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To: "[IAOA-member]" <iaoa-member@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Francesca Quattri <quattri.francesca@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Francesca Quattri <quattri.francesca@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:57:38 +0800
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G'day,
 
I second Leo Obrst's nomination.
 
Regards,
 
F.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Obrst, Leo J. <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: 2013/9/16
Subject: Re: [iaoa-member] position statement
To: "[IAOA-member]" <iaoa-member@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


Thanks, Oliver! I think we need to keep attempting to connect with them. There are some Semantic Web proponents in our membership, but also some who are not, but who are probably open to increased collaboration. I will not name them here, but probably we all know many.

Thanks,
Leo

>-----Original Message-----
>From: iaoa-member-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:iaoa-member-
>bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Oliver Kutz
>Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 7:15 PM
>To: [IAOA-member]
>Subject: Re: [iaoa-member] position statement
>
>Dear Leo and all,
>
>I think your proposal for a a new Semantic Web Applied Ontology special
>interest group (SIG) is a very good idea, and I fully support it. I tried to kick-off
>this process by inviting a number of key players from the SW community to the
>FOIS PC, but the real challenge will be to get them actively inivolved in the
>association and the possible SIG!
>
>Best, Oliver
>
>
>On 16 Sep 2013, at 01:00, "Obrst, Leo J." <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> Dear  IAOA members,
>>
>> I am happy to accept the nomination for the Executive Council of the IAOA
>(thank you, Michael and Laure). Here is my position statement.
>>
>> As an elected member of the Executive Council of IAOA for the past 3 years
>(and an original member of the EC since 2009), I have been the EC liaison to the
>Education Committee, helping to establish the Summer Institute in Applied
>Ontology in 2011 and the Summer School in Ontological Analysis in 2012. I also
>assisted on the Election Committee in 2012, maintaining the EC 2012 Election
>site.
>>
>> One issue that the IAOA should address immediately, in my opinion, is the
>widening gap between the formal applied ontology community and the
>Semantic Web community. Often the two communities seem to think they have
>nothing in common, whereas I believe they share many common goals,
>common technologies, and a common interest in well-engineered applied
>ontologies. Many of us in IAOA promote and use Semantic Web technologies
>and reasoning methods; similarly, many in the Semantic Web community
>advocate more rigorous and principled ontologies based on ontological
>analysis.  Therefore, I would like to bridge the gap between our two
>communities before it gets wider, and so propose a new Semantic Web Applied
>Ontology special interest group (SIG) to the IAOA EC and membership, that will
>actively seek rapprochement with our colleagues in the Semantic Web (and
>Linked Data) community. I hope you will join me in this effort.
>> My background [1] is in the formal semantics of natural language, having
>obtained my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in theoretical linguistics.
>For 30 years I have worked as a computational linguist and artificial intelligence
>researcher, and since the mid-1990s, as an ontologist, first at Boeing and now at
>MITRE.  Here are some short points on my career:
>>
>> *       Created one of the first commercial ontology departments at
>VerticalNet.com, a business-to-business electronic commerce firm (1999)
>> *       Promoted the adoption of ontologies and semantic technologies
>throughout the US federal government (since 1997)
>> *       Co-convened (with Peter Yim and Kurt Conrad) the Ontolog Forum, an
>open community of practice focused on ontological engineering (2002)
>> *       Co-founder and co-organizer of the Ontology Summits (2006-present) [2]
>> *       Co-organizing currently the 2013 Ontolog mini-series on Ontology, Rules,
>and Logic Programming for Reasoning
>> *       Co-founded and co-organized the original Ontologies for the Intelligence
>Community, now Semantic Technologies for Intelligence, Defense, and Security
>(STIDS) [3]
>>
>> My own research and development efforts have focused on promoting the
>use of formal ontological and semantic analysis, and combining the use of
>ontologies with automated reasoners based on logic programming and
>knowledge compilation techniques, and work that bridges the formal semantics
>of natural language to formal ontology.
>>
>> I've been privileged to serve on the IAOA EC, and look forward to continuing
>to support you and the greater ontological community.
>>
>> Thank you,
>> Leo
>>
>> [1] http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?LeoObrst
>> [2] Ontology Summit: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-
>bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit
>> [3] STIDS: http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/index.php
>>
>> _____________________________________________
>> Dr. Leo Obrst        The MITRE Corporation, Information Semantics
>> lobrst@xxxxxxxxx     Information & Computing Technologies, C2C
>> Voice: 703-983-6770  7515 Colshire Drive, M/S H317
>> Fax: 703-983-1379    McLean, VA 22102-7508, USA
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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