Ontolog Forum

Session Planning
Duration 1 hour
Date/Time 3 Nov 2021 16:00 GMT
9:00am PDT/12:00pm EDT
4:00pm GMT/5:00pm CET
Convener Ken Baclawski

Ontology Summit 2022 Planning

Dealing with Disasters

The COVID-19 pandemic as well as other pandemics and disasters have prompted an impressive, worldwide response by governments, industry, and the academic community. Ontologies can play a significant role in search, data description, interoperability and harmonization of the increasingly large data sources that are relevant to disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ontology Summit 2022 examined the overall landscape of disasters and related ontologies. A framework consisting of a set of dimensions was developed to characterize this landscape. The framework was applied to health-related disasters, environmental disasters, as well as aerospace and cyberspace disasters. It was found that there are many cross-domain linkages between different kinds of disasters and that ontologies developed for one kind of disaster can be repurposed for other kinds. A representative sample of projects that have been developing and using ontologies for disaster monitoring and response management is presented to illustrate best practices and lessons learned. The Communiqué ends by presenting the findings and recommendations of the summit.


  • 12:00 to 13:00 EDT Planning for Ontology Summit 2022 Video Recording
  • Reminder that Daylight Savings Time (Summer Time in Europe) ends on 31 October in Europe but on 7 November in the US and Canada. So the meeting time today is one hour earlier in Europe.

Conference Call Information

  • Date: Wednesday, 3 November 2021
  • Start Time: 9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT / 5:00pm CET / 4:00pm GMT / 1600 UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: 1 hour
  • The Video Conference URL is
    • Meeting ID: 881 4427 2329
    • Passcode: 553714
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[12:10] Douglas R. Miles:

[12:12] Douglas R. Miles:

[12:24] Douglas R. Miles:

[12:25] Douglas R. Miles: " Ontology Based Modeling of Pandemic Simulation Scenarios"

[12:27] Cas Miles:

[12:27] AlexShkotin: have a look

[12:28] AlexShkotin: and here

[12:29] RaviSharma: Track one will provide the filters that would be applied to select the topics for the summit, which disasters are candidates and which are not?

[12:30] RaviSharma: For Track 1 Taxonomic structure and some who have created frameworks. from Gary and Ravi

[12:31] RaviSharma: Janet is addressing complex events and high costs

[12:32] RaviSharma: there might be many people who have addressed this. may not use word Ontology?

[12:32] RaviSharma: Janet said above.

[12:32] RaviSharma: Robert on Pandemic related things.

[12:32] RaviSharma: Gary Track 1 and 2 overlap

[12:33] RaviSharma: Gary- track 3 and others are particular. say pandemic.

[12:34] RaviSharma: Robert says whole summit? Gary thinks a track?

[12:36] janet singer:

[12:36] RaviSharma: Robert has seen 3-4 ontologies for pandemic, bioportal

[12:37] RaviSharma: Ken also mentioned, Ram said organize the tracks consistently.

[12:38] janet singer: The Cambridge framework speaks of complex risk management rather than disasters, and taxonomy rather than ontology

[12:42] RaviSharma: Gary - pandemic and ontology focus, and Janet says find relevant links like Cambridge she provided. Gary says structured approach.

[12:43] RaviSharma: Q1- do we say Pandemic as the disaster or one track?

[12:43] RaviSharma: Janet the how does ontology fit in to it?

[12:46] RaviSharma: Janet referred to Mike Bennett views on disaster.

[12:47] RaviSharma: Gary said when we discuss tracks 1 and 2 then we will see pandemic as one of them and also other disasters.

[12:49] janet singer: Mikes phrase from last time: The potential value of ontologies in disaster scenarios

[12:50] RaviSharma: create a landscape to disaster scenarios tied to also complex events and formalized ontologies and semantics(Ravi and Janet)

[12:51] RaviSharma: Janet - pragmatics and context

[12:55] RaviSharma: Ken said how words are used, second is concepts as mentioned by Mike

[12:56] RaviSharma: Ken and Mike explaining these concept of and meaning of risk are relevant

[12:58] Mike Bennett: I call it 'The Mombe Problem'. Mombe (chiShona; ng'ombe in Swahili) is any individual head of cattle, without having to say 'cow', 'steer' etc.

[12:58] RaviSharma: linguistics is another aspect

[12:59] RaviSharma: Gary incremental KGs

[13:00] RaviSharma: Ken said this

[13:02] janet singer:

[13:03] janet singer: A large corpus of literature exists on the use of formal ontologies to formalize knowledge in the disaster management domain. In the Hazard, Vulnerability Risk (HVR) portion of the disaster management cycle, work has been done to conceptualize hazard [12], vulnerability [13] and risk [14][15][16] concepts. Additionally, surveys conducted by [5,6] show that there exists several formal ontologies and vocabularies for capturing, representing and integrating heterogeneous data in the emergency management sub-domain. ...

[13:04] RaviSharma: Janet will search, Ravi, Doug, Robert, and others Gary and Ram might present a few minutes each?

[13:04] RaviSharma: Mike ? volunteering?

[13:04] RaviSharma: Janet will create a reading list as suggested by Ken!

[13:05] RaviSharma: are there ontologies aimed at disasters

[13:06] AlexShkotin: let put reading to ontolog-forum

[13:07] RaviSharma: Ken will add a google doc and provide a reading list.

[13:08] RaviSharma: sat reading list. then post on forum.

[13:08] Cas Miles: Sarika Jain seems to have more research in this vein as well.

[13:08] RaviSharma: Ken thanks.

[13:09] Cas Miles: Thank you all very much!


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