Call for Participation: KAW'99

The Twelfth Workshop on 
Knowledge Acquisition, Modeling and Management

Voyager Inn
Banff, Alberta, Canada

Saturday 16th to Friday 22nd October, 1999

Draft Papers Due May 31, 1999

Special Track on

Ontologies and Metadata for Knowledge Retrieval


The knowledge-acquisition workshops provide a forum for those developing theories, methods, systems, and empirical studies that relate to the process of building intelligent systems of all kinds. Increasing emphasis has been placed on approaches for modeling expertise and for management of knowledge within a variety of computational frameworks.

To encourage vigorous interaction and exchange of ideas, the workshop will be kept small--to about 50 participants. The format is designed to develop extensive discussions and continuing collaboration on significant issues; thus, the majority of the workshop will be devoted to activities within small working groups that each will meet for one or two days, in parallel with other workshop activities over the course of the week. In plenary sessions, we will attempt to define the state of the art and future research needs. General attendance will be limited to those submitting their work, one author per paper.

The meeting is structured to support specialist subgroups that will have their own working agendas, as well as plenary meetings for general knowledge exchange. In addition to the submission of papers, we welcome proposals for new specialist sessions and minitracks that may include a small number of invited participants who can help investigators in the area of knowledge acquisition to form bridges with other research communities.

Track Description

The overwhelming success of the Internet as the most powerful knowledge distribution tool ever seen as well as the observation that enterprise knowledge management in Intranets and Organizational Memories is mostly concentrated on informally represented knowledge has led to a shift in focus in Knowledge Management Research and Development. Instead of acquisition of formal, logic-based representations of explicit, well-structured knowledge for well-defined tasks, now the finding, access, and retrieval of heterogeneous knowledge in manifold media, captured in different contexts, useful in different situations, and spread about multiple sources in a company or even wide area networks is in the center of interest.

On the other hand, several research communities-like digital libraries, information retrieval, intelligent information integration, and Internet information access-developed methods and tools which seem to converge in some points which can also be found (or have their roots) in the knowledge-based systems, and knowledge sharing community, resp. Ontologies for automatically processable, knowledge-rich content characterization of information sources and metadata as the set of all meta-level characterizations easing information source description, evaluation, and access, play an outstanding role in all intelligent access scenarios. It  also turned out that methods and tools coming from AI-like logic-based inferences, powerful representation mechanisms, case-based reuse, agent technology, etc.-are important enablers for these scenarios.

However, the diversity of goals, approaches, and achievements across these different research communities makes it difficult to get an overall picture of the current state of the art, and thus hinders reasonable reuse of results as well necessary "standardization" efforts to agree on generally accepted insights and techniques. Especially the issues of interoperability with and influence on existing and coming standards in the world-wide Internet business seem crucial for leveraging as well as killing of developments. So, our main aim in this Special Track is to promote sort of a "cross-fertilization" between different research communities working on the problem areas sketched.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Track Organizers

Andreas Abecker DFKI, Kaiserslautern, GERMANY
Stefan Decker AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, GERMANY
Amit Sheth University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA


Additional Track Reviewers

Submission of Papers

Draft papers (up to 20 pages) should be sent electronically to Brian Gaines before May 31, 1999. Acceptance and revision notices will be e-mailed by July 31, 1999. Revised papers (up to 20 pages) must be submitted by September 30, 1999, so that hardcopies may be bound together for distribution at the workshop. Authors who submit papers to the workshop will be expected to help with the refereeing of papers submitted by other individuals. Additionally, the Special Track Organizers have set up a Program Committe (see above) with a number of renowned experts in order to ensure the high quality of contributions.

Submission and review of papers, and coordination of all aspects of the meeting, will be through the Internet. The proccedings will be published on the World Wide Web and the preferred form of submission is HTML. The paper should be converted to a single HTML file, not split by section. For LaTeX use the switch: latex2html -split 0 to achieve this.

To submit a paper, simply e-mail the corresponding URL to Alternatively, FTP a tar file to (with an email note to when the paper is transferred). It is preferable if the submission is as close as possible in format to that required for the final proceedings. See the final submission format for details of formats for both web and paper versions.

Authors should indicate appropriate sessions/minitracks for each submission. If there is uncertainty regarding the optimum track for a paper, authors should contact the chairs of the track that seems closest, preferably in advance of the submission deadline. Depending on the range of papers received, some tracks may be collapsed whereas other tracks may be added in advance of the workshop.

Further Information

The world-wide web (WWW) will be used to coordinate the meeting and to provide further details of the tracks, paper formats, conference arrangements, and so on. Please see the main KAW page for ongoing information about the workshop.  28-Dec-98