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Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - Professor Barry Smith - Thu 2005-10-13     (1)

  • Subject: Ontolog Invited Speaker Presentation by Barry Smith - Thu 2005-10-13     (1A1)
  • Agenda: Professor Barry Smith, from the University at Buffalo, will be presenting to the community. His talk is entitled: "How to Do Things with Paper: The Ontology of Documents and the Technologies of Identification "     (1A2)
  • Date: Thursday, October 13, 2005     (1A3)
  • Start Time: 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (see world clock for other time zones)     (1A4)
  • Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)     (1A5)
  • Shared-screen support (VNC session) will be started 5 minutes before the call at:     (1A6)
    • view-only password: "ontolog"     (1A6A)
    • 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.     (1A6B)
    • 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.     (1A6C)
  • Please note that this session will be recorded, and the audio 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.     (1A10)

Attendees     (1B)

Agenda & Proceedings     (1D)

  • Professor Barry Smith, from the University at Buffalo, presenting: "How to Do Things with Paper: The Ontology of Documents and the Technologies of Identification "     (1D1)
[a picture of Professor Barry Smith] BarrySmith_20051013.png     (1D2A1A)
Abstract (by Barry Smith):     (1D3)
Attempts to develop ontologies of documents have been largely confined thus far either to e-documents or to printed documents such as newspapers or works of literature. Here we shall focus on the vast family of what we might call time-sensitive documents, for example:     (1D4)
o identity documents (a passport with exit and entry stamps)     (1D4A)
o clinical documents (an endocrinology progress note)     (1D4B)
o business documents (a bill of shipment with signatures of sender, shipper, and recipient).     (1D4C)
We can think of the ontology of paper documents of these and related sorts as a generalization of the ontology of speech acts (statements, requests, orders, questions ...). The advantages of paper over speech include:     (1D5)
1. paper documents are continuants, which means that they can acquire new properties over time; they can be filled in, approved, copied, stamped, signed, counter-signed, revised, annulled, entered in a registry, archived;     (1D6A)
2. paper documents thereby create traceable liability, and thus accountability (they leave an audit trial);     (1D6B)
3. paper documents can be attached together, creating new document-complexes whose internal structure mirrors underlying relations (for example of debtor to creditor) among the human beings represented by and involved in creating them.     (1D6C)
I shall sketch an ontology of time-sensitive documents, focusing especially on the ways in which paper documents are used for purposes of identification in commercial and security domains, and concluding with a consideration of the feature of redundancy in documentation, a feature which proves to be indispensable when documents are used in establishing and verifying identity.     (1D7)
Barry Smith is Director of the National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR), and Julian Park Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, NY, USA. He is also the Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science at the Saarland University, Saarbr��cken, Germany.     (1D10)
Professor Smith has authored some 400 scientific publications, including 15 authored or edited books. He is also editor of The Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosophical Inquiry. His research has been funded by the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the European Union. In 2002 he received, in recognition of his scientific achievements, the 2.2 Million Euro Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.     (1D11)
Professor Smith��s current research focus is ontology and its applications in biomedicine and biomedical informatics, including a variety of projects relating to biomedical terminologies and electronic health records. He is also collaborating with Hernando de Soto, Director of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru, on the ontology of property rights and social development.     (1D12)
  • If you have questions for the presenter, we appreciate your posting them here: (please identify yourself)     (1D14)
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    • For those who have further questions for Barry Smith, please email him at <phismith-at-buffalo-dot-edu>, or, better still, post them to the ontolog forum so that we can all benefit from the discourse.     (1D15A)

Session Recording of the Barry Smith Talk     (1E)

(Thanks to Bob Smith and Peter P. Yim for their help with getting the session recorded. -ppy)     (1E1)

  • To download the audio recording of the presentation, click here     (1E2)
    • the playback of the audio files require the proper setup, and an MP3 compatible player on your computer.     (1E2A)
  • Conference Date and Time: Oct. 13, 2005 10:40am~12:30pm Pacific Daylight Time     (1E3)
  • Duration of Recording: 1 Hour 49 Minutes     (1E4)
  • Recording File Size: 25.6 MB (in mp3 format)     (1E5)
  • Telephone Playback Expiration Date: Oct. 23, 2005 12:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time     (1E6)
    • Prior to the above Expiration Date, one can call-in and hear the telephone playback of the session.     (1E6A)
    • Playback Dial-in Number: 1-805-620-4002 (Ventura, CA)     (1E6B)
    • Playback Access Code: 134683     (1E6C)
    • 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.     (1E6D)

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