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Re: [ontolog-forum] Proceedings of the Upper Ontology Summit - 2006.03.1

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 22:23:00 -0800
Message-id: <4420ED44.80902@xxxxxxxx>
I have just posted some pictures of last week's Upper Ontology 
Summit event to:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/file/work/UpperOntologySummit/picture/UpperOntologySummit_20060315/    (01)

Also, (ref: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?UpperOntologySummit/UosJointCommunique#nidLPM)    (02)

anyone who participated at the UOS event or its preparation 
activities who would wish to add his/her endorsement (or to have 
their name(s) modified or removed), please e-mail the undersigned 
  on/before Mar. 31, 2006. Your endorsement and support are 
solicited and valued.    (03)

Regards.  =ppy
--    (04)

Peter Yim wrote Thu, 16 Mar 2006 08:38:18 -0800:
> I am happy to report that we had a REALLY successful Upper
> Ontology Summit event yesterday (2006.03.15).
> As usual, the proceedings (speakers' slide and all) are available on
> the respective session pages on our wiki. See:
> (a)  for the he Upper Ontology Summit (3/16/06 pm meeting proper): 
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?UpperOntologySummitMeeting_2006_03_15
> (b) for the Upper Ontology Application Dialog (3/15/06 am):
> Apart from the fact that we were able to pool together most of the top
> public Upper Ontology experts from around the world to this summit,
> the highlight of the event has been the release of a Joint Communique
> by the custodians of all key public formal upper ontologies, which I
> will enumerate below:    (05)

> //
> Upper Ontology Summit
> Joint Communiqué
> March 15, 2006
> [1] The theory and technology of knowledge representation, reasoning
> and conceptual modeling have advanced to a stage where meanings of
> terms can be formally specified in computer systems with great detail
> and precision.
> [2] With the success and expansion of the internet, the potential for
> achieving semantic interoperability across interconnected applications
> has become widely recognized, and the number of teams and individuals
> creating knowledge classifications of varying degrees of logical
> formality has dramatically increased. As this technology develops
> further, it will enable deployment of computer applications with
> increasing ability to make reliable knowledge-based decisions that
> currently require human effort. Programs with such enhanced capacity
> will increase the speed, efficiency, and sophistication of automated
> information analysis and exploitation.
> [3] Much recent emphasis has been focused on creating common syntactic
> formalisms for representing knowledge, but syntactic formalisms alone
> do not provide an effective way for describing what counts most:
> semantic content.
> [4] The complementary technology for effectively representing the
> semantic content of complex widely used concepts is also available,
> but agreement on standardized conceptual building blocks has not yet
> been reached.
> [5] The need for such agreement is increasing rapidly as many isolated
> projects of varying complexity have been initiated to capture
> knowledge in computer-interpretable formalisms. Without the means for
> specifying intended meaning by means of well-understood conceptual
> building blocks clearly related and contrasted with each other, the
> great potential for sharing knowledge usable for computer reasoning
> will not be realized.
> [6] Several candidate upper ontologies are available, reflecting
> decades of research and development.
> [7] Each upper ontology has an existing community of users, but each
> community only has access to a fraction of the total resources
> available.
> [8] To promote interoperability and the exploitation of these upper
> ontologies, we intend to find a principled means of articulating the
> relationships (including differences) among them. As a result, this
> initiative will significantly enhance the value of the knowledge in
> each of the communities whose knowledge bases are linked to these
> interrelated upper ontologies.
> [9] These upper ontologies are available and should be rigorously and
> independently evaluated. They must also be easy to use and assess by
> developers of domain ontologies and applications.
> [10] For the forseeable future, we anticipate there will be multiple
> upper ontologies. We will articulate the commonalities and the reasons
> for the major differences in the upper ontologies.
> Hereby unanimously supported by the following upper ontology custodians:
>   John Bateman - Spatial Cognition, Robotics and Natural Language
>   Aldo Gangemi - DOLCE - Description & Situation extensions
>   Michael Gruninger - PSL / ISO 18629
>   Nicola Guarino - DOLCE
>   Doug Lenat - OpenCyc
>   Adam Pease - SUMO
>   Barry Smith - BFO
>  Matthew West - ISO 15926
> //
> (Ref: 
> )
> Congratulations to all who participated to make the Upper Ontology
> Summit, the technical contributions and the collaborative spirit of
> the UO community happen!
> ... I'm sure there will be more exciting news to follow. Stay tuned!
> Regards.  =ppy
> --    (06)

> On 2/22/06, Peter P. Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> wrote [updated]:
>> On March 15, 2006 Ontolog and NIST  are
>> organizing an "Upper Ontology Summit" ("UOS"). This UOS will be a
>> full-day workshop / panel discussion event to be held at the US
>> National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in
>> Gaithersburg, MD, hosted by Dr. Steven Ray of NIST.  The workshop
>> will focus on developing a method and the resources to relate
>> existing upper ontologies to each other, and to share the
>> information on this very important effort with the public.
>> We are especially pleased that we are finally able to bring
>> together all the key public top-level ontology creators /
>> custodians (including OpenCyc, SUMO, DOLCE, DOLCE-D&S, BFO,
>> ISO15926 & PSL) to the same workshop to consider how to
>> interrelate those ontologies in such a way as to provide a freely
>> available common ontology that has sufficient detail to precisely
>> specify meanings of terms and concepts in domain ontologies and
>> which is compatible with each of the starting upper ontologies.
>> *Panelists/Speakers*:
>> Dr. John Bateman - Spatial Cognition
>> Dr. Patrick Cassidy (SICoP / ONTAC, Mitre, UOS-org-comm)
>> Dr. Aldo Gangemi - DOLCE-D&S (Description & Situation extensions)
>> Dr. Michael Gruninger - PSL / ISO 18629
>> Dr. Nicola Guarino - DOLCE
>> Dr. Douglas Lenat - OpenCyc
>> Dr. Leo Obrst (Ontolog, Mitre, UOS-org-comm)
>> Mr. Adam Pease - SUMO
>> Dr. Steven Ray (Meeting Chair, NIST, UOS-org-comm)
>> Dr. Barry Smith - BFO (remote, from Europe),
>> Dr. Matthew West - ISO 15926-2
>> More details (developing) on this Upper Ontology Summit event is
>> available at:
>> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?UpperOntologySummit
>> *Date/Venue details*:
>> Date:  Wednesday, March 15, 2006
>> 9 am ~ 12 noon EST - "Upper Ontology Application Dialog"
>> Session Chair: Dr. Dagobert Soergel from University of Maryland.
>> In addition to the panelists, organizers, and key participants,
>> early adopters, potential users and potential funders of ontology
>> development will be invited to discuss mutual concerns.
>> 1 pm ~ 5 pm EST - The "Upper Ontology Summit" Panel Session
>> Session Chair: Dr. Steven Ray, NIST
>> The purpose of this panel is to bring together those who
>> recognize the value of open upper ontologies, and in particular,
>> the custodians (developers or maintainers) of the public versions
>> of existing upper ontologies to find a way to interrelate those
>> ontologies in such a way as to provide a freely available common
>> ontology that has sufficient detail to precisely specify meanings
>> of terms and concepts in domain ontologies and which is
>> compatible with each of the starting upper ontologies. Key
>> drivers and benefits of such endeavor will be explored in detail.
>> This session is open to the public.
>> The sessions are accessible both on-site at NIST (Gaithersburg,
>> Maryland, USA) as well as through remote dial in.
>> More details regarding on-site attendance is available at:
>> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?UpperOntologySummit/MeetingLogistics
>> Dial-in information will be posted closer to the time of the
>> event. (Please be on the look out for further announcements.)
>> The entire Upper Ontology Summit 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
>> participate and contribute to the discussion. All are welcomed.
>> *Registration*: [IMPORTANT DATES, please note!]
>> On-site attendees *must register with NIST* on/before Monday,
>> March 6, 2006 to enter their facilities. Online registration is
>> available at: https://rproxy.nist.gov/CRS/conf_ext.cfm?conf_id=1536
>> (No on-site registration will be accepted. See also:
>> Note also that the special hotel rates for rooms blocked off for
>> this event will only apply if you make your reservation on/before
>> this Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. See details at:
>> Remote attendees should e-mail me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline
>> on/before Saturday, March 11, 2006.
>> For and on behalf of the UOS
>>   Organizing Committee,
>> Peter P. Yim
>> Ontolog Forum, co-convener
>> Members of the UOS Organizing Committee:
>>   Patrick Cassidy (SICoP/ONTAC, Mitre)
>>   Leo Obrst (Ontolog, Mitre)
>>   Steven Ray (NIST)
>>   Dagobert Soergel (SICoP/COSMO, UMD)
>>   Peter Yim (Ontolog, CIM3)
>> P.S. This "Upper Ontology Summit" is being organized as part of
>> the NIST's "Interoperability Week" event. Members of the
>> community are invited and encouraged to participate in other
>> meetings that are being held at the NIST the same week. Please
>> refer to details at:
>> http://www.mel.nist.gov/div826/msid/sima/interopweek/meetings.htm
>> P.P.S. Reference Links:
>>   Ontolog - http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nidB
>>   NIST - http://nist.gov
>>   NIST Interoperability Week -
>> http://www.mel.nist.gov/div826/msid/sima/interopweek/index.htm
>> --
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