The Eleventh International Workshop on Ontology Matching

collocated with the 15th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC-2016
October 18th, 2016: Kobe, Kobe Convention Center, room 501, Japan

Objectives Call for papers Submissions Accepted papers Program Organization OM-2015


Ontology matching is a key interoperability enabler for the Semantic Web, as well as a useful tactic in some classical data integration tasks dealing with the semantic heterogeneity problem. It takes 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, data translation, query answering or navigation on the web of data. Thus, matching ontologies enables the knowledge and data expressed in the matched ontologies to interoperate.

The workshop has three goals:
  • To bring together leaders from academia, industry and user institutions to assess how academic advances are addressing real-world requirements. The workshop will strive to improve academic awareness of industrial and final user needs, and therefore, direct research towards those needs. Simultaneously, the workshop will serve to inform industry and user representatives about existing research efforts that may meet their requirements. The workshop will also investigate how the ontology matching technology is going to evolve.

  • To conduct an extensive and rigorous evaluation of ontology matching and instance matching (link discovery) approaches through the OAEI (Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative) 2016 campaign. Besides real-world specific matching tasks, involving e.g., large biomedical ontologies, OAEI-16 will introduce the process model matching track as well as a desease-phenotype track supported by the Pistoia Alliance Ontologies Mapping project within a specific matching scenario. Therefore, the ontology matching evaluation initiative itself will provide a solid ground for discussion of how well the current approaches are meeting business needs.

  • To examine new uses, similarities and differences from database schema matching, which has received decades of attention but is just beginning to transition to mainstream tools.

Call for papers


The workshop encourages participation from academia, industry and user institutions with the emphasis on theoretical and practical aspects of ontology matching. On the one side, we expect representatives from industry and user organizations 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 requirements. The workshop provides an informal setting for researchers and practitioners from different related initiatives to meet and benefit from each other's work and requirements.

This year, in sync with the main conference, we encourage submissions specifically devoted to: (i) datasets, benchmarks and replication studies, services, software, methodologies, protocols and measures (not necessarily related to OAEI), and (ii) application of the matching technology in real-life scenarios and assessment of its usefulness to the final users.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Business and use cases for matching (e.g., big and open data);
  • Requirements to matching from specific application scenarios (e.g., energy, public sector);
  • Application of matching techniques in real-world scenarios (e.g., with mobile apps);
  • Formal foundations and frameworks for matching;
  • Matching and big data;
  • Matching and linked data;
  • Instance matching, data interlinking and relations between them;
  • Process model matching;
  • Large-scale and efficient matching techniques;
  • Matcher selection, combination and tuning;
  • User involvement (including both technical and organizational aspects);
  • Explanations in matching;
  • Social and collaborative matching;
  • Uncertainty in matching;
  • Reasoning with alignments;
  • Alignment coherence and debugging;
  • Alignment management;
  • Matching for traditional applications (e.g., information integration);
  • Matching for emerging applications (e.g., search, web-services).

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of technical papers and posters/statements of interest addressing different issues of ontology matching as well as participating in the OAEI 2016 campaign. Technical papers should be not longer than 12 pages using the LNCS Style. Posters/statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages and should be handled according to the guidelines for technical papers. All contributions should be prepared in PDF format and should be submitted (no later than July 15th, 2016) through the workshop submission site at:

Contributors to the OAEI 2016 campaign have to follow the campaign conditions and schedule at

Important dates:

  • July 15, 2015: CLOSED
    Deadline for the submission of papers.
  • August 7, 2016: Notifications have been sent out
    Deadline for the notification of acceptance/rejection.
  • August 21, 2016: CLOSED
    Workshop camera ready copy submission.
  • October 18th, 2016:
    OM-2016, Kobe, Kobe Convention Center, room 501, Japan.

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

Authors of the best biology-themed papers, system papers with competitive results in the OAEI biology-themed tracks, biology-themed dataset descriptions will be invited to submit an extended version of their contributions to be considered by the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS).

