ODBASE 2017 - The 16th International Conference on
Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics


24-25 October 2017, Rhodes, Greece


Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag


Authors of selected outstanding papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for consideration for publication in a special issue of the Springer Journal on Data Semantics (JoDS).





   Adrian Paschke

   Freie Universität Berlin and Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany




bassiliades   Nick Bassiliades

   Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece





weigand   Hans Weigand

   Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Netherlands









The conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics for Large Scale Information Systems (ODBASE’17) provides a forum on the use of ontologies, rules and data semantics in novel applications. Of particular relevance to ODBASE are papers that bridge traditional boundaries between disciplines such as artificial intelligence and Semantic Web, databases, data analytics and machine learning, social networks, distributed and mobile systems, information retrieval, knowledge discovery, and computational linguistics.

This year, we emphasis the special topics of smart data analytics, Corporate Semantic Web, and Pragmatic Web. The Corporate Semantic Web focuses on the application of semantic methods and technologies in corporate environments and enterprise information systems. The Pragmatic Web consists of the tools, practices and theories describing why and how people use information. In contrast to the Syntactic Web and Semantic Web the Pragmatic Web is not only about form or meaning of information, but also about interaction which brings about e.g. understanding or commitments. Under the Pragmatic Web label we subsume both the pragmatics of ontologies (e.g. ontology development in communities) and the ontology of pragmatics (e.g. semantics of communicative action and context). Pragmatic Web technologies include e.g., distributed ontology- and rule-based systems, tools for knowledge interchange and social interaction, semantic agent technologies with communication (e.g. speech acts), coordination, and negotiation protocols. We also encourage the submission of research and practical experience papers concerning software (e.g. scalability)  and knowledge engineering issues in semantic ontology and rule management, information/knowledge integration, and extraction, as well as papers that examine the information and knowledge needs of various applications.


ODBASE’17 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 2017 (OnTheMove'17)" that co-locates three conferences: ODBASE'17, C&TC'17 (International Symposium on Secure Virtual Infrastructures), and CoopIS'17 (International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems).


ODBASE 2017 will consider two categories of papers: research and experience. Research papers must contain novel, unpublished research results. Experience papers must describe performance or usability of existing real-world systems, empirical studies, business / industry cases with (proven) solutions / systems for applied technological challenges, and concrete results demonstrating real-world importance and impact; preference will be given to papers that describe software products or systems that are in use in the community and/or the industry.




Specific areas of interest to ODBASE’17 include but are not limited to:
Management of Semantically Expressive Information and Knowledge    

•    Knowledge representation and semantic knowledge management
•    Semantic data modeling             
•    Semantic integration, including transformation rules, ontology matching, merging, etc.       
•    Ontology and rule engineering and metadata management
•    Ontology-based data management, linked data management, semantic big data management       
•    Governance aspects such as workflows, roles and responsibilities in semantic information and knowledge management    


Large Scale and Complex Information Management and Analysis   

•    Semantic indexing, search and query answering in large volumes of data      
•    Semantic digital curation, semantic annotation, extraction, enrichment, summarization, and integration
•    Semantic (smart/big) data analytics, data mining, and machine learning (incl. semantic deep learning)
•    Semantic social network analysis
•    Semantic information extraction and text mining
•    Semantics in event-driven architectures, streaming analytics, and semantic complex event processing (SCEP)


Applications, Evaluations, and Experiences of applying ontology, rule, and database techniques, standards, and tools including but not limited to the following domains:       


•    Semantic technology standards and tools
•    Semantic Web and Linked Data
•    Corporate Semantic Web (CSW)
•    Semantic enterprise information systems  and knowledge management
•    Semantic business process management (SBPM) and decision models    
•    Semantic Web and the Internet of Things (IoT)
•    Crowdsourcing, human computation, and the People Web
•    Pragmatic Web
•    Semantic services and semantic Multi Agent Systems (MAS)
•    Online social networks and social Semantic Web
•    Personalisation and digital content interaction        
•    Hypertext, multimedia, and hypermedia
•    Semantic story telling and corporate smart content
•    Ubiquitous and mobile information systems
•    Information/data governance, information assurance, security, compliance
•    Semantic cloud computing, edge computing, fog computing
•    Semantic Web applications and tools for, e.g., biomedical and healthcare domain, eCommerce, eScience, virtual organizations, Industrie 4.0
•    Legal ontologies, rules, and reasoning
•    Distributed ledger / blockchain databases, e.g. for rule-based smart contracts




    Conference Abstract Submission Deadline: July 17, 2017 (recommended)
    Conference Paper Submission Deadline: July 24, 2017
    Acceptance Notification:  Aug 28, 2017
    Camera Ready Due:  Sept 4, 2017
    Author Registration Due:  Sept 4, 2017





Papers submitted to ODBASE’17 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:
Authors of selected outstanding papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for consideration for publication in a special issue of the Springer Journal on Data Semantics (JoDS).

•    Failure to comply with the formatting instructions for submitted papers will lead to the outright rejection of the paper without review.
•    Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.




Alessandra Mileo, INSIGHT, Ireland
Alexander Artikis, NCSR "Demokritos", Greece
Anastasios Gounaris, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Anna Fensel, STI Innsbruck, Austria
Bernd Neumayr, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Christian Kop, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Costin Badica, University of Kraiova, Romania
Christophe Debruyne, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Dumitru Roman, SINTEF, Norway
Efstratios Kontopoulos, ITI - CERTH, Greece
Fotios Kokkoras, TEI of Thessaly, Greece
George Vouros, University of Piraeus, Greece
Ginés Moreno, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Giorgos Giannopoulos, Athena Research Center, Greece
Giorgos Stamou, National Technical University of Athens
Harald Sack, FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany
Harry Halpin, Ibiblio, USA
Ioannis Katakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Kia Teymourian, Rice University, USA
Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Markus Luczak-Roesch, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Naouel Karam, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Olga Streibel, Robert Koch Institut, Germany
Rolf Fricke, Condat AG, Germany
Ruben Verborgh, University Ghent, Belgiu
Sören Auer, University of Bonn, Germany
Sotiris Batsakis, University of Huddersfield, UK
Stefania Costantini, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Vadim Ermolayev, Zaporozhye National University, Ukraine
Vassilios Peristeras, International Hellenic University, Greece
Witold Abramowicz, Poznan University of Economics, Poland