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[ontolog-forum] Re: Ontolog Invited Speaker - Barry Smith - Thu 2005.10.

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 09:38:20 -0700
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*Reminder*    (01)

Professor Barry Smith's session is coming up in a week.    (02)

If you work with paper documents (and that's almost all of us), 
you probably don't want to miss this.    (03)

Look forward to having you at the session.    (04)

Regards.  =ppy    (05)

P.S. RSVP (offline) to <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> is appreciated. That 
will help us reserve appropriate resources for this virtual 
session.  =ppy
--     (06)

Peter Yim wrote Wed, 14 Sep 2005 01:53:17 -0700:

> 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*."    (08)

> *Conference call-in details*:
> 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    (09)

> *How to Do Things with Paper: The Ontology of Documents and the
> Technologies of Identification*
> by Barry Smith    (010)

> *Abstract*:
> 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:
>   o identity documents (a passport with exit and entry stamps)   
>   o clinical documents (an endocrinology progress note)    
>   o business documents (a bill of shipment with signatures of sender,
> shipper, and recipient).
> 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:
>   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;
>   2. paper documents thereby create traceable liability, and thus
> accountability (they leave an audit trial);
>   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.
> 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.    (011)

> *About the Speakers:*
> *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.
> 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.
> 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.
> *Refer to details on the session wiki page at:*
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_10_13
> 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).
> 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. 
> RSVP by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.
> Regards. =ppy
> P.S. ...[snip]...
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