Applied Ontology

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling

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16; 4 issues
Last issue (16:2) online on 27 April 2021
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Artificial Intelligence, Computer & Communication Sciences, Semantic Web
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Applied Ontology is affiliated with the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA)

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 focuses 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

Roberta Ferrario
Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
National Research Council
Via alla Cascata 56/C
38100 Povo (Trento)

Michael Gruninger
University of Toronto
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
5 King's College Road
Toronto, Ont. M5S 3G8

Founding Editors
Nicola Guarino
National Research Council Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR), Italy

Mark A. Musen
Stanford University, USA

Associate Editors
John A. Bateman, Bremen University, Germany
Philipp Cimiano, CITEC, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Antony Galton, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Bolzano, Italy
Robert Hoehndorf, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Leo Obrst, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Barry Smith, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Michael F. Uschold, Reinvent Technology, Canada
Laure Vieu, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France

Editorial Board

João Paulo Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Adrien Barton, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France
Brandon Bennett, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Thomas Bittner, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA
Alex Borgida,Rutgers University, USA
Stefano Borgo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Joost Breuker, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mathias Brochhausen, University of Florida, USA
Boyan Brodaric, Natural Resources Canada, Ontario, Canada
Vinay Chaudhri, SRI International, USA
Ricardo de Almeida Falbo, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA
Aldo Gangemi, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy
Pawel Garbacz, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Editorial Board (cont'd.)
Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California, Marina del Rey, USA
Dagmar Gromann, University of Wien, Austria
Torsten Hahmann, University of Maine, USA
Janna Hastings, European Bioinformatics Institute, United Kingdom
Heinrich Herre, University of Leipzig, Germany
Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University, Dayton, USA
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Ludger Jansen, Ruhr University of Bochum and University of Rostock, Germany
Paul Johannesson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Gilles Kassel, MIS Laboratory, Jules Verne University of Picardie, Amiens, France
Megan Katsumi, University of Toronto, Canada
Maria Keet, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Yoshinobu Kitamura, Ritzumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
Werner Kuhn, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Oliver Kutz, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Doug B. Lenat, Cycorp, Austin, USA
Claudio Masolo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
William E. McCarthy, Michigan State University, USA
Riichiro Mizoguchi, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
John Mylopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada
Fabian Neuhaus, University of Magdeburg, Germany
Chris Partridge, BORO Solutions
, London, United Kingdom
Maria Teresa Pazienza, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Daniele Porello, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Florian Probst, SAP Research, Darmstadt, Germany
Daniele Radicioni, University of Torino, Italy
Emilio Sanfilippo, University of Tours, France
Marco Schorlemmer, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, IIIA-CSIC, Catalonia, Spain
Selja Seppälä, University College Cork, Ireland
Amit P. Sheth, Wright State University, Dayton, USA
Elena Simperl, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Veda Storey, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Bob Young, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Assistant Editor
Isabella Distinto
Via alla Cascata, 56/C
38123 Povo (Trento), Italy
Tel.: +39 0461 314840
Email: isabella dot distinto at

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