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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - Professor Ala

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From: Peter Yim <yimpp1@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 19:16:10 -0700 (PDT)
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http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_09_14    (01)

*REMINDER*    (02)

The subject talk is coming up next Thursday,
14-Sep-2006 (starting at 17:30 UTC / 6:30pm BST /
1:30pm EDT / 10:30am PDT).    (03)

Professor Rector is a great lecturer. The talk he will
be giving: "Terminologies and Ontologies: What are
they for? What would it mean to QA an ontology?" will
be addressing some of the very basic issues and
assumptions in ontology development. This talk will
provide a good lead up to our upcoming joint
NIST-Ontolog-NCOR mini-series in "Measurement &
Evaluation of Ontology, and Supporting Tools" too.
Don't miss this ... come join us on Thursday!    (04)

... RSVP (by e-mailing the sender offline) if you are
planning to attend and haven't already responded. We
do need the response to prepare enough resources to
support everyone's participation.    (05)

We look forward to having you at the session.    (06)

Regards.  =ppy
--    (07)

Peter P. Yim wrote Sun, 20 Aug 2006 20:58:06 -0700:
> Ref:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_09_14    (08)

> We are pleased to announce that *Professor Alan
Rector* from the University of Manchester (United
Kingdom) will be presenting to the community his talk
entitled: "Terminologies and Ontologies: What are they
for? What would it mean to QA an ontology?"
> We take pleasure in inviting you to join us at this
virtual event.
>    (09)

> *Conference call-in details*:
> Date: Thursday, 14-September-2006
> Start Time:  17:30 UTC / 6:30pm BST / 1:30pm EDT /
10:30am PDT
>   (World Time:
> Session Duration: ~2 Hours
> Dial-in Number: +1-641-696-6600 (Iowa)
> Participant Access Code: "686564#"
> Shared-screen support will be available
>    (010)

> Topic: *Terminologies and Ontologies: What are they
>        *What would it mean to QA an ontology*?
>    (011)

> *Abstract*: (by Alan Rector)
> Terminologies and 'Ontologies' serve several
disparate purposes:
>   o  Providing a controlled vocabulary and/or
standard set of identifiers
>   o  Providing a means of browsing and finding
appropriate vocabulary or identifiers
>   o  Providing the linguistic terms - synonyms,
translations, etc.. - to go with the controlled
>   o  Cross mapping and translation between different
>   o  Providing logical criteria which can be used
for inference and query expansion
>   o  Providing additional 'universal' or intrinsic
information about the entities involved
>   o  Serving as an index for other background
knowledge and resources    (012)

> Most current biomedical ontologies serve primarily
the first three functions, with varying efforts
towards formal logical criteria. However, there are
aspirations, and sometimes claims, for more rigorous
functions, and many standardisation efforts
pre-suppose more and more formal structure.
> Each of these functions implies criteria for quality
assurance. For example, for managing controlled
vocabularies, process issues such as version control
and coverage are most critical. Browsing raises issues
of human computer interaction, and language raises its
own issues. The last three all require a degree of
logical coherence and rigour.
> In addition to many biomedical ontologies, scaling
is critical. Biomedical ontologies are large and
potentially combinatorially explosive. For some
applications, small enumerated terminologies are
sufficient. For others, indefinitely large
compositional ontologies that cannot, in principle, be
pre-enumerated are required.
> Finally almost all ontologies are based on many
poorly articulated assumptions. Any quality assurance
methodology must take account both of what can be
understood independent of consultation with the
originators and what conclusions can be reached after
consultation with the originators.
> Overall we propose an approach to quality along two
dimensions - process and content - and a two stage
process - the first independent of consultation with
the originating authority, the second in consultation
with the originating authority.
>    (013)

> *About the Speaker*:
> *Professor Alan Rector* is Professor of Medical
Informatics in the School of Computer Science at
University of Manchester. He currently leads the MRC
funded E-Science Projects CLEF/CLEF-Services and the
JISC/EPSRC jointly funded CO-ODE/HyOntUse projects on
ontology development tools. His research interests are
in knowledge representation and management, user
interface design, and practical support of clinical
patient care. He has led the MRC/DoH funded PEN&PAD
programme on user centred design of intelligent
clinical interfaces, the EC funded GALEN programme a
large reference ontology for clinical medicine. He is
a member of the W3C Semantic Web Best Practices
Working Group and on HL7, CEN and ISO working groups
on healthcare terminology. In 2003 he was awarded the
first BCS Award for Lifetime Achievement in Health
Informatics. Address: School of Computer Science,
University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL. email:
>    (014)

> *Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
>    (015)

> This will be a virtual session over an augmented
conference call. The session is expected to start with
a 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).    (016)

> As usual, this Ontolog event is open to all. I look
forward to having you at this session. Please pass the
announcement along to those who might be interested to
join us too.    (017)

> *RSVP* by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.    (018)

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