Ontolog Forum

Session Planning
Duration 1 hour
Date/Time 15 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, 15 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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[11:41] RaviSharma: Hello everyone!

[11:52] Douglas R. Miles uploaded file: Andrew Dougherty, “Predicting, Monitoring, Mitigating and Managing” Threats using the Free Life Planner: A Survey of Techniques, Preprint, compiled December 15, 2021.

[11:52] Douglas R. Miles: It'll be much larger when it's done

[12:11] Gary Berg-Cross: I also reached out to Chris Mungall (Berkley Lab) who developed with others KG-COVID-19: Knowledge Graph for COVID-19 Response and who is knowledgeable about linking may semantic resources for COVID KGs.

[12:33] Gary Berg-Cross: Salvatore Flavio Pilegg (Google Scholar list of publications is at

[12:35] Gary Berg-Cross: The particular climate change work that caught my eye is "Climate change TimeLine: An ontology to tell the story so far" by Salvatore Flavio Pilegg at

[12:37] Mike Bennett: If we're talking about disasters, what about this new Log4J thing? The Omicron of Open Source.

[12:38] Robert Rovetto: Gary, if it helps you, I can reach out to the Italian person if it's difficult to get in contact. I have common Italian heritage in any case


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ConferenceCall 2022 01 12Planning
ConferenceCall 2022 01 19Launch
ConferenceCall 2022 01 26General Disaster Parametric Landscape
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