The Information Quality (IQ) Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is ready for Business Semantics driven Data Governance

September 11, 2013

The Information Quality (IQ) Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is ready for Business Semantics driven Data Governance


ODBASE 2013: Accepted papers and Conference Programme

August 4, 2013

10 September

KEYNOTE by Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth (DERI Galway), 08:30-10:00

Querying and Mining Semantic Information , 10:30:00-12:00:00

  1. Efficient Parallel Processing of Analytical Queries on Linked Data,
    Stefan Hagedorn, Kai-Uwe Sattler
  2. Analysis of User Editing Patterns in Ontology Development Projects,
    Hao Wang, Tania Tudorache, Dejing Dou, Natalya Noy, Mark Musen
  3. Complexity of Inconsistency-Tolerant Query Answering in Datalog+/–,
    Thomas Lukasiewicz, Maria Vanina Martinez, Gerardo Simari
  4. Preference-Based Query Answering in Probabilistic Datalog+/- Ontologies,
    Thomas Lukasiewicz, Maria Vanina Martinez, Gerardo Simari
  5. Towards a Cooperative Query Language for Semantic Web Database Queries,
    Stéphane Jean, Allel Hadjali, Ammar Mars

Semantic Matching and Mapping, 13:30:00-15:00:00

  1. The AgreementMakerLight Ontology Matching System,
    Daniel Faria, Catia Pesquita, Emanuel Santos, Matteo Palmonari, Isabel Cruz, Francisco Couto
  2. Flexible Matchmaking for RESTful Web Services,
    Fatma Slaimi, Sana Sellami, Omar Boucelma, Ahlem Ben Hassine
  3. Mix’n’Match: An Alternative Approach for Combining Ontology Matchers,
    Simon Steyskal, Axel Polleres
  4. Evaluation of Technologies for Mapping Representation in Ontologies,
    Olga Kovalenko, Christophe Debruyne, Estefanía Serral, Stefan Biffl

Semantic Information Management 1, 15:30:00-17:00:00

  1. Incremental Maintenance of RDF Views of Relational Data,
    Vania Vidal, Marco Casonava, Diego Cardoso
  2. Semantically Interlinked Notification System for Ubiquitous Presence Management,
    Qaiser Mehmood, Muhammad Intizar Ali, Ollie Fagan, Owen Friel, Alessandra Mileo
  3. Semantic Measures Based on RDF Projections: Application to Content-Based Recommendation Systems,
    Sébastien Harispe, Sylvie Ranwez, Stefan Janaqi, Jacky Montmain
  4. Analyzing Dimension Mappings and Properties in Data Warehouse Integration,
    Domenico Beneventano, Marius Octavian Olaru, Maurizio Vincini
  5. Imposing a semantic schema for the detection of potential mistakes in knowledge resources,
    Vincenzo Maltese

11 September:

Ontology Engineering, 10:30:00-12:00:00

  1. Semantic Enrichment of OLAP Cubes: Multi-dimensional Ontologies and their Representation in SQL and OWL,
    Bernd Neumayr, Christoph Schütz, Michael Schrefl
  2. Ontology driven information extraction from tables using connectivity analysis,
    Ashwin Bahulkar, Sreedhar Reddy
  3. Efficient Projection of Ontologies,
    Julius Köpke, Johann Eder, Michaela Schicho
  4. Using a Reputation Framework to Identify Community Leaders in Ontology Engineering,
    Christophe Debruyne, Niels Nijs
  5. Categorization of modeling language concepts: graded or discrete?,
    Dirk van der Linden

Social Event Afternoon

12 September

Semantic Information Management 2, 10:30:00-12:00:00

  1. Dealing with Context Ambiguity in Context-Based Information Re-finding,
    Tangjian Deng, Liang Zhao, Ling Feng
  2. Cognitive Modeling for Topic Expansion,
    Sumant Kulkarni, Srinath Srinivasa, Rajeev Arora
  3. Extended Tversky Similarity for Resolving Terminological Heterogeneities Across Ontologies,
    DuyHoa Ngo, Zohra Bellahsene, Konstantin Todorov
  4. From Theoretical Framework To Generic Semantic Measures Library,
    Sébastien Harispe, Stefan Janaqi, Sylvie Ranwez, Jacky Montmain
  5. Towards Efficient Stream Reasoning,
    Debnath Mukherjee, Snehasis Banerjee, Prateep Misra

