Ontolog Forum

Session Launch
Duration 1 hour
Date/Time 19 Jan 2022 17:00 GMT
9:00am PST/12:00pm EST
5:00pm GMT/6:00pm CET
Convener Ravi Sharma
Track Introduction

Ontology Summit 2022 Launch

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.


  • Overview of Theme Summit 2022 (10 minutes) Ravi Sharma Slides
  • Overview of Tracks Slides
    • Track 1: Disaster Landscape (10 Minutes) Gary Berg-Cross, Ravi Sharma
    • Track 2: Pandemics (10 minutes) Ram Sriram, Ken Baclawski, Gary Berg-Cross
    • Track 3: Environment Disasters (10 minutes) Gary Berg-Cross, Ravi Sharma
    • Track 4: Aerospace/Maritime Disasters (10 minutes) Robert Rovetto, Ravi Sharma
    • Discussion
  • Video Recording

Conference Call Information

  • Date: Wednesday, 19 Jan 2022
  • Start Time: 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST / 6:00pm CET / 5:00pm GMT / 1700 UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: 1 hour
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[11:57] Ravi Sharma: Hello and welcome, thanks Ken.

[12:15] Todd Schneider: Will 'particle' be defined? And what about scale or granularity (of particles)?

[12:17] Todd Schneider: An ontology is a model (or should be).

[12:19] Todd Schneider: Don't conflate or confuse 'ontology' with knowledge graph or graph database.

[12:33] Todd Schneider: Is there an assumption that the possibility of a (particular type of) disaster exists?

[12:51] Mark Fox: ISO/IEC JTC1 WG11 on Smart Cities is starting the development of an ontology for Public Health Emergencies. Used cases include: Contact Tracing, Disease Tracing, Testing Vaccine Distribution, Vaccination Management, Vaccine Efficacy management, Medical Personnel Management, Medical Resource Management

[12:57] Ram Sriram: Correction: When I said 30% of people who are vaccinated do not have enough antibodies, it is after 6 months of vaccination. This is based on a study done in India and published this week. Here is news item:

[12:58] Robert Rovetto: Unfortunately some of the semantic models assume/use upper ontologies, which is an often overlooked point, and can add to the challenge of mappings/harmonization/alignment.

[12:59] Mike Bennett: Surely the use of TLOs enables integration, since it makes the underlying nature of each conceptualization explicit.

[13:02] Ram Sriram: @Ravi: The problem with COVID is that even the terminology is constantly changing. For example, the mode of attack by the Delta variant is different than the Omicron variant. The Delta variant, I believe, needs a TMPRSS2 protein, while the Omicron doesn’t seem to need this to enter the cell.

[13:03] Mark Underwood: @Gary There's work in computational sustainability & constraint programming that I would like to see covered. CP is an adjacent domain . . . Best if I can find a presenter, but if not I can do a lit survey on this if that works. It feels like climate is the gorilla in this room.

[13:07] Robert Rovetto: @Mike: A problem with TLOs is that it is a highly abstract conceptualization, and thus there can be many. It provides a conceptualization, but that does not necessarily reflect the conceptualization of the more specific concepts.

[13:11] Robert Rovetto: @Mike, I didn't mention integration, e.g., I did not write "many [...] difficult."


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