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Re: [ontolog-forum] Proceedings from the Ontolog Invited Speaker session

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 00:44:34 -0800
Message-id: <43C76872.1010108@xxxxxxxx>
We had a huge crowd and a most educational session on Jan. 12, 
2006 with Dr. Leo Obrst, principal artificial intelligence 
scientist at Mitre and co-convener of Ontolog, who presented to 
our community on: "What is an ontology? - A Briefing on the Range 
of Semantic Models".    (01)

With Dr. Obrst's clear explanation and the set of meticulously 
prepared slides, I'm sure a lot of us can now discern between 
weak and strong semantics. We are in a position now to better 
understand the differences between taxonomies, thesauri, weak 
ontologies (conceptual models) and strong ontologies (logical 
theories), as well as when and why would we need them. As 
discussed during the session, this work (slides and audio 
recording of the briefing) will provide our community with the 
shared understanding of what these notions entail, and something 
we can always refer back to.    (02)

Thank you very much, Leo, for sharing with us your work and 
insight. And, as always, appreciations to all who came, 
participated and helped contribute to yet another great Ontolog 
session.    (03)

The digitized (mp3) audio recording of the entire session has
now been posted. That will be archived in our knowledge
repository for reference and download by anyone interested. See
details at:
Dr. Obrst's input today adds true value to this collective
knowledge and intelligence that our community is building.    (04)

Thanks & regards.  =ppy    (05)

P.S. Our next couple of invited speaker events have already been 
lined up:    (06)

Next month, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, world renowned ontologist, 
Dr. Nicola Guarino from the Laboratory for Applied Ontology in 
Italy, will be giving us a talk focused around DOLCE - a 
Descriptive Ontology for Linguistic and Cognitive Engineering - 
one of the leading Upper Ontologies available.    (07)

The following month, on Thursday, March 2, 2006, Professor Dr. 
Asuman Dogac from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 
Turkey will be presenting her work to the community in a talk 
entitled: "Exploiting ebXML Registry Semantics in the eHealth 
Domain."    (08)

Mark your calendars so that you won't missed these great upcoming 
events.  =ppy
--     (09)

Peter P. Yim wrote Mon, 09 Jan 2006 14:52:45 -0800:
> Happy New Year, everyone!
> This long anticipated session on "What is an ontology?" is coming up in 
> a few days. Whether you are just trying to find out for the first time, 
> or if you are a seasoned software professional, system designer, 
> librarian, knowledge engineer, taxonomist or ontologist, there are good 
> reasons why you shouldn't miss the session!
> RSVP (if you haven't already) ... we're looking forward to having you at 
> the session.
> Regards.  =ppy
> --     (010)

> Peter P. Yim wrote Mon, 19 Dec 2005 21:47:38 -0800:
>> We are pleased to announce that Dr. Leo Obrst, co-convener of Ontolog, 
>> and a principal scientist at MITRE, will be presenting to the 
>> community. His talk is entitled: "*What is an ontology? - A Briefing 
>> on the Range of Semantic Models*"
>> *Conference call-in details*:
>> Date: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006
>> Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 18:30 UTC (World Time:
>> Session Duration: 2 Hours
>> Dial-in Number: +1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
>> Participant Access Code: "686564#"
>> VNC shared-screen support available
>> Topic: *What is an ontology? - A Briefing on the Range of Semantic 
>> Models*
>> *Abstract*:
>> The Ontology Spectrum describes a range of semantic models of 
>> increasing expressiveness and complexity: taxonomy, thesaurus, 
>> conceptual model, and logical theory.
>> This presentation initially describes the Ontology Spectrum and 
>> important distinctions related to semantic models, e.g., the 
>> distinction among term, concept, and real world referent; the 
>> distinction among syntax, semantics, and pragmatics; the distinction 
>> between intension and extension; and de facto distinctions that the 
>> ISO 11179 standard makes (as do many others): data objects, 
>> classification objects, terminology objects, meaning objects, and the 
>> relationships among these.
>> The individual semantic model types are then discussed: weak and 
>> strong taxonomies, thesauri, and weak and strong ontologies 
>> (conceptual model and logical theory, respectively). Each of these are 
>> defined, exemplified, and discussed with respect to when a more 
>> expressive model is needed.
>> If time permits, semantic integration and interoperability are 
>> discussed with respect to the models.
>> Finally, a pointer to an expansion of the logical theory portion of 
>> the Ontology Spectrum is given: the Logic Spectrum, which describes 
>> the range of less to more expressive logics used for ontology and 
>> knowledge representation.
>> *About the Speakers*:
>> *Dr. Leo Obrst* is a principal artificial intelligence scientist at 
>> MITRE’s (http://www.mitre.org) Center for Innovative Computing and 
>> Informatics, where he leads the Information Semantics group 
>> (semantics, ontological engineering, knowledge representation and 
>> management), and has been involved in projects on Semantic Web 
>> rule/ontology interaction, context-based semantic interoperability, 
>> ontology-based knowledge management, conceptual information retrieval, 
>> metadata and thesaurus construction for community knowledge sharing, 
>> intelligent agent technology, and ontology-based modeling of complex 
>> decision-making, He was recently Director of Ontological Engineering 
>> at VerticalNet.com, a department he formed to create ontologies in the 
>> product and service space to support Business-to-Business e-commerce. 
>> Leo's PhD is in theoretical linguistics with a concentration in formal 
>> semantics from the University of Texas-Austin. He has worked over 20 
>> years in computational linguistics, knowledge representation, and in 
>> the past nine years in ontological engineering. Leo is a member of the 
>> Executive Committee of the National Center for Ontological Research 
>> (NCOR, http://ncor.us/), and the chair of the NCOR Technical 
>> Committee. He was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group 
>> (http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/WebOnt/) that developed the Web Ontology 
>> Language OWL. He is a member of the IEEE Standard Upper Ontology 
>> working group (http://suo.ieee.org/), the Semantic Web Services 
>> Initiative (http://www.swsi.org/), the Ontolog community 
>> (http://ontolog.cim3.net, which he co-founded and which focuses on the 
>> promotion of ontological engineering and semantic technologies), and 
>> the W3C Rule Interoperability group. He is a member of AAAI, ACL, LSA, 
>> and ACM. His research interests include semantic 
>> interoperability/integration, formalization of context for ontology 
>> mapping and merging, and formal upper ontologies, Semantic Web rules, 
>> and the application of formal ontology and formal semantics to 
>> ontological engineering.
>> *Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
>> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_01_12
>> 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 the 
>> 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
>> Peter P. Yim
>> Co-convener, Ontolog
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