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Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - Dr. Denise Bedford - Thu 2006-04-13     (1)

  • Subject: Ontolog Invited Speaker Presentation by Denise Bedford - Thu 2006-04-13     (1A1)
  • Agenda: Dr. Denise Bedford from the World Bank, will be presenting to the community on her talk entitled: "Strategy for Developing an Ontology - First Steps".     (1A2)
  • Date: Thursday, April 13, 2006     (1A3)
  • Start: 10:30 AM PDT / 1:30 PM EDT / Time: 17:30 UTC     (1A4)
  • Dial-in Number: +1-641-696-6600 (Iowa, USA)     (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)

Background     (1D)

This is the first event of a series of talks and discussions the revolves around the topic: "Ontologizing the Ontolog Body of Knowledge" during which this community will explore the "what's" and "how's" to the development of a semantically interoperable application, using the improved access to the content of Ontolog as a case in point.     (1D1)

The series is spurred by the Ontolog Community's quest toward:     (1D2)

  • (a) providing better access to the body of knowledge that the community has accumulated over the years,     (1D3)
  • (b) using the opportunity to explore the landscape and the state-of-the-art for both technologies and approaches, on how this could actually be done,     (1D4)
  • (c) employing the kinds of formal and informal semantic technologies and ontological engineering     (1D5)

approaches that we've been 'talking about',     (1D6)

  • (d) plan to develop an ontology-based application to achieve the purpose, both as a proof-of-concept, and also to provide open example of a 'working application' and 'the process' that people can look at, and     (1D7)
  • (e) build up enough interest and momentum to really do it -- funded, if at all possible, but on an open/voluntary-basis, if we have to.     (1D8)

Agenda & Proceedings     (1E)

  • Dr. Denise Bedford a Senior Information Officer at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, presents her talk entitled: "Strategy for Developing an Ontology - First Steps"     (1E1)
Abstract: (by DeniseBedford)     (1E2)
Analyzing the users, use and content that will be the focus of an ontology is as important as the technologies that support its implementation. The initial analysis can determine whether your ontology is extensible and sustainable, whether you need one ontology or multiple ontologies, which technologies are best suited to implementing your ontology. This presentation will suggest a strategy for analyzing your ontological needs. The strategy derives from the approach taken to develop ontologies in the development community over the past ten years. We will take as a case in point the Ontolog content and user community.     (1E3)
  • Session Format and Agenda:     (1E4)
    • this will be virtual session over a phone conference setting, augmented by shared computer screen support     (1E4A)
    1. The session will start with a brief self-introduction of the attendees (~10 min.)     (1E5A)
    2. Introduction of the Invited Speaker     (1E5B)
    3. Presentation by the invited speaker (45~60 min.)     (1E5C)
    4. Open discussion (30~45 min.)     (1E5D)
Dr. Denise Bedford is a Senior Information Officer at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. Since 1997, her duties at the Bank have included management of the World Bank Group's Thesaurus; development of the Bank's core metadata strategy and the various taxonomies that support Bank metadata; functional lead of the enterprise search project, member of the Knowledge and Learning Environment working group, project manager for the implementation of the Teragram concept extraction, categorization and summarization technologies and automated metadata capture; and project manager for the development of the World Bank Catalog in support of the Bank's Policy on Information Disclosure. Her work also has included collaboration with UNESCO Water Portal and UNAIDS on metadata, thesaurus and taxonomy issues. Her current interests include multilingual information architectures, semantic analysis technologies, computational linguistics and knowledge economics.     (1E7)
She is an associate of the faculty of Georgetown University and Catholic University of America. Dr. Bedford received a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, in Information Sciences, an M.A. from University of Michigan in Russian History, an M.S. in Library Science from Western Michigan University, and a triple major B.A. from the University of Michigan in Russian Language, German Language, and Russian / East European History. Her experience prior to joining the World Bank Group includes: University of California Systemwide Administration, Stanford University, Intel Corporation, NASA, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, University of Southern California. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, a current member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Board of Directors, a Senior Fellow at the Montague Institute, member of the Board of the Federal CIO Council��s Knowledge Management Working Group, an expert speaker for the U.S. Department of State, and a participant in the Ontolog community of practice. She is a current member of ASIST and ACM.     (1E8)
  • If you have questions for the presenter, we appreciate your posting them here: (please identify yourself)     (1E10)
    • Dr. Bedford, on slide 13 you emphasize maintaining the distinction between 'concepts' and 'instances.' This is a frequently recurring theme in the literature on the development of ontologies, perhaps because it is one of those guidelines that seems simple enough in theory but is very difficult in practice. Do you have specific lessons to pass along on how this distinction can be maintained consistently, homogeneously, and appropriately throughout the development lifecycle of an ontology? (Kevin S. Lynch) (I may not be able to attend the session, but will listen for your answer on the audio version )     (1E10A)

Session Recording of the Denise Bedford Talk     (1F)

(Thanks to Kurt Conrad and Peter P. Yim for their help with getting the session recorded. =ppy)     (1F1)

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