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Amanda Vizedom     (1)

Amanda Vizedom, PhD     (1A)

Dr. Vizedom been a full-time, professional applied ontologist since 1998. Her current consulting practice includes long-term projects and shorter-term, task-based contracts. The consulting activities run a gamut including ontology development and design, team and project methodology, training, and associated tasks. Dr. Vizedom also provides consulting assistance to organizations wanting to adopt semantic technologies but not sure exactly what they need or how to proceed; the focus here is on helping folks identify their requirements and how best to proceed in order to meet them. Relatedly, Dr. Vizedom is also strongly interested in research into ontology evaluation, quality assurance, and best practices, including design patterns, and is particularly interested in better understanding of the problem features that affect applicability of particular practices, and of the nature of such dependencies.     (1D)

Before going independent, Dr. Vizedom was most recently Principal Ontologist at Wind River Consulting. Her work history before that includes a variety of ontology and project leadership roles at ManTech McDonald Bradley, Convera Corp, IET, and Cycorp.     (1E)

Dr. Vizedom's Ph.D. is in Philosophy, from the University of Minnesota. with an Area of Specialization in Epistemology. Minnesota's greatest philosophical strength is in philosophy of science, and that tradition influenced her understanding of models, evidence, community knowledge development, and what it means for individuals to break down the world differently, across domains or within a domain. [For the non-philosophers: epistemologists study knowledge, reasoning, and belief; they may be more or less attentive to, or regarding of, empirical matters such as the findings of cognitive scientists, or historical studies of knowledge-seeking enterprises]. Dr. Vizedom's academic training included significant helpings of formal logic, philosophy of science, and feminist and/or pluralist philosophy. Her doctoral work concerned the roles and influence of social contexts and communities in reasoning, interpretation of evidence, and knowledge formation.     (1F)