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[ontolog-forum] Ontolog Mini-Series: Ontology Measurement and Evaluation

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 01:34:08 -0700
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http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_10_19    (01)


We are pleased to announce the kick-off event for the Ontolog 
mini-series on the topic: "Ontology Measurement and Evaluation." 
  This is a Joint NIST-Ontolog-NCOR initiative.    (03)

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

*Conference call-in details*:    (05)

Date: Thursday, 19-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)
Participant Access Code: "686564#"
Shared-screen support will be available    (06)

Topic: *Ontolog Mini-Series: Ontology Measurement and Evaluation*
         - *Kick-off Session - Thu 19-Oct-2006*    (07)

This is the first event of a mini-series of talks and discussions 
that revolve around the topic of "Ontology Measurement and 
Evaluation." This community will be exploring the landscape, 
issues and solutions relating to the measurement, evaluation, 
quality and testing of ontologies.    (08)

This is a Joint NIST-Ontolog-NCOR initiative. A planning meeting 
for this mini-series took place on 22-Aug-2006, during which the 
scope and plans for the program was discussed among members of 
the community. Dr. Steven Ray, who is the Chief of NIST's 
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division (MSID), a long time 
member of the Ontolog community, as well as the convener of 
NCOR's Ontology Evaluation Committee, was invited to champion the 
program. This series is expected to last about 6 months during 
which invited speaker and technical discussion events will be 
featured (at the rate of about one event per month).    (09)

Keynote Presentation: *Ontology Quality and the Semantic Web*    (010)

by Dr. Christopher A. Welty, IBM Watson Research Center    (011)

One of the guiding principles of the web and its machine 
interpretable successor the semantic web is to "let a million 
flowers bloom." HTML was based on technology nearly two decades 
old at the time (Hypertext), for which a research community 
concerned mainly with Human-Computer interaction was 
investigating what the "right way" to use hypertext for effective 
communication was. The vast majority of early HTML pages 
completely ignored this and yet the web thrived. Still, as the 
web became a serious medium for dissemination, institutions for 
whom effective communication was critical did begin to take this 
research seriously and today's highly visible web pages are 
designed by people with experience and training on how to "do it 
right". The progress and evolution of the semantic web should 
follow the same path - the semantic web standards (RDF, OWL, and 
RIF) are based on decades-old technology from Knowledge 
Representation and Databases, and there has been for about 15 
years a research community associated with this field that has 
studied what the "right way" to use these systems is. This field, 
which I will call "ontology engineering" for this talk, is 
concerned among other things with ontology quality and its impact.    (012)

In this talk I will discuss research on characterizing ontology 
quality and measuring the impact of quality on knowledge-based 
systems.    (013)

*Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2006_10_19    (014)

This will be a virtual session over an augmented conference call. 
The session is expected to start with Opening Remarks and the 
Keynote Talk. It will be followed by an extended discussion 
between and among the speakers 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).    (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.    (017)

Regards. =ppy    (018)

Peter P. Yim
Co-convener, Ontolog
<http://ontolog.cim3.net/wiki/>    (019)

[NIST = US National Institute of Standards and Technology
  NCOR = (US) National Center for Ontological Research ]
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