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[ontolog-forum] Ontolog Invited Speaker - Barry Smith - Thu 2005.10.13

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From: Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 01:53:17 -0700
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We are pleased to announce that we will be having *Professor Barry
Smith*, from State University of New York at Buffalo, will be
presenting to the community. His talk is entitled: "*How to Do Things
with Paper: The Ontology of Documents and the Technologies of
Identification*."    (02)

*Conference call-in details*:    (03)

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005
Start Time: 10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT / 17:30 UTC (World Time:
Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
Dial-in Number: +1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
Participant Access Code: "686564#"
VNC shared-screen support available    (04)

*How to Do Things with Paper: The Ontology of Documents and the
Technologies of Identification*
by Barry Smith    (05)

*Abstract*:    (06)

Attempts to develop ontologies of documents have been largely confined
thus far either to e-documents or to printed documents such as
newspapers or works of literature. Here we shall focus on the vast
family of what we might call time-sensitive documents, for example:    (07)

  o identity documents (a passport with exit and entry stamps)       (08)

  o clinical documents (an endocrinology progress note)        (09)

  o business documents (a bill of shipment with signatures of sender,
shipper, and recipient).    (010)

We can think of the ontology of paper documents of these and related
sorts as a generalization of the ontology of speech acts (statements,
requests, orders, questions ...). The advantages of paper over speech
include:    (011)

  1. paper documents are continuants, which means that they can
acquire new properties over time; they can be filled in, approved,
copied, stamped, signed, counter-signed, revised, annulled, entered in
a registry, archived;    (012)

  2. paper documents thereby create traceable liability, and thus
accountability (they leave an audit trial);    (013)

  3. paper documents can be attached together, creating new
document-complexes whose internal structure mirrors underlying
relations (for example of debtor to creditor) among the human beings
represented by and involved in creating them.    (014)

I shall sketch an ontology of time-sensitive documents, focusing
especially on the ways in which paper documents are used for purposes
of identification in commercial and security domains, and concluding
with a consideration of the feature of redundancy in documentation, a
feature which proves to be indispensable when documents are used in
establishing and verifying identity.    (015)

*About the Speakers:*    (016)

*Barry Smith* is Director of the National Center for Ontological
Research (NCOR), and Julian Park Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
at the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA. He is also
the Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical
Information Science at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany.    (017)

Professor Smith has authored some 400 scientific publications,
including 15 authored or edited books. He is also editor of The
Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosophical
Inquiry. His research has been funded by the US, Swiss and Austrian
National Science Foundations, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the
European Union. In 2002 he received, in recognition of his scientific
achievements, the 2.2 Million Euro Wolfgang Paul Award of the
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.    (018)

Professor Smith's current research focus is ontology and its
applications in biomedicine and biomedical informatics, including a
variety of projects relating to biomedical terminologies and
electronic health records. He is also collaborating with Hernando de
Soto, Director of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima,
Peru, on the ontology of property rights and social development.    (019)

*Refer to details on the session wiki page at:*
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_10_13    (020)

This will be a virtual session over an augmented conference call.
The session is expected to start with 45 min.~ 1 Hour
presentation followed by an extended discussion between the
participants and the speaker. The entire session will be recorded
and made available as open content under the prevailing Ontolog
IPR policy (see:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nid32).    (021)

I look forward to having you at this open session. Please pass this
announcement along to those who might be interested to join us
too. All are welcomed.     (022)

RSVP by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.    (023)

Regards. =ppy    (024)

P.S. Reminder: we have another invited speaker session coming up next week, with
Jon Bosak of Sun Microsystems - the "Father of XML", speaking on
"Governance in the Development of an OASIS Standard for Business
Documents."  Please refer
to details are at:
Note that this is on a Friday (not the usual Thursday time slot.). 
Mark your calendars, and register by emailing <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
(offlist please.)
Thanks. =ppy
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