Ontolog Forum

Session General Disaster Parametric Landscape
Duration 1 hour
Date/Time 26 Jan 2022 17:00 GMT
9:00am PST/12:00pm EST
5:00pm GMT/6:00pm CET
Convener Ravi Sharma
Track Disaster Landscape

Ontology Summit 2022 General Disaster Parametric Landscape

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.


  • Panel Discussion
    • Josh Lieberman, Harvard U Overview of the OGC Disaster Pilot
    • Paul Churchyard,, Health Spatial Data Infrastructure- part of the OGC 2021 DIsasters Pilot Slides
  • Video Recording

Conference Call Information

  • Date: Wednesday, 26 Jan 2022
  • 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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[12:05] ToddSchneider: Is there common 'agreement' on the definition of 'disaster'?

[12:09] RaviSharma: Hello everyone and welcome to this second session.

[12:13] Gary BC: @Paul I see that Ajay is on the Zoom. You can introduce his as part of the panel and he can say what he likes and answer Qs if there are any.

[12:18] RaviSharma: How do you keep information current, such as fixing broken links etc?

[12:19] ToddSchneider: The discovery problem is always with us

[12:20] ToddSchneider: The link from Joshua Lieberman:

[12:21] RaviSharma: thanks Todd

[12:23] RaviSharma: Another link from Josh is

[12:27] RaviSharma: Intro to DP21 presented to Canadian Council on Geomatics:

[12:29] RaviSharma: Paul - what inventory management systems were used at backend and were these not affected by disaster? any backup or recovery?

[12:35] Paul Churchyard ( @ravi other applications of our medical supply needs index in the us do incorporate existing inventory of medical supply on hand as well as within the supply chain.

[12:49] Ajay Gupta: Hello All and thank you for the opportunity to speak. Paul is our Chief Geospatial Officer and more than capable! I am in a place with high background noise.

[12:56] Josh Lieberman (OGC):

[12:56] Mark Underwood: Wonder if speakers are familiar with XchangeCore and SABER, which have been used for disaster coordination prior to COVID19 Lot of dependence on ESRI California Governors Office of Emergency Services sponsored work in c. 2017

[12:57] Mark Underwood: I assume another antacid is needed for NIEM?

[12:58] Mariya Evtimova: What about the Dublin core standard?

[13:09] Paul Churchyard ('s work has had operational impact We've supported FEMA, several states, the WHO, and others throughout the pandemic with the indices we discussed today throughout the pandemic.

[13:12] Paul Churchyard ( At the local level, We've supported a small city (Seat Pleasant, MD), however, much of the work was at the State level.

[13:15] Josh Lieberman (OGC): Thanks to everyone for their attention and questions.

[13:15] Paul Churchyard ( Thank you everyone for your time!

[13:16] Ajay Gupta ( Thank you everyone for inviting us to speak and your thoughtful questions


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