Event Date/Time: Apr 10, 2005 End Date/Time: Apr 13, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 03, 2004
Paper Submission Date: Sep 03, 2004
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Goal of workshop


The system topographies in today's companies are characterized by a high heterogeneity
linked with various data models and formats.

Data and models are often stored within varying systems and in different semantics.
Due to this variability an integrative use is only possible to a certain extend,
although there is an increasing demand of information. Access to information
and their integration is essential for an effective companywide knowledge-management.

Today there are several approaches to create a unified possibility of accessing
or merging information such as transformation processes in data warehouses or
by using filters / mediators. Promising solutions are found in the area of meta
models, ontologies or other model interoperability technologies.

Inefficient respectively cost-intensive conversion processes delay data exchange,
induce cause information breach and prevent a precise allocation of information.


If capacious data stocks have to be merged or used as a shared knowledge base,
concepts of integrating the data are needed to combine these data without loosing
meta data. Several knowledge integration approaches can be used to merge and
to combine heterogeneous data sources or to integrate them by using concepts
of interoperability.

Various approaches were developed to combine heterogeneous formats. It turned
out that a formal handling of semantics speeds up this integration process.
Existing approaches of handling semantics within this process are meta data,
meta models (MOF) or compositions.

Ambition of this workshop is to get an overview of current research approaches
as well as a broad discussion in certain areas of this topic.

Possible topics include:

* Interoperability of meta models

* Semantic integration concepts

* Meta data extraction

* Combination of heterogeneous formats

* Integration of several knowledge formats

* Knowledge integration concepts

* Format-independent classification strategies

* Automatic classification of data

* Ontology merging



It is intended to publish all accepted workshop contributions in a joined conference
proceedings volume within the series “Lecture Notes in Computer Science”
of Springer (see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). The format
of a paper is 4 pages in LNCS-Layout. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Please send your submissions in PDF or Word-Format to wm2005@wi-ol.de.

Please make only one submission per email message. The email message should
also include the name of your submitted file, its title, and its authors. Submissions
must be made in English.

All workshop participants have to register for the WM2005 conference. The website
is available at http://wm2005.iese.fraunhofer.de

At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the WM2005 conference
before the deadline for camera-ready-copies of the papers (Nov. 22, 2004). Otherwise
the paper will not be published.

More information will be found on our website at http://wm2005.iese.fraunhofer.de/workshop12-en.html

Important Deadlines:

The workshop will have to follow the timetable shown below:

Submission deadline for workshop contributions: September 3, 2004

Notification of acceptance or rejection of the papers: October 11, 2004

Camera-ready copy of the papers due: November 22, 2004

Workshops at WM2005 in Kaiserslautern, Germany April 11.-13., 2005

Workshop Organizers


Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Hahn (Hahn@wi-ol.de)

Dipl.-Inform. S. Abels (Abels@wi-ol.de)

Dipl.-Oec. L. Haak (Haak@wi-ol.de)