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From: Gary Berg-Cross <gbergcross@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:05:31 -0500
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We now have some updates on the agenda and logistics for the Nov. 18-19, 2013 Workshop at NSF . I have been unable to update the VoCAMP wiki ( with details the last few days, but the last time we did, we have 25 people listed as attending and a few probables.

We now have the details from NSF/NITRD on the WebEx access to the main room sessions (NSF II-555 ) along with call in numbers for all sessions including the Breakouts, should the topic leaders and group decide to involve people via phone.

I've attached the updated prospectus which has the schedule and other basic information along with files from NITRD that detail how to do the call in and WebEx, lists more hotels and some restaurants for people attending.  I've pasted the preliminary agenda below for convenience. Feel free to email this to interested parties.

Any Qs contact me.  Looks like a good group and interesting topics.

Gary Berg-Cross, Ph.D.  
SOCoP Executive Secretary
Knowledge Strategies    
Potomac, MD

Current Draft Agenda and Schedule for the 2013 SOCoP workshop


Monday Nov. 18

9:00 - 9:10    Introductions, Welcome, Logistics and Schedule Overview –SOCoP/NITRD

NSF II-555: Note Morning session includes WebEx as a virtual meeting

9:10-9:20     Workshop Vision and Strategy- Gary Berg-Cross

9:20-9:35   Descartes Core Vision and Status –Krzyszytof Janowicz  (UCSB)

9:35 -10:15     Working Topics  (Presented by Topic Leaders)

10:15-10:30     Brief Recap on Group Methods- Gary Berg-Cross

10:30-10:45 Break (Coffee available)


10:45-12:00 Group organization and inductions - setting goals and process

            Breakout Rooms NSF II-545, NSF II-565, & if needed NSF II-575  

Note telecoms are available if group agrees to them.

12:00 -1:00      Lunch and Networking - On your Own


1:00- 2:45        Group Work on Concepts, Vocabulary and Model (Breakout Rooms)

2:45- 3:00          Break

3:00 -4:15       Group Work on Draft Models (Breakout Rooms)

4:15-5:00       Group Reports to the Whole - NSF II-555:includes WebEx  as a virtual meeting


Post 5 – Groups may make arrangements for dinner on their own


Tuesday Nov 19

9:00-9:15 Updates,  Q & A etc. (schedule etc.) NSF II-555

9:15-10:45       Work Groups – draft final model & initial formalizations (Breakout Rooms)


10:45-11:00       Break (Coffee available)


11:00-12:15       Work Groups  (Breakout Rooms)


12:15 -1:15        Lunch and Networking - On your Own


1:15- 2:45       Firming up products and testing against data (Breakout Rooms)

2:45- 3:15        Prepare Report (Breakout Rooms)


3:15-3:30            Break


3:30-4:30  Group reports NSF II-555 (Broadcast as Virtual Meeting)


4:30-5:00 Wrap up NSF II-555 (Broadcast as Virtual Meeting)

On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM, Gary Berg-Cross <gbergcross@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (SOCoP) is hosting its 6th annual workshop on Spatial Semantics and Ontologies. This will take place at the NSF facility  on Wilson Blvd, Ballston VA. The free workshop will be held M-T Nov. 18-19 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 


This is a free, hands on workshop with attendance limited to 40 people.  The workshop will have an introductory session Monday morning covering some meeting history, vision, strategy & methods with remaining time organizing around 4 Work Groups made up of domain experts, group facilitators and people with semantic/ontological experience. Preliminary information on the WG topics is available at Interested parties may register there by adding their name or contact Gary Berg-Cross at gbergcross@xxxxxxxxx

Preliminary groups have been formed to continue prior discussions on:

1.    terrain and surface network concepts (follow on from GeoVoCampDC2012),  

2.    water quality, environmental or pollution sites (CUAHSI has expressed an interest in participating and may provide a use case to work on),

3.    ontology design patterns for Green Building Architecture which would serve as a follow on to the recent Sustainable Data Community Forum workshop.

4.    ontology patterns to help semantic annotation of maps. 


Information about last year’s 2012 SOCoP workshop held at the USGS National facility Nov 29-30 in Reston VA is available here.


Inquiries to Gary Berg-Cross (SOCoP Secretary) gbergcross@xxxxxxxxx


Gary Berg-Cross, Ph.D.  
SOCoP Executive Secretary
Knowledge Strategies    
Potomac, MD

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