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[ontolog-forum] Ontolog Mini-Series: Database and Ontology - Thu 12-Oct-

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 11:08:26 -0700
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http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_10_12    (01)


We are pleased to announce he kick-off event of the Ontolog 
mini-series of talks and discussions the revolves around the 
topic: "Database and Ontology" during which the community will 
explore the landscape, issues and interactions between databases 
and ontologies.    (03)

We take pleasure in inviting you to join us at this virtual event.    (04)

*Conference call-in details*:    (05)

Date: Thursday, 12-October-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, US)
Participant Access Code: "686564#"
Shared-screen support will be available    (06)

Topic: *Ontolog Mini-Series: Database and Ontology - Kick-off*
        *Panel Session - Thu 12-Oct-2006*    (07)

*Abstract*: (by Matthew West)    (08)

Broadly ontologies describe what exists. Databases hold facts 
about what exists. It is therefore not surprising that ontology 
can help in the design of databases by having the design match 
reality more closely.    (09)

On the other hand ontologies are things about which we wish to 
hold information, and databases are powerful ways to store 
information so that it can be retrieved by many people, 
especially when there is structure to the information.    (010)

Different databases will have their own, sometimes implicit, 
ontologies. Identifying and mapping between these ontologies is 
key to data integration.    (011)

Finally, databases, whether for ontology tools or other 
applications, need to have a human interface. The use of ontology 
in design and implementation of the human computer interface can 
transform the utility of a system.    (012)

This mini-series will explore these interactions, how ontologies 
and databases are mutually supportive, and identify the main 
issues people in these fields are grappling with.    (013)

*The Panel:*:    (014)

  o  Dr. Matthew West (Shell; University of Leeds, UK)
  o  Dr. Leo Obrst (MITRE, US)
  o  Dr. Tatiana Malyuta (New York City College of Technology, US)    (015)

*Agenda & Pertinent Issues we might explore during this session*:    (016)

We will hear briefs from our three panelists - Dr. Matthew West 
(program lead), Dr. Leo Obrst and Dr. Tatiana Malyuta. After 
that, there will be an open discussion, which Dr. Matthew West 
will moderate.    (017)

  o  1. How does ontology improve database design?
  o  2. What is there beyond ontology in database design?
  o  3. How do you design a database to manage an ontology?
  o  4. What are the limitations of databases in supporting 
  o  5. How do you discover the ontology implicit in a database?
  o  6. How do you map between ontologies?
  o  7. How does ontology help with the design and implementation 
of human computer interfaces?
  o  8. What are the key challenges in developing human computer 
interfaces using ontologies?    (018)

*Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_10_12    (019)

This will be a virtual session over an augmented conference call. 
The session is expected to start with briefings from the expert 
panel followed by an extended discussion between and among the 
panelists and the participants. 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).    (020)

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.    (021)

*RSVP* by by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline.    (022)

Regards. =ppy    (023)

Peter P. Yim
Co-convener, Ontolog
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