NASA-Ontolog mini-series on "Ontology in Knowledge Management and Decision Support (OKMDS)" (pre-series Tutorial-01) - Thu 25-Oct-2007    (14Z8) . .    (15FX)

Screenshots:  The Explorer Island setting                   Devery & Jet on stage             Our presenters and the audience 

Source: NASA/JPL  . . . . . . (click on above links to view the full size images)    (15FZ)

Conference Call Details    (14ZD)

Background    (150D)

This "Ontology in Knowledge Management and Decision Support (OKMDS)" mini-series is a collaboration between NASA and Ontolog, and is co-organized by a team of individuals from various related communities passionate about creating the opportunity for an inter-community, collaborative exploration of the intersection between Ontology, Knowledge Management and Decision Support, that could eventually lead us toward "Better Decision Making."    (150E)

The mini-series will span a period of about six months (Nov-2007 to May-2008), during which we will be featuring Talks, Panel Discussions and Online Discourse on pertinent issues. We expect all the talks and panel discussion events to be offered in both 'real world' (augmented conference calls) and 'virtual world' (Second Life) settings.    (150F)

Refer to details about this mini-series at the OKMDS project homepage at:    (150G)

Agenda & Proceedings: OKMDS Pre-Series Tutorial-01    (150H)

Title: pre-series OKMDS Tutorial on Virtual Worlds - Sharing Knowledge in Second Life    (150P)

Abstract (by JeanneHolm):    (150Q)

The use of Second Life and other immersive worlds for public and educational outreach has proven to be a boon for industry. NASA has created rich, 3D, immersive displays, interactive models, and public interactive forums for discussion of NASA and space-related topics. Visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Explorer Island to become part of the NASA team! How do we take this to the next step? NASA and JPL are also working on secured spaces within such worlds to enhance internal corporate capabilities for virtual engineering, modeling and simulation, and enhancing multi-generational learning and collaboration.    (150R)

Getting Ready for the Session    (155O)

Prerequisites and things you might want to find out prior to participating ...    (159F)

  1. To create an account (there is no charge)    (159G)
  2. Go to    (159H)
  3. Create an account    (159I)
  4. Select a name--that’s the hard part!    (159J)
  5. Download the application (some organizations block usage at work)    (159K)
  6. Sign in and choose an avatar (you can always change it later, so just go with a default one to get started)    (159L)
  7. You can either explore the orientation area or just ask for help    (159M)
  8. Click on the “Search” button at the bottom of the screen    (159N)
  9. To find NASA, select the “Places” tab and enter NASA--you’ll see “Explorer Island”    (159O)
  10. To find Jeanne or Charley, select the “People” tab and search for Devery Barrymore or Jet Burns    (159P)
  11. Then, choose the lower right button “Add Friend” and we’ll find you!''    (155P)

About the Presenters:    (150S)

JeanneHolm ... is the Chief Knowledge Architect at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Ms. Holm leads NASA’s Knowledge Management Team, which helps to gather, provide access to, and reuse the knowledge gathered over the many missions of the US space agency to support future missions and to help drive innovation. Her projects include the NASA Portal (, InsideNASA, the NASA Engineering Network (, and many others. Ms. Holm chairs a group for the United Nations in the international aerospace community setting standards for how space missions should manage knowledge in the future. She is on the leadership board for the US Federal Knowledge Management Working Group.    (150T)

CharlesWhite ... is a member of the JPL Design Hub. Charles has worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 14 years and has worked on many exciting projects and programs like the Deep Space Network, the Multimission Ground Systems Office, the Flight Project Support Office, Mars Exploration Office, and several institutional support projects including an all paperless documentation system.    (150U)

Resources    (150V)

Questions, Answers & Discourse:    (1510)

Audio Recording of this Session    (1519)

For the record ...    (15G0)

Attendees    (1504)