NIST/Steve Ray has just made available the audio archives for the
upper ontology custodians' presentations (and the rest of the 2nd
half of the UOS meeting). If you missed the meeting, you'll now
be able to catch that on your mp3 player. (01)
Thanks, Steve. =ppy
Peter P. Yim wrote Tue, 21 Mar 2006 22:23:00 -0800:
> I have just posted some pictures of last week's Upper Ontology Summit
> event to:
> Also, (ref:
> 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.
> 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):
>> (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
>>  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.
>>  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.
>>  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.
>>  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.
>>  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.
>>  Several candidate upper ontologies are available, reflecting
>> decades of research and development.
>>  Each upper ontology has an existing community of users, but each
>> community only has access to a fraction of the total resources
>>  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.
>>  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.
>>  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
>> 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.
>>> 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:
>>> *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:
>>> 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:
>>> 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:
>>> P.P.S. Reference Links:
>>> Ontolog - http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nidB
>>> NIST - http://nist.gov
>>> NIST Interoperability Week -
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