Semantics in Use, 13:30:00-15:00:00

  1. Ontology-Based Semantic Annotation of Documents in the Context of Patient Identification for Clinical Trials,
    Peter Geibel, Martin Trautwein, Hebun Erdur, Lothar Zimmermann, Stefan Krüger, Josef Schepers, Kati Jegzentis, Frank Müller, Christian Hans Nolte, Anne Becker, Markus Frick, Jochen Setz, Jan Friedrich Scheitz, Serdar Tütüncü, Tatiana Usnich, Alfred Holzgreve, Thorsten Schaaf, Thomas Tolxdorff, Christian Hans Nolte, Anne Becker, Markus Frick, Jochen Setz, Jan Friedrich Scheitz, Serdar Tütüncü, Tatiana Usnich, Alfred Holzgreve, Thorsten Schaaf, Thomas Tolxdorff
  2. Can Ontologies Systematically Help in the Design of Domain-Specific Visual Languages?,
    Maria das Graças da Silva Teixeira, Ricardo de Almeida Falbo, Giancarlo Guizzardi
  3. A Data Space System for the Criminal Justice Chain,
    Jan van Dijk, Sunil Choenni, Erik Leertouwer, Marco Spruit, Sjaak Brinkkemper
  4. Exploiting social tagging in Web API search,
    Devis Bianchini, Valeria De Antonellis, Michele Melchiori

Principles of ICT Democracy: can communities themselves build their ontologies ?

July 25, 2013

The early days of data governance

pieter de leenheer

The second-generation Web (2.0) is a complex socio-technical system of unforeseen growth and dynamics. On-line communities emerge and interact all around a usually self-organising manner supported by interactive applications, including bookmarking, tagging, blogging, and wikis, being developed and shared at little or no cost.  The emerging range of Semantic Web and other open technologies promises an increase in scale and maturity of knowledge sharing, achieved through collaboration and integration within and between diverse communities.

Considering the current pace of social and technological development, it seems that the transformation of the Web from a network of separately siloed applications and content repositories to a more seamless and semantically interoperable ecosystem is at hand, opening a wide range of scientific challenges and opportunities. However, while simple, the idea of the Semantic Web remains largely unrealised.

Semantic interoperability is the ability of two or more information systems or their (computerised) components to…

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On Business Service Semantics

March 8, 2013

Below you can find the slides of my talk about this topic at the International Conference on Exploring Service Sciences in Porto, Feb 2013.

De Leenheer, P.; Cardoso, J.; Pedrinaci (2013) Ontological Representation and Governance of Business Semantics in Compliant Service Networks. In Proc. of IESS 2012, Springer, LNBIP 143, pp. 155–169

Business Service Semantics: Ontological Representation & Governance of Business Semantics in Compliant Service Networks from Pieter De Leenheer
Abstract: The Internet would enable new ways for service innovation and trading, as well as for analysing the resulting value networks, with an unprecedented level of scale and dynamics. Yet most related eco- nomic activities remain of a largely brittle and manual nature. Service- oriented business implementations focus on operational aspects at the cost of value creation aspects such as quality and regulatory compliance. Indeed they enforce how to carry out a certain business in a prefixed non-adaptive manner rather than capturing the semantics of a business domain in a way that would enable service systems to adapt their role in changing value propositions. In this paper we set requirements for SDL- compliant business service semantics, and propose a method for their ontological representation and governance. We demonstrate an imple- mentation of our approach in the context of service-oriented Information Governance.

CFP First International IFIP Working Conference on Value-Driven Social Semantics & Collective Intelligence (VaSCo) at ACM Web Science 2013 and co-located with Hypertext 2013, CHI 2013

February 28, 2013

CFP First International IFIP Working Conference on Value-Driven Social Semantics & Collective Intelligence (VaSCo) at ACM Web Science 2013 and co-located with Hypertext 2013, CHI 2013


  • Pieter De Leenheer, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Collibra NV, Belgium (IFIP WG 12.7 chair)
  • John Breslin, DERI, National University of Galway, Ireland (IFIP WG 12.7 co-chair)
  • Harith Alani, The Open University, UK
  • Ricard Ruiz de Querol, Arquetip Lab, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Karolin Kappler, Department of Sociology II / Diagnosis of the Present, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany 


  • Wolfgang Nejdl (tentative)

Goals and Motivation

The IFIP Working Group 12.7 on Social Semantics and Collective Intelligence introduces this workshop to reach out to the broader scientific community.

The key goal of this workshop is to establish a multidisciplinary forum that searches for and studies the theoretical foundations, new paradigms, methodologies, technologies, and practical applications that will bring us to a more explicit and meaningful understanding of collective intelligence and social (networking) semantics on the largely tacit Value Web.
In other words: how do knowledge- and social-connectivity on the Web contribute to (social/business) value co-creation and the other way around; and how can we use this knowledge to discover new ways of value co-creation? Secondly, it aims to investigate and promote the applications of such systems in science, industry, and society at large, including opportunities for standardization.

