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OpenOntologyRepository: OOR Development Workshop-VI - Tue 2011_11_22

This is our "Getting OOR Development Going - Take VI" workshop which we will devote to the topic of how we should be organized to getting real OOR-related open source software development work going ...

Topic: "Getting OOR Development Going - Take VI"

Session Chair: MikeDean

Conference Call Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 22-Nov-2011
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Agenda Ideas

please insert any additional items below (along with your name for follow-up purposes)

  • Identifying issues that are holding back the OOR-oss-dev work
  • Review what it takes to develop upon BioPortal's existing development framework
  • Refine how we should move development forward from here
  • Task distribution and getting organized
  • Action planning (with consensus milestones)
  • ... (please add to the above)

Agenda & Proceedings


1. Meeting called to order:

  • Mike Dean takes the chair and welcome everyone
  • review and adopt agenda
  • Peter P. Yim volunteered to take notes

2. Roll Call:

  • welcome and intro of new member(s) (as needed)

3. Status Review and Discussion:

4. Key items for review and discussion today

Topic: "Getting OOR Development Going - Take VI"

  • identifying issues that are holding back the OOR-dev work
    • Mike Dean: issues: limited (or no) time and funding
    • Todd Schneider: What to code or fix.
    • Mike Dean: issues: architectural uncertainty (being resolved)
    • Michael Grüninger: the current implementation restricts ontologies to be specified in OWL
    • Peter P. Yim: being a totally volunteered project does present a challenge
    • Mike Dean: issues: platform distribution/installation changes (being resolved)
  • Issues we could discuss at the Nov-29 joint NCBO-OOR session
    • Mike Dean: status of export/import/upgrade process for NCBO appliance
    • Mike Dean: availability of Java, Ruby, or other client stubs for invoking BioPortal REST services
    • Todd Schneider: BioPortal's Roadmap or priorities
    • Peter P. Yim: clearly identify functionalities that either the NCBO or the OOR development team will be pursuing
      • Mike Dean: federation (BBN is happy to contribute their earlier code)
    • Mike Dean: which specific "WebTools" package(s) is Paul Alexander using
    • Peter P. Yim: I would still hope aligning architecture and API and creating synergies would still be the main focus for that session
  • Refine how we should move development forward from here
    • MikeDean/2011.11.08: suggest starting a wiki page for OOR_DeveloperTools to share some of the experience and provide some consensus on tools to use
    • KenBaclawski/2011.11.08: it would be helpful to find out from Paul Alexander which specific "WebTools" package(s) he is using ... question for the Nov-29 session (if not sooner)
  • Task distribution and getting organized - (deferred)
    • ...
  • Action planning (with consensus milestones)
    • [2011.11.08] Mike Dean will look through the current BioPortal project to see what they are using; which will eventually get us to a reference developer platform for OOR developers
    • [2011.11.08] Develop a "guideline on how to develop a language module" and the API for language module developers to plug into [suggested by Eric - Ken & Todd to work on]
    • [2011.11.08] Preparation for the Nov-29 session: all developers are requested to have reviewed the BioPortal "tab" development criteria, and hopefully, has done a "hello world" tab, prior to this session.

5. Getting Organized:

  • (discussion deferred)

6. Action items:

  • [2011.11.22]: Peter to start a Nov-29 preparation email thread with Ken, Todd, Ray et al. to tie down the agenda for the 11/29 session
  • [2011.11.22]: Brian will post wiki link to HaroldSolbrig's metadata cross-walk work ... and Michael will invite Harold to present that work on Dec-13 for us

7. Any Other Business:

8. Schedule Next Meeting & Adjourn:

  • Call adjourned at: 9:51 am PST


notes taken by: Peter P. Yim / 2011.11.08-10:03am PST

All participants, please review and edit to enhance accuracy and granularity of the documented proceedings.


  • the OOR-IPR mini-series:
    • 2010_09_09 - Thursday: Joint OOR-Ontolog-NCBO-CC-IAOA-OASIS Panel Discussion - "IPR issues in Ontology and the OOR" session-1: an exposition on relevant IPR regimes - Keynote speaker: George Strawn - Chair: Peter P. Yim - Panelists: JamieClark, John Wilbanks, Bruce Perens - ConferenceCall_2010_09_09
    • 2010_09_16 - Thursday: Joint OOR-Ontolog-NCBO-CC-IAOA-OASIS Panel Discussion - "IPR issues in Ontology and the OOR" session-2: what are the IPR issues relating to open ontology repositories (and ontologies in general)? - Chair: Mark Musen - Panelists: Cameron Ross, Alan Rector, John F. Sowa, Bruce Perens, John Wilbanks, Peter P. Yim - ConferenceCall_2010_09_16
    • 2010_09_30 - Thursday: Joint OOR-Ontolog-NCBO-CC-IAOA-OASIS Panel Discussion - "IPR issues in Ontology and the OOR" session-3: discussion and consensus on licensing arrangements for the OOR Initiative, and positions we might take on related IPR issues - chair: Leo Obrst - Panelists: Peter P. Yim, Mike Dean, Bruce Perens, JamieClark - ConferenceCall_2010_09_30
  • the Joint IAOA-OOR-Ontolog "Ontologies and Standards" mini-series: