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[ontology-summit] [Communique] All 5 discussion threads: please provide

To: "Ontology Summit 2008" <ontology-summit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "Obrst, Leo J." <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 12:49:34 -0400
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Mark Musen and I would like to make a request to all 5 discussion threads:


Please send a short summary statement to help flesh out the Ontology Summit 2008 Communique that we are drafting.  You may want to provide this summary on your thread’s wiki page and simply provide us a link.


Suggested contributions from (with thread chairs):


State of the Art (Frank Olken)


Quality and Gatekeeping (Barry Smith and Fabian Neuhaus)


Ontology of Ontologies (Michael Gruninger and Pat Hayes)


Repository Architecture (Michelle Raymond and Ravi Sharma)


Open Ontology Repository (Mike Dean and Leo Obrst)



As we mention on the Communique wiki page at http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2008_Communique/Draft:


We would like to develop a narrative that shows how these threads all connect, i.e., what is the state-of-the-art in ontology repositories:

  • Which ontologies? Where are they? Where are mappings among ontologies?  What is the  state of the art?
  • What are the entry requirements for ontologies and other artifacts for such an OOR: criteria, validation, certification, etc.?
  • What are the methodologies for ontology development, ontology registration, repository services?
  • What are the requirements from content providers  and from content users?
  • To seriously address the effort, we need to develop an ontology of ontologies: what is this?
  • Once we have requirements, what is the best architecture for an open ontology repository?
  • Finally, we need an OOR roadmap to realization that addresses design, implementation, maintenance, and other issues to make this real.


Leo and Mark


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