VORTE 2007

In conjuction with 11th IEEE International EDOC Conference (EDOC 2007)
15 October 2007, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Selected papers accepted to the workshop to be invited for a special issue in Elsevier’s ISI-indexed Information Systems journal.

Vocabularies, ontologies, and business rules are key components of a model-driven approach to enterprise computing in a networked economy. VORTE 2007 is the third workshop associated with an EDOC conference that intends to bring together researchers and practitioners in areas such as philosophical ontology, enterprise modelling, information systems, Semantic Web, Model-Driven Architecture (MDA), business rules, and business processes. The goal of the workshop is to discuss the role that foundational and domain ontologies play in the conceptual development and implementation of next generation tools for enterprise computing.


The VORTE workshop will cover research topics relevant to description formalisms for enterprise application architectures, services, content, and regulations. Since enterprise vocabularies and ontologies, as well as business rules do not exist in isolation but serve to support business processes, this year we are planning to put special emphasis on business process modelling and management. Fundamental research to be covered by the workshop includes ontological evaluation of enterprise systems and their interoperability, and ontological analysis of business process modelling. Applied research includes enhancing business rule engines and business process management systems by ontologies. In the area of modelling, our topics include how process modelling and execution languages, such as Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) and Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), relate to business ontologies. The workshop will also cover ontology-based service description technologies for inter-enterprise collaboration like extensions to UDDI or OWL-S.

In addition, the workshop will address how semantic description formalisms can be integrated with the Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) approach to development and deployment of business information systems. This appears particularly interesting with respect to automated implementations of business rules and executable business processes.


The workshop contributions will be organized along three major thematic areas, under which the following topics of interest will be included:

Conceptual Modelling

o Business Vocabularies, Terminologies, and Taxonomies
o Ontological Approaches to Content and Knowledge Management
o Enterprise Information Integration and Interoperability
o Service Taxonomies and Service Registries (for example, UDDI-related research)
o Ontological Foundations for Conceptual Modelling
o Languages for Conceptual Modelling (for example, OWL and UML)
o Agent-Oriented Conceptual Modelling

Business Rules and Business Process Semantics

o Semantic Web Services
o Service Ontologies (for example, research related to OWL-S)
o Business Rule Languages and Components
o Rule-based Approaches to Web Service Policies and Choreographies
o Ontologies for Business Process Management
o Agent-based Business Rule and Process Management
o Business Process Modelling and Execution Languages (for example, BPMN and BPML)

Ontologies for Enterprise Computing

o Foundational Ontologies and Enterprise Computing
o Ontological Evaluation of Enterprise Systems
o Ontologies for Interoperability of Enterprise Systems
o Ontology-based Enterprise Architectures
o Ontology-based Software Engineering for Enterprises
o Enterprise Components’ Modelling

Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) Approaches to Enterprise Computing

o Modelling and Architecture Frameworks
o Domain Engineering
o Domain-specific Business Information and System Engineering
o Transformation between MDA layers

Important Dates

Paper submissions due: 17th of July 2007 (Extended)

Author notifications: 21st of August 2007

Final versions due: 27th of August 2007

Workshop date: 15th of October 2007


All submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Submissions should be 6 to 8 pages long and MUST use the two-column format of IEEE conference proceedings and include the author’s name, affiliation, and contact details. Papers must be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair at http://www.easychair.org/VORTE2007/.

Authors will be notified about the decision by the program committee by the 11th of August 2007. At least one author of each accepted paper must participate in the workshop. The papers accepted for the EDOC 2007 Workshops will be published after the workshop with its own ISBN in the IEEE Digital Library (pending approval by IEEE), which is accessible by IEEE Xplore.

A selection of the best papers accepted to the workshop and presented there will be invited to a special issue of Elsevier ISI-indexed Information Systems journal (subject to the second round of peer-review).

Workshop Chairs

Kuldar Taveter
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Dragan Gasevic
School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, Canada
School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada


Steering Committee

Giancarlo Guizzardi
Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Vitória, Brazil
Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy

Gerd Wagner
Institute of Informatics
Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany

Program Committee

Uwe Assmann, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Colin Atkinson, University of Mannheim, Germany
Marco Brambilla, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Christoph Bussler, BEA Systems, Inc., USA
Robert Colomb, The University of Queensland, Australia
Oscar Corcho, University of Manchester, UK
Jens Dietrich, Massey University, New Zealand
Joerg Evermann, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
Ricardo Falbo, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
Fred Fonseca, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Fred Freitas, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Aldo Gangemi, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy
Adrian Giurca, Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany
Hele-Mai Haav, Institute of Cybernetics, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Terry Halpin, Neumont University, USA
Martin Hepp, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Heinrich Herre, University of Leipzig, Germany
Mustafa Jarrar, STARLAB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Pericles Loucopoulos, Loughborough University, UK
Andrey Naumenko, Triune Continuum Enterprise, Switzerland
Andreas Opdahl, University of Bergen, Norway
Oscar Pastor, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Paula Patranjan, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany
Luís Ferreira Pires, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Peter Rittgen, University of Borås, Sweden
Christophe Roche, University of Savoie, France
Michael Rosemann, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Marcus Spies, University of Munich, Germany
York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Andre Valente, Knowledge Systems Ventures, USA
Csaba Veres, The Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia