What do you need from me for this. I should be able to get you slides
for Tuesday. Hope that's OK. (02)
On 8 Sep 2006, at 15:06, Peter Yim wrote: (05)
> Ref: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_09_14
> 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).
> 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!
> ... 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.
> We look forward to having you at the session.
> Regards. =ppy
> Peter P. Yim wrote Sun, 20 Aug 2006 20:58:06 -0700:
>> Ref: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?
>> 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
>> 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 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 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.
>> *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?
>> 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.
>> *RSVP* by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.
>> Regards. =ppy
>> Peter P. Yim
>> Co-convener, Ontolog
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