Ontologies for the Behavioural and Social Sciences

The workshop is taking place on the 18th September, 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.

Join the workshop online using Zoom: https://scientificnet.zoom.us/j/92115099746?pwd=VmxFT1BJSEhFNjhGazB4SzkzMzJJUT09

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


all listed times are in CEST (Bozen-Bolzano)

15:00 – 15:45 Keynote: Susan Michie — The Human Behaviour-Change Project and the Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology
15:45 – 16:10 Caitlin Notley — The Need for Ontologies for Systematic Reviews: Case Study in Flavoured Tobacco Use
16:10 – 16:35 Robert West — Specifying Behavioural Outcomes
16:35 – 16:50 Break
16:50 – 17:15 Mark Fox and Kate Ruff — CIDS: An Ontology for Representing Social and Environmental Impact
17:15 – 17:40 Adrien Barton — Foundations for an Ontology of Nudges
17:40 – 18:05 Irshad Ally and Werner Ceusters — Challenges in Realism-Based Ontology Design: a Case Study on Creating an Ontology for Motivational Learning Theories
18:05 – 18:30 Round Table Discussion

Workshop Description

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.