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)
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.
> *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
> Topic: *Terminologies and Ontologies: What are they for*?
> *What would it mean to QA an ontology*?
> *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
> o Providing the linguistic terms - synonyms, translations, etc.. - to
> go with the controlled vocabulary
> o Cross mapping and translation between different systems
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> *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: rector-at-cs.man.ac.uk
> *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 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). (015)
> 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. (016)
> *RSVP* by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.
> Regards. =ppy
> Peter P. Yim
> Co-convener, Ontolog (017)
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