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Joint OpenOntologyRepository-OntologySummit2008 Panel Discussion Session - Thu 28-February-2008     (1)

  • Subject: Ontology Registry and Repository Technology & Infrastructure Landscape     (1A)

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Attendees     (1F)

Background     (1H)

Two parallel initaives are ongoing in the community, revolving around the theme of "Open Ontology Repository". On the one hand, a working group under the auspices of the OpenOntologyRepository Initiative, and on the other, the discourse (and essentially a discussion group that culminates in a two-day workshop) conducted as the main focus for OntologySummit2008.     (1H1)

It is at the intersection of these two initiatives that this panel discussion session is being held. The OpenOntologyRepository team is taking the opportunity to have some of its members who are bringing technology and infrastructure to the table to present them side-by-side, and to discuss how these can all fit nicely together. The OntologySummit2008 folks, on the other hand would want to take the opportunity to survey (at least a subset of) the technology & infrastructure landscape to gain insight into the state-of-art in Ontology Registry and Repository.     (1H2)

Besides hearing from the panelists, we are setting aside ample time after their briefings, for some good Q&A and discussions among all who are participating in this session.     (1H3)

Agenda & Proceedings:     (1I)

  • Session Format: this is a virtual session conducted over an augmented conference call.     (1I1)

Title: Ontology Registry and Repository Technology & Infrastructure Landscape     (1J)

Abstracts:     (1J1)

The XMDR project is making proposals for the next edition of ISO/IEC     (1J3)

11179-Metadata Registries. We are developing a UML model and text. The direction of the work is to register any semantic artifact useful in managing data. The intension is to link concepts found in concept systems (thesauri, taxonomies, ontologies, etc.) to concepts in metadata, to concepts in data.     (1J4)

The XMDR has developed use cases, an architecture, and a prototype     (1J5)

implementation to demonstrate the workability of the proposals.     (1J6)

The talk will briefly overview the effort and proposals. Much can be found     (1J7)

on our web site at     (1J8)

The DAML Ontology Library was created in 2000. This talk will cover     (1J10)

our experiences, lessons learned, and suggestions for OOR. We'll also discuss some related ontology registry/repository efforts including Swoogle, Ontaria, and SchemaWeb.     (1J11)

The National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO; see is developing BioPortal, an open-source repository of ontologies, terminologies, and thesauri of importance in biomedicine. An early version of BioPortal is accessible at Users can access the BioPortal content interactively via their Web browsers or programmatically via Web services. The version of BioPortal currently under development includes facilities for visualizing ontologies, for creating mappings between ontologies, and for adding "marginal notes" through which the user community can comment on ontologies and discuss modeling decisions. An active BioPortal user group is providing feedback on these new features and guiding our future development work.     (1J13)
BioPortal will contribute to the OOR initiative by providing a framework with which to experiment with community-based interaction with an ontology repository, and to explore metadata for capturing mappings, annotations, and user dialogs about ontology content. Our interest is not only in developing computational technology to support community involvement in the use of ontologies, but also in studying the way in which this technology can promote the use of ontologies within the biomedical enterprise. We anticipate that our work will provide models for the dissemination and use of ontologies in e-science broadly, and may generalize to other kinds of professional communities.     (1J14)
ebXML RegRep [1] is an open standard for Registry and Repositories.     (1J16)

It has been approved by OASIS and ISO (ISO 15000 part 3, 4). Its origins are based upon ISO 11179. Its basic function is to provide end-to-end management and discovery of any type of content and associated metadata.     (1J17)

ebXML RegRep provides a minimal and extensible metadata information model     (1J18)

and extensible services and protocols for publishing and discovering content. It has a flexible query feature that allows virtually any type of discovery. Its numerous features include subscription and notification, automatic validation and cataloging of content, lifecycle support, change history, fine-grained role based access control and federation support including federated queries. The RegRep TC [2] at OASIS is actively working on version 4.0 of the standard which provides many new features such as REST support via OpenSearch and ATOM bindings and enhanced type extensibility.     (1J19)

A royalty-free open source implementation of RegRep is available [3].     (1J20)

Because of its extensibility features, ebXML RegRep is being adopted in many vertical and organizations [4]. The specification is also being profiled by several other standard [5] including a profile for OWL Lite [6].     (1J21)

The talk will provide an brief overview of ebXML RegRep and how it may serve     (1J22)

as the core Repository Server for OOR.     (1J23)

... see [[ConferenceCall_2008_02_28|below]] for the references cited by Farrukh in the above abstract. 
Peter will mainly be talking about the hardware and network     (1J25)

infrastructure that he and his company (CIM3) can bring to the table, through various use cases, like:     (1J26)

(a) the CWE (collaborative work environment) - as in the Ontolog-CWE,     (1J27)

ProtegeWiki & ProjectWiki [which supports communities of practice and open collaboration.] ... Ref. , &     (1J28)

(b) the subversion repository currently being used for the joint     (1J29)

Stanford-BMIR/CIM3 CODS (Collaborative Ontology Development Service & Infrastructure) initiative. [which supports the Protege frame-based ontologies, RDF and OWL ontology development.] ... Ref. .. &     (1J30)

(c) the [[SigmaKEE]] (Sigma Knowledge Engineering     (1J31)

He will explore how that infrastructure and the experience gained through their development and operations can be leveraged for the OOR initiative.     (1J33)

Resources     (1J34)

Questions, Answers & Discourse:     (1J35)

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