Karl Hammar, Jönköping University, Sweden
Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University, USA
Adila Krisnadhi, Wright State University, USA; and Universitas Indonesia
Agnieszka Ławrynowicz, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Andrea Giovanni Nuzzolese, ISTC-CNR Rome, Italy
Monika Solanki, University of Oxford, UK
The study of patterns in the context of ontology engineering for the Semantic Web was pioneered more than a decade ago by Blomqvist and Sandkuhl  and Gangemi . Since then, this line of research has flourished and led to the development of ontology design patterns, knowledge patterns, and linked data patterns: the patterns as they are known by ontology designers, knowledge engineers, and linked data publishers, respectively. A key characteristics of those patterns is that they are modular and reusable solutions to recurrent problems in ontology engineering and linked data publishing.
This book is a collection of revised and extended versions of the papers presented at the 7th edition of the Workshop on Ontology and Semantic Web Patterns (WOP 2016).
The topics covered by the papers collected in this book range from a method to instantiate content patterns, a proposal on how to document a content pattern, to a number of patterns emerging in ontology modeling in various situations. As a collection of papers presented in the workshop, the topics rather naturally focus on the more recent advances in ontology design and patterns, hence the title. For a more foundational discussion of this line of research, we refer the reader to Hitzler et al.  which is a compilation of tutorials and surveys on the state of the art regarding ontology modeling with ontology design patterns.
The editors would like to thank all members of the Program Committee of WOP 2016 who provided useful and constructive comments to the papers. They are Alessandro Adamou, Luigi Asprino, Eva Blomqvist, David Carral, Michelle Cheatham, Enrico Daga, Marilena Daquino, Victor de Boer, Michel Dumontier, Aldo Gangemi, Rinke Hoekstra, Yingjie Hu, Krzysztof Janowicz, Tomi Kauppinen, Jose Emilio Labra Gayo, Steffen Lohmann, Franesco Poggi, Valentina Presutti, María Poveda-Villalón, Mari Carmen Suárez de Figueroa Baonza, Ilaria Tiddi, and Charles Vardeman.
Finally, the editors would like to express our gratitude to IOS Press for opportunity of publishing this volume and to the ISWC organizers who ensured a smoothly run WOP 2016.
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 Pascal Hitzler, Aldo Gangemi, Krzysztof Janowicz, Adila Krisnadhi, and Valentina Presutti, editors. Ontology Engineering with Ontology Design Patterns – Foundations and Applications, volume 25 of Studies on the Semantic Web. IOS Press, 2016.