International Association for Ontology and its Applications

Dear all,

I have the pleasure to announce that the new IAOA Web site is online at

Setting up this Web site (which finally includes the membership management system) has been the result of a genuine, more difficult than expected international effort, resulting from the cooperation of several people: John Bateman and the Bremen Ontology Research Group for organizational support and Web content management, Valter Cavecchia from IFN-CNR and the Trento-based company for application form development, Sira Greco of ISTC-CNR for administrative support, Oliver Kutz of Bremen University for Web site design and development, Peter Yim and Shinya Yamada of CIM3 for the web site infrastructure support, the Ontolog Forum for hosting the previous Web site on the Ontolog collaborative work environment, and finally our treasurer, Laure Vieu from IRIT-CNRS, for her scrupolous supervision of the membership management process.

You are now warmly encouraged to officially subscribe to IAOA, clicking on “Joining IAOA”. The subscription form includes a short questionnaire, please don’t be lazy filling it since the information you put there will be extremely useful to actively involve you in the Association’s activities.

Please note that, according to our statute, new members need to be approved by the Executive Board. So after you confirm your subscription you will receive a message announcing that your membership request will be processed in a few days. A subsequent message will announce you that your payment has been received and the request approved. From this moment you will have access to the member’s area, which, among other things, will allow you access to the Applied Ontology journal, as well as the FOIS and FOMI proceedings.

New members-only facilities are planned for the future.

Your address will also be included in the iaoa-members mailing list (to be announced soon), which you will be allowed to use for news and short announcements within the Association’s scope. Please note that this is not intended as a general discussion mailing list, as we believe that the ontolog forum is more appropriate for this purpose.

The address can be used at any time for information and general requests.

Welcome to IAOA!

Nicola Guarino
on behalf of the IAOA Executive Board

Mission Statement:

The International Association for Ontology and its Applications is a non-profit organization the purpose of which is to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, information-systems development, library and information science, scientific research, and semantic technologies in general. IAOA is open to all individuals and institutions who share its goals.