Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle

Ontology Summit 2013 Communiqué

Communiqué content is developed through the many forms of summit participation (panel discussions, surveys, email, editing of wiki pages). Each track's champions maintain their respective track synthesis pages on the wiki, which make up key parts of their contributions to the communiqué draft. The co-lead editors create an outline and drafts of the communiqué and present them for discussion and deliberation. Participants review and make change suggestions, via dedicated summit sessions and asynchronous discussion on the wiki and via the [ontology-summit] mailing list. The final draft of the communiqué this year was to be completed before the symposium in Gaithersburg, and was presented and formally adopted there. Following this, there will be a window for endorsement by summit participants and members of the wider ontology community. Finally, the communiqué will be submitted for publication in Applied Ontology Journal and possibly other professional and academic publications. The communiqué is intended to advance the state of the art of applied ontology by facilitating a consensus on an open question and identifying future challenges for the community. It is neither a summary of all that happened during the Ontology Summit nor a research paper. Rather, it is an advocacy paper, based on the discussion, lessons, discoveries, and syntheses that took place over the course of the Summit. The scope of the communiqué is therefore likely to be narrower than that of the Summit.