Call for Participation and Contributions:
You are invited to participate in an Open Forum about the capabilities, uses,
content, development and operation of registries. This is the sixth in a
series of international conferences on metadata registries. The Open Forum
will describe and demonstrate how to use the following:
ISO/IEC 11179 Metadata Registries
Universal Discovery, Description and
CASE Tool Repositories
Software Component Registries
Dublin Core Registries
A major theme will be cooperation between the various registries.
See the following for a description of the concept for this Open Forum:
Concept Presentation in PowerPoint, Concept Presentation in PDF
The Open Forum will bring together persons implementing, intending to
implement, or otherwise interested in these registries to:
· provide a forum for information
· describe the registries and how
to implement and use them
· encourage collaboration in the
development and exchange of content between registries,
· encourage collaboration in the
development of registry implementations,
· encourage standards development
efforts to work together, and
· participate in "tracks"
that discuss the relevant standards and the use of registries in the fields
of defense, environment, healthcare, learning technologies &
knowledge management, statistics (e.g., census and labor/economic
statistics), transportation & aviation, and electronic commerce. Special
attention will be given to XML aspects of these registries.
The various types of registries may be established and operated by
individual organizations (such as corporations or government agencies), or by
larger aggregations such as trade associations and standards organizations.
You are invited to participate by attending any of the presentations or by
contributing articles/presentations/position papers to be viewed on the Open
Issues for the Open Forum:
The following is a list of topics that we expect to address:
· Tutorials on registry fundamentals.
What are the key concepts found in selected standards? Tutorial descriptions
will cover relevant standards including the six parts of ISO/IEC 11179, XML
Registries, UDDI. SQL Catalogs, Business Component Registries, Ontological
· Implementations and demonstrations.
Experiences that participants share to assist us to develop and operate
registries. We will describe business cases, design issues, content
population and operations.
· Tutorials on capabilities of
registries. What are the essential concepts in related areas such as
terminology, XML-Schema, and business objects?
· Subject area tracks. What
organizations are doing with registries in the areas of health care,
environmental protection, statistics (e.g., census and labor/economic
statistics), transportation & aviation, defense, learning technologies
& knowledge management, and electronic commerce. How can interested
organizations participate in these efforts or start their own?
· Cooperation between
registries. How we can develop interoperable or cooperating registries, so
that users can manage data semantics.
· Discussion of
Semantics. Metadata can facilitate access, use, understanding, and sharing of
data across time and space by systematically describing the content,
structure, and semantics of data residing in information systems, data
warehouses, databases, files, documents, messages, etc. Registries are
facilities with associated procedures for storing and registering detailed
metadata from multiple sources and diverse organizations in a common
structured form. This will include fundamental notions about data elements,
data semantics, models of metadata attributes, naming and identification
issues, classification schemes, value domains, data registration essentials,
Registration Authority essentials, etc.
· Terminology. How do we specify and
manage thousands of concepts and the associated linguistic expressions that
denote semantic content?
· Semantic structures. How do we
organize concepts and terms into structured sets that can be deployed in
useful technologies? Concepts and terms can be organized into thesauri and
topic trees that are deployed via search engines. Concepts/terms can be
organized into data element concepts, data definitions and value domains
which are deployed as data elements in data base management systems and
electronic commerce messages. Other structured sets of concepts/terms include
controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies that may be deployed in
technology ranging from web enabled forms to intelligent information services
comprised of query agents, request brokers, resource agents and other
· Context. How do we accommodate the diversity
of languages, naming schemes, name spaces, and discipline-specific
terminology that demand alternate forms of terms to be used for
definitions, names, value domain representations, etc.?
· IT enabled data standards. How can
a metadata registry be used to improve the design of data? What is necessary
to IT enable data standards--that are originally written on paper--by
international, national, government and private sources? The content of many
standards needs to be restructured in order to record them in metadata
registries and to deploy them in information systems.
· Interchange. How can metadata
registries facilitate all types of electronic data communication including:
EDI, web enabled forms, XML data transfers, etc.
· Understanding. How can registries
help make specialized knowledge available to others who want to use the data?
If someone from a different organization wants to use data several years
after its creation, what metadata will he/she need to make meaningful use of
· Discovery. Discussion of the
structure and kinds of metadata necessary to help humans and software find
data and business services that they need.