The Twelfth International Workshop on Ontology Matching

collocated with the 16th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC-2017
October 21st, 2017: Vienna, Austria

OAEI-2017 is under way: IBM Research sponsors the instance matching tracks

Objectives Call for papers Submissions Accepted papers Organization OM-2016


Ontology matching is a key interoperability enabler for the Semantic Web, as well as a useful technique in some classical data integration tasks dealing with the semantic heterogeneity problem. It takes ontologies as input and determines as output an alignment, that is, a set of correspondences between the semantically related entities of those ontologies. These correspondences can be used for various tasks, such as ontology merging, data interlinking, query answering or process mapping. Thus, matching ontologies enables the knowledge and data expressed in the matched ontologies to interoperate.

The workshop has three goals:
  • To bring together leaders from academia, industry and user institutions to assess how academic advances are addressing real-world requirements. The workshop will strive to improve academic awareness of industrial and final user needs, and therefore, direct research towards those needs. Simultaneously, the workshop will serve to inform industry and user representatives about existing research efforts that may meet their requirements. The workshop will also investigate how the ontology matching technology is going to evolve, especially with respect to data interlinking, process mapping and web table matching tasks.

  • To conduct an extensive and rigorous evaluation of ontology matching and instance matching (link discovery) approaches through the OAEI (Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative) 2017 campaign. Besides real-world specific matching tasks, such as desease-phenotype track supported by the Pistoia Alliance, will introduce web tables instance matching track supported by IBM Research within a specific matching scenario.

  • To examine new uses, similarities and differences from database schema matching, which has received decades of attention but is just beginning to transition to mainstream tools.

Call for papers


The workshop encourages participation from academia, industry and user institutions with the emphasis on theoretical and practical aspects of ontology matching. On the one side, we expect representatives from industry and user organizations to present business cases and their requirements for ontology matching. On the other side, we expect academic participants to present their approaches vis-a-vis those requirements. The workshop provides an informal setting for researchers and practitioners from different related initiatives to meet and benefit from each other's work and requirements.

This year, in sync with the main conference, we encourage submissions specifically devoted to: (i) datasets, benchmarks and replication studies, services, software, methodologies, protocols and measures (not necessarily related to OAEI), and (ii) application of the matching technology in real-life scenarios and assessment of its usefulness to the final users.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Business and use cases for matching (e.g., big and open data);
  • Requirements to matching from specific application scenarios (e.g., energy, public sector);
  • Application of matching techniques in real-world scenarios (e.g., with mobile apps);
  • Formal foundations and frameworks for matching;
  • Matching and big data;
  • Matching and linked data;
  • Instance matching, data interlinking and relations between them;
  • Process model matching;
  • Large-scale and efficient matching techniques;
  • Matcher selection, combination and tuning;
  • User involvement (including both technical and organizational aspects);
  • Explanations in matching;
  • Social and collaborative matching;
  • Uncertainty in matching;
  • Reasoning with alignments;
  • Alignment coherence and debugging;
  • Alignment management;
  • Matching for traditional applications (e.g., information integration);
  • Matching for emerging applications (e.g., search, web-services).

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of technical papers and posters/statements of interest addressing different issues of ontology matching as well as participating in the OAEI 2017 campaign. Technical papers should be not longer than 12 pages using the LNCS Style. Posters/statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages and should be handled according to the guidelines for technical papers. All contributions should be prepared in PDF format and should be submitted (no later than July 28th, 2017) through the workshop submission site at:

Contributors to the OAEI 2017 campaign have to follow the campaign conditions and schedule at

Important dates:

  • July 28th, 2017: CLOSED
    Deadline for the submission of papers
  • August 24th, 2017: Notifications have been sent out
    Deadline for the notification of acceptance/rejection
  • September 8th, 2017:
    Early registration deadline
  • September 15th, 2017:
    Workshop camera ready copy submission
  • October 21st, 2017:
    OM-2017, Vienna, Austria.

Contributions will be refereed by the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as a volume of CEUR-WS as well as indexed on DBLP.

