First International Workshop on Capturing Scientific Knowledge

October 7, 2015
Palisades, NY, USA
Collocated with the Eighth International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP)


Workshop Goals

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in representing and capturing knowledge about science so that it can be used by intelligent systems to support scientific research and discovery.

From the early days of Artificial Intelligence, researchers have been interested in capturing scientific knowledge to develop intelligent systems for science. There are a variety of formalisms used today in different areas of science. Ontologies are widely used for organizing knowledge, particularly in biology and medicine. Process representations are used to do qualitative reasoning in areas such as physics and chemistry. Probabilistic graphical models are used by machine learning researchers, for example in climate modeling.

In addition to enabling more advanced capabilities for intelligent systems in science, capturing scientific knowledge enables knowledge dissemination and open science practices. This is increasingly more important to enable the reuse of scientific knowledge across scientific disciplines, and beyond that the reuse by businesses and the public.

Although great advances have been made, scientific knowledge is complex and poses great challenges for knowledge capture. This workshop will provide a forum to discuss existing forms of scientific knowledge representation and existing systems that use them, and to envision major areas to augment and expand this important field of research.

The recent emphasis in open science has had a major focus on data sharing but it needs to encompass knowledge as well. There are many research challenges in open sharing and reuse of scientific knowledge that need to be addressed in future research.

Workshop Gallery


8:00-9:00 Breakfast and registration
9:00-9:15 Introductions and overview of the workshop
9:15-10:15 Paper Presentations (Each 15mins + 5mins for questions)
10:15-10:30 Discussion (led by Tim Clark)
10:30-11:00 -- Break --
11:00-12:00 Invited talk (Mark Musen, Stanford University)
12:00-1:30 -- Lunch --
1:30-2:30 Paper Presentations (Each 15mins + 5mins for questions)
2:30-3:00 Discussion (led by Mark Musen)
3:00-3:30 -- Break --
3:30-4:30 Paper Presentations (Each 15mins + 5mins for questions)
4:30-4:40 Paper Presentations Continued (Each 10mins)
4:40-5:30 Discussion and wrap up (led by Yolanda Gil)


Major topics of interest for this workshop include:

Submissions can be made in the following categories:

Submissions should be up to 6 pages and in the format of the ACM SIG Proceedings template: Submissions should be emailed to

Accepted papers will be made available on the workshop site.

Important Dates

Organizing Committee

Program Committee

Accepted Papers