Applied Ontology
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling
ISSN: 1570-5838
Volume 6; 4 issues
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Status Report: Last issue (volume 6:2) online on 10 May 2011
Next issue (volume 6:3) scheduled for August 2011

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Nicola Guarino
Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR
Insitute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
National Research Council
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Roberta Ferrario
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Editorial Board
Hans Akkermans, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands David M. Mark, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Bill Andersen, Ontology Works, Inc., USA Claudio Masolo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France William E. McCarthy, Michigan State University, USA
John A. Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany Chris Menzel, Texas A&M University, USA
Brandon Bennett, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan
Thomas Bittner, University at Buffalo, USA John Mylopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada
Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA
Guido Boella, University of Torino, Italy Leo Obrst, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy Oscar Pastor Lopez, Valencia University of Technology, Spain
Joost Breuker, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Maria Teresa Pazienza, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Roberto Casati, CNRS-EHESS, Paris, France Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
Philipp Cimiano, Cognitive Interaction Technology Excellence Center (CITEC) University of Bielefeld, Germany Florian Probst, SAP, Germany
Martin Dörr, Foundation for Research and Technology, Heraklion, Greece James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
John Domingue, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom Alan Rector, Manchester University, United Kingdom
Maureen Donnelly, University at Buffalo, USA Guus Schreiber, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Carola Eschenbach, Universität Hamburg, Germany Johanna Seibt, Aarhus University, Denmark
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA Yuval Shahar, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Antony Galton, University of Exeter, United Kingdom Amit P. Sheth, Wright State University, USA
Aldo Gangemi, ISTC-CNR, Roma, Italy Barry Smith, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California, Marina del Rey, USA John F. Sowa, VivoMind Intelligence, Inc., USA
Pierre Grenon, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK Veda Storey, Georgia State University, USA
Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada Michael F. Uschold, Reinvent Technology, Canada
Giancarlo Guizzardi, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil Laure Vieu, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France
Heinrich Herre, University of Leipzig, Germany Yair Wand, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Werner Kuhn, University of Münster, Germany Chris A. Welty, IBM Research, Hawthorne, USA
Doug B. Lenat, Cycorp, Austin, USA 

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Aims and Scope 
In recent years, the dramatic growth of information and communication technologies has led to an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to research and development activities in these fields. To exploit the immense opportunities of widespread networks effectively, designers of modern information systems need to combine the precision of formal semantics with the needs of cognitive transparency, as they incorporate increasingly sophisticated and heterogeneous information content. The recent explosion of interest on ontologies is an important component of this trend. Researchers in disciplines such as knowledge engineering, information systems modeling, artificial intelligence, formal and computational linguistics, information retrieval, library science, and knowledge management have come to realize that a solid foundation for their research calls for serious work in ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations that make up their respective domains of inquiry. In all these areas, attention has started to focus squarely on the content of information, rather than on just the formats and languages used to represent that content.

Applied Ontology is a new journal whose focus is on information content in its broadest sense. As the subtitle makes clear, two broad kinds of content-based research activities are envisioned: ontological analysis and conceptual modeling. The former includes any attempt to investigate the nature and structure of a domain of interest using rigorous philosophical or logical tools; the latter concerns the cognitive and linguistic structures we use to model the world, as well as the various analysis tools and methodologies we adopt for producing useful computational models, such as information systems schemes or knowledge structures.

Applied Ontology is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling under an interdisciplinary view. It aims to establish a unique niche in the realm of scientific journals by carefully avoiding unnecessary duplication with discipline-oriented journals. For this reason, authors will be encouraged to use language that will be intelligible also to those outside their specific sector of expertise, and the review process will be tailored to this end. For example, authors of theoretical contributions will be encouraged to show the relevance of their theory for applications, while authors of more technological papers will be encouraged to show the relevance of a well-founded theoretical perspective. Moreover, the journal will publish papers focusing on representation languages or algorithms only where these address relevant content issues, whether at the level of practical application or of theoretical understanding. Similarly, it will publish descriptions of tools or implemented systems only where a contribution to the practice of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling is clearly established.

Applied Ontology aims at being a major publication forum for theoretical and applied research in a variety of topics, tentatively grouped together in research areas, examples of which are indicated in the list below.

Foundational issues
Philosophical foundations of ontology
Basic ontological categories and relations
Ontology, epistemology, and semiotics

Specialized ontologies
Ontology of time, events and processes
Ontology of space and geography
Ontology of physics and physical objects
Ontology of biomedicine
Ontology of mental entities
Ontology of agents and actions
Ontology of organizations and social reality
Ontology of the information society
Ontology of business and e-commerce
Ontology of law
Ontology of history, culture and evolution

Ontology development and ontology-driven conceptual modeling
Methodologies for ontology development
Impact of ontological analysis on current modeling practices
Best-practice examples and case studies

Ontology management
Tools for ontology development, analysis and comparison
Comparison and evaluation of ontologies
Ontology management, maintenance, versioning
Methodologies for ontology merging, alignment, and integration
Semantic Web

Ontology and language
Ontology and natural-language semantics
Ontology and lexical resources
Ontology and terminology
Ontology learning techniques and their evaluation
Role of ontology in natural-language systems

Ontology, cognition, perception
Conceptual schemas, perceptual invariances and ontological categorization
Psychological experiments evaluating the cognitive adequacy of ontological categories

Ontology and content standards
Library science
Knowledge organization
Museums and cultural repositories
Multimedia content
Product descriptions
Process and service descriptions
Biomedical and other scientific terminologies

Innovative ontology-based applications

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