Ontolog Forum

Ontologizing the Ontolog Body of Knowledge


Ontolog Forum is rolling out a series of events (talks and discussion sessions) between April and July 2006 that revolve around the topic: "Ontologizing the Ontolog Body of Knowledge" during which this community will explore the "what's" and "how's" to the development of a semantically interoperable application, using the improved access to the community knowledge of Ontolog as a case in point.


  • 1) Providing better access to the Body of Knowledge
  • 2) Using the opportunity to explore the landscape and the state-of-the-art

for both technologies and approaches, on how this could actually be done

  • 3) Employing the kinds of formal and informal semantic technologies and

ontological engineering approaches that we've been 'talking about '

  • 4) Plan to develop an ontology-based application to achieve the purpose,

both as a proof of concept, and also to provide open example of a 'working application' and the process that people can look at, and

  • 5) Build up enough interest and momentum to really do it -- funded, if at

all possible, but on an open/voluntary-basis, if we have to.


  • Peter P. Yim (2006.06.07): I am hoping we can engage the proponents of various approaches (OntologTaxoThesaurus, Concept Extraction & Clustering, Subject Maps, openIRIS, UIMA, Folksonomy, CUO-extension on controlled-vocabulary, ....) to showcase their solutions, using the "Ontologizing of the Ontolog Body of Knowledge" as their test case. ... Even better, come up with some ways and means to allow these methodologies to be "integrated" into something that REALLY make sense (i.e. NOT just for the sake of the exercise), and is more comprehensive than any of the individual solutions. ... I believe that is what Bob Smith, Denise Bedford, EMichaelMaximilien, Jack Park & Patrick Durusau and Pat Cassidy are all alluding to, all along. ... No one has actually taken the project on, though. This series of event, culminating in our 2006.07.23 F2F workshop, may hopefully, create that opportunity.   
  • (please add your own goals here too!)

Scheduled Events

  • 1. Thu 13-Apr-2006: Dr. Denise Bedford from the World Bank will be our invited

speaker. Her talk is entitled: "Strategy for Developing an Ontology - First Steps." She will be sharing with us her experience from her work in integrating the vast, multilingual data and information resources. She will kick-off the series by proposing one strategy on how we can approach this task of "ontologizing ontolog." Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_04_13

Discussion Session-1: "Framing the Issues, Design and Approach Moderator: Denise Bedford" ... This will be a discussion session involving a panel and the community members. Panelists will include Mr. Peter P. Yim (Ontolog/CIM3), Ms. Lisa Colvin (Genentech), Professor Bob Smith (Cal State U / Tall Tree Labs) , Mr. Patrick Heinig (EPA) and Dr. EMichaelMaximilien (IBM). ... We will be asking ourselves, "what do we want to get done in this exercise?" and to draw up our requirements, before looking at "how it could be done", and "what are the technology and tools available" to help us get the job done. ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_04_20

Technical Committee V1) will be talking about the federation of ontologies through subject maps. Their talk is entitled: "Avoiding Hobson's Choice In Choosing An Ontology." Jack and Patrick have a background in XTM (xml) topic maps. Subject Maps are created from the new specification called the TMRM -- topic maps reference model, which are, internally and spiritually, completely different. ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_04_27

  • 4. Thu 04-May-2006: Mr. Adam Cheyer of SRI, and a Program Director of the CALO

Project, will give a talk on: "Ontology Management in CALO, a Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes." Adam will discuss the engineering methods we use to develop and maintain the ontology of CALO and demonstrate IRIS, an open-source semantic desktop, that serves as the "office environment" that integrates best with CALO. CALO (which stands for "Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes") is a DARPA project that brings together leading computer scientists and researchers in artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation, human-computer interaction, flexible planning, and behavioral studies from 22 organizations. ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_05_04

  • 5. Thu 11-May-2006: Dr. David Ferrucci from IBM Research presents: "Putting the Semantics in the

Semantic Web: An overview of UIMA and its role in Accelerating the Semantic Revolution". The UIMA project provides the architectural and software foundation for accelerating and integrating a broad collection of efforts in advanced search, text and multi-modal analytics across six of IBM's Research labs and several large government-sponsored projects. ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_05_11

  • 6. Thu 01-Jun-2006: Dr. Matthew West from Shell is returning on

Thursday, June 1, 2006, to present a talk on: "Integrating Data or Ontologies - A look at the ISO 18876 Architecture." Dr. West will share the details and his experience on ISO 18876 - integration of industrial data for exchange access and sharing (IIDEAS). This will provide an architectural framework for integrating/federating and what it involves ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_06_01

  • 7. Thu 15-Jun-2006: Professor Bob Smith (Cal State U & Tall tree Labs), Dr. Denise Bedford (The World Bank Group) and the OntologTaxoThesaurus team will run a combined work session and project review session to allow knowledge engineers and domain experts to confer and help categorize 'concepts' extracted from Ontolog's knowledge content. ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_06_15
  • 8. Thu 29-Jun-2006: Dr. Tim Redmond from Stanford Medical

Informatics will be our invited speaker for Thursday, June 29, 2006. He will be talking about the "Developing Applications in Protégé" for those of us in the community who are, or are planning to, develop ontology-based applications ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_06_29

  • 9. Thu 06-Jul-2006: Dr. E. Michael Maximilien from IBM Research organized and moderated our scheduled discussion on the topic: "Ontologizing the Ontolog Body of Knowledge - Discussion Session-2 - Tools, Techniques, and Approaches Panel". Panelists featured in the session included Dr. John 'Boz' Handy-Bosma (IBM Global Services), Mr. Conor Shankey (Visual Knowledge), Mr. W. Scott Spangler (IBM Research) and Mr. Peter Mika (Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands). Please refer to details at the session wiki page at ConferenceCall_2006_07_06

presenting, Thursday, July 13, 2006, his talk entitled: "Defining Vocabularies, Ontological and Linguistic: A Tool for Ontologizing Ontolog" ... Please refer to details at the session wiki page at: ConferenceCall_2006_07_13

  • 11. We'll be having our 3rd Ontolog Face-to-Face meetings late July

2006. As was the case last time, we are holding it in conjunction with this year's 9th International Protégé Conference. The event will be physically held at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California. We'll be organizing a full-day workshop on Sunday, July 23rd, 2006, entitled: "Natural, Semi-Formal, and Formal Ontologies: Bridging the Layers, Limits, and Lacunas" ... Please refer to and to OntologWorkshop_July_2006 for more details.

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