Confirmed continuation of the workshop

December 10th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

Yes. It seems that there will be a continuation of this workshop.

Next installment will be in Amsterdam, the Netherlands 21-22 December 2009.


It’s been called VMBO 2009 (which is a bit unfortunate since this one was also held in 2009, but there you go).

Very positive news indeed!

Possible VMBO workshop continuation

June 14th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

In many ways the VMBO workshop was a success and we are working on a follow up  (probably hosted somewhere in the Netherlands). Maybe a bit of explanation is in place.

The VMBO workshop in Stockholm has had two, even more low profile (in terms of advertising) precursors. The first was organized by Jaap Gordijn and Hans Akkermans at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The second was organized by Hans Weigand at Tilburg University. This was in 2007 and 2008, if I remember correctly.

Those workshops were mainly focused on value modeling and issues around that. Both workshops were very successful. With the advent of VMBO the scope widend a bit to also incorporate business ontologies. As we have received some inquiries for a continuation of this workshop series, we are looking into the possibility for a continuation. Please stay tuned to be informed about the developments.

New material trickling in …

February 12th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

One main attraction of a workshop is to get early feedback on sometimes sketchy ideas. As in any proper workshop the material presented and discussed at the VMBO workshop is sometimes work in progress. Some authors have requested that their VMBO material should not be made available for public peruse at this stage.  We have therefore opted for the following publication policy:

All submissions to the workshop is available for workshop participants and other associates of the workshop on the password protected Presentations page. Members of those groups have received the password via email.

If you are a participant or associate and would like to publish some of your material on this VMBO workshop site, then send an email to Birger (ba at dsv dot su dot se) or Maria (maria at dsv dot su dot se) indicating this. Like genies, we are at your service.

If you are an author with material that you like to make available in a value modeling – business ontologies context, then please consider publishing on the vmbo-community page (link is available in Links section).

As a visitor to this site you will not be notified about new items made available over time on the Program page in any splendidly explicit fashion like a blog post. You will have to keep track of appearing links at the Program page yourself.

P.S.  A note on a completely different topic: the Presentations page is now updated with a participant list. It is on that page in order to give some protection from spambots.

The workshop is closed

February 10th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

The workshop is now officially closed. Hopefully all found it interesting and valuable.

It was quite intense but now we, the members of the local organizing committee, can sit back, relax, and return to our normal duties.

It was a real pleasure to have all participants as guests and we look forward to seeing you again.

REA heavily advertised

February 10th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

Stockholm is buzzing with information about the Value Modelling (VM) – Business Ontology (mainly REA) workshop:

An ad in the Metro (click picture to get a larger version)

An ad for some version of REA (click picture to get a larger version)

Altogether it seems the workshop hasn’t gone unnoticed!

Welcome to all participants

February 9th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

The workshop has now started and we wish all participants a fruitful event.

Slides are posted

February 9th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

Some authors has made their slides available for download. Links can be found on the Program page.

What’s for lunch?

February 6th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

There will be a lunch buffet served both days at the Forum restaurant.  The restaurant is conveniently located about 100 m. from room 510 on the same floor.


  • Fillet of Chicken with rice and/or a Vegetarian dish;
  • A mixed green salad;
  • Bread;
  • Coffee and cake.


  • Fish and/or a Vegetarian dish (I can’t be more specific than that about the fish. I suspect it’s salmon);
  • A mixed green salad;
  • Bread;
  • Coffee and cake.

Network access is activated

February 5th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

When you get your name tag on Monday morning you will get a temporary user name and a password. You will, of course, also receive instructions on how to set up your access. In theory this should be unproblematic. Update: instructions are added here as well (I mean, why not?).


These are the official instructions for setting up a wireless connection in Forum (quoted from ):

In the Forum building there is a wireless network following the IEEE standard 802.11g. The network is called “KTHOPEN”. There are a number of base stations in different places in Forum and Electrum. The base stations are at this moment able to communicate at up to 54 Mbit/s according to the IEEE 802.11g standard. If you supply your computer with a wireless PC Card network card which is WiFi certified or your computer has a built-in wireless network card you can connect to the KTHOPEN network. Follow the instructions below to connect to the KTHOPEN network:

  1. Set up your laptop to receive IP number and DNS addresses dynamically through DHCP.
  2. Visit a place in Forum where the wireless network card has contact with a base station in the KTHOPEN network.
  3. Choose “KTHOPEN” as wireless network and click OK that the connection is unsafe (pertains to Windows XP).
  4. Start a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, and you will be automatically transferred to a web page for log on.
  5. Enter your user name and Kerberos password. The password is what is used for logging in to DSVs Linux systems and for e-mail. Choose DSV.SU.SE as REALM.
  6. You now have access to the Internet from your laptop.

End of quote. Some comments:

  • Steps 1 and 2 should apply to >99% of all laptops with a wireless card. You should not need to make any adjustments.
  • In Step 5 you enter your temporary userid and password.

Door code is activated

February 5th, 2009 by Birger Andersson

Inside Forum, on floor 5, there is one door that is locked and that you will need to pass. It is very close to the “C” elevator.

If you carefully studied Video 4 (which of course you did 😉 ) then in your notes you find that this door is passed after about 1.5 minutes.

You need a code to open the door. The code to enter is published on the password-protected Presentations page. Registered participants in the workshop have received the code for that page through email.