CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network

Call for papers


Modern enterprises face a strong economical pressure to increase competitiveness, to operate on a global market, and to engage in alliances of several kinds. Agility thus has become the new guiding principle for enterprises. This requires flexible organizational structures and business processes, as well as flexible supporting information systems and a flexible ICT-infrastructure. In addition, an enterprise needs to be able to easily expand or shrink, be it through cooperation with other enterprises, through mergers or acquisitions, or through insourcing or outsourcing of services.

In order to meet these requirements, enterprises rely increasingly on the benefits of modern information and communication technology (ICT). However, the appropriate knowledge to deploy this technology in an effective and efficient way, is largely lacking, in particular knowledge regarding the cooperation in and between enterprises and knowledge regarding the interoperability of their information systems.

Focus and Goal

The CIAO! workshop is a leading workshop in the emerging field of Enterprise Engineering, which is based on the notions of Enterprise Ontology and Enterprise Architecture. Enterprise Ontology is conceptually defined as (the understanding of) the essence of an enterprise. Operationally, it is its highest-level constructional model, completely independent on the way in which it is implemented. Enterprise Architecture is conceptually defined as the normative restriction of design freedom. Operationally, it is the set of design principles that are applicable to the (re)design of the enterprise’s business processes, organization, information systems, etc.

The goal of the workshop is to gather academics and practitioners in order to share innovative research issues and practical experiences, and to facilitate profound discussions about these issues, in particular about the application of the notions of architecture and ontology in dealing with inter- and intra-organizational cooperation and the interoperability of supporting information systems.

Topics of interest to this workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling cross-enterprise business processes
  • Reference models for cross-enterprise business processes
  • Cooperation theories (e.g., the language-action-perspective)
  • Domain reference ontologies
  • Enterprise ontologies
  • Enterprise architectures
  • Business rules
  • Information system ontologies
  • Information system architectures
  • Component-based system development
  • Ontology-based web services
  • Interoperability testing and verification
  • Inter- and intra-enterprise information systems


We are looking for articles on current or recently finished research projects as well as articles from practitioners. Based on our inspiring experience of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 workshops, the CIAO! 2008 workshop is planned again to be a real workshop, providing ample time for discussions and group works, during two days. Consequently, the paper presentations will be short, covering only the highlights. In addition, the focus of discussion will be on CIAO: the problems areas Cooperation and Interoperability, and the application of Architecture and Ontology in dealing with them.


The CIAO! workshop proceedings will be published in the Springer LNBIP series “Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing”.

Submission Conditions

Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNBIP format and should not exceed 15 pages, including all text, figures, references and appendices. Submissions not conforming to the LNBIP format or exceeding 15 pages will be rejected without review. Information about the Springer LNBIP format can be found at Springer LNBIP Web page . Three to five keywords characterizing the paper should be indicated at the end of the abstract.

Important Dates

Abstract submission  extended to March 7 (instead of February 15) 
Paper submission  extended to March 7 (instead of February 22) 
Acceptance notification  extended to March 27 (instead of March 21) 
Camera ready  April 01 
CIAO! workshop  June 16-17, 2008 
CAiSE conference  June 16-20, 2008 

Program chairs

Antonia Albani (

Chair of Information Systems Design

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Jan L.G. Dietz (

Chair of Information Systems Design

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Program Committee

Wil van der Aalst   Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands 
Bernhard Bauer   University of Augsburg, Germany 
Emmanuel delaHostria   Rockwell Automation, USA 
Johann Eder   University of Vienna, Austria 
Joaquim Filipe   School of Technology of Setúbal, Portugal 
Rony G. Flatscher   Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria 
Kees van Hee   Eindhoven University, The Netherlands 
Birgit Hofreiter   University of Technology Sydney, Australia 
Jan Hoogervorst   Sogeti Netherlands, The Netherlands 
Christian Huemer   Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
Zahir Irani   Brunel University, UK 
Peter Loos   University of Saarland, Germany 
Graham Mcleod   University of Kaapstad, South Africa 
Arturo Molina  CSIM-ITESM, Mexico 
Aldo de Moor  CommunitySense, The Netherlands 
Hans Mulder  University of Antwerp, Belgium 
Moira Norrie   ETH Zürich, Switzerland 
Andreas L. Opdahl  University of Bergen, Norway 
Maria Orlowska   Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Poland 
Martin Op ‘t Land  Capgemini, The Netherlands 
Erik Proper   Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands 
Gil Regev   École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 
Dewald Roode  University of Pretoria, South Africa 
Pnina Soffer   MIS department, Haifa University, Israel 
José Tribolet   INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal 
Johannes Maria Zaha   University of Duisburg Essen, Germany