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Re: [ontolog-forum] What is an Ontologist?

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From: "Obrst, Leo J." <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:40:30 +0000
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It’s the “Ontology Summit 2014”, a series of Ontology Summits that go back to 2006, and is not just an Ontolog effort. The co-organizers are: Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD. The theme this year is: Big Data and Semantic Web Meet Applied Ontology.


We invite you to join us and contribute to the effort. See: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2014.





From: ontolog-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ontolog-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kingsley Idehen
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 6:18 PM
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Subject: [ontolog-forum] What is an Ontologist?



I am sure many of you have been asked one of the following questions over the years:

1. What is an Ontologist?
2. Are you an Ontologist?
3. Do you have an Ontologist in your organization?

Anyway, in our buzzword (and buzz-phrase) oriented world, we do have to provide answers to these kinds of questions, for sure. Unfortunately, being referred to as an Ontologist (circa. 2014) doesn't deliver the same kind of sizzle that's associated with Data Scientist.

Bearing in mind our buzzword laden reality,  what's a meaningful and zeitgeist friendly alternative for Ontologist, bearing in mind we know it doesn't imply Data Scientist ?

Personally, I've always considered Ontologists to be Data Artists due to the artistry that goes into creating a usable ontology aimed at enabling conceptual views over heterogeneously shaped data :-)

Why is this important?

Bridging Ontologies, Big Data, Open Data, Linked Open Data, and the Semantic Web is a strategic goal of the 2014 ontolog conference series.

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