The digitized audio file (in mp3 format) of Chris Menzel's SCL
presentation session is available for download.
Enjoy ... feedback welcomed. (03)
Peter P. Yim wrote Thu, 04 Nov 2004 23:10:37 -0800: (05)
> On behalf of Ontolog, I would like to express our appreciations to
> Professor Chris Menzel, once again, for joining us this morning, and
> giving us the very interesting talk on "Simple Common Logic (SCL)."
> Thanks, also, to Adam Pease, for suggesting this, and for making the
> invitation, in the first place. Thanks also, to everyone who
> participated in the session. We had a great turn out this morning.
> The session proceedings, along with Chris' powerpoint slides (and
> additional resources/links) are available at:
> As I was mentioning at the session, we were experimenting with the
> freeconference recording service. Looks like that went real well. (I
> had prior engagements, and therefore, have not had time to go through
> the entire recording, nor have I had time to post-process the
> digitized audio file yet.) I have, somehow, listened to a portion of
> the recording through "telephone call-in", and it sounded great.
> Therefore, for those who really wished they could have joined us, but
> were unable to, you're in luck! You, (and those who are curious to
> find out how this worked out too) can get the audio playback with a
> telephone call-in, and listen to the session recording. Information
> about the access is available at:
> I have the mp3 file too, but would need to post-process it a little
> before making it available from the ontolog site. So, stay tuned.
> Regards. -ppy
> Peter P. Yim wrote Wed, 03 Nov 2004 19:14:23 -0800:
>> Dear Ontolog Members,
>> 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.
>> *Conference call-in details: *
>> 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#"
>> *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.
>> 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.
>> *About the Speaker: *
>> 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
>> More details on the session can be found on our wiki at:
>> 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.
>> Look forward to have you at the session.
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