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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:


Putting Collibra in Context: a Journey through the Childhood of a 4-year-old Technology Start-up

March 7, 2012

First click on “Full Screen” on the menu bar below. Then click on “More>>Autoplay”  or use the right arrow to browse through the presentation.

Or watch it directly on the Prezi website.

Amsterdam Universities are Ready to Business Semantics Glossify

September 15, 2011

The Business Semantics Glossary is set up and empty. 35 students from both VU University as the University of Amsterdam are teamed up to compete for building the best glossary and make use of it for the most original semantic application.

Applying the Business Semantics Management methodology, they have to assign roles (stewards, admins, stakeholders) and tasks in the brand new workflow system (see the resp. menu in the screenshot).

Hey business man, are you taking charge of your data?

August 16, 2011

Industrial analysts like Gartner and thought leaders all around agree that information should be treated as a reliable asset that drives many operational and strategic decisions. Along this line, information governance is an emerging business strategy attempting to regain competitive advantage from earlier investments in data management technologies.  In a recent survey, IBM found that 65% of companies from various sectors across the USA – are eager to roll out information governance even before the next business year ends. The question however remains.

What is information governance about and how exactly should we implement it?

Is there a one-size-fits-all approach as claimed by many software vendors, or does every organization require a unique plan?

At the VU University in Amsterdam, Ramon sistermans and me are looking to find an empirical answer to these questions. Through a survey we can identify information governance needs at different layers of the company and find out how technology vendors can gear their products towards meeting these needs.

To all data professionals worldwide, please help us enlighten the dark concept of Information Governance by filling out our survey:

Are you scratching the metadata surface or governing the corporate information space? Insights in Business Semantics Management

May 26, 2011

I am invited to talk at DAMA International Conference 2011, in London, UK, November 2011. The yearly conference organised by DAMA, the premier organisation of data management professionals worldwide. The conference programme is not public yet, but I post here already the abstract for my talk.

Clear and uniform business definitions are an essential starting point for information governance. However, many tools applied for managing them still operate on the mere technical metadata level.  Yet, to empower business-driven information governance, technical metadata should be seeking grounding in business semantics that are agreed on by subject matter experts. They define a richer contextual meaning of key business assets for your organization in terms of business vocabularies and rules.

Walking through business cases in technology, finance and government, attendees will learn that:

  1. Business semantics in OMG SVBR is structured in such a way that it provide a shared understanding on rules and policies regarding information assets, as well as a technical specification that can be applied in the technical infrastructure.
  2. Feedback from their application in data integration, provide deep insights into the quality of business semantics and information.
  3. Agreeing on and total quality assurance of business semantics requires a collaborative and iterative approach, involving relevant subject matter experts from both business and IT.
  4. In this collaborative effort, workflows practically implement the orchestration of tasks to stakeholders according to their roles and responsibilities.

In the talk I will give an overview of different technologies, but special attention goes to Collibra’s Business Semantics Glossary, a collaborative business semantics management tool adopting SBVR. Recently Collibra’s technology was recently praised by Gartner as Cool Vendor in Enterprise Information Management 2011. Earlier, Collibra was listed as one of 16 semantic technology companies to watch by PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Technology Forecast in Spring 2009.

Self-organising Service Webs based on Actionable Social and Semantic Knowledge

September 17, 2010

How can networked SMEs jointly offer electronic services via the Web? How to model a sustainable and profitable strategy for this? How can we make Internet technology more intelligent so that services can self-organise into bundles that better suit the needs of individuals or very large communities?

These are some of the calls the next-generation’s Service Web is expected to answer. Both Social and Semantic Web have liberated massive amounts of information about people, organisations, technology and their inter-relations that provide an actionable foundation for such Service Web to emerge.

The Service Web is, similarly to the Social and Semantic Web, not centrally controlled. It emerges from complex dynamic communication between people, groups, and communities. Realising the Service Web will require new ways of thinking rather than mere incremental approaches.

The central challenge is how service bundles can interactively self-configure and -adapt to distributed consumer’s considerations, taking into account a minimum governance frame or “rules of engagement (à la Sarbanes-Oxley)”.

