The subject virtual session will be on this coming Thursday,
12-Oct-2006, starting 17:30 UTC / 6:30pm BST / 1:30pm EDT /
10:30am PDT. (03)
Again, this is the first event of a mini-series of talks and
discussions hosted by the Ontolog Forum. This mini-series will
revolve around the topic: "Database and Ontology" during which
our community will explore the landscape, issues and interactions
between databases and ontologies. . . . Whether you are
researching, architecting or developing applications with
Databases and Ontologies, or just interested to find out more,
you won't want to miss this kick-off session, or the rest of this
If you haven't already registered, please do so now by emailing
me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline with your name, affiliation,
title and location. We need your input to make sure we have
enough resources to accommodate everyone who plans to participate. (05)
All you would need is to dial into the conference line with your
phone and point your browser to the session page at:
(Shared screen support will also be available .. see details in
the above session page.) (06)
'See' you at the session! =ppy
Peter P. Yim wrote Fri, 06 Oct 2006 11:08:26 -0700:
> We are pleased to announce he kick-off event of the Ontolog
> mini-series of talks and discussions that revolves around the
> topic: "Database and Ontology" during which the community will
> explore the landscape, issues and interactions between databases
> and ontologies.
> We take pleasure in inviting you to join us at this virtual event.
> *Conference call-in details*:
> 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
> Topic: *Ontolog Mini-Series: Database and Ontology - Kick-off*
> *Panel Session - Thu 12-Oct-2006*
> *Abstract*: (by Matthew West)
> 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.
> 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.
> Different databases will have their own, sometimes implicit,
> ontologies. Identifying and mapping between these ontologies is
> key to data integration.
> 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.
> 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.
> *The Panel:*:
> 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)
> *Agenda & Pertinent Issues we might explore during this session*:
> 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.
> 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?
> *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 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:
> 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 (08)
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