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**** FOIS 2008 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
**** The 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information 
Systems
**** http://fois08.dfki.de
**** October 31st - November 3rd, 2008
**** Saarbrücken, Germany
****
**** Co-located with ISWC 2008, Karlsruhe Germany (October 26-30th, 2008)
**** (http://iswc2008.semanticweb.org/)

Conference Description
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Since its inception ten years ago, the International Conference on  
Formal Ontology in Information Systems has explored the multiple  
perspectives on the notion of ontology that have arisen from such  
diverse research communities as philosophy, logic, computer science,  
cognitive science, linguistics, and various scientific domains.
As ontologies have been applied in new and exciting domains such as  the 
World Wide Web, bioinformatics, and geographical information  systems, 
it has become evident that there is a need for ontologies  that have 
been developed with solid theoretical foundations based on  
philosophical, linguistic, and logical analysis. Similarly, there is  
also a need for theoretical research that is driven by the issues that  
have been raised by recent work in the more applied domains.
FOIS is intended to be a forum in which to explore this interplay  
between the theoretical insights of formal ontology and their  
application to information systems and emerging semantic technologies.

Accepted papers: http://fois08.dfki.de/joomla/index.php/papers

Invited Speakers
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*  Johanna Seibt (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark)
*  Mike Uschold (Reinvent Technology, Vancouver, B.C., previously  
Boeing Corporation, USA)
*  York Sure (SAP Research, Germany)

Tutorials
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 * Tutorial 1: Nicola Guarino - Ontologies and Ontological Analysis: An 
Introduction
 * Tutorial 2: Ludger van Elst & Michael Sintek - Ontologies and the 
Semantic Web: Building Blocks and Challenges

Important Dates and Further Information
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*  Early registration ends: September 1st, 2008
*  Student Poster Submission: August 31, 2008
*  Conference: October 31st - November 3rd, 2008
*  Visit http://fois08.dfki.de/joomla/index.php/registration for further 
details and registration

Registration Fees
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*  Students: early: EUR 50; late: EUR 60; on-site: EUR 85
*  Academia: early: EUR 200; late: EUR 250; on-site: EUR 300
*  Industry / Corporate: early: EUR 300; late: EUR 350; on-site: EUR 400

Organizers
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Conference Chair
*  Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Program Chairs
*  Carola Eschenbach (University of Hamburg, Germany)
*  Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Local Organization: DFKI - Competence Center Semantic Web: 
http://semanticweb.dfki.de/
*  Paul Buitelaar (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
*  Massimo Romanelli (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
*  Michael Sintek (DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany)