Ontologies for the Behavioural and Social Sciences

To be held alongside ICBO 2021 as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge, September 15-18 2021.

The workshop will be held as a hybrid event with in-person participation for those who can attend in Bolzano supplemented by virtual participation for those who cannot. Registration will be opening soon.

Organisers: Janna Hastings, Robert West, Susan Michie, Caitlin Notley, Sharon Cox.

While the use of ontologies has become commonplace in the biomedical sciences, it has only recently started to take off within the social and behavioural sciences. Recent applications of ontologies within the social and behavioural sciences include the Human Behaviour Change Project and the Addiction Ontology (AddictO). Within biomedical informatics, a relevant ontology is the Ontology for Medically Related Social Entities (OMRSE).

This workshop aims to provide a forum for the discussion of all aspects related to the use and development of ontologies for research in the social and behavioural sciences and for the description of social, behavioural and economic variables in studies involving humans or in population studies. Specific topics that are of interest include representations of population and personal attributes, behavioural and socioeconomic attributes, measurement, research methods and formal descriptions of social research studies, relating social theory and ontologies, and the development of a shared mid-level ontology for the social and behavioural ontologies. The workshop will involve oral presentations of accepted papers covering original research, posters (which may be invited for flash presentations) that may include topics that have already been published elsewhere, and a panel / discussion session. We will invite contributions detailing any aspect of theory or applications of ontologies within the social and behavioural sciences. An important additional objective of the workshop will be to form a community of practice and exchange around the development of ontologies for the social and behavioural sciences. We also seek to identify opportunities for collaboration on shared technical infrastructures and platforms, as currently no platform or portal exists for sharing and re-use of ontologies specifically for this domain.

Oral contributions must be accompanied by a paper submission. Submissions should be formatted according to the single-column CEUR-ART format for the CEUR-WS workshop proceedings template (http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/CEURART.zip) and should have length 5-10 pages. Submissions should be submitted to the EasyChair of the Joint Ontology Workshops (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2021), selecting track “Ontologies for Research in the Behavioural and Social Sciences”.

The deadline for submissions is 30 July 2021.