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Ontology Summit 2011: Making the Case for Ontology     (1)

6th in the series of a 3-month open annual event, by and for the Ontology Community. This Summit is co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD     (1A)

What's New     (1H)

  • * 2011_05_19 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2011: postmortem and follow-up planning - Co-chairs: Steve Ray & Nicola Guarino - ConferenceCall_2011_05_19     (1H2)
  • 2011_04_14 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2011: Pre-symposium preparation and review session - Co-chairs: Steve Ray & Leo Obrst - ConferenceCall_2011_04_14     (1H5)
  • 2011_04_07 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2011: Communique draft review session - Chair: Michael Uschold - ConferenceCall_2011_04_07     (1H6)
  • 2011_03_31 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2011: All Hands - Synthesis and Reports - Co-chairs: Steve Ray & Nicola Guarino - ConferenceCall_2011_03_31     (1H7)
  • 2010_12_16 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2011 (Pre-Launch) Community Input & Planning Session - ConferenceCall_2010_12_16        (1H17)

Ontology Summit 2011 Focus     (1I)

Theme: "Making the Case for Ontology"     (1I1)

Description, Goals & Objectives     (1J)

While the field of ontology, in the information science sense, has blossomed since the late 1980s, the use of ontology in commercial applications still has not been fully exploited, much less recognized by the mainstream technical community. Many in the ontology community are asked for good examples where using an ontology brings clear benefits to addressing a commercial need - indeed the quest continues for the "killer app" for ontology.     (1J1)

This year's Ontology Summit seeks to address this need to provide concrete evidence of successful deployment of ontologies by examining several application domains for such examples, and in better articulating where different "strengths" of ontological representation are best applied. To support these concrete examples, the summit also aims to classify the categories of applications where ontology has been, and could be, successfully applied; to identify distinct types of metrics that might be used in evaluating the return on investment in an ontology application (cost, capability, performance, etc.); to lay out some strategies for articulating a case for ontological applications; and to identify remaining challenges and roadblocks to a wider deployment of such applications that represent promising application areas and research challenges for the future. The findings of the summit are documented in the form of a communiqu�� intended for public consumption.     (1J2)

Process & Deliverables     (1K)

Similar to our last 5 summits, this Ontology Summit was comprised of 3 months of virtual discourse (over our archived mailing lists) and virtual panel sessions (over augmented conference calls), and culminated in a 2-day face-to-face workshop/symposium held on April 18-19, 2011 at NIST (Gaithersburg, Maryland, US) during which we, among other things, distilled our thoughts into a collaboratively developed communiqu��.     (1K1)

Structure and Discourse     (1L)

Co-chairs, Tracks and Champions     (1L1)

Workspaces     (1L2)

The Team     (1M)

You are cordially invited to join us!     (1N)

  • Like all activities Ontolog has been hosting, this is open to everyone.     (1N1)
    • Do join us if you concur with the theme and objective of this endeavor and would like to participate in, or follow the progress of the discourse     (1N1A)
  • specific individuals who may be interested include (but not limit to):     (1N2)
    • members of ontology communities     (1N2A)
    • potential user organizations     (1N2B)
    • potential funders of ontology R&D and ontological engineering work     (1N2C)
    • people in policy, industry, research, academia and the web working on sharing knowledge, semantic interoperability, knowledge representation, artificial intelligence ... who are engaged in the research, development, engineering and implementation of these subject matters     (1N2D)
  • Please join us in the "Ontology Summit 2011" virtual discourse (as one of the conveners of this initiative),     (1N3)

Discussion Archives & Shared-File Workspace     (1O)

  • Mailing List Discussion Archives:     (1O1)
    • [ontology-summit] - Ontology Summit 2011 Convener's discussion Archives - (open)     (1O1A)
      • to participate in the virtual discourse, please subscribe to this [ontology-summit] forum (the summit participants' mailing list), by sending an empty (no message body is needed) message to: ontology-summit-join [at]     (1O1A1)
      • anyone responding to the RSVP for any of the summit events will be taken as having expressed interest to participate, and will be subscribed to this [ontology-summit] mailing list (write <> to let him know, if that is not the case.)     (1O1A2)
    • [ontology-summit-org] - Ontology Summit 2011 Organizing Committee List Archives - (password protected)     (1O1B)

Conference Call, Meeting & Workshop     (1P)

Event Calendar: Open Sessions     (1P1)

    • Launch Event: date/time is Thu 2010.01.20 ... starting at: 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CET / 5:30pm GMT / 17:30 UTC (ref. worldclock)     (1P1O1)
    • ALL virtual session for the summit will be scheduled on this time window (which is 1 hour earlier than the nominal Ontolog event slot, making it slightly easier for EU folks.)     (1P1O2)

Event Archives     (1P2)

  • see above     (1P2A)
  • Ontology Summit 2011 Kick-off - 2011_01_20 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2011: "Making the Case for Ontology" - Launch Event - ConferenceCall_2011_01_20        (1P2B)
  • Pre-launch brainstorm session - 2010_12_16 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2011 (Pre-Launch) Community Input & Planning Session - ConferenceCall_2010_12_16        (1P2C)
  • Ontology Summit 2010 follow-up session - including ideas for Ontology Summit 2011 - 2010.04.15 (ref.)     (1P2D)

OntologySummit2011_Symposium - 18 & 19-April-2011 - at NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA     (1P3)

Organizing Committee Sessions     (1P4)

Ontology Summit 2011 in the News, Blogosphere & Literature     (1Q)

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  • Please use "#OntologySummit2011" or "#ontologysummit2011" (case insensitive) as twitter hashtag (elsewhere, too)     (1Q7)

Additional Resources     (1R)

This page is maintained by members of the OntologySummit2011 Organizing Committee.     (1R6)

Please send any suggestions, comments and edits for this page to <>     (1R7)

or to any other committee member. Thanks. =ppy/2011.12.16     (1R8)

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