NIST-Ontolog-NCOR Mini-Series: Ontology Measurement and Evaluation (Session-2) - Thu 21-Dec-2006    (RUV)

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This is the second event of a mini-series of talks and discussions that revolve around the topic: "Ontology Measurement and Evaluation" during which this community will explore the landscape, issues and solutions relating to the measurement, evaluation, quality and testing of ontologies.    (RVR)

This is a Joint NIST-Ontolog-NCOR initiative. A planning meeting for this mini-series took place on 22-Aug-2006, during which the scope and plans for the program was discussed among members of the community. Dr. Steven Ray, who is the Chief of NIST's Manufacturing Systems Integration Division (MSID), a long time member of the Ontolog community, as well as the convener of NCOR's Ontology Evaluation Committee, was invited to champion the program. This series is expected to last about 6 months during which invited speaker and technical discussion events will be featured (at the rate of about one event per month).    (RVS)

See also: OntologyMeasurementEvaluation (the 'project' homepage for this mini-series)    (RVT)

Agenda & Proceedings: "Ontology Measurement and Evaluation" - Mini-series Session-2    (RVU)

Professor Barry Smith, from the University at Buffalo, presenting: "Ontology Evaluation in Biomedicine: The OBO Foundry - A Gold Standard Approach to Ontology Evaluation"    (RVV)

Topic: "Ontology Evaluation in Biomedicine: The OBO Foundry - A Gold Standard Approach to Ontology Evaluation" by Professor Barry Smith    (RW3)

[a picture of Professor Barry Smith]    (RW4)

The OBO Foundry ( is a subset of ontologies drawn from the Open Biomedical Ontologies library, whose developers have agreed to adhere to an evolving set of principles governing best practices in ontology development. We describe initial lessons learned from this collaborative experiment as concerns ontology evaluation and evolution.    (RW6)

Barry Smith is Director of the National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR), and Julian Park Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, NY, USA. He is also the Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany.    (RW8)

Professor Smith has authored some 400 scientific publications, including 15 authored or edited books. He is also editor of The Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosophical Inquiry. His research has been funded by the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the European Union. In 2002 he received, in recognition of his scientific achievements, the 2.2 Million Euro Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.    (RW9)

Professor Smith’s current research focus is ontology and its applications in biomedicine and biomedical informatics, including a variety of projects relating to biomedical terminologies and electronic health records. He is also collaborating with Hernando de Soto, Director of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru, on the ontology of property rights and social development.    (RWA)

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Audio Recording of this OntologyMeasurementEvaluation BarrySmith Session    (RWQ)