Ontolog Panel Discussion: Ontology Applications in Emergency Response (Take-2)    (18AI)

Conference Call Details    (1936)

Attendees    (1940)

Background    (18FU)

In the first presentation in this sequence http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_01_25 we examined the ways in which the world has changed since the events of 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita . We discussed the need for improved Decision Support Systems (DSS) for Emergency Management, including:    (18FH)

We also looked at a number of issues concerned with the two main aspects of Emergency Response:    (18FK)

Agenda & Proceedings: "Database And Ontology" Series Session-11    (194C)

Topic: Ontology Applications in Emergency Response (Take-2)    (1960)

Title: Resolved: Effective Emergency Response Management Requires Ontology as an Organizing Principle, and Ontology Applications in Practice    (194L)

Abstract    (18FX)

A little more than a year later we return with the case for promoting Ontology to a more central role in the complete lifecycle of Emergency Management:    (18G2)

We look at the development of the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) family of specifications in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Emergency Management Technical Committee (EM TC):    (18FY)

This includes the pre-standards-writing process supported by a Practitioner Steering Group (PSG) sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC)    (18FM)

Speakers will be:    (18FN)

Resources    (194M)

Questions, Answers & Discourse:    (194R)

RaviSharma: Question for DavidWebber - How accurate are the ontology discovery or concept 
            and context matching standards or tools?

RaviSharma: Question for RexBrooks - Common Alerting Protocol is this like a broadcast or reverse 911?

RexBrooks: Answer to Ravi - CAP is like that, being transport agnostic. It works for one-way broadcast 
           as well as messaginging systems.    (19M6)
RaviSharma: Question for RexBrooks - Message Exchange Patterns are these executable in BPEL if modeled 
            using BP Modeling UML2 aware tools?    (19M7)
RaviSharma: WHat aspect of SOA RR is Ontology based or ontology aware?REx

RaviSharma: Is the ebXML RR updated beyond BPSS type in old ebXML? What are significant updates?

DannyThornton: Hi Ravi, an ebXML SOA RR, FreebXML, supports classification schemes and relationships 
            within the classification schemes.  Objects stored in the SOA RR can then be associated 
            with classification schemes and searched based on classification.  Something like an 
            inference engine is not part of the ebXML SOA RR. A standard mechanism for ontology support 
            in SOA RRs beyond the classification scheme does not exist yet and may be the end result of 
            the Open Ontology Repository Initiative.  This is likely to take the shape of ontology tools 
            that programmatically interface to the ebXML SOA RR.

DannyThornton: The ebXML Registry-Repository uses the ebXML Reference Information Model to store descriptions 
            about organizations, people, and services. ebXML RIM defines things like classification 
            information model, provenance information model (people and organization information), 
            service information model, and event information model. 

DannyThornton: eb Business Process (BPSS) is separate from the ebXML RIM for a SOA RR.  eb BP is like 
            a choreogrpahy language for collaboration between different organizations.  BPEL compliments 
            BPSS in that BPEL is an SOA orchestration of services.

RaviSharma: Danny thanks. I will save this info.    (19M8)
RaviSharma: Michelle - Are your OBIX standards aware of firemen's 800MHz access through burning buildings and smoke?

RaviSharma: I hopefully would see that availability in Fire architecures?    (19M9)
RaviSharma: For Michelle or Rex - Tornadoes can be prdicted, risk mitigated, diverted from populated paths 
            and anticipated with more weather research including intrusion technologies for mitigation

RaviSharma: Michelle - do not you also need feed from to weather systems for Tornado example and 
            also for plume and other effects to EPA engines, how these domains relate to ontologies.

RexBrooks: Thanks Ravi, I wasn't aware that there was significant research into diverting tornadoes.

RaviSharma: There is every possibility of that happening if we provide funding and tools such as 
            pre-event and along the path iodide sprays in to the paths of tornadoes by jets. Such research 
            had been abandoned due to the funding reasons in the late 60s-early 70s, and people are too afraid 
            to try for fears of disturbing the rainfall in underlying areas.

RexBrooks: Worth exploring further, especially if there is some way to deflect high and low pressure areas to 
            reduce steep pressure gradients.    (19M5)

Audio Recording of this Session    (1951)