14th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns (WOP 2023)
Colocated with the 22nd International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2023)
November 6-10, 2023. Athens, Greece.


The WOP workshop series covers issues related to quality in ontology design and ontology design patterns (ODPs) for data and knowledge engineering in Semantic Web. The increased attention to ODPs in recent years through their interaction with emerging trends of Semantic Web such as knowledge graphs can be attributed to their benefit for knowledge engineers and Semantic Web developers. Such benefits come in the form of a direct link to requirements, reuse, guidance, and better communication. The workshop’s aim is thus not just: 1) providing an arena for discussing patterns, pattern-based ontologies, systems, datasets, but also 2) broadening the pattern community by developing its own "discourse" for discussing and describing relevant problems and their solutions.

Call for Papers and Patterns

We invite the submission of original research results related to the focus areas of the workshop in one of three categories:

  1. Research papers (maximum 12 pages CEUR style) presenting mature work and established results.
  2. Short papers (maximum 6 pages CEUR style) presenting proposed research directions, novel ideas, or more general positions or discussions.
  3. Ontology Design Patterns (described in paper format, 5-12 pages CEUR style) should solve a particular modeling problem of relevance either to the broader ontology engineering community or to some specific knowledge domain in a novel and reusable manner. These must additionally be submitted through the ODP community portal. Note that accepted pattern submissions are presented through a poster session (see below).

Topics of Interest

We particularly welcome contributions on topics concerning the development of high-quality ontologies in general (with or without the help of ODPs), as well as studies and applications of ODPs for knowledge graph construction and maintenance. In addition, as usual, we also welcome pattern descriptions of all sorts, including patterns geared towards applications in specific domains such as geosciences, life sciences, sustainability, digital humanities, or e-commerce. The main topics of interest are as follows.

  1. Use of ontology design patterns for any kind of knowledge engineering, including
  2. Methods and tools for developing high-quality ontologies (with or without the help of patterns), including
  3. Development or analysis of ontology design patterns, including
  4. Development and use of patterns in specific domains, including

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be made via the WOP 2023 EasyChair page. Detailed instructions can be found at the submission page. Note that design pattern submissions also need to be submitted to the ontologydesignpatterns.org community portal, as described on that page.


Accepted pattern submissions will be expected to present a poster describing the pattern at the workshop poster session. Accepted research or short papers may also be presented in this manner if the authors would like to, but posters are not mandatory for such submissions.

Important Dates


Workshop Schedule

9:20 - 10:40 (1st Paper Session)

10:40 - 11:20 (Break)

11:20 - 12:40 (2nd Paper Session)

12:40 - 14:00 (Lunch)

14:00 - 15:20 (3rd Paper Session)

15:20 - 16:00 (Break)

16:00 - 17:20 (4th Paper Session)


Proceedings are available at http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-3636 .

WOP Organization

WOP Chairs

Steering Committee

The WOP Steering committee - [the Board of the Association of Ontology Design and Patterns](http://ontologydesignpatterns.org/wiki/ODPA) - consists of:

Managing Committee

Other Board Members

PC members


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