Final Call for Papers

International Workshop on

Fact-Oriented Modeling

(ORM 2008)


Monterrey, Mexico

November 12-14, 2008


Held in conjunction with OTM’08 (Nov 9-14)


Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag


Paper Submission Extended Deadline: 2008 July 10

(abstracts due July 7)







Following successful workshops held in Cyprus (2005), France (2006) and Portugal (2007), this is the fourth in a series of fact-oriented modeling workshops run in conjunction with the OTM conferences. Fact-oriented modeling is a conceptual, natural language based approach to modeling and querying the information semantics of business domains in terms of the underlying facts of interest, where all facts and rules may be verbalized in language readily understandable by users of those business domains.


Unlike Entity-Relationship (ER) modeling and UML class diagrams, fact-oriented modeling treats all facts as relationships (unary, binary, ternary etc.). How facts are grouped into structures (e.g. attribute-based entity types, classes, relation schemes, XML schemas) is considered a design level, implementation issue that is irrelevant to the capturing of essential business semantics. Avoiding attributes in the base model enhances semantic stability and populatability, as well as facilitating natural verbalization and thus more productive communication with all stakeholders. For information modeling, fact-oriented graphical notations are typically far more expressive than those provided by other notations. Fact-oriented textual languages are based on formal subsets of native languages, so are easier to understand by business people than technical languages like OCL. Fact-oriented modeling includes procedures for mapping to attribute-based structures, so may also be used to front-end other approaches.


Though less well known than ER and object-oriented approaches, fact-oriented modeling has been used successfully in industry for over 30 years, and is taught in universities around the world. The fact-oriented modeling approach comprises a family of closely related “dialects”, the most well known being Object-Role Modeling (ORM), Cognition enhanced Natural language Information Analysis Method (CogNIAM) and Fully-Communication Oriented Information Modeling (FCO-IM). Though adopting a different graphical notation, the Object-oriented Systems Model (OSM) is a close relative, with its attribute-free philosophy. In December 2007, the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR) proposal was adopted by the Object Management Group, becoming the latest addition to the family of fact-oriented approaches.


Commercial tools supporting the fact-oriented approach include the ORM solution within Microsoft’s Visio for Enterprise Architects, the CogNIAM tool Doctool, and the FCO-IM tool CaseTalk. Free ORM tools include InfoModeler and Infagon, as well as various academic prototypes. DogmaStudio is an ORM-based tool for specifying ontologies. NORMA, an open-source plug-in to Visual Studio, is currently under development to provide deep support for second generation ORM. Various SBVR tools are also currently under development. General information about fact-orientation and SBVR, respectively, may be found at and


Goals and Topics:


The main goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for practitioners and researchers interested in fact-oriented modeling methods to meet, and exchange research and implementation ideas and results. It also provides this group of practitioners/researchers an opportunity to present their research papers and experience reports, and to take part in open discussions. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) theoretical and/or empirical exploration of fact-oriented modeling methods, as well as case studies and experience reports related to:



Intended Audience:


The workshop is primarily aimed at researchers and practitioners interested in conceptual modeling approaches for the analysis and design of information systems and ontologies, including modeling of data, processes and events. Attendees familiar with fact-oriented approaches have the opportunity to update and deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area. Attendees less familiar with fact-oriented approaches have an ideal opportunity to learn about the approach from world experts in the area, and adopt or adapt the many benefits of the approach.


Workshop co-chairs:


Terry Halpin

Neumont University


Sjir Nijssen


The Netherlands



Important Dates (2008):


Abstracts due:                                   July 7

Papers due:                               July 10

Acceptance Notification:       August 15       

Camera-ready copies:            August 25

Registration due:                     TBA

OTM Conferences:                          November 9 - 14



Submission Guidelines:


All submitted papers will be evaluated by at least three members of the program committee, based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. Submissions must be in English, and may be of two kinds: Full Papers or Short Papers, both of which may discuss industrial experience or academic research. Full Papers should not exceed 5,000 words (excluding references and appendices), and should not exceed 10 pages in the final camera-ready format (see later). Short papers should not exceed 5 pages in the final camera-ready format. Full papers are normally allocated 45 minutes for presentation. Short papers are normally allocated at most 30 minutes for presentation. Only electronic submissions in Adobe PDF format are acceptable. The paper submission site is located at:


On the original submission, include a cover page with title of paper as well as the authors’ names, affiliations, phones, faxes, and email addresses. The total number of words in the paper (excluding cover page, tables, and references) should be indicated on the cover page. The second page should begin with the title of the paper followed by author names and affiliations and an abstract of no more than 150 words.


The proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag in their LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) series. The final paper (if accepted) should be formatted using the Springer LNCS style, as described at Failure to commit to presentation at the workshop automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.


Program committee:


Roel Baardman

BonusAdvies, The Netherlands

Guido Bakema

HAN University of Applied Science, The Netherlands

Herman Balsters

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Linda Bird

National E-Health Transition Authority, Australia

Anthony Bloesch

Microsoft Corporation, USA

Scott Becker

Orthogonal Software, USA

Peter Bollen

Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Lex Bruil

ING Netherlands

Andy Carver

Neumont University, USA

Don Baisley

Microsoft Corporation, USA

Donald Chapin

Business Semantics, UK

Dave Cuyler

Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Olga De Troyer

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Jan Dietz

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Gordon Everest

University of Minnesota, USA

Ken Evans

ORM Foundation, United Kingdom

Mario Gutknecht

Commerzbank, Frankfurt, Germany

John Hall

Model Systems, UK

Pat Hallock

InConcept, USA

Terry Halpin

Neumont University, USA

Hank Hermans

Statistics Netherlands, The Netherlands

Stijn Hoppenbrouwers

Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Mike Jackson

Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

Mustafa Jarrar

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Elisa Kendall

Sandpiper Software, USA

Mark Linehan


Inge Lemmens

PNA, The Netherlands

Bodil Madsen

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Robert Meersman

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Tony Morgan

Neumont University, USA

Maurice Nijssen

PNA, The Netherlands

Sjir Nijssen

PNA, The Netherlands

Anita Nuopponen

University of Vaasa, Finland

Baba Piprani

SICOM, Canada

Erik Proper

Radboud University and Capgemini, The Netherlands

Bob Quast    

City of The Hague, The Netherlands

Ron Ross

Business Rules Solutions, USA

Jos Rozendaal

UCademy BV, Velserbroek, The Netherlands

Gerhard Skagestein

University of Oslo, Norway

Sylvie Spreeuwenberg

LibRT, The Netherlands

Peter Spyns

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Deny Smeets

HAN University of Applied Science, The Netherlands

Hanne Thomsen

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Joost van Griethuysen

MMJ Engineering, The Netherlands

Jan Vanthienen

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Remco van Voorthuizen

ADP, The Netherlands

Jos Vos

ABP/AMC, Heerlen, The Netherlands

Gerd Wagner

Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus, Germany

Theo van der Weide

Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


For more information on the workshop, please contact:


Prof. Terry Halpin


fax: + 1 801 302 2811

tel: +1 801 302 2820