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Ontology Summit 2018     (1)

The OntologySummit is an annual series of events that involves the ontology community and communities related to each year's theme chosen for the summit. The Ontology Summit was started by Ontolog and NIST, and the program has been co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA, NCO_NITRD along with the co-sponsorship of other organizations that are supportive of the Summit goals and objectives.     (1A)

Description     (2)

The Summit theme this year is Ontologies in Context.     (2A)

In general, a context is defined to be the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed. Some examples of synonyms include circumstances, conditions, factors, state of affairs, situation, background, scene, setting, and frame of reference. There are many meanings of "context" in general, and also for ontologies in particular. The summit this year will survey these meanings and identify the research problems that must be solved so that contexts can succeed in achieving the full understanding and assessment of an ontology.     (2B)

  • In the agent world, the closest approximation to context is a BDI (Belief, Desire, Intent) agent, primarily expressed using modal operators.     (2C)
  • Other examples of context include     (2D)
  • There are several ways to represent contexts within a logical framework, including:     (2E)
    • Languages such as IKL (IKRIS) have a context logic built into them.     (2E1)
    • Hybrid logic can also be used to specify contexts.     (2E2)

As part of Ontolog’s general advocacy to bring ontology science and engineering into the mainstream, we endeavor to abstract a conversational toolkit from the sessions that may facilitate discussion and knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders relevant to the topic. Our findings will be supported with examples from the various domains of interest. The results will be captured in the form of a 2018 Summit Communiqué, with expanded supporting material provided on the web.     (2F)

Process and Deliverables     (3)

Similar to our last twelve summits, this Ontology Summit will consist of three months of virtual discourse (over our archived mailing lists) and virtual panel sessions (over augmented conference calls), and may culminate in a 2-day face-to-face workshop/symposium, during which we, among other things, present our distilled thoughts in a collaboratively developed Communiqué.     (3A)

Structure and Discourse     (4)

Meeting Days and Times     (4A)

  • All meetings will by default be on Wednesdays and start at Noon Eastern Time.     (4A1)
  • Meetings will last for approximately 1.5 hours.     (4A2)

Meeting Schedule     (4B)

Resource Pages     (5)

Meeting Call and Connection Info     (5A)

  • If you have not used BlueJeans before, then connect to the URL above before the meeting time so that the required plug-in can be installed.     (5A2)

Meetings     (6)