VORTE 2021: 10th International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for the Enterprise

Co-located with the 25th IEEE International EDOC Conference – The Enterprise Computing Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 25-29 October, 2021.

Call for papers


The VORTE series of workshops is devoted to the topics of vocabularies, ontologies and rules in the context of enterprise systems. Examples of topics covered by VORTE include the development and adaptation of foundational, business and domain ontologies for the enterprise, the use of ontologies and rules in all aspects of enterprise modeling such as business process management and services, the enhancement of rules and services with formal semantics, and the evaluation of such systems and approaches.

From the enterprise system development perspective, research topics are focused on: (i) the relation between process modeling and execution languages with business ontologies and rules; and (ii) how business ontologies and rules used in enterprise models are further propagated into technologies (e.g., knowledge graphs) and architectures (e.g., service-oriented architectures) that enable collaboration between heterogeneous enterprise systems.

The workshop also welcomes experience reports and empirical studies that report on the use of ontologies and rules in the enterprise system development life-cycle.


Vocabularies and Ontologies for the enterprise:

  • Ontology-driven representation of products, services, functionalities, design, processes;
  • Ontologies for expert knowledge;
  • Ontologies for corporate knowledge;
  • Foundational or upper-level ontologies in the enterprise;
  • Adaptation of ontologies for companies and organizations; 

Conceptual and Enterprise Modeling:

  • Ontological Foundations for Conceptual Modeling and Meta-modeling;
  • Ontology Design and maintenance for Conceptual Model Integration; 
  • Ontology-Based Conceptual Modeling Tools and Environments;
  • Ontologies and Enterprise Architecture Modeling;
  • Ontologies and Business Process Modeling;
  • Ontologies and Goal-Based Modeling;
  • Ontologies and Business Rules;
  • Ontologies and Capability and Motivation Modeling

Enterprise Semantic Interoperability: 

  • Web services and Semantic services
  • Composition and Modularity
  • Merging, Mapping and Alignment
  • Ontology Language Interoperability
  • Open linked data publishing and exploitation 

Knowledge management: 

  • Ontology and ontological methodologies in knowledge management and integration;
  • Ontology engineering, learning and maintenance;
  • Ontology integration and alignment;
  • Ontology effectiveness and evaluation; 

Case studies and Evaluation:

  • Practical issues in using ontologies in enterprises
  • Real cases of successful/unsuccessful use of ontology in business
  • Migration from legacy systems to new ontology-driven systems

Submission Guidelines

We solicit two types of papers: 

  • Short papers (up to 4 pages excluding references) discussing controversial issues in the field or describing interesting or thought-provoking ideas that are not yet fully developed; and 
  • Full papers (up to 8 pages excluding references) describing more mature results 

All submissions MUST:

  • conform to the two-column format of IEEE conference proceedings
  • include the author’s name, affiliation, and contact details
  • not have been previously published or submitted elsewhere

Accepted papers will be published along with EDOC proceedings in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

At least one of the authors for each accepted paper must register for the main conference and present their papers at the workshop. 

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: 16 August 2021
  • Acceptance notification: 16 September 2021 
  • Camera-ready papers due: 23 September 2021
  • Workshop: 25 October 2021

Workshop chairs

Program Committee

  • Aldo Gangemi, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Andreas Opdahl, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Ben Roelens, Open University, The Netherlands
  • Fernanda Baião, PUC-Rio, Brazil
  • Frederik Gailly, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Geert Poels, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy / University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Guido Governatori, NICTA, Australia
  • Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • João Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Leo Obrst, MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Luís Ferreira Pires, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Michael Lawley, Australian E-Health Research Centre, Australia
  • Monalessa Barcellos, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Nicholas Car, Australian National University, Australia
  • Oscar Corcho, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Paul Johannesson, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Renata Guizzardi, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Sergio de Cesare, University of Westminster, UK
  • Simon Hacks, KTH, Sweden
  • Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
  • Terry Roach, Capsifi, Australia
  • Zoran Milosevic, Deontik, Australia

Steering Committee

  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy / University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • João Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Gerd Wagner, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany