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Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - Ms. Elisa Kendall - Thu 2005-09-08

Conference Call Details

  • Subject: [ontolog] Invited Speaker Presentation - Elisa Kendall - Thu 2005-09-08
  • Agenda: Ms. Elisa F. Kendall from Sandpiper Software, Inc. will be presenting to the community, her talk is entitled: "The Model Driven Semantic Web - Emerging Technologies & Implementation Strategies"
  • Date: Thursday, September 8, 2005
  • Start Time: 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (see world clock for other time zones)
    • Duration: 1.5~2.0 hours
  • Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
    • Participant Access Code: "686564#"
  • Shared-screen support (VNC session) will be started 5 minutes before the call at:
    • view-only password: "ontolog"
    • if you plan to be logging into this shared-screen option (which the speaker may be navigating), and you are not familiar with the process, please try to call in 5 minutes before the start of the session so that we can work out the connection logistics. Help on this will generally not be available once the presentation starts.
    • people behind corporate firewalls may have difficulty accessing this. If that is the case, please download the slides below and runing them locally. The speaker will prompt you to advance the slides during the talk.
  • RSVP to appreciated, to allow us to prepare enough conferencing resources.
  • Please note that this session will be recorded, and the uadio archives is expected to be made available as open content to our community membership and the public at-large under our prevailing open IPR policy.


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Agenda & Proceedings

  • Ms. Elisa F. Kendall from Sandpiper Software, Inc. will be presenting to the community, her talk is entitled: "The Model Driven Semantic Web - Emerging Technologies & Implementation Strategies"
ElisaKendall_20050908.jpg [Ms. Elisa F. Kendall]
Abstract (by Elisa Kendall):
The Object Management Group's (OMG) Meta Object Facility (MOF™) defines the metadata architecture for Model Driven Architecture (MDA™) and provides a basis for automating metadata management. Metadata, in this context, includes database schema, UML™ (Unified Modeling Language) models, workflow models, business process models, business rules, API definitions, and so on. MOF defines standards for automating the physical management and integration of different kinds of metadata through metamodels and mappings among them.
The Semantic Web is a logical extension of existing World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards, such as XML, XML Schema, and SOAP that enables explicit representation of business semantics. The goal is to make domain-specific context, nomenclature, and the language used to describe content and services on the web unambiguous from a computing perspective. Its underlying formalisms and technologies have evolved from more than two decades of research in knowledge representation, computational linguistics, and automated reasoning.
MDA and the Semantic Web were conceived independently and evolved with little cross-pollination over the course of several years. However, participants from both communities have recognized business benefits to bridging the two technologies to form a coherent, enterprise information interoperability architecture. The main realization of this to date is the Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM) standard, which is nearing completion in OMG with the participation of key members of the Semantic Web community.
In this talk, we will:
    • Provide a high-level overview of the technology areas.
    • Introduce some of the standards and related work that has been done to date to bridge these communities.
    • Discuss the relationships between these standards and others emerging from the ISO/IEC Metadata standards community (e.g., ISO 11179, ISO 19763, XMDR)
    • Discuss related efforts in the W3C and OMG and how they may relate to the ODM over the course of the next couple of years (e.g., W3C Semantic Web Services & Rules, OMG Semantics of Business Vocabularies and Rules (SBVR), Production Rules)
    • Explore ground-breaking research and its implications for next generation architectures and solutions that embrace the marriage of MDA and Semantic Web services technologies.
  • Session Format and Agenda:
    • this will be virtual session over a phone conference setting, augmented by shared computer screen support
    • The session will start with a brief introduction of the online attendees (~15 min.)
    • Presentation by the invited speaker (45~60 min.)
    • Open discussion (30~45 min.)
  • Bio of Ms. Elisa F. Kendall:
Ms. Elisa Kendall is the CEO of Sandpiper Software, which she founded in 1995. She has over 25 years professional experience in the design, development and deployment of enterprise-scale information management systems for communications, high technology, and manufacturing applications, with a focus on information interoperability. Over the last five years she has been instrumental in bridging emerging technologies from professional software engineering disciplines, such as the Object Management Group (OMG)'s Model Driven Architecture (MDA™) methodology, which provides a basis for automating metadata management, and knowledge representation and reasoning (Semantic Web) technologies. She is principal architect of Sandpiper's UML-based knowledge representation, ontology analysis, and reasoning architecture, and has developed rigorous methodologies for domain assessment and ontology design and development. Her formal training in Situation Semantics coupled with extensive systems integration experience led to Sandpiper's innovative approach.
Ms. Kendall currently supports a number of key customers in large scale, complex taxonomy, ontology and knowledge-based systems development activities, leads the ontology and policy-based network management segment of SPARTA's DARPA/SAPIENT effort, and is a key contributor to standards such as the OMG's Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM). She is an active participant in the Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment activity at the W3C, with a focus on software and ontology engineering. Recent customer projects include supporting development of ontologies for a large-scale chemical engineering application, development of ontologies for monitoring and management of software in a service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework, and policy-based information integration architecture development for a financial services company.
While acting as an independent consultant for Lockheed Martin in early 1996, she conceived the notion of applying knowledge sharing technologies to complex engineering data integration and drove the reuse strategy for the DARPA/TRI-Services RASSP program. Before founding Sandpiper, Ms. Kendall served as product development manager for Aspect Development, a provider of component and supplier management systems acquired by i2 Technologies. She started her career in development, integration, and deployment of ground-based communications, signal, and data processing systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space. She holds an MA in Linguistics from Stanford University and a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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  • Session ended 2005.09.08 12:45 pm PDT

Session Recording of the Elisa Kendall Talk

(Thanks to Bob Smith and Peter P. Yim for their help with getting the session recorded. -ppy)

  • To download the audio recording of the presentation, click here
    • the playback of the audio files require the proper setup, and an MP3 compatible player on your computer.
  • Conference Date and Time: Sep. 8, 2005 10:41am~12:44pm Pacific Daylight Time
  • Duration of Recording: 2 Hour 6 Minutes
  • Recording File Size: 42 MB (in mp3 format)
  • Telephone Playback Expiration Date: Sep. 18, 2005 12:56 AM Pacific Std Time
    • Prior to the above Expiration Date, one can call-in and hear the telephone playback of the session.
    • Playback Dial-in Number: 1-805-620-4002 (Ventura, CA)
    • Playback Access Code: 149405
    • suggestion: best that you listen to the session while having the presentation opened in front of you. You'll be prompted to advance slides by the speaker.