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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2004 19:14:23 -0800
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Dear Ontolog Members,    (01)

Further to our earlier announcement, please be reminded that Professor 
Christopher Menzel (from Texas A&M University) will be giving a talk 
entitled: "*SCL: A Logic Standard for Semantic Integration*" during our 
upcoming regular conference call session.    (02)

*Conference call-in details: *    (03)

Date: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004
Start Time: 10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT 
  (World Time: 
Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Participant Access Code: "0686564#"    (04)

*SCL* -- *Simple Common Logic* -- is an attempt to renew the idea of an 
overarching framework to facilitate integration at one higher level of 
abstraction: by specifying, in as general a way as possible, a flexible 
abstract standard that many different representation languages can 
satisfy. By publishing an abstract specification of one's language 
relative to the SCL standard, one thereby makes the representational 
character and expressive power of the language explicit, and information 
expressed in the language comprehensible to users of other conformant 
representation languages.    (05)

In this (very informal!) presentation Chris will discuss SCL and also 
use it as a springboard for discussion of a number of related topics, 
including current popular KR frameworks -- notably frameworks arising 
out of work on the Semantic Web like RDF -- and the expressive 
differences between them.    (06)

*About the Speaker: *    (07)

Professor Menzel is an Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department 
of Texas A&M University (College Station, TX 77840, USA) He received his 
Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame where he wrote a 
dissertation on the philosophy of mathematics. He was then a 
postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University at the Center for the Study 
of Language and Information (http://csli.stanford.edu), where he first 
became interested in knowledge representation. He has been a visiting 
research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial 
Research Organization (CSIRO) in Melbourne (http://www.csiro.au) and am 
currently visiting the Institute for Formal Ontology in Medical 
Information Science (IFOMIS) at the University of Saarland in 
Saarbrücken, Germany (http://ifomis.org). Professor Menzel's research 
interests reflect my initial background in "pure" metaphysics, formal 
ontology, and logic and his subsequent introduction to "applied" 
philosophy in the form of knowledge representation.    (08)

More details on the session can be found on our wiki at:
 http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2004_11_04    (09)

Please point your browser to this wiki page during the session. 
Shared-screen support (VNC session) will also be available and be 
started 5 minutes before the call.    (010)

Look forward to have you at the session.    (011)

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