Tuesday is great! ... I'll work with you on the details offline.
A whole of us are looking forward to your talk, Alan! =ppy
Alan Rector wrote Sun, 10 Sep 2006 19:39:20 -0400:
> What do you need from me for this. I should be able to get you slides
> for Tuesday. Hope that's OK.
> Alan (02)
> On 8 Sep 2006, at 15:06, Peter Yim wrote:
>> 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
>> -- (03)
>> 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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