Accepted Papers

Technical Papers:

OAEI Papers:


Program Top
  8:30-8.45 Poster set-up [lounge of the 5th floor]
  8:45-9:00 Welcome and workshop overview
 9:00-10:30 Paper presentation session: Evaluation
 9:00-9:30 Towards best practices for crowdsourcing ontology alignment benchmarks
Reihaneh Amini, Michelle Cheatham, Pawel Grzebala, Helena B. McCurdy
 9:30-10:00 Analysing top-level and domain ontology alignments from matching systems
Daniela Schmidt, Cassia Trojahn, Renata Vieira
 10:00-10:30 Ontology alignment evaluation in the context of multi-agent interactions
Paula Chocron, Marco Schorlemmer
 10:30-11:30 Coffee break / Poster session [lounge of the 5th floor]
 11:30-13:00 Paper presentation session: Methods
 11:30-12:00 Identifying and validating ontology mappings by formal concept analysis
Mengyi Zhao, Songmao Zhang
 12:00-12:30 Rewriting SELECT SPARQL queries from 1:n complex correspondences
Élodie Thiéblin, Fabien Amarger, Ollivier Haemmerlé, Nathalie Hernandez, Cassia Trojahn
 12:30-13:00 Tableau extensions for reasoning with link keys
Maroua Gmati, Manuel Atencia, Jérôme Euzenat
 13:00-14:00 Lunch
 14:00-15:30 Paper presentation session: OAEI-2016 campaign
 14:00-14:50 Introduction to the OAEI 2016 campaign
 14:50-15:10 Integrating phenotype ontologies with PhenomeNET
Miguel Angel Rodríguez García, Georgios V. Gkoutos, Paul N. Schofield, Robert Hoehndorf
 15:10-15:30 LPHOM results for OAEI 2016
Imen Megdiche, Olivier Teste, Cassia Trojahn
 15:30-16:30 Coffee break / Poster session [lounge of the 5th floor]
 16:30-16.45 Prize award by the Pistoia Alliance Ontologies Mapping project
 16:45-17.30 Discussion and wrap-up

Organizing Committee:

  • Pavel Shvaiko (Main contact)
    TasLab, Informatica Trentina, Italy
    E-mail: pavel [dot] shvaiko [at] infotn [dot] it
  • Jérôme Euzenat
    INRIA & LIG, France
  • Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz
    University of Oxford, UK
  • Michelle Cheatham
    Wright State University, USA
  • Oktie Hassanzadeh
    IBM Research, USA
  • Ryutaro Ichise
    National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Program Committee:

  • Alsayed Algergawy, Jena University, Germany
  • Zohra Bellahsene, LIRMM, France
  • Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, USA
  • Marco Combetto, Informatica Trentina, Italy
  • Valerie Cross, Miami University, USA
  • Isabel Cruz, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Warith Eddine Djeddi, LIPAH & LABGED, Tunisia
  • Jérôme David, University Grenoble Alpes & INRIA, France
  • Gayo Diallo, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Zlatan Dragisic, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Alfio Ferrara, University of Milan, Italy
  • Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento, Italy
  • Wei Hu, Nanjing University, China
  • Valentina Ivanova, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Europeana, Netherlands
  • Daniel Faria, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
  • Patrick Lambrix, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, China
  • Vincenzo Maltese, University of Trento, Italy
  • Fiona McNeill, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Andriy Nikolov, Open University, UK
  • Axel Ngonga, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Christian Meilicke, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Leo Obrst, The MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Heiko Paulheim, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Catia Pesquita, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dominique Ritze, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Umberto Straccia, ISTI-C.N.R., Italy
  • Ondrej Svab-Zamazal, Prague University of Economics, Czech Republic
  • Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Cássia Trojahn, IRIT, France
  • Ludger van Elst, DFKI, Germany
  • Songmao Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


We appreciate support from the Trentino as a Lab initiative of the European Network of the Living Labs at Informatica Trentina, the EU SEALS project, and the Pistoia Alliance Ontologies Mapping project.

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