Why the topic is of particular interest at this time

This workshop narrows the study of Web Science down by focusing on the role of Web relationships as a catalyst for innovation, i.e., a Value Web. This brings us to the central problem statement of this workshop: How can organisations or people (transform so they can) harness the Web to collectively produce value?

The search for the answer starts from a number of commonly accepted phenomena:

  1. It was not through careful top-down planning, but rather through the evolution of a set of elementary Internet technologies designed for decentralised use, that the “Socio-Semantic” Web emerged with such a dramatic level of complexity and scale, in less than two decades (see Zittrain’s generativity principle).
  2. Services are becoming the dominant unit of value-creation strategy, management, and operation:
    1. From a marketing logic point of view, this brings along a shift from transaction-based to relationship-based customer interaction featuring rich service-in-use sentiment and valuation.
    2. From a business innovation and management strategy perspective, enterprises seek a network-centric strategy that focus on collective innovation of services and platforms.
    3. From an IT perspective, service-orientation is a promising paradigm to functionally decompose inward-oriented organisational processes into outward-oriented business service components.
  3. The evolution of Web Relationships exhibit non-linear patterns as proposed.

Understanding the collective intelligence and social semantics of the “Value Web” start from these three premises because they are the product of the Socio-Semantic Web, Service Science, and Web Science so far. The goal and premises of the workshop will be studied from different perspectives, including computer science, marketing, innovation management and strategy, social sciences.

Topics of interest

Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • theory, formal models, e.g. ontologies, and emerging new paradigms of organized and informal value-creating communities and their collaborative processes
  • semantics of data and knowledge about value objects – inherent to Web relationships – that would lead them to gravitate towards unanticipated value propositions on the Value Web.
  • auto-emergence of social semantics; harvesting and mining collective intelligence from community interactions;
  • social network effects and collective intelligence
  • emergent establishment of relationships to collectively produce value propositions such as products or services, common sense knowledge, or socio-political fora
  • to make explicit the engineering and prototyping of supporting knowledge-based systems for collective intelligence;
  • collective intelligence in linked data; evolution and quality assurance of such linked data;
  • the interaction of formal semantics with informal social semantics; social web interoperability issues; modeling of situational awareness; hybrid socio-technical systems;
  • identity and authentication of entities and services on the Value Web; related issues of trust, privacy and security;
  • implementation and exploitation of social semantics as web services; self-organizing services tailored to communities; methodologies for adoption of such services;
  • scalability issues for web-sized collective intelligence;
  • “paid” crowds as a type of community where reciprocity is based on money;
  • Decision support to reason about value and relationships in value networks
  • Profiling social hackers
  • Collective intelligence as viewed from the social sciences perspective
  • Social innovation for the development of collective intelligence

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: March 23, 2013
  • Acceptance Notification: April 1, 2013
  • Camera Ready Due: April 7, 2013
  • Author Registration Due: April 3, 2013
  • Workshop: May 1, 2013

Submission Guidelines

Submission URL is:
Contact Email is

Papers submitted to VASCO’13 must not have been accepted for publication or be under review for another workshop or conference. All submitted papers will be evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. All papers will be refereed by at least 3 members of the PC. All submissions must be in English. We solicit short papers describing (i) new ideas (5-8 pages) and (ii) longer papers presenting more tangible results (max. 18 pages). 
Accepted papers will be published in printed IFIP/Springer AICT series:, and on the IFIP digital library:

Programme Committee

CALL FOR PAPERS for the 12th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE 2013)

February 1, 2013


*The 12th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE 2013)*

(10-11 Sept 2013, Graz, Austria)


Pieter De Leenheer — VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Collibra NV, Belgium

Dejing Dou — University of Oregon, USA

Haixun Wang — Microsoft Research Asia, China


Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth — Vice-Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Ireland


The conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics for Large Scale Information Systems (ODBASE’13) provides a forum on the use of ontologies and data semantics in novel applications. Of particular relevance to ODBASE 2013 are papers that bridge traditional boundaries between disciplines such as databases, social networks, mobile systems, artificial intelligence, information retrieval, and computational linguistics. We also encourage the submission of research and practical experience papers concerning scale issues in ontology management, information integration, and information extraction, as well as papers that examine the information needs of various applications. This year, in addition to its traditional focus on the management of semantically rich information, ODBASE will have special themes on Semantic Data Mining and Information Governance.

We encourage submissions in areas that connect semantics with the entire data flow cycle: data acquisition e.g. from social networks and mobile devices, data stream processing, e.g., filtering and event contextualization, data analysis,e.g., pattern and knowledge discovery, to dissemination, e.g., publish/subscribe.

