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Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - David Whitten & Chris Richardson - Thu 2005-06-16     (1)

  • Subject: [ontolog] Invited Speaker Presentation - David Whitten and ChrisRichardson - Thu 2005-06-16     (1A1)
  • Agenda: David Whitten and Chris Richardson from WorldVistA will be giving a talk entitled: "The Importance of Dynamism in the OpenVistA Model"     (1A2)
  • Date: Thursday, June 16, 2005     (1A3)
  • Start Time: 10:30 AM Pacific Standard Time / 1:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (see world clock for other time zones)     (1A4)
  • Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)     (1A5)
  • Shared-screen support (VNC session) will be started 5 minutes before the call at:     (1A6)
    • view-only password: "ontolog"     (1A6A)
    • if you plan to be logging into this shared-screen option (which the speaker may be navigating), and you are not familiar with the process, please try to call in 5 minutes before the start of the session so that we can work out the connection logistics. Help on this will generally not be available once the presentation starts.     (1A6B)
    • people behind corporate firewalls may have difficulty accessing this. If that is the case, please download the slides below and runing them locally. The speaker will prompt you to advance the slides during the talk.     (1A6C)
  • Please note that this session will be recorded, and the audio archives is expected to be made available as open content to our community membership and the public at-large under our prevailing open IPR policy.     (1A10)

Attendees     (1B)

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Agenda & Proceedings     (1D)

david-whitten.png [David Whitten] ... and ... chris-richardson.png [Chris Richardson]     (1D2)
Abstract:     (1D3)
The VistA Model has been adapted to the changes in medical health over the last 25 years. Change and adaptation is important to the longevity and success of the VistA model. The advantages discovered and lessons learned at one site are adapted to the framework of the existing VistA model. This ability to allow the whole framework to adapt to the changes of the onslaught of the technology is the power of this Open Source model. The capabilities to do AI in this environment has not been fully explored. Some of the potential opportunities will be described in this presentation.     (1D4)
  • Session Format: this will be virtual session over a phone conference setting, augmented by shared computer screen support     (1D5)
David Whitten is a senior computer specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He holds a masters degree in computer science and is a recognized expert on knowledge bases and artificial intelligence. Whitten has worked with VistA and its predecessors for more than twenty years while programming for such employers as Houston's Methodist Hospital, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as well as the VA. In the artificial intelligence field, he has contributed to the IEEE Standard Upper Ontology working group, written the unofficial FAQ on the Cyc system, and founded the Public Domain Knowledge Bank. Whitten is a longstanding member of the MUMPS Development Committee and was one of the founders of the OpenVistA project and WorldVistA.     (1D7)
Chris Richardson is a senior computer specialist with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Martinez, California and has been programming in MUMPS since 1978. Formerly employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he worked on the the initial version of the Composite Health Care System (CHCS), the Department of Defense's dialect of the VA Decentralized Hospital Computer Program, now called VistA. Richardson has also programmed for NASA's Johnson Space Center, Computer Sciences Corporation, and the United States Public Health Service as well as his own company, Richardson Computer Research. He was a longstanding member of the MUMPS Users Group of North America and the MUMPS Development Committee, and was one of the founders of WorldVistA.     (1D9)
  • If you have questions for the presenter, we appreciate your posting them here: (please identify yourself)     (1D11)
    • ...(insert content here) ...     (1D11A)
    • ... (post your questions here, David and Chris will be fielding them during the open discussion session) ...     (1D11B)

Session Recording of the David Whitten & ChrisRichardson Talk     (1E)

(Thanks to Kurt Conrad and Peter P. Yim for their help with getting the session recorded. -ppy)     (1E1)

  • To download the audio recording of the presentation, click here     (1E2)
    • the playback of the audio files require the proper setup, and an MP3 compatible player on your computer.     (1E2A)
  • Conference Date and Time: June 16, 2005 10:40am~12:45pm Pacific Daylight Time     (1E3)
  • Duration of Recording: 2 Hour 4 Minutes     (1E4)
  • Recording File Size: 43.7 MB (in mp3 format)     (1E5)
  • Telephone Playback Expiration Date: June 26, 2005 01:11 PM Pacific Daylight Time     (1E6)
    • Prior to the above Expiration Date, one can call-in and hear the telephone playback of the session.     (1E6A)
    • Playback Dial-in Number: 1-805-620-4002 (Ventura, CA)     (1E6B)
    • Playback Access Code: 502605     (1E6C)
    • suggestion: best that you listen to the session while having the presentation opened in front of you. You'll be prompted to advance slides by the speaker.     (1E6D)

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