Submission deadline:  15 June 2021 (extended)

Notifications:   15 July 2021

Call for Demonstrations

The Demonstration Chairs invite submissions for demonstrations to be delivered as part of FOIS 2021. 


FOIS Demonstrations complements the full-length paper tracks (described here), offering a series of action, interaction, and process-focused events. We invite both software demos and demonstrations of methodologies, patterns, dynamics, and challenges arising in use.  A goal of FOIS Demonstrations is to raise the visibility and foster understanding of the dynamic, integrative, and use-oriented aspects of applied ontology, its tools, and its uses. The emphasis is on what happens. 

Areas of interest include (non-exhaustively):

  • Tools, in a broad sense including not only software and its use but also architectures, representations and languages, methodologies, design patterns, and repeatable processes
  • Applications and uses of tools, including their integration into larger technical and socio-technical systems
  • Challenges encountered and not yet well addressed
  • Positive, negative, or mixed results of adoption
  • Problem or opportunity patterns that emerge when applying or using tools in particular contexts

Subjects addressed by full-length papers in the Foundations, Applications and Methods, and Domain Ontology tracks may also be demonstrated in action. For example, a novel method, application, system, or categorical analysis might be described in a full-length paper, with the appropriate detailed analysis and support; that paper might be complemented by an demonstration of the method, application, system, or categories in use. We encourage submission of such demonstrations. 

Demonstration presenters should be prepared to answer technical questions and to participate in a joint technical Q&A session with other demo teams. 

FOIS 2021 is planned as a hybrid event: there will be a physical meeting in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, with a remote participation option. Accordingly, demonstrations may be delivered either virtually or in a hybrid fashion. Subject to that constraint, presenters are encouraged to be creative and to choose a demonstration format that brings forward the dynamics or processes of interest. 


Demonstration submissions may take either of two forms: extended abstracts or short papers. 

Extended abstracts (maximum 3 pages) should provide an overview of what will be demonstrated, including what will be shown in action, the salient characteristics of that action (for example, application of a method or use of a tool in a particular context or on a particular type of problem), how it will be demonstrated. Abstracts should also address purpose and value: what the authors seeks to convey and its significance. 

Short papers (5-7 pages, including references) should present description and analysis of the demonstration subject, the process or action that will be demonstrated, the characteristics or results that will be in focus, and the significance of these for applied ontology. 

For both abstracts and short papers, if the demonstration is complementary to a paper submitted to another track, the demo submission must include reference to that paper and description of the difference in content and value. Complementary submission, are encouraged; duplicative submissions are not. 

All submissions will be peer reviewed. The review process will be managed in EasyChair and will include identification and avoidance of conflicts of interest. 

Accepted submissions will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume in the IAOA series, together with those of the Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO) and the FOIS collocated events.

Both papers and demonstration abstracts should be in PDF format using the CEUR-Art one-column style, which can be found at and downloaded at

Submissions should be made using the EasyChair at: Selecting track: FOIS 2021 Demonstrations). 

At least one presenter must be a registered participant in the conference. 

Important Dates

  • Submissions due:  15 June 2021 (extended)
  • Notifications of acceptance:   15 July 2021
  • Camera-ready versions due:  23 August 2021 
  • Conference: 13-17 September 2021



  • Robert Hoehndorf, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Amanda Vizedom, Credit Suisse 

Program Committee

  • Dean Allemang, Working Ontologist LLC
  • Jennifer Cooper, Apple
  • Jesualdo Tomás Fernández-Breis, Departamento de Informatica y Sistemas. Universidad de Murcia
  • Anna Maria Masci, Duke University
  • Núria Rosinach, Leiden University Medical Center
  • Meika Ungricht, Semantic Arts, Inc.