Accepted Papers

Technical Papers:

  • A high-performance approach to string similarity using most frequent K characters
    Andre Valdestilhas, Tommaso Soru, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo
  • Semantic interactive ontology matching: synergistic combination of techniques to improve the set of candidate correspondences
    Jomar da Silva, Fernanda Baião, Kate Revoredo, Jérôme Euzenat
  • Exploring the synergies between biocuration and ontology alignment automation
    David Dearing, Terrance Goan
  • Ontology matching for patent classification
    Christoph Quix, Sandra Geisler, Rihan Hai, Sanchit Alekh
  • Extension of the M-Gov ontology mapping framework for increased traceability
    Anuj Singh, Christophe Debruyne, Rob Brennan, Declan O'Sullivan


  • Towards building a link set backed by domain experts using the alignment tool
    Ondřej Zamazal, Sotirios Karampatakis, Charalampos Bratsas
  • HOBBIT link discovery benchmarks at ontology matching 2017
    Michael Röder, Tzanina Saveta, Irini Fundulaki, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo
  • Alignment: a collaborative, system aided, interactive ontology matching platform
    Sotirios Karampatakis, Charalampos Bratsas, Ondřej Zamazal, Panagiotis Marios Filippidis, Ioannis Antoniou
  • Boosting MultiFarm track with Turkish dataset for OAEI
    Abderrahmane Khiat, Beyza Yaman, Giovanna Guerrini, Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz, Naouel Karam
  • A replication study: understanding what drives the performance in WikiMatch
    Lu Zhou, Michelle Cheatham
  • First steps towards a complex alignment dataset
    Élodie Thiéblin, Ollivier Haemmerlé, Nathalie Hernandez, Cassia Trojahn
  • Ontology partitioning: preliminary results
    Sunny Pereira, Valerie Cross, Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz
  • Network of ontologies – a systematic mapping study
    Fábio Santos, Kate Revoredo, Fernanda Baião
  • Using word semantics on entity names for correspondence set generation
    Rafael Vieira, Kate Revoredo
  • Matching domain and top-level ontologies via OntoWordNet
    Daniela Schmidt, Rafael Basso, Cassia Trojahn, Renata Vieira

Organizing Committee:

  • Pavel Shvaiko (Main contact)
    Informatica Trentina, Italy
    E-mail: pavel [dot] shvaiko [at] infotn [dot] it
  • Jérôme Euzenat
    INRIA & Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France
  • Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz
    University of Oslo, Norway
  • Michelle Cheatham
    Wright State University, USA
  • Oktie Hassanzadeh
    IBM Research, USA

Program Committee:

  • Alsayed Algergawy, Jena University, Germany
  • Manuel Atencia, INRIA & Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France
  • Zohra Bellahsene, LRIMM, France
  • Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, USA
  • Marco Combetto, Informatica Trentina, Italy
  • Valerie Cross, Miami University, USA
  • Warith Eddine Djeddi, LIPAH & LABGED, Tunisia
  • Jérôme David, University Grenoble Alpes & INRIA, France
  • Gayo Diallo, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Zlatan Dragisic, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Alfio Ferrara, University of Milan, Italy
  • Wei Hu, Nanjing University, China
  • Valentina Ivanova, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Europeana, Netherlands
  • Valentina Ivanova, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Ryutaro Ichise, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Daniel Faria, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
  • Patrick Lambrix, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
  • Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, China
  • Vincenzo Maltese, University of Trento, Italy
  • Fiona McNeill, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Peter Mork, Noblis, USA
  • Andriy Nikolov, Open University, UK
  • Axel Ngonga, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Catia Pesquita, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dominique Ritze, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Umberto Straccia, ISTI-C.N.R., Italy
  • Ondrej Svab-Zamazal, Prague University of Economics, Czech Republic
  • Cássia Trojahn, IRIT, France
  • Ludger van Elst, DFKI, Germany


We appreciate support from the Trentino as a Lab initiative of the European Network of the Living Labs at Informatica Trentina, the EU SEALS project.

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