The 2nd International Conference on

Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics for Large Scale Information Systems (ODBASE)

3-7 November 2003, Catania, Sicily (Italy)
Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag

The conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics for Large Scale Information Systems (ODBASE’03) provides a forum on ontologies and data semantics that is inclusive of the many computing disciplines involved in developing the “semantic” web. The program committee of ODBASE 2003 reflects this wide diversity.

In order to draw a highly diverse body of researchers and practitioners, ODBASE’03 is part of the Federated Symposium Event “On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2003” that co-locates three conferences: Data and Web Semantics (ODBASE'03); Distributed Objects, Infrastructure and Enabling Technology and Internet Computing  (DOA'03); and Workflow, Cooperation, and Interoperability (CoopIS'03).

Of particular relevance to ODBASE 2003 are papers that bridge traditional boundaries between disciplines such as databases, artificial intelligence, networking, and mobile computing. ODBASE 2003 also encourages the submission of research and practical experience papers concerning scale issues in ontology management, information integration, and data mining, as well as papers that examine the information needs of various Web and knowledge applications, including electronic commerce, electronic government, mobile systems, and bioinformatics.

ODBASE 2003 will consider three categories of papers: research, application experience, and position.  Research papers must contain novel, unpublished results.  Application experience papers must describe existing, real-world scale systems (and not “academic” or small scale prototypes); preference will be given to papers that describe software products or systems that are in wide experimental use.  Position papers will be accepted only if they contain potentially controversial opinions of experts, and most importantly, highlight important and new research issues.  The number of accepted position papers is expected to be small.  Authors of accepted position papers will be invited to present their opinions during a panel session and will be given a modest amount of proceedings space (see word limits below).

Specific areas of interest to ODBASE'03 include but are not limited to:

Management of Semantically-Expressive Information

  • Knowledge Modeling
  • Ontology Languages and Specification
  • Ontology Extraction, Learning and Evolution
  • Hypertext, Multimedia, and Hypermedia Data Management
  • Semi-Structured Data
  • Management and Integration of Large Ontology Bases
  • Data Integration
  • Semantic Middleware
  • Information Dissemination
  • Searching and Managing Dynamic Contents
  • Self-organization in Information Systems
  • Information Retrieval
  • Data Filtering, Cleansing, and Summarization
  • Multimedia Metadata Annotation
  • Data and Web Mining
  • Applications, Evaluations, and Experiences

  • Media Archives and Digital Libraries
  • Enterprise-wide Information Systems
  • Web-based Information Systems
  • Location-Dependent Information Services
  • Web Services
  • Intelligent Information Agents
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Electronic Government
  • Bioinformatics
  • Ubiquitous and Mobile Information Systems

    Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15, 2003
    Paper Submission Deadline (Extended): June 22, 2003
    Acceptance Notification: August 10, 2003
    Final Version Due: August 30, 2003
    Conference: November 3-7, 2003


    All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression.  All submissions must be in English. Research and application experience submissions must not exceed 8,000 words, and position papers must not exceed 2,000 words. Submissions must clearly identify the nature of the paper as research, experience, or position.  Submissions can either be in Postscript, MS Word, or Pdf format and should be done through the following URL:

    The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Author instructions can be found at

    Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.


    General Co-Chairs (
    Robert Meersman, Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, Belgium
    Douglas Schmidt, University of California at Irvine, USA
    Zahir Tari, RMIT University, Australia

    Program Committee Co-Chairs (
    Roger (Buzz) King, University of Colorado, USA
    Rudi Studer, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
    Maria Orlowska, University of Queensland, Australia

    Publicity Chair
    Guillaume Pierre, Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Program Committee Members

    Aberer Karl (EPFL Lausanne)
    Bussler Christoph (Oracle Corporation)
    Carlis John (Univ. of Minnesota)
    Catarci Tiziana  (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
    Chen Arbee (National Dong Hwa University)
    Colomb Bob (University of Queensland)
    Dayal Umeshwar (HP Labs)
    Decker Stefan (ISI)
    Delis Alex ( Polytechnic University NY)
    Drew Pamela (Boeing Computing Services)
    Euzenat Jérôme (INRIA)
    Fensel Dieter (Univ. of Insbruck)
    Gal Avigdor (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
    Gil Yolanda (ISI)
    Goble Carole (Univ. of Manchester)
    Green Peter (University of Queensland)
    Guarino Nicola (ISTC-CNR)
    Kashyap Vipul (NIH)
    Klas Wolfgang (Univ. of Vienna)
    Lenzerini Maurizio (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
    Lee Dik (HKUST China)
    Liu Chengfei (University of South Australia)
    Li Qing (City University of HK)
    Liu Ling (Georgia Tech)
    Tok Wang Ling (University of Singapore)
    Maedche Alexander (FZI Karlsruhe)
    Mark Leo (Georgia Tech)
    Marjanovic Oliviera (University of New South Wales)
    McLeod Dennis (University of Southern California)
    Mendelzon Alberto (University of Toronto)
    Missikoff Michele (CNR)
    Mylopoulos John (University of Toronto)
    Navathe Sham (Georgia Tech)
    Neuhold Erich (GMD-IPSI )
    Papazoglou Mike (Tilburg University)
    Rosemann Michael (Queensland University of Technology)
    Sadiq Shazia (University of Queensland)
    Sadiq Wasim (SAP Australia)
    Schulz Karsten (SAP Australia)
    Sheth Amit (University of Georgia)
    Sycara Katia  (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Sure York(University of Karlsruhe)
    Zeleznikow John (University of Edinburgh)