ODBASE’13 intends to draw a highly diverse body of researchers and practitioners by being part of the Federated conferences Event “On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2013 (OnTheMove’13)” that co-locates three conferences: ODBASE’13, DOA-SVI’13 (International Symposium on Secure Virtual Infrastructures), and CoopIS’13(International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems).


Specific areas of interest to ODBASE’13 include but are not limited to:

Management of Semantically Expressive Information

– Semantic data modeling

– Semantic integration, including ontology matching, merging, etc.

– Ontology engineering and metadata management

– Ontology-based data management

– Governance aspects such as workflows, roles and responsibilities in semantic information management

Large Scale and Complex Information Management and Analysis

– Semantic indexing, search and query answering in large volumes of data

– Annotation, extraction, summarization, and integration of heterogeneous data resources

– Semantic data mining

– Semantic social network analysis

– Semantic services for big data

Semantic Management of Complex Event Processing

– Semantics in event-driven architectures

– Event algebras, event schemas and type systems

– Event-driven business process management

– Events in social sensing&Collective Intelligence

Applications, Evaluations, and Experiences in the following domains:

– Web 2.0 and Semantic Web,

– Linked Data Web

– Online Social Networks

– Hypertext, multimedia, and hypermedia

– Enterprise-wide Information Systems

– eCommerce, eScience, and Virtual Organizations

– Ubiquitous and Mobile Information Systems

– Information Governance


Conference Abstract Submission Deadline: May 11, 2013

Conference Paper Submission Deadline: May 18, 2013

Acceptance Notification:  June 25, 2013

Camera Ready Due:  July 16, 2013

Author Registration Due:  July 16, 2013


ODBASE 2013 will consider two categories of papers: research and experience. Research papers must contain novel, unpublished results. Experience papers must describe existing, real-world scale systems; preference will be given to papers that describe software products or systems that are in wide experimental and industry use.

Papers submitted to ODBASE’13 must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop or conference. All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. All papers will be refereed by at least three members of the program committee, and at least two will be experts from industry in the case of practice reports. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must not exceed 18 pages in the final camera-ready paper style. Submissions must be laid out according to the final camera-ready formatting instructions and must be submitted in PDF format. Paper submission site:

The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Author instructions can be found at:


see website:

Handbook of Service Description is a Practical Reference for Service Scientists

January 10, 2013

Purchase it here

World Wide Value Web: Automated Design of Real-World Multi-party Services on the Web

December 25, 2012

Our claims for the World Wide Value Web:

  1. Our world is a large-scale non-linear network of rich relationships between technologies, people, and organisations, emerging from the Web.
  2. Web relationships are a catalyst for innovation, i.e., a Value Web, that organisations should harness to devise new forms of value co-creation. To this end, enterprises must abandon value-chain thinking.
  3. One challenge is to articulate the structure and composition of value objects inherent to these relationships that would lead them to gravitate towards unanticipated value propositions.
  4. Presuming service-centric thinking, and non-linear patterns of the Web, Service Value Networks (SVNs) lie at the center of this gravitation; forming the hubs of the Value Web.
  5. (Service) Value Web technologies should embody generative principles similar to those that lead to the success of the Web itself. In other words, Internet-based SVN technologies should allow for unanticipated contribution of value (through service) to the Web by enabling anyone to share and trade their value objects, just like previous generations of the Web did for knowledge and social sharing.
World Wide Value Web: Automated Design of Real-World Multi-party Services on the Web from Pieter De Leenheer

Agree on business semantics with roles, workflow and validation: “we’d call that buttoned down!”

September 18, 2012

Information Management is one of the world’s leading web sites for its area. They have listed Collibra with 40 other vendors that will  “shape the groundswell in information management technology in the 21st Century.”

Collibra is described as follows (LINK):

  • What: Webbased collaborative governance tools
  • Why: “A rock solid theoretical foundation, very community and business oriented,” a trusted advisor tells us, unlike metadata tools that get too wrapped around IT concepts. Made to allow business and technical people define their business concepts, facts and rules, in collaboration with roles, workflow, and validation. We’d call that buttoned down.
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium
  • Of Note: A spinoff of something called [sic.] STARLab at University of Brussels, one of the first places to do database research that’s now onto advanced semantics and ontology.

After being listed among ten semantic companies to watch by PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Spring Forecast in 2009; and awarded by Gartner as Cool Vendor for Enterprise Information Management in 2011, Collibra finally got rid of its wrong tag “semantic web company” and is now fully and righteously recognized by professionals and companies globally as a key player in the most vibrant, growing and important ICT software sector, that is data integration and governance (although flavored with semantics of course!).

ESWC 2012 Poster Award

September 14, 2012


During the last Extended Semantic Web Conference 2012, we won the best poster award. I post it here.