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UpperOntologySummit Meeting - Wed Mar. 15, 2006 1~5pm EST

Session Details

  • Subject: Upper Ontology Summit Meeting
  • Meeting Chair: Dr. Steven Ray
  • Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
  • Location: Administration Building, Green Auditorium
  • Session: 1:00 - 5:00pm EST (4 Hours)
    • Start Time: 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST / 18:00 UTC (see world clock for other time zones)
    • USA Toll Free Number: 888-889-4951
    • USA Toll Number: +1-210-839-8503
    • PASSCODE: 53422
    • For security reasons, the passcode and the leader's name (Steve Ray) will be required to join your call.
    • IN-CONFERENCE FEATURES - The following features are available for you to use on your phone during an active conference:
      • Press *0 operator assistance (small fee may apply).
      • Press *6 mute/unmute individual line.
  • Shared-screen support (VNC session) will be started 5 minutes before the call at:
    • view-only password: "uos"
    • 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 linked to the respective agenda item below and runing them locally. The speaker will prompt you to advance the slides during the talk.
  • This session, like all our other events, is open to the public. Non-UOS-Conveners are welcomed to attend as observers.
  • 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.

Context and motivation for this meeting

There are a number of extensive upper ontologies in existence today, including SUMO, OpenCyc Upper Ontology, DOLCE, and many others emerging from the OWL community and application areas such as biomedical research. The goal of this summit is to get the "custodians" of the leading existing upper ontologies to commit to a means by which knowledge can be shared among these upper ontologies, and hence among other systems and ontologies built upon these foundations. In this manner, uncertainty in the marketplace can be reduced, spurring more rapid adoption and growth of semantic technology in tomorrow's enterprises.


  • 1:00pm - Summary of the goals of the Summit - Steve Ray, Summit Chair
  • 1:15pm - Overview of ontologies, upper ontologies, examples of use and potential for the future - Mills Davis - slides
  • 2:30pm - Break
  • 4:45pm - Concluding remarks - Steve Ray, Summit Chair
  • 5:00pm - Adjournment
  • Session ended 2006-03-02 12:00 noon PST

Session Recording of the Upper Ontology Summit Meeting

(Thanks to NIST for producing and making the following audio archives available.)

  • UO custodians presentations - To download the audio recording of the 3:00~5:00pm segment of the UOS meeting, click here
    • the playback of the audio files require the proper setup, and an MP3 compatible player on your computer.
  • Conference Date and Time: Mar. 15, 2006
  • Duration of Recording: 1 Hour 42.4 Minutes
  • Recording File Size: 24 MB (in mp3 format)
    • suggestion: best that you listen to the session while having the slides above opened in front of you. You will generally be prompted to advance slides by the speaker.