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From: Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 17:12:12 -0800
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We had a fabulous lecture from Professor William E. McCarthy 
today. Thank you very much, Professor McCarthy. Thanks also, to 
all who called in today, and joined Bill for a most interesting 
and educational discussion during and after the lecture.    (01)

Material from Professor McCarthy's talk is available on our 
session wiki page at: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_03_17    (02)

... in particular, the digitized (mp3) audio recording of the 
entire talk and the discussion has now been posted. That is 
archived in our knowledge repository for reference by everyone. 
Additionally, for the next 10 days, telephone playback will also 
available. See details at: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_03_17#nid050     (03)

Thanks & regards.  =ppy    (04)

P.S. Our invited speaker for next month will be Dr. Michael 
Uschold] from Boeing Corporation. He will be giving us a talk 
entitled: "Semantic Filtering" on April 21, 2005. Please mark 
your calendars now, and watch out for the coming announcements 
for additional details.  =ppy
--    (05)

Peter P. Yim wrote Sat, 05 Mar 2005 11:49:52 -0800:    (06)

> * ANNOUNCEMENT *    (07)

> We are please to announce that *Professor William E. McCarthy* from 
> Michigan State University will be giving a talk entitled: "*The 
> Integration of an Accounting Domain Ontology (REA) with an Upper 
> Ontology (SUMO)*" during our March 17, 2005 conference call session.    (08)

> Conference call-in details:
> Date: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2005
> Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST (World Time: 
> )
> Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
> Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
> Participant Access Code: "686564#"    (09)

> ****The Integration of an Accounting Domain Ontology (REA) with an Upper 
> Ontology (SUMO)****
> by William E. McCarthy    (010)

> Abstract:    (011)

> The REA (Resource-Event-Agent) enterprise ontology is a well-accepted 
> model of the concepts and relationships that exist in a normal economic 
> exchange between companies or conversions within companies. REA is based 
> upon a foundation grounded in both accounting and economic theories of 
> the firm, and it is used in the accounting domain extensively for both 
> research and teaching in accounting systems. The seminal REA paper was 
> published in The Accounting Review in 1982, and its basic framework has 
> been extended multiple times in recent years in work by Geerts and 
> McCarthy. The REA ontology has been used in standards work within the 
> UN/CEFACT, ISO, and other standards bodies.    (012)

> All domain ontologies need to reconciled eventually to an upper ontology 
> if they expect to be used extensively across domains, and the 
> interrelated domain concepts and associations need to be mapped to those 
> of the upper ontology where those correspondences exist. The upper 
> ontology to be used in this mapping exercise with REA is SUMO, the 
> Suggested Upper Merged Ontology, one of the IEEE Standard Upper Ontology 
> working group starter documents. SUMO is extensively used and researched 
> in the computer science community, and its conceptual structures are 
> better defined and integrated than those of more informal ontological 
> frameworks like Bunge and Sowa. Sowa’s conceptual framework fits REA 
> well, but Bunge’s is a clear conceptual mismatch.    (013)

> Mapping to more general ideas and axioms can be both a quality control 
> and a concept expansion exercise. There are bound to be many gaps and 
> overlaps, just as one would find in mapping individual external schemas 
> to a more general conceptual schema in the database design process of 
> view modeling and view integration. The integration exercise to be 
> described in this presentation is most certainly preliminary, and it is 
> being accomplished by an REA expert who is also an acknowledged SUMO 
> novice. The domain concepts of REA work extremely well in the process 
> modeling of inter-firm business collaborations and in the re-orientation 
> of basic accounting ideas away from the artifactual grip of general 
> ledgers and traditional accounting reporting. Their integration with 
> SUMO will be another step on the path to assessing their suitability for 
> use as a more general enterprise ontology.    (014)

> **About the Speaker:* *    (015)

> William E. McCarthy is a Professor of Accounting and Information Systems 
> at Michigan State University. He received his A.B. in economics from 
> Boston College in 1968 and his Ph.D. in accounting and computer science 
> from the University of Massachusetts in 1978. His homepage is available 
> at http://www.msu.edu/user/mccarth4/    (016)

> Professor McCarthy’s research interests center around the application of 
> knowledge-based systems, object orientation, and database theories to 
> the problems of building information architectures for use between and 
> within business enterprises. His papers have been published in many 
> leading accounting and computer science journals, and he has given 
> invited presentations to a wide variety of academic and business 
> institutions in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Professor 
> McCarthy’s paper on REA accounting systems was given the first Seminal 
> Contribution to Accounting Information Systems Literature Award at the 
> American Accounting Association meeting in Chicago in 1996. His present 
> research focuses on (1) the development of REA enterprise ontologies, 
> (2) the integration of REA models within XML, and (3) the development of 
> agent-oriented information systems with REA business process patterns.    (017)

> Most recently, he has been especially active in international e-commerce 
> standardization efforts. He was a member of the business process team of 
> the UN-based ebXML project, and he is also active with the UN’s 
> Technologies and Methods Workgroup and the ISO-based Open-edi 
> initiative. He was also active in semantic integration and model-based 
> standards development work with the Open Applications Group (OAG) and 
> the Object Management Group (OMG). For the years 2001-2003, he was the 
> Vice-President of the American Accounting Association (AAA), and every 
> summer he teaches at MSU an AAA-sponsored workshop on REA accounting 
> systems to accounting faculty from all over the world.    (018)

> Professor McCarthy teaches a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate 
> information systems classes at MSU, and he was the recipient of the 
> Department of Accounting’s Roland F. Salmonson Outstanding Teaching 
> Award in 1985, in 1993, and again in 2003. He is also cited in the 1995, 
> 1998, and 2001 versions of the Business Week Guide to the Best Business 
> Schools as one of the outstanding graduate teachers in the Broad College 
> of Business, and in 1999 he was given the outstanding faculty teaching 
> award from the Spartan Business Journal (MBA student newspaper). In 
> 1999, Professor McCarthy was given the Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award, 
> the lifetime teaching award from the Broad College of Business, and in 
> 2003 he was given the American Accounting Association’s Innovation in 
> Accounting Education Award. In February 2000, he was presented with the 
> highest recognition given to professors at Michigan State University: 
> the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award.    (019)

> Please refer to details on the session wiki page at:
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_03_17    (020)

> 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.    (021)

> Look forward to having you at the session.    (022)

> Regards. =ppy    (023)

> P.S. to help us with the logistics, please add your name under the 
> "expected" attendees section 
> (http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_03_17#nid019 
> ) if you are planning to attend, and haven't responded otherwise. Tx. -ppy    (024)

> P.P.S. Please note that this event was originally planned for March 10, 
> 2005, and has now been rescheduled to Mar. 17, 2005 due to the fact that 
> a number of our members will need to be at the Semantic Technology 
> Conference 2005 (March 7~10, 2005, San Francisco, ref: 
> http://www.semantic-conference.com/ ). We apologize for any 
> inconvenience caused. Please make a note of this new date and come join 
> us. =ppy
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