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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Information Systems and the Four-Category Ontology, 20-21 May 2013, Durham (U.K.)

Department of Philosophy, Durham University

This two-day workshop will bring together metaphysicians, applied 
ontologists and information systems theorists to discuss the practical 
application of a four-category ontology to the design of information 

This workshop aims to put advocates of four-category ontologies into 
direct dialogue with applied ontologists and information systems 
designers, enabling each to update the other on developments within their 
disciplines and to share concerns and problems for collective discussion.

Specific foci of the workshop will be (i) the presentation of practical 
problems in the design of information systems and (ii) the discussion of 
contemporary developments in the four-category ontology whose practical 
applications are not yet appreciated.

Invited speakers:

Nicola Guarino, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento
Ludger Jansen, University of Rostock
E. J. Lowe, Durham University
Luc Schnieder, Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science
Barry Smith, University at Buffalo


We invite abstracts of 300-500 words for presentations of half an hour, 
followed by fifteen minutes for discussion, on topics related to the aims 
of the workshop. Please prepare these for blind review and submit to 
a.d.carruth [at]

We aim to help cover the costs of attending the event for all those whose 
papers are accepted.

Please direct any enquiries to:

Alex Carruth ? a.d.carruth [at] or David Westland ? 
d.w.westland [at]