Thank you, Jeff and Ron. (01)
For those who have not been following this series of activities
closely, the Ontology Summit 2010 comprises of three months of virtual
discourse, over our archived mailing lists, wiki, with virtual panel
sessions and (for this year) a bunch of surveys too. The virtual
activities will culminate in a 2-day symposium (15 & 16-March-2010, at
NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA ... and registration of that will be
announced soon.) (02)
Please refer to details at:
In particular, we had a panel session (just 2~3 weeks ago) on exactly
this topic -- the "Training Content for Future Ontologists."
Do check out the archives at:
Join our [ontology-summit] mailing list ... which is where this
discussion should best be done.
see: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2010#nid22VP (05)
I am going to forward this message to to the [ontology-summit] mailing
list, and shall look forward to folks continuing the dialog there. (06)
Thanks & regards. =ppy
On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 11:53 AM EST, Ron Wheeler
> This is a great idea.
> I am not sure that I know enough to contribute material but I would
> certainly be willing to participate in the editing process.
> Ron (08)
> Schiffel, Jeffrey A wrote Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:40:34 -0600:
>> Peter's recent post announcing this: Re: OntologySummit2010: "Creating the
>Ontologists of the Future" Virtual Panel Session-3 - "Training Requirements
>for Ontologists" reminded me of a an earlier thread.
>> In mid-December, a thread ran with the title cited in the subject line of
>this note. During the exchange of posts, I added this to the discussion:
>>> Rather than first developing the test, instead create an Ontologist Body of
>Knowledge. From it, several items follow, including
>>> an aptitude test. (09)
>>> The steps in order are these:
>>> 1. Build an OBoK.
>>> 2. Build a training curriculum.
>>> 3. Build a certification test.
>>> 4. Build an aptitude test.
>> I also listed a set of topics, which in a following post, John Sowa
>shortened and clarified to this list:
>>> 1. Logic: FOL, modal logics, and applied use, such as SQL or DL.
>>> 2. Conceptual structures, including graphical tools and formal
>>> notations like XML, UML, many others.
>>> 3. Tools: ranging from general purpose tools (e.g., databases and
>>> Protégé) to specialized ontology tools.
>>> 4. General systems theory.
>>> 5. Algebraic methods such as trees and digraphs, lattices, and
>>> similar group structures, and graph theory.
>>> 6. Ontology life cycle: designing an maintaining individual or
>>> coupled ontologies.
>>> 7. Basic principles of syntax, semantics, semiotics.
>> Someone else suggested (pardon me, but at the moment, I can't track down who
>it was) that the existing Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBoK)
>process be used as a model. I agree with this; in fact, I participated in the
>development of SWEBoK.
>> In light of the current Ontology Summit 2010 series, I suggest reviving the
>idea of developing an Ontologist Body of Knowledge, perhaps also leading to a
>aptitude test and a (hesitate to propose) certification test be kept in mind.
>> Does anyone agree? If so, I would be willing to begin the early work on
>gathering material for an OBoK, to be stored for comment in the Ontolog Forum
>wiki. OBoK development would not start until after the current Summit series
>> -- Jeff Schiffel
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