K-CAP 2007
The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge Capture

28-31 October 2007
Whistler, BC

K-CAP 2007 is sponsored by ACM SIGART and held in cooperation with AAAI


K-CAP 2007 will feature four workshops: two full day workshop: "Second International Workshop on Modular Ontologies"; and "Semantic Authoring, Annotation and Knowledge Markup", and two half day workshops: "Knowledge Management and Semantic Web for Engineering Design", "Knowledge Capture and Constraint Programming". Please see below and the websites of the various workshops for more information.

Please note that there is a small additional fee for attending the workshops; the general conference registration does not include workshop costs. Please see the registration page for details.

KW4ED - Knowledge Management and Semantic Web for Engineering Design
Website: http://www-sop.inria.fr/acacia/WORKSHOPS/KW4ED-KCAP2007/index.html
Organised by: Rose Dieng
Length: Half Day

Knowledge management becomes an important issue to "Small to Medium Entreprises" (SMEs) since most part of the industrial engineering innovations come from practical expertise in SMEs. The knowledge is partly implicit and not formalised as in major companies where production standards (norms, protocols, etc.) are very well established. In order to capture engineer' skills, and to ease their industrial design process, support may be given by knowledge management techniques.

The task consists of capturing explicit and tacit knowledge of an SME in terms of access, sharing, and reuse of that knowledge as well as creation of new knowledge and organisational learning. All the process management must be transparent and generic enough to be used by different user profiles of SME organisational departments: design engineering, but also management, sales, production, etc. Underlying techniques should deal with heterogeneous resources: including documents, CAD drawings, relational databases, data warehouses, 3D views, and virtual reality motion scenes.

FP6 European co-funded STREP project SevenPro (Semantic Virtual Engineering Environment for Product Design) aims at addressing this issue. The ongoing SevenPro project develops technologies and tools supporting deep mining of product engineering knowledge from multimedia repositories and enabling semantically enhanced 3D virtual reality (VR) interaction with product knowledge in integrated engineering environments. It combines both knowledge management and semantic web approach based on semantic annotations of design memory.

This workshop is organised by the Sevenpro consortium, in order to gather active research and industrial actors in the domain of design engineering, in knowledge management, in semantic web, in data mining and knowledge discovery in order to discuss all the issues linked to combination of knowledge management and semantic web for management of knowledge resources handled in engineering design.

Further details... website, and programme with keynote speakers.


Semantic Authoring, Annotation and Knowledge Markup (SAAKM)
Website: http://saakm2007.semanticauthoring.org/
Organised by: Siegfried Handschuh
Length: Full Day

Capturing knowledge by using markup techniques and by supporting semantic annotations is a major technique for creating metadata. It is beneficial in a wide range of content-oriented intelligent applications. One important Application for instance is the Semantic Web. The research about the WWW currently strives to augment syntactic information already present in the Web by semantic metadata in order to achieve a Semantic Web that human and software agents can understand. Here, one of the most urgent challenges now is a knowledge-capturing problem, i.e. how one may turn existing syntactic resources into knowledge structures. A solution is to markup web document in order to create metadata on the web or to author new documents in a way that they contain markup directly.

Another application is the indexing and searching of multimedia (and multilingual) data. It is difficult to completely process the content of multimedia data, even with technologies based on natural language processing, image processing, machine vision and speech recognition. Therefore, Semantic annotation is one of the promising methodologies to define semantic structures on the content.

Further details... website.


Second International Workshop on Modular Ontologies
Website: http://webrum.uni-mannheim.de/math/lski/WoMO07/
Organised by: Anne Schlicht
Length: Full Day

Realizing the full potential of the Semantic web requires the large-scale adoption and use of ontology-based approaches to sharing of information and resources. Constructing large ontologies typically requires collaboration among multiple individuals or groups with expertise in specific areas, with each participant contributing only a part of the ontology. Therefore, instead of a single, centralized ontology, in most domains, there are multiple distributed ontologies covering parts of the domain. Because no single ontology can meet the needs of all users under every conceivable scenario, the ontology that meets the needs of a user or a group of users needs to be assembled from several independently developed ontology modules. Thus, in realistic applications, it is often desirable to logically integrate different ontologies, wholly or in part, into a single, reconciled ontology. Ideally, one would expect the individual ontologies to be developed as independently as possible from the rest, and the final reconciliation to be seamless and free from unexpected results. This would allow for the modular design of large ontologies and would facilitate knowledge reuse. Few ontology development tools, however, provide any support for integration, and there has been relatively little study of the problem at a fundamental level.

Further detais... website.


Knowledge Capture and Constraint Programming (KCCP-07)
Website: http://www.isi.edu/~blythe/kccp07/
Organised by: Tomas Nordlander and Jim Blythe
Length: Half Day

Constraint programming (CP) has successfully been applied to many real-world problems including, scheduling, planning, configuration, layout, resource allocation, and decision support. However, modelling a problem with the constraint formalism may require significant expertise in constraint programming. In addition, in some practical applications humans find it difficult to articulate their constraints. The CP community thus faces challenges in connection with acquiring knowledge to model CP problems that are similar to those faced by those modeling problems with rules or other formalisms.

The workshop on Knowledge Capture and Constraint Programming will bring together researchers and application developers from the constraint programming and knowledge capture communities. Its goal is to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and to highlight possible future challenges for interactive knowledge acquisition and maintenance. The intention is to promote multidisciplinary research that will eventually be beneficial for both the constraint programming and knowledge capture communities.

The K-CAP community brings three decades of extensive knowledge acquisition research to the table; the CP community can benefit from this. In addition to providing new challenges and opportunities for knowledge acquisition, we believe that the CP-community can offer techniques and ideas that are of potential benefit to the K-CAP community as well. For example, the numerous 'consistency algorithms' developed in CP can be used to focus system-user interaction by removing user options inconsistent with existing knowledge.

Further details ... website and the preliminary call for papers (doc, pdf).