This volume contains the proceedings of the First International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development (KEOD 2009), organized by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information Control and Communication (INSTICC). The purpose of the International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development is to provide a major meeting point for researchers and practitioners interested in the study and development of methodologies and technologies for Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development. Knowledge Engineering (KE) refers to all technical, scientific and social aspects involved in building, maintaining and using knowledge-based systems. KE is a multidisciplinary field, bringing in concepts and methods from several computer science domains such as artificial intelligence, databases, expert systems, decision support systems and geographic information systems. Currently, KE is strongly related to the construction of shared knowledge bases or
conceptual frameworks, often designated as ontologies. Ontology Development aims at building reusable semantic structures that can be informal vocabularies, catalogs, glossaries as well as more complex finite formal structures representing the entities within a domain and the relationships between those entities. A wide range of applications is emerging, especially given the current web emphasis, including library science, ontology-enhanced search, e-commerce and configuration. KEOD is one of three integrated conferences that are co-located and constitute the International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K). The other two component conferences are KDIR (International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval) and KMIS (International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing). The joint conference, IC3K, has received 369 paper submissions from more than 41 countries in all continents. 32 papers were published and presented as full papers, i.e. completed work, 86 papers reflecting work-in-progress or position papers were accepted for short presentation, and another 61 contributions were accepted for poster presentation. These numbers, leading to a “full-paper” acceptance ratio of 8.7% and a total oral paper presentations acceptance ratio of 32%, show the intention of preserving a high quality forum for the next editions of this conference. The conference included a panel and six invited talks delivered by internationally distinguished speakers, namely: Andreas Dengel (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH), Germany), Madjid Fathi (University of Siegen, Germany), David Jensen (University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.), Dan Kirsch (Knowledge Management Professional Society (KMPro), U.S.A.), Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany) and Justin Zhan (Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A.). Their participation has positively contributed to reinforce the overall quality of the Conference and to provide a deeper understanding of the field of Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management. The proceedings of the conference will be indexed by DBLP and other major indexes; still awaiting approval from INSPEC, Thomson-Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index and EI. A book with extended and revised versions of a short list of the selected best papers from the conference will be published by Springer-Verlag in the series of Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS). There will be also a publication of a short list of papers in the International Journal of Information System Modeling and Design (IJISMD). The program for this conference required the dedicated effort of many people. Firstly, we must thank the authors, whose research and development efforts are recorded here. Secondly, we thank the members of the program committee and the additional reviewers for their diligence and expert reviewing. Thirdly, we thank the keynote speakers for their invaluable contribution and for taking the time to synthesise and prepare their talks. Fourthly, we thank the program chair, Jan L. G. Dietz, whose collaboration was much appreciated. Finally, special thanks to all the members of the INSTICC team whose collaboration was fundamental for the success of this conference. This year, the organization will distribute two paper awards at the conference closing session: the best paper award and the best student paper award. The decision was mainly based on the paper classifications provided by the Program Committee. We wish you all an exciting conference and an unforgettable stay in the lovely city of Funchal. We hope to meet you again next year for the 2nd KEOD, details of which will soon be available at http://www.keod.ic3k.org.
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