Call for SoLEE 2021

2nd International Workshop on Ontology of Social, Legal and Economic Entities 

Update: Deadline extended to July 9 

Workshop topic  

Understanding the ontological nature of social, legal, and economic concepts and institutions is crucial for providing principled modeling in many important domains such as enterprise modeling, business processes, and social ontology. A significant number of fundamental concepts that are ubiquitous in economics, social, and legal sciences – such as value, risk, capability, good, service, exchange, transaction, competition, trust, social norm, group, institution – have only recently been approached from a specifically ontological perspective. It is therefore important to offer a venue to gather the recent contributions to this topic.   

The workshop encourages submissions on both theoretical and methodological issues in the use of ontologies for modeling social, legal, and economic concepts and institutions, as well as submissions on concrete use of ontologies in application for these domains. We intend to broaden the focus in order to explore the emerging question of how to deal with social entities in general, and to connect well-established domains like biomedicine and business ontologies in this respect.  

Goals of the Workshop  

  • to collect approaches to deal with social, legal, and economic entities in foundational and applied ontologies and  
  • discuss applications of these approaches to social, legal, and economic entities in ontologies for biomedicine and business informatics,  

The workshop is intended to serve as a meeting point for stakeholders from applied ontology and the respective domain disciplines.  

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:  

  • Ontology of social, legal, and economic concepts – e.g., groups, norms, cooperation, competition, economic and legal agent, utility, money, risk, rationality, market, etc.  
  • Extensions of foundational ontologies to include social, legal, and economic institutions.  
  • Knowledge representation involving social, legal and economic entities.   
  • Methodological issues in representing social legal, and economic concepts.  
  • Formal languages for economics, logics for modeling economic, social, and legal concepts.  
  • Social and legal norms – in social, legal, and economic environments.  
  • Social, legal, and economic roles and responsibilities of/within collective entities like organizations, companies, enterprises, social groups, customers, corporate agents, institutions.  
  • Decision procedures in groups, organizations, and institutions.  
  • Value, value ascription, value production, value (co-)creation.  
  • Enterprise modeling: capabilities, strategy, marketing, accounting.  
  • Finance and markets.  
  • Services, service science, product-service systems.  
  • Business ontology and business process modeling.  

Workshop organizers  

  • PD Dr. Ludger Jansen, Universtity of Münster, Germany, and University of Rostock, Germany  
  • Dr. Mathias Brochhausen, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, United States  
  • Dr. Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, and University of Twente, The Netherlands  
  • Dr. Daniele Porello, University of Genova, Italy  

Programme Committee (tentative)  

  • Mauricio Almeida, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil  
  • Mike Bennet, Hypercube Ltd., UK  
  • Roberta Ferrario, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento, Italy  
  • Pawel Garbacz, KUL Lublin, Poland  
  • Cristine Griffo, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy  
  • Nicola Guarino, ISTC-CNR, Italy  
  • Amanda Hicks, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States  
  • Paul Johannesson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden  
  • Florian Mattes, University of Munich, Germany  
  • Riichiro Mizoguchi, JAIST, Japan  
  • Neil Otte, Johns Hopkins University, United States  
  • Geert Poels, Ghent University, Belgium  
  • Tiago Prince Sales, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy  
  • Barry Smith, University at Buffalo, United States  


SoLEE is part of the Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO). JOWO is a venue of workshops that, together, address a wide spectrum of topics related to ontology research, ranging from Cognitive Science to Knowledge Representation, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics.  

JOWO 2021 Webpage:  

FOIS 2021 Workshops and Tutorials Page:

JOWO 2021 will be held in September in conjunction with  BOSK II: the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge 2021  

Depending on the COVID situation, SoLEE will be organised in a hybrid or virtual form.

You can find a general presentation of JOWO and former editions here:  

Articles and abstracts will be published by CEUR workshop proceedings.  

Submission Guidelines  

Papers should be between 5 and 10 pages long and be formatted according to the CEUR-Art latex template in  one-column mode as available at 

Papers should be uploaded in PDF format via Easy Chair. Make sure to submit your paper to the track “Social, Legal and Economic Entities”: 

Intended duration of the workshop  

  • 1-2 days, depending on submissions  

Important Dates  

  • Unified paper submission deadline: July 3rd, 2021 
  • NEW Paper submission deadline: July 9th, 2021
  • Paper notifications: August 9th, 2021 
  • Camera-ready papers due (firm deadline): August 23rd, 2021 
  • SoLEE@JOWO-FOIS 2021: September 2021

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