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International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA)

This is the home page of an open community wiki for the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA). You can use this wiki for adding ontology related information that you think is relevant for the broader ontology community, even without being a member of the association. There is also a member's only wiki available from the member's area of the association website. Here you can add, for example, events potentially of interests to ontologists, questions, answers, and so on.

For specific IAOA events, see the IAOA website and to join IAOA, click here!

What's New

  • 2013-04-26 - The IAOA Ordinary Assembly (April 2013) is called to examine and approve the 2012 financial statement and the 2013 previsional budget - see:


  • 2012_07_25 - during FOIS 2012, there will be a 2-Hour IAOA Technical Committees and Special Interest Groups (SIG's) meeting, and a 2-Hour General Assembly session on Wed 2012.07.25 - both on-site (F2F) and remote participation are supported - (members) please see access details here.
  • 2012_06_19 - Nicola Guarino announced the time-table for the upcoming IAOA General Assembly and related activities. These include the nomination, campaigning and election of a new Executive Council (which will take office beginning 2013), adoption of the IAOA ByLaws, and a face-to-face Assembly (25-Jul-2012 5:00~8:00pm CEST) during FOIS-2012 (in Graz, Austria). Remote participation will be supported. All members are urged to participate!
  • 2012_05_25 - Updates to the IAOA statute were adopted by an Extraordinary Assembly on 25-May-2012, during which the 2012 Financial Report for the Association was also formally adopted.
  • 2011_05_26 - Thursday: IAOA virtual panel session at the Ontolog Forum: "Update on IAOA: From a community of practice to an international association - the specific role of the IAOA and its accomplishments so far" - Co-chairs: Leo Obrst & Michael Grüninger - ConferenceCall_2011_05_26
  • The IAOA Ordinary Assembly (April 2011) called to examine and approve the 2010 financial report and the 2011 budget - see: IAOA_Assembly_2011_04
  • At the face-to-face segment of the IAOA First General Assembly on 13-May-2010 (co-located with FOIS-2010 in Toronto, Canada) an updated report on IAOA was presented by Dr. Nicola Guarino (President) and other members of the newly elected Executive Council.
  • Over a virtual segment of the IAOA First General Assembly, an elected IAOA Executive Council came into being. See details of the process and the results at: IAOA_ExecutiveCouncil_Election_2010
  • The Introduction of IAOA at the Ontolog Forum - ConferenceCall_2009_06_18

About IAOA

The International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) is a non-profit organization the purpose of which is to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, information-systems development, library and information science, scientific research, and semantic technologies in general.

The Association was formally established in Trento, Italy on April 29th 2009.

The official IAOA website is at:

Current Members of the IAOA Executive Council (EC)

This Executive Council was elected by the General Assembly in the July IAOA_ExecutiveCouncil_Election_2012, took office on 1-Jan-2013, with the term of office continuing until 31-Dec-2013.

Current Members of the IAOA Advisory Board (AB)

IAOA Standing Committees

IAOA Technical Committees

... all members of IAOA are welcome and encouraged to participate in the following Committee activities. Please email the respective committee chairs and EC-liaisons to get started.

IAOA Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

... all members are welcome and encouraged to participate in the following SIG activities. Please email the respective SIG co-conveners and EC-liaisons to get started.

  • Design Semantics: Ontologies, Inference, and Standards for Spatial Design SIG
    • Status: established.
    • Design, e.g., for creative, visual, product, architecture, and engineering, involves conception and abstraction with high-level constructs and patterns. An abstract preliminary design is translated to specific structures at a quantitative or geometric level via the process of physical design and specification. Contemporary professional design tools, and the precise quantitative modelling paradigm that they are based on, are inherently incapable of exploiting the correspondence between high-level descriptions of spatial concepts and patterns with low-level geometric features. Computer aided design tools also lack the ability to exploit the expertise that a designer is equipped with, but is unable to communicate to the design tool explicitly in a manner that is consistent with its inherent human-centred conceptualisation, i.e., semantically and qualitatively. ... In this special interest group, we aim to establish working-groups, and standardisation and dissemination initiatives within the foundational framework of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA). The initial focus of the SIG will be on the domain of spatial design for architecture, and the role of design semantics in the context of computer-aided architecture design standards and interoperability initiatives such as the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and the Building Information Model (BIM). Subsequently, the scope will be extended to other engineering design domains involving other types of creative and engineering function-driven of computer-aided design activities.
    • Co-conveners: Mehul Bhatt and John Bateman
    • IAOA EC liaisons: John Bateman
    • Website: here
    • Mailing List Archives:
    • Wiki-space: IaoaDesignSemanticsSIG
    • shared-file workspace -
  • Biomedical Ontology SIG
    • Status: the possible role and form of a biomedical ontology SIG within the association, augmenting and complementing other initiatives in this area, is currently being considered. If you are interested in pursuing this further, get in contact with Stefan Schulz (Graz) and RobertHoehndorf. A meeting on this topic will be held at the upcoming FOIS 2012.

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