Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - Dr. Tom Gruber - Thu 2007.03.01    (UB2)

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[picture of Dr. Tom Gruber] http://ontolog.cim3.net/file/resource/presentation/TomGruber_20070301/gruber2006-12a.jpg    (UC9)

Title: Grande Challenges for Ontology Design (or is it Vente?)    (UCA)

Abstract: (by TomGruber)    (UCB)

Why bother with ontology design, particularly when it involves the trouble of collaborating with other people and their peculiar ideas? How does one guide a design process with any kind of objective notion of a Good Result? I think that if we do not start from this question, we are wasting our time. Outside the context of some shared goals, even arguing about what "ontology is" is, at best, ironic.    (UCC)

In this session I will frame a discussion about ontology design, using the model of engineering design that has brought tremendous success to electronic and physical engineering disciplines, and to some extent software engineering. My goal for the session is to identify some important and practical problems with objective engineering requirements that can motivate and guide the work of this community.    (UCD)

Tom Gruber is a researcher and entrepreneur with a focus on systems for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and collective intelligence. He did foundational work in ontology engineering and is well-known for his definition of ontologies in the context of Artificial Intelligence. The approaches and technologies from this work are precursors to the infrastructure for today's Semantic Web. At Stanford University in the early 1990's, Tom was a pioneer in the use of the Web for collaboration and knowledge sharing. He invented HyperMail, a widely-used open source application that turns email conversations into collective memories, which chronicled many of the early discussions that helped define the Web. He built ontology engineering tools and established the first web-based public exchange for ontologies, software, and knowledge bases. During the rise of the Web, Dr. Gruber founded Intraspect, an enterprise software company that pioneered the space of collaborative knowledge management. Intraspect applications help professional people collaborate in large distributed communities, continuously contributing to a collective body of knowledge. For the Web 2.0 era, he co-founded RealTravel.com, which aspires to be the best place on the web to share knowledge and experiences about travel. Realtravel provides an environment for a community of travel enthusiasts to create beautiful travel journals of their adventures, share them with friends and family, and learn from other like-minded travelers. With techniques for combining structured data with user contributions, and a machine-learning based recommendation engine, it is also an example of collective intelligence in both the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 senses of the word.    (UCL)

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