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[ontolog-forum] Proceedings: Ontolog "Database and Ontology" mini-series

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 14:16:44 -0800
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On Thursday 8-Mar-2007, we had a very interesting session for the
5th episode of the Ontolog mini-series on "Database and 
Ontology." Dr. Matthew West (Shell International Petroleum
Company) presided over the session with invited speaker, Dr. 
Adrian Walker (CTO of Reengineering, LLC.) presented his talk on 
"Usability, Databases and Ontologies."    (01)

Our appreciations go out to Dr. Walker for sharing his wonderful 
work with us, to Dr. Matthew West for championing this 
mini-series, and, as always, to all the participants for joining 
us and for contributing to the extensive discussion we had during 
the session.    (02)

Proceedings of the session are captured on our wiki page, at:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_03_08    (03)

In particular, full audio recording of the session is now
available - see:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_03_08#nidUOY     (04)

... Dr. Adrian Walker's presentation and the ensuing discussion
contribute to yet another piece in the body of knowledge on
ontology and ontological engineering that our community is
building together. Thanks again!    (05)

Best regards. =ppy    (06)

P.S. Upcoming events:    (07)

* Thursday, 29-March-2007 - Dr. Steven Ray (NIST) will be 
presenting the 5th Event in the Joint NIST-Ontolog-NCOR "Ontology 
Evaluation & Measurement" Mini-Series - this will be a panel 
session on the subject of "Probabilistic Reasoning and Ontology 
Evaluation" ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page, 
closer to the time, at: 
Mark you calendar now and register your attendance when the 
formal announcement comes out.    (08)

* Watch our [ontolog-invitation] lists or the listing under the 
"News & Announcements" section at our Ontolog WikiHomePage (at: 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nidW ) for 
other upcoming events.    (09)

* An archive of noteworthy past Ontolog events can be found at:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nidZ    (010)

Tx. =ppy
--     (011)

Peter P. Yim wrote Wed, 07 Mar 2007 07:27:43 -0800:
> Re: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_03_08
> The Ontolog "Database & Ontology" mini-series invited talk by Dr. 
> Adrian Walker, CTO of Reengineering LLC., on "Usability, 
> Databases and Ontologies" is coming up tomorrow, i.e. this 
> Thursday 8-Mar-2007 (starting at 18:30 UTC / 6:30pm BST / 1:30pm
> EST / 10:30am PST).
> Come find out how our invited speaker's implementation can 
> combine ease-of-use, semantics, and database queries in the types 
> of applications that we may run into everyday.
> RSVP (by e-mailing the sender off-line; if you aren't already an
> Ontolog member, kindly include your name, affiliation and job
> title as well) if you are planning to attend and haven't already
> responded.
> We look forward to having you at the session.
> Regards.  =ppy    (012)

Peter Yim wrote Fri, 2 Mar 2007 12:01:53 -0800:
 > Re:
 >    (013)

 > The Ontolog community is pleased to announce the fifth event of
 > Ontolog mini-series on "Database and Ontology."  Dr. Adrian
 > Walker, CTO of Reengineering LLC., will be our invited speaker
 > on Thursday, 08-Mar-2007. Dr. Walker will be giving a talk
 > entitled: "Usability, Databases and Ontologies".
 > We take pleasure in inviting you to join us at this virtual
 > event.
 >    (014)

 > *Conference call-in details*:
 > Date: Thursday, 08-March-2007
 > Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 18:30 GMT/UTC
 > Session Duration: 1.5~2.0 Hours Dial-in Number:
 >    o from a telephone (US): +1-605-475-8590 (South Dakota, USA)
 >    o from a phone (Europe): +0870-738-0763 (UK)
 >                          or +01805-00-7649 (Germany)
 >                (more access numbers on the session wiki page)
 >    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
 >    (015)

 > Session Chair  : *Dr. Matthew West* (Shell International
 > Petroleum Co.)
 > Invited Speaker: *Dr. Adrian Walker* (Reengineering LLC.)
 > Topic: *Usability, Databases and Ontologies*
 >    (016)

 > *Abstract*: (by Adrian Walker)
 > Tim Berners-Lee's vision is that "If HTML and the Web made all
 > the online documents look like one huge book, the Semantic Web
 > will make all the data in the world look like one huge
 > database".
 > On the other hand, another Tim —Tim O'Reilly — envisions a
 > "Web 2.0" that harnesses users' collective intelligence via
 > lightweight user interfaces, development models, and business
 > models.
 > The Semantic Web is a long-term project to create an
 > infrastructure for programmers to use. Web 2.0, on the other
 > hand, is mainly about high-level user experience and immediate
 > benefits.
 > This talk outlines some current work on semantics in RDF and
 > OWL. Then, I'll argue that a wider technical view of
 > ontological semantics will improve usability and speed up
 > progress. The argument is illustrated with an online system
 > called Internet Business Logic. The system combines three
 > kinds of semantics with a lightweight author-
 > and user-interface. It works as a kind of Wiki that people with
 > spreadsheet-level skills can use to write and run knowledge as
 > business rules in executable, open vocabulary, open syntax
 > English. From the rules, the system can automatically generate
 > and run SQL that would be too complicated to write reliably by
 > hand. However, the system can also give explanations of the
 > results, in English, at the business level. I'll show examples
 > of how the system can be used for knowledge based data mining
 > and supply chain planning. As befits a Wiki, shared use of the
 > system is free.
 >    (017)

 > *About the Speaker*:
 > Dr. Adrian Walker is the author of over 20 papers, and
 > co-author of an Addison-Wesley book, on logic-based systems
 > and databases. His experience includes: Assistant Professor at
 > Rutgers University; Manager of Principles and Applications of
 > Logic Programming, IBM Yorktown Research Laboratory; Manager,
 > Internet Development at Eventra (a manufacturing supply chain
 > company). He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of
 > Reengineering LLC.
 >    (018)

 > *Refer to details on the session wiki page at*:
 >    (019)

 > This will be a virtual session over an augmented conference
 > call. The session is expected to start with a 1 Hour
 > presentation followed by a Q&A and 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?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 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
 > --    (022)

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