It will require us to evolve up the semantic and social Web stack with a multi-disciplinary perspective that models the socio-economic content of services, i.e. the valuable outcome of services rather than merely its interface specification. See our current work on e3value at VU Amsterdam. Moreover, we have to extend current semantic Web service approaches that are dominated by top-down or manual composition, hence are not yet strong enough to deal with multi-party services in the fully open and large-scale environment of the Service Web.

At ICT 2010 I will talk about these issues during the Machines Making Sense of Content session on 28 Sept 14h-15h30.

ACSI Kick-off at IBM Labs Haifa

June 30, 2010

About 10 days ago we kicked off the ACSI project (see my earlier blog) at IBM Research in Haifa, Israel. In the meantime, press releases are spread around Europe, and our website is launched:

A Prezi presentation on how to bring a successful presentation alive

June 7, 2010
Today I gave a talk on making and giving an attractive presentation. It was held in the context of a seminar in the second (BSc) year in Computer Science at VU Amsterdam. During the 6-week role-playing seminar students form teams, learn (by doing) to critically analyse papers on a hot research topic, give convincing presentations on their opinion, and criticize other teams’ presentations.
My inspiration for the talk came from a slide set from vinamaria on Slideshare, where she introduces SUCCES, an acronym for 6 qualities a talk should have: simple, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotional, and story-telling. Of course this exercise was a bit tricky: obviously, I had to fulfill these qualities myself in my presentation to the students. Hence, to be at least a bit successful giving this presentation, I did not use PPT or Keynote but Prezi. This tool supports a radically new approach to building a talk outline base on a random tag cloud. It took some time to learn to use it, and I think I managed to produce something acceptable for a first time. See for yourself:

Social Semantics, Hybrid Ontologies and the Tri-Sortal Internet

June 2, 2010

During the Semantic Data Management workshop at the European Semantic Web Conference 2010 in Crete, my former supervisor and lab director Robert Meersman gave a talk with a fresh vision on how we should tackle the mass of (meta)data about communities (enterprises, business webs), people, and systems (incl. documents and media) and the links in between them with real-world (business) semantics. This vision is also perfectly in line with the principles of IT democracy implemented by Collibra.

Here are the slides: MeersmanSemDataESWC.pdf

Business Semantics (a.k.a. ontologies) are indeed crucial to make sense out of this tri-sortal relationship. The Linked Open Data (LOD) initiative is an important first step to set free hidden data, and make access to it scalable. SPRQL endpoints however do not bring much human-driven sense to it. First visual analysis of the linked data cloud reveals the same non-linear graph structure as found in social networks. Hence there is indeed a tri-sortal dynamics.

Mash-ups  and other kinds of services based on LOD should not happen ad-hoc, but should serve the needs and goals of a community/business (Web). These include needs to interact socially between people (beyond Web 2.0), and computationally between information systems. Moreover, these services should not be only computationally consistent, trustworthy, and scalable (topics on which a large deal of the SemWeb is focusing), but also economically feasibly and profitable (an underestimated topic uniquely covered in our e3value research programme in our Business, Web and Media group at VU).

Web for Regreening Africa celebrated with an appropriate pie

June 1, 2010

A week ago Nana Gyan arrived, a PhD student from Ghana that will work on the new Web for Regreening Africa (W4RA) project. W4rA is a collaboration between our Business Web and Media group (headed by Hans Akkermans) and Centre for International Cooperation at VU University Amsterdam, and the World Wide Foundation. Stephane Boyera (WWW Foundation, W3c) was in Amsterdam for his arrival as well.

Ana Bon from the VU Centre for International Cooperation invited everybody to her house for a dinner. The photo gives a glimpse of the W4RA-themed dessert.

The first phase of the project will focus on developing 2 pilots that we can take along for a road show for businesses and NGOs in Burkina Faso and Ghana in Fall 2010.

The first pilot will focus on developing news feeds and Q/A services for agricultural knowledge. This involves implementing Voice-XML based services that can transform text in voice and vice versa, so that information can be easily broadcasted and shared across different media out of the Web, such as sms and radio.

The second pilot will develop a geographical map application that combines (mash-up) live information provided by NGO.

These concrete pilots will produce much useful linked data further research in the field of Web Science and Semantic Web. In fact this project is only the tip of the much broader research program that we are currently developing in this context.

More information can be found here