ready copy submission.
  • November 5, 2006:
    OM-2006, GA Center, Athens, Georgia, USA.

Contributions will be refereed by the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Accepted Papers

Technical Papers:

OAEI Papers:



Invited Talks:

  • Fausto Giunchiglia [CANCELLED]
    University of Trento, Italy
    Title: On background knowledge: The case study of ontology matching [Abstract]

    About the speaker:
           Currently: Professor of Computer Science at the University of Trento, Department of Information and Communication Technology.
           Scientific interests: My research has covered many different, but very related areas, among them: knowledge representation, context and reasoning with context, knowledge management and peer-to-peer knowledge management, agent oriented software engineering, formal methods, theorem proving, model checking. I have covered all the spectrum from theory (formal logics) to technology transfer. Lately, I have become interested in how research results go to the market and produce innovation.
           Academic and scientific track: around fifty journal papers; around two hundred publications overall; more than thirty invited talks in international events; program or conference chair of around ten international events, among them: IJCAI 2005, Mobiquitous 2004, Context 2003, AOSE 2002, Coopis 2001, KR&R 2000; program committee member of many conferences and workshops in, e.g., Artificial Intelligence, data bases, agents, information systems, automated reasoning, semantic web; editor or editorial board member of around ten journals, among them: Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems, Journal of applied non Classical Logics, Journal of Software Tools for Technology Transfer, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.
           Scientific and Academic management positions (selected list): Member of the ECCAI Fellows Selection Committee (04-06), IJCAI Board of Trustees member (01-11), President of IJCAI (05-07), President of KR, Inc. (02-04), Advisory Board member of KR, Inc., Steering Committee member of the CONTEXT conference.

  • Amit Sheth
    University of Georgia and Semagix, USA
    Title: {Ontology: Resource} x {Matching : Mapping} x {Schema : Instance} ::
    Components of the same challenge

    About the speaker: Amit Sheth is a professor of Computer Science and the director of the LSDIS lab at the University of Georgia (UGA), and an IEEE Fellow. Before joining UGA, he served in R&D groups at Bellcore, Unisys, and Honeywell. His research has led to two successful startups, three significant commercial products, several commercial and open source tools, and several deployed applications. He has authored around 250 publications, has given 25 keynotes and over 160 invited talks/colloquia, and organized as co-chair 25 international conferences/workshops. He is the EIC of the Intl. Journal on Semantic Web & Information Systems, a co-editor of Springer Series on Semantic Web & Beyond: Computing for Human Experience, and is on the editorial board of five journals including Internet Computing. In January 2007, he will join the Wright State University as LexisNexis Eminent Scholar and start the Kno.e.sis center for research in Knowledge enabled Information & Service Sciences.

Schedule: --PDF version--

  8:00-8:30 Poster setup
  8:30-8:50 Welcome and workshop overview
  8:50-9:50 Keynote address
Title:{Ontology: Resource} x {Matching : Mapping} x {Schema : Instance} ::
Components of the same challenge

Amit Sheth
 9:50-10:30 Paper presentation session: Background knowledge
 9:50-10:10 Using the semantic web as background knowledge for ontology mapping
Marta Sabou, Mathieu d'Aquin, Enrico Motta
 10:10-10:30 Exploiting the structure of background knowledge used in ontology matching
Zharko Aleksovski, Warner ten Kate, Frank van Harmelen
 10:30-11:30 Coffee break / Poster session / Consensus building workshop
 11:30-12:50 Paper presentation session: Requirements, matching strategies and
alignment explanation
 11:30-11:50 Towards understanding the needs of cognitive support for ontology mapping
Sean M. Falconer, Natalya F. Noy, Margaret-Anne Storey
 11:50-12:10 Applying an analytic method for matching approach selection
Malgorzata Mochol, Anja Jentzsch, Jérôme Euzenat
 12:10-12:30 Improving automatically created mappings using logical reasoning
Christian Meilicke, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Andrei Tamilin
 12:30-12:50 Arguing over ontology alignments
Loredana Laera, Valentina Tamma, Jérôme Euzenat,
Trevor Bench-Capon, Terry Payne
 12:50-14:00 Lunch
 14:00-15:30 Paper presentation session: OAEI-2006 campaign
 14:00-14:30 Introduction to the Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative 2006
Jérôme Euzenat, Malgorzata Mochol, Pavel Shvaiko, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Ondřej Šváb, Vojtěch Svátek, Willem Robert van Hage, Mikalai Yatskevich
 14:30-14:45 AUTOMS: Automated ontology mapping through synthesis of methods
Konstantinos Kotis, Alexandros Valarakos, George Vouros
 CANCELLED COMA++: Results for the ontology alignment contest OAEI 2006
Sabine Massmann, Daniel Engmann, Erhard Rahm
 14:45-15:00 DSSim-ontology mapping with uncertainty
Miklos Nagy, Maria Vargas-Vera, Enrico Motta
 15:00-15:15 The results of Falcon-AO in the OAEI 2006 Campaign
Wei Hu, Gong Cheng, Dongdong Zheng, Xinyu Zhong, Yuzhong Qu
 15:15-15:30 ISLab HMatch results for OAEI 2006
Silvana Castano, Alfio Ferrara, Gianpaolo Messa
 15:30-16:00 Coffee break / Poster session Top
 16:00-17:30 Paper presentation session: OAEI-2006 campaign (cont’d)
 16:00-16:15 JHU/APL Onto-Mapology results for OAEI 2006
Wayne L. Bethea, Clayton R. Fink, John S. Beecher-Deighan
 16:15-16:30 NLM anatomical ontology alignment system. Results of the 2006 ontology alignment contest
Songmao Zhang, Olivier Bodenreider
 16:30-16:45 OWL-CtxMatch in the OAEI 2006 alignment contest
Slawomir Niedbala
 16:45-17:00 PRIOR system: results for OAEI 2006
Ming Mao, Yefei Peng
 17:00-17:15 Result of ontology alignment with RiMOM at OAEI’06
Yi Li, Juanzi Li, Duo Zhang, Jie Tang
 17:15-18:00 Discussion and wrap-up

Organizing Committee:

  • Richard Benjamins
    Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO), Spain
  • Jérôme Euzenat
    INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Natasha Noy
    SMI, Stanford University, USA
  • Pavel Shvaiko (Main contact)
    DIT, University of Trento, Italy
    E-mail: pavel at dit dot unitn dot it
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt
    KR & KM Research Group, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Michael Uschold
    The Boeing Company, USA

Program Committee:

  • Benjamin Ashpole, Bashpole, Inc., USA
  • Richard Benjamins, Intelligent Software Components, Spain
  • Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy
  • Jérôme Euzenat, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento, Italy
  • Andreas Hess, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Wei Hu, Southeast University, China
  • Jingshan Huang, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Todd Hughes, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, USA
  • Michael Huhns, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Ryutaro Ichise, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Yannis Kalfoglou, University of Southampton, UK
  • Deborah McGuinness, Stanford University, USA
  • Meenakshi Nagarajan, University of Georgia, USA
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA
  • Satya Sahoo, University of Georgia, USA
  • Marco Schorlemmer, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Spain
  • Pavel Shvaiko, University of Trento, Italy
  • Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany
  • Umberto Straccia, ISTI-C.N.R., Italy
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Michael Uschold, The Boeing Company, USA
  • Petko Valtchev, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Mikalai Yatskevich, University of Trento, Italy


We appreciate support from the FP6 Network of Excellence project KnowledgeWeb
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