Ontolog Forum

Session Planning
Duration 1 hour
Date/Time 08 Dec 2021 17:00 GMT
9:00am PST/12:00pm EST
5:00pm GMT/6:00pm CET
Convener Ravi Sharma

Ontology Summit 2022 Planning

Ontology Summit 2022 Theme and Tracks

Theme: 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. This summit will examine the role that ontologies can play in disasters. The first track will be an overview of the notion of disaster. The other tracks will examine how the different kinds of disaster are employing ontologies.

Summit Chair: Ravi Sharma

  • Track 1: Disaster attributes
    • There are several incompatible definitions for the notion of disaster and for related terminology by national and international agencies.
    • The information needed for the complex events of predicting, monitoring, mitigating and managing disasters and risks is complex and spans many organizations (both governmental and non-governmental), countries, languages and cultures.
    • Some examples of disaster attributes include: geo-temporal extent, categories of risks and types of disasters, and sources, such as natural and deliberate.
  • Track 2: Pandemics
    • Ongoing pandemics include tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.
  • Track 3: Environment Disasters
    • Examples include climate change, environmental pollution, wildfires, floods and habitat loss.
  • Track 4: Space Disasters
    • Some examples include:
      • Debris
      • Artificial satellites
      • Asteroids / Comets
      • Solar activity & impacts to Earth


Conference Call Information

  • Date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
  • Start Time: 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST / 6:00pm CET / 5:00pm GMT / 1700 UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: 1 hour
  • The Video Conference URL is
    • Meeting ID: 881 4427 2329
    • Passcode: 553714
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[12:14] RaviSharma: Welcome

[12:14] RaviSharma: Gary Suggested Pandemic Speakers

[12:14] RaviSharma: Gary - Buffalo group

[12:16] RaviSharma: Ayesha Lin NIH suggested by Ram?

[12:17] RaviSharma: Ram will send us two more speakers

[12:17] Gary BC: Possible people from these publications

  • Sargsyan, A., Kodamullil, A. T., Baksi, S., Darms, J., Madan, S., Gebel, S., ... & Hofmann-Apitius, M. (2020). The COVID-19 Ontology. Bioinformatics, 36(24), 5703-5705.
  • Babcock, Shane, et al. "The infectious disease ontology in the age of COVID-19." Journal of biomedical semantics 12.1 (2021): 1-20.
  • Beverley, John, et al. "Coordinating Coronavirus Research: The COVID-19 Infectious Disease Ontology." (2020).

[12:18] RaviSharma: Link from Ram:

[12:19] RaviSharma: Gary has large list John Beverly

[12:19] Gary BC: John Beverley Northwestern University

[12:19] Gary BC:

  • The infectious disease ontology in the age of COVID-19S Babcock, J Beverley, LG Cowell, B Smith Journal of biomedical semantics 12 (1), 1-20172021
  • Counternarrative Themes J Beverley, R Hurley The American Journal of Bioethics 21 (2), 72-742021
  • The COVID-19 Infectious Disease Ontology J Beverley, S Babcock, L Cowell, B Smith 22021
  • CIDO, a community-based ontology for coronavirus disease knowledge and data integration, sharing, and analysis Y He, H Yu, E Ong, Y Wang, Y Liu, A Huffman, H Huang, J Beverley, J Hur, Scientific data 7 (1), 1-5502020
  • Coordinating Coronavirus Research: The COVID-19 Infectious Disease Ontology J Beverley, S Babcock, G Carvalho, L Cowell, S Duesing, R Hurley, 22020
  • Speak no evil: Understanding hermeneutical (in) justice J Beverley Episteme, 1-2412020

[12:20] RaviSharma: need to prefer mixture of expertise

[12:21] RaviSharma: IDO is a BFO linked infectioous disease ontology

[12:22] RaviSharma: Gary - Grad students often have expertise but need to reach professors.

[12:45] RaviSharma: Organize the tracks with domain expert speaking first and then have experts - suggested by Gary Berg Cross.

[13:08] RaviSharma: thanks everyone for a great meeting


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