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[ontolog-forum] Ontology Summit 2014: Launch Event - Thu 2014.01.16

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From: "Obrst, Leo J." <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:10:38 +0000
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Dear Colleagues,



We are please to announce that the new Ontology Summit season will be

launching this Thursday (Jan-16.) You are cordially invited to

participate at the upcoming Ontology Summit 2014. Our theme for the

Summit this year is: "Big Data and Semantic Web Meet Applied




****************** Headlines ***********************


Please join us this Thursday at the Launch Event. Thereafter,

activities will be rolling out every week, until end April, 2014. In

particular, please join us every Thursday, when we will be featuring

virtual panel sessions as part of the Ontology Summit 2014 program:



*Thu 16 Jan 2014* - OntologySummit2014: "Big Data and Semantic Web

Meet Applied Ontology" - Launch Event - Co-chairs: Professor Michael

Gruninger & Dr. LeoObrst - see details on the session page at:


... *RSVP now*!


*Thu 23 Jan 2014* - OntologySummit2014 session-02 - Track A: Common

Reusable Semantic Content - I - Co-Champions: MikeBennett,

AndreaWesterinen, GaryBergCross - see developing details on the

session page at:



*Thu 30 Jan 2014* - OntologySummit2014 session-03 - Track B: Making

use of Ontologies: Tools, Services, and Techniques - I - Co-Champions:

ChristophLange, AlanRector, ...  - see developing details on the

session page at:



* between now and end Apr-2014, we are planning to run virtual panel

sessions every Thursday at the same time window, ~ 2 Hrs, starting

9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CET / 17:30 UTC ... please mark your



*Register your attendance* by emailing <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> off-line

or register yourself directly to the wiki session page. Please specify

the date of name of the session(s) you are registering for. ... RSVP!



********************* Details ************************


This is our 9th OntologySummit, a joint initiative by NIST, Ontolog,

NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD with the support of our co-sponsors. The

theme adopted for this Ontology Summit is: "Big Data and Semantic Web

Meet Applied Ontology." In an earlier planning sessions late last

year, the community and subsequently, the summit organizing team

,brainstormed on how best to frame the issues. These inputs were

carefully reviewed and synthesized by the Ontology Summit Organizing

Committee and its co-champions. It is this plan and program that we

will be discussing with everyone during the launch event.


Since the beginnings of the Semantic Web, ontologies have played key

roles in the design and deployment of new semantic technologies. Yet

over the years, the level of collaboration between the Semantic Web

and Applied Ontology communities has been much less than expected.

Within Big Data applications, ontologies appear to have had little



This year's Ontology Summit is an opportunity for building bridges

between the Semantic Web, Linked Data, Big Data, and Applied Ontology

communities. On the one hand, the Semantic Web, Linked Data, and Big

Data communities can bring a wide array of real problems (such as

performance and scalability challenges and the variety problem in Big

Data) and technologies (automated reasoning tools) that can make use

of ontologies. On the other hand, the Applied Ontology community can

bring a large body of common reusable content (ontologies) and

ontological analysis techniques. Identifying and overcoming ontology

engineering bottlenecks is critical for all communities.


OntologySummit2014 will pose and address the primary challenges in

these areas of interaction among the different communities. The Summit

activities will bring together insights and methods from these

different communities, synthesize new insights, and disseminate

knowledge across field boundaries.


Following earlier Ontology Summit practice, the synthesized results of

this season's discourse will be published as a Communique.


See developing details at: '''OntologySummit2014''' (homepage for this summit)




These sessions, like all Ontolog virtual events, are open and free of

charge. Anyone who is interested, or (better still) who may have

something to contribute, is welcome. Please refer to event details on

the session pages, to which the hyperlink is given above, where you

will find session agenda, conference call dial-in, slides and other

pertinent information. Feel free to pass this invitation along to

colleagues who may also find these sessions to be of interest.


*RSVP* by emailing Peter Yim at <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> offline (or add

yourself directly to the session page if you are already an Ontolog or

Ontology Summit community member) so that we can prepare enough

resources to support everyone. [Please state clearly the date of the

session you are registering for in your email.] ... All respondents

will be subscribed (if they aren't already so) to the

[ontology-summit] mailing list so they are participate in the virtual



These sessions will be recorded and made available in a publicly

accessible archive. Therefore, before participating, please make sure

you are cognizant of our IPR policy (ref:




Regards.  =ppy


For and on behalf of the


OntologySummit2014 - General Co-chairs,

Michael Gruninger & Leo Obrst


and Members of the

OntologySummit2014 Organizing Committee



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