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Tutorial #1: Semantic Web Policies: Where Are We and What Is Still Missing?


  • Piero A. Bonatti, University of Naples, Italy
  • Daniel Olmedilla, L3S Research Center & Hanover University, Germany


The term policy is often overloaded. A general definition might be "a statement that defines the behaviour of a system". However, such a general definition encompasses different notions, including security policies, trust management policies, business rules and quality of service specifications, just to name a few. Researchers have mainly focussed on one or more of such notions separately but not on a comprehensive view. Policies are pervasive in web applications and play crucial roles in enhancing security, privacy, and service usability as well. Interoperability and self-describing semantics become key requirements and here is where Semantic Web comes into play. There has been extensive research on policies, also in the Semantic Web community, but there still exist some issues that prevent policy frameworks from being widely adopted by users and real world applications.

This tutorial aims at providing an overall view of the state of the art (requirements for a policy framework, existing policy frameworks/languages, policy negotiation, context awareness, etc.) as well as open research issues in the area (policy understanding in a broad sense, integration of trust management, increase in system cooperation, userawareness, etc.) required to develop a successful Semantic Policy Framework.

Slides: pdf.gz (1.5 MB)

Tutorial #2: Bridging Research and Practice - Making Real-World Application of Ontologies and Rules


  • Harold Boley, NRC, Canada
  • Holger Knublauch, Top Quadrant, USA
  • Adrian Paschke, TU Munich, Germany


A number of key business needs and challenges motivate solutions based on semantic technology and rules. The tutorial starts with exploring these motivations by setting specific business contexts, drivers, forces and challenges typically met in information systems across most of industry. Following this, is an overview and positioning of industry standards for ontologies (RDFS, OWL, SPARQL and SWRL) and rules (SBVR, PRR, RIF, RuleML, Jess). Ontology-rule integration (SWRL, RDF Gateway) and reactive rules (viaReaction RuleML) will also be covered.The tutorial will describe and demonstrate development environments (Protege, SWOOP and TopBraid Composer <http://www.topbraidcomposer.com) and execution engines (KAON2, Pellet, Racer). Using use cases and qualifying criteria developed at W3C, some specific solution archetypes will be described using Capability Cases ( http://www.capabilitycases.org ).

One use case and its solution architecture will be developed in full. The tutorial will evaluate the real-world applicability of the solutions discussed.

slides (Introduction)

slides (RuleML family)

slides (Reaction RuleML)

slides (TopBraid)

   Call for Posters/Demos

We invite proposals for the Posters and Demos session on November 10 at the RuleML-2006 conference. The proposals are expected to describe late-breaking results, system demonstrations, and innovative projects.

We invite articles of no more than 2 pages in length describing original innovative work on the Topics of the conference. Submissions should be made online in PDF format on the conference submission site. Multiple submission are allowed.

Submissions will be evaluated by the program committee and the accepted submissions will be published on the conference Web site. The authors will present their posters and demos at the RuleML demo session on November 10.

Important dates

-- Deadline for poster/demo proposals.
passed -- Poster/demo notification.
10 November 2006 -- Posters and Demos session at RuleML-2006.

   Paper Submission

Submission is closed.


Early registration (closed): $275

Late registration (until November 3): $335

On-site registration: $335

Please use the Registration form.

   Venue Information
 top RuleML 2006 will take place at the Classic Center in Athens, GA. Classic Center is about two miles away from the Georgia Center, the location of ISWC 2006.

Talks: Oconee River Room 1.
Lunches: High Shoals Room
Poster Session and Reception: High Shoals Room
Work/break room: Willow Room

   Program and Online Proceedings of the RuleML Conference and of the workshop on Ontology and Rule Integration
 top Download the program as pdf

The technical talks will be in: Oconee River Room 1
Day 1: November 10

08:15 - 16:00 Registration (Foyer of the Oconee River Room)

08:45 - 09:00 Welcome

09.00 - 10.00 Keynote I (Chair: Michael Kifer)

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 - 11.30 Research Session I - Ontologies and rules: (Chair: Ora Lassila)

11.30 - 12.30 Research Session II - Rules and Interoperability (Chair: Pascal Hitzler)

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch (High Shoals Room)

13.30 - 16.00 Tutorial I (Chair: Thomas Lukasiewicz)

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 18.30 Industry Session (Chair: Wolfgang May)

19:30 - 21:30: Poster Session and Reception (High Shoals Room;  buffet dinner served)

Day 2: November 11

08:15 - 10:15 Registration  (Foyer of the Oconee River Room)

08.30 - 10:30 Ontology and Rule Integration Workshop (Chair: Suzette Stoutenburg)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 12.00 Fishbowl panel (Chair: Ralph Hodgson)

  • Challenges in Real World Applications of Rules and Ontologies.

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch (High Shoals Room)

13.00 - 14.00 Keynote II (Chair: Son Cao Tran)

14:00 - 14:15 Coffee break

14.15 - 15.45 Research Session III - Uncertainty and rules (Chair: Jos de Bruijn)

15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break

16.15 - 18.45 Tutorial II (Chair: Axel Polleres)

   Poster Program