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

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From: Rex Brooks <rexb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 05:41:27 -0800
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Special Thanks, Peter,    (01)

I got pre-empted by developments in my participation in the OASIS 
Emergency Management Technical Committee. I mention that to draw 
attention to the fact that we do have these recordings and to point 
out what a terriific resource this is. While I obviously can't ask 
questions, at least I don't have to miss this important event and I 
can absorb this presentation as time permits.    (02)

I also wanted to thank Leo for taking the time and making the effort.    (03)

Congratulations, Peter, and everyone involved.    (04)

Rex    (05)

>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".
>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.
>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.
>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.
>Thanks & regards.  =ppy
>P.S. Our next couple of invited speaker events have already been lined up:
>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.
>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 
>Mark your calendars so that you won't missed these great upcoming 
>events.  =ppy
>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
>>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*
>>>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*:
>>>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: 
>>>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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