SoLe-BD 2017

2nd Workshop on 
Representing Social and Legal Entities in the Biomedical Domain

Newcastle, UK, September 13, 2017

in conjunction with

The International Conference for Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2017)

Workshop agenda

2017 brings together experts in healthcare, biomedical research, public health research, and social ontologies. The aim is to discuss issues related to providing ontologies representing social and legal entities of relevance to the biomedical domain. 

Peer-reviewed paper

Brian Donohue (University at Buffalo)

Toward a BFO-Based Deontic Ontology

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Peer-reviewed paper

Amanda Hicks (University of Florida), William R. Hogan (University of Florida)

That which we call a pediatrician would by any other name a child treat (or not)

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Peer-reviewed paper

Francesco Franda (University at Buffalo)

Defining 'organization' with Basic Formal Ontology

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Barry Smith (University at Buffalo)

Functions, dispositions, and capabilities

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rkshop topics

We invite authors to submit papers in all domains relevant to the ontological representation of social and legal entities related to biology and medicine, including, but not limited to:

1.     How to understand socio-legal entities such as duties, rights, roles, permissions. How to represent such entities in ways conformant to upper-level ontologies such as BFO (

2.     Do e-documents and e-signatures pose special challenges to the ontology of the socio-legal realm?

3.     How should we approach the ontological treatment of those socio-legal entities and relations, such as consent and authority, which are involved in structuring social and organizational hierarchies?

4.     How to represent organizations and their relations to other entities such as roles and facilities.

5.     How to represent medical roles such as the physician or nurse role that may vary across different organizational and cultural settings.

Paper submission

All papers are subject to peer review. Papers should not exceed 6 pages and should be submitted via the Workshop EasyChair website:

 Paper submissions should use the following template, and must include a short abstract:

o   Word:

o   LaTeX:

 Extended submission deadline: July 12, 2017, 11:59pm (CDT)

 Our aim is to publish the papers online, e.g. through CEUR-WS.


If you have any questions, please contact Mathias Brochhausen (

Workshop Organizers 

Mauricio Almeida, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Mathias Brochhausen, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Brian Donohue (Chair), University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Amanda Hicks, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

William R. Hogan, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Barry Smith University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Scientific committee

Sivaram Arabandi, Ontopro, Houston, TX

Jonathan Bona, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Werner Ceusters, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Alexander Cox, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Ludger Jansen, University of Rostock & Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

J. Neil Otte, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Emilio Sanfilippo, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento, Italy

Stefan Schulz, Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria

Laura Slaughter, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Dagobert Soergel, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Chris Stoeckert, Jr, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Subpages (1): Slide repository