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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 01:02:55 -0800
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We had a very successful launch on Thursday, 
18-Jan-2007 for the "Ontology Summit 2007" program. Dr. 
Steven Ray (NIST), Dr. Leo Obrst (Ontolog, MITRE) and 
Mr. Peter Yim (Ontolog, CIM3) co-moderated the session, 
with a illustrious group of participants. As Dr. Ray 
remarked, it was a very thought provoking kick-off. We 
are looking forward to 3 months of vigorous virtual 
discourse, and the two-day face-to-face workshop at the 
NIST campus (Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA) on April 23 & 
24, 2007.    (01)

We would like to thank everyone who were able to join 
us today, and all who will be contributing to this 
effort. Special appreciation goes the members of our 
"Ontology Summit 2007" organizing committee for putting 
this program together. They include:    (02)

   Dr. Olivier Bodenreider (NLM, NIH)
   Dr. Nicola Guarino (LOA-CNR.IT)
   Dr. Ivan Herman (W3C)
   Dr. Deborah McGuinness (Stanford -SL)
   Dr. Mark Musen (NCOR, NCBO, Stanford-SMI)
   Dr. Leo Obrst (Ontolog, MITRE)
   Dr. Steve Ray (NIST)
   Dr. Barry Smith (NCOR, SUNY-Buffalo)
   Dr. Chris Welty (IBM Research)
   Mr. Peter Yim (Ontolog, CIM3)    (03)

Proceedings of the "Ontology Summit 2007" Launch 
session are captured on our wiki page, at: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_01_18     (04)

In particular, full audio recording of the session is 
now available - see: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_01_18#nidSN6     (05)

The virtual discourse shall be conducted over the 
[ontology-summit] mailing list:    (06)

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  (* all Upper Ontology Summit conveners from last 
year, those who responded to our 2006.12.18 call, and 
those who registered for this launch meeting have 
already been subscribed. ... If you run into any 
problem with self subscription, just sent the request 
to me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>)    (07)

  Wiki Program Home Page: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2007    (08)

Let's all look forward to a few months of fun and 
collaboration working with the ontology community-at-large.    (09)

Best regards.  =ppy    (010)

P.S. Note: for next Thursday, 25-January-2007 we will 
be featuring the "Ontology Applications in Emergency 
Response Panel Discussion" - Co-Organizers: Mr. Rex 
Brooks & Professor Bob Smith - Panelists include: Mr. 
Rex Brooks, Professor Bob Smith, Miss Michelle Raymond 
& Professor Ken Baclawski ... Please refer to details 
on the session wiki page at: 
... RSVP (by e-mailing <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline) to 
register your attendance if you haven't already done 
so! =ppy
--    (011)

Peter P. Yim wrote Tue, 16 Jan 2007 22:38:51 -0800:
Subject: [ontolog-invitation] Ontology Summit 2007 
Project Launch - Thu 2007.01.18    (012)

> Re: 
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_01_18 
>     (013)

> The Ontolog community is pleased to announce the 
> "Ontology Summit 2007" program which we are launching 
> at this conference call. This will be three months of 
> virtual discourse that culminates in a two-day 
> face-to-face workshop (April 23 & 24, 2007 at 
> Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA) and a written communiqué 
> that would help clarify what everyone means when they 
> use the term "ontology." At this launch, we will be 
> introducing the "Ontology Summit 2007" objective, 
> organization, process, deliverables and preliminary 
> plans to you, and we welcome your ideas and participation.
> We take pleasure in inviting you to join us at this 
> virtual event.
>     (014)

> *Conference call-in details*:
> Date: Thursday, 18-January-2007 
 > Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 18:30 GMT/UTC
>   (World Time: 
> Session Duration: 1.5 Hours Dial-in Number:
>   o from a telephone (US): +1-712-432-4990 (Iowa, USA)
>   o from a phone (Europe): 0870-119-1313 (UK)
>                         or 01805 00 7620 (Germany)
>   o callers from other countries please dial into 
> either one of the US or European numbers
>   o Conference ID: "5823120#"
>   o Direct call from from Skype: +990008275823120
> Shared-screen support will be available
>     (015)

> Session Co-Moderators  :
>     *Dr. Steven Ray* (NIST, US)
>     *Dr. Leo Obrst* (Ontolog, MITRE)
>     *Mr. Peter Yim* (Ontolog, CIM3)    (016)

> Topic: *Ontology Summit 2007 Project Launch*
> *Abstract*: (by Steve Ray / Leo Obrst / Peter Yim)
> Building upon the successful model of last year's 
> UpperOntologySummit, co-organizers from NIST, Ontolog, 
> NCOR, NCBO, NIH, W3C, the Web 2.0 community and others 
> (to be confirmed) are initiating a second summit during 
> the spring of 2007.
> We are hoping to convene key players in both research 
> and applications who profess in developing or 
> facilitating the evolution of "ontologies" to join us 
> in our Ontology Summit 2007 activity to help answer the 
> simple, yet very important question: "What is an 
> Ontology?". The challenge put before the ontology 
> community this year is to clarify what everyone means 
> when they use the term "ontology". Our objective is to 
> define and agree to a systematic means of categorizing 
> the many kinds of things that are referred to as "an 
> ontology." By doing so, the research, development and 
> Internet communities would have a better way of 
> comparing, combining and mapping ontologies to one 
> another (apples to apples). The range of what people 
> call "ontologies" covers so-called "folksonomies", 
> taxonomies, thesauri, conceptual models, and formal 
> logic-based models to name just a few flavors. The 
> Ontolog Forum plans to initiate a vigorous on-line 
> discussion of promising strawman structures to 
> characterize all of these possibilities, and more, 
> culminating in a face-to-face meeting during NIST's 
> Interoperability Week 2007 (scheduled for the week of 
> April 23, 2007). Similar to last year's summit, the 
> meeting will release a written communique to the 
> international press, laying out the final 
> categorization structure and locating some key 
> ontologies within it.
>     (017)

> *Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_01_18 
>     (018)

> This will be a virtual session over an augmented 
> conference call. The session is expected to include a 
> presentation followed by a Q&A and discussion between 
> the participants and the organizing committee members. 
> 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). 
>     (019)

> 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.    (020)

> *RSVP* by emailing me at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline 
> so that we can prepare enough resources to support 
> everyone. (Kindly include your affiliation and job 
> title if you aren't already a member of the Ontolog 
> community.)
> Regards. =ppy
> Peter P. Yim Co-convener, Ontolog    (021)

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