The Third International Workshop on Ontology Matching

collocated with the 7th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC-2008
October 26, 2008: Congress Center > Club room, Karlsruhe, Germany

Download OM-2008 proceedings [PDF]: CEUR-WS Vol-431

Objectives Call for papers Submissions Accepted papers Program Organization OM-2007


Ontology matching is a key interoperability enabler for the Semantic Web, since it takes the ontologies as input and determines as output an alignment, that is, a set of 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, rigorous and transparent evaluation of ontology matching approaches through the OAEI (Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative) 2008 campaign. The particular focus of this year's OAEI campaign is on real-world matching tasks from specific domains, such as cultural heritage and medicine. 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:

  • Requirements to ontology matching from specific domains (e.g., civil protection, bioinformatics);
  • Application of ontology matching techniques in real-world scenarios (e.g., emergency response);
  • Social and collaborative ontology matching;
  • Interactive ontology matching;
  • Alignment management;
  • Background knowledge in ontology matching;
  • Reasoning for ontology matching;
  • Uncertainty in ontology matching;
  • Formal foundations and frameworks for ontology matching;
  • Performance of ontology-matching techniques;
  • Ontology matching evaluation methodology;
  • Ontology matching for information integration;
  • Ontology matching for query answering;
  • Ontology matching for dynamic environments (e.g., peer-to-peer, agents, web-services);
  • 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 2008 campaign. Technical papers should be not longer than 12 pages using the LNCS Style. These should be prepared in PDF format and should be submitted (no later than July 25, 2008) through the workshop submission site at:

Contributors to the OAEI 2008 campaign have to follow the campaign conditions and schedule at

Important Dates:

  • July 25, 2008: CLOSED [26 papers received for the technical track]
    Deadline for the submission of papers.
  • September 8, 2008: [Review results notifications have been sent out]
    Deadline for the notification of acceptance/rejection.
  • September 18, 2008: CLOSED
    Early ISWC'08 registration deadline.
  • September 25, 2008: CLOSED
    Workshop camera ready copy submission.
  • October 26, 2008:
    OM-2008, Congress Center, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Contributions will be refereed by the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as a volume of CEUR-WS.

Accepted Papers

Technical Papers:

OAEI Papers:


Program Top

Schedule: --PDF version--

  8:00-8:20 Poster setup
  8:20-8:30 Welcome and workshop overview
 8:30-10:30 Paper presentation session: OAEI-2008 campaign
 8:30-9:00 Introduction to the Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative 2008
Caterina Caracciolo, Jérôme Euzenat, Laura Hollink, Ryutaro Ichise, Antoine Isaac, Véronique Malaisé, Christian Meilicke, Juan Pane, Pavel Shvaiko, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Ondřej Šváb-Zamazal, and Vojtěch Svátek
 9:00-9:25 OAEI-2008: the anatomy test case
Christian Meilicke and Heiner Stuckenschmidt
 9:25-9:50 OAEI-2008: the very large crosslingual resources test case
Laura Hollink and Véronique Malaisé
 9:50-10:10 DSSim results for OAEI 2008
Miklos Nagy, Maria Vargas-Vera, Piotr Stolarski, and Enrico Motta
 10:10-10:30 ASMOV results for OAEI 2008
Yves R. Jean-Mary and Mansur R. Kabuka
 10:30-11:30 Coffee break / Poster session
  Consensus building workshop

This session aims at discussing some interesting correspondences among a board of experts. Such correspondences are determined as a result of the manual evaluation of the matching results and of the preparation of the reference alignment. The main goals of this discussion are: tracking the process of argumentation leading to consensus and increasing the precision of the reference alignment. The correctness of correspondences will be considered not only from the general perspective but also with regard to several application scenarios.

 12:30-14:10 Lunch Top
 14:10-15:30 Paper presentation session: Alignment evaluation
 14:10-14:30 Incoherence as a basis for measuring the quality of ontology mappings
Christian Meilicke and Heiner Stuckenschmidt
 14:30-14:50 Resolution of conflicts among ontology mappings: a fuzzy approach
Alfio Ferrara, Davide Lorusso, Giorgos Stamou, Giorgos Stoilos, Vassilis Tzouvaras, and Tassos Venetis
 14:50-15:10 Towards a benchmark for instance matching
Alfio Ferrara, Davide Lorusso, Stefano Montanelli, and Gaia Varese
 15:10-15:30 On fixing semantic alignment evaluation measures
Jérôme David and Jérôme Euzenat
 15:30-16:30 Coffee break / Poster session
 16:30-17:10 Paper presentation session: Collaborative ontology matching
 16:30-16:50 Using quantitative aspects of alignment generation for argumentation on mappings
Antoine Isaac, Cassia Trojahn, Shenghui Wang, and Paulo Quaresma
 16:50-17:10 A community based approach for managing ontology alignments
Gianluca Correndo, Harith Alani, and Paul Smart
 17:10-18:00 Discussion and wrap-up
  • Challenges for ontology matching
  • OAEI future actions
  • Role of final users in ontology matching
  • Issues emerged during the workshop

Organizing Committee:

  • Pavel Shvaiko (Main contact)
    TasLab, Informatica Trentina, Italy
    E-mail: pavel [dot] shvaiko [at] infotn [dot] it
  • Jérôme Euzenat
    INRIA & LIG, France
  • Fausto Giunchiglia
    University of Trento, Italy
  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt
    University of Mannheim, Germany

Program Committee:

  • Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, USA
  • Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy
  • Paolo Besana, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Jérôme David, INRIA & LIG, France
  • Wei Hu, Southeast University, China
  • Ryutaro Ichise, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Anthony Jameson, DFKI, Germany
  • Yannis Kalfoglou, Ricoh Europe plc, UK
  • Vipul Kashyap, Clinical Informatics R&D, Partners HealthCare System, USA
  • Monika Lanzenberger, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Patrick Lambrix, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Christian Meilicke, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Peter Mork, The MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA
  • Luigi Palopoli, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Ivan Pilati, TasLab, Informatica Trentina, Italy
  • Marco Schorlemmer, IIIA-CSIC, Spain
  • Luciano Serafini, FBK-IRST, Italy
  • Umberto Straccia, ISTI-C.N.R., Italy
  • Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta, Canada
  • York Sure, SAP, Germany
  • Ludger van Elst, DFKI, Germany
  • Yannis Velegrakis, University of Trento, Italy
  • Baoshi Yan, Bosch Research, USA
  • Songmao Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


We appreciate support from the Trentino as a Lab project of the European Network of the Living Labs at Informatica Trentina and OpenKnowledge European STREP (FP6-027253).

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