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The Ontolog Community     (1)

Welcome to our "open dialog in ontology"! ... (ref. Ontolog in one slide)     (1A)

ONTOLOG (a.k.a. "Ontolog Forum") is an open, international, virtual community of practice devoted to advancing the field of ontology, ontological engineering and semantic technology, and advocating their adoption into mainstream applications and international standards.     (1B)

If you want to find out "What is an ontology?", this would be a good start, ... joining us would help too!     (1C)

The Ontolog Board of Trustees jointly oversee the activities of the Ontolog Community.     (1D)

News & Announcements     (1E)

This year's Ontology Summit has now begun. The theme is "Knowledge Graphs". See OntologySummit2020 for the details. Every week on Wednesday we have a presentation and session at Noon US Eastern Time. All Ontolog events are open. Anyone who is interested, or (better still) who may have something to contribute is welcome to join us. Kindly refer to individual event details on their respective session pages (which you can link to) below. Please make sure you are aware of our IPR policy that is applicable, though, before participating.     (1E1)

Discussion Forum Archives / File Workspace & Repository / Meetings & Conference Calls     (1F)

Charter of Ontolog (a.k.a. the "Ontolog Forum")     (1G)

Ontolog is an open, international, virtual community of practice, whose membership will:     (1G1)

  • Discuss practical issues and strategies associated with the development and application of both formal and informal ontologies.     (1G2)
  • Identify ontological engineering approaches that might be applied to the UBL effort, as well as to the broader domain of eBusiness standardization efforts.     (1G3)
  • Strive to advance the field of ontological engineering and semantic technologies, and to help move them into main stream applications.     (1G4)

Communities of Practice Initiatives, Projects & Programs     (1H)

  • Regular Ontolog Community Activities (mostly virtual events)     (1H1)
    • MeetingsCalls - weekly conference calls, workshops, ...     (1H1A)
      • Our regular weekly conference calls are on Thursdays starting 17:30 UTC (refer to the Meetings Calls page for details). All meetings are open. Members of the community have a standing invitation to join us. When we do not have a scheduled event, the this time-slot will be used for operations planning and review by active members of the community.     (1H1A1)
    • Ontolog Invited Speaker Sessions, Panel Discussions and other related Events - please access the archived material (which forms the body of knowledge that this community is building together)by browsing our list of Past Events or our Meetings Calls page.     (1H1B)

To add a project or initiative (after starting it in accordance with our community process),     (1H2)

please contact Peter P. Yim so he can add a bullet below with the project name, start     (1H3)

a wiki homepage as well as the mailing list(s) and the shared-file directory for it.     (1H4)

A project page template is available as an optional guide.     (1H5)

Ontolog Community Wiki     (2)

This is the ONTOLOG Community Wiki, an integral part of its Collaborative Work Environment ("CWE"). The wiki is intended for use by trusted team and community members of Projects and Communities of Practice (CoP's) for collaborative documentation. What we have here is a read-and-write web, as opposed to the ordinary web pages that you can only read from with your browser. Treat this as the restaurant napkin that you can sketch on, to share your idea with people sitting around the table. Except, this time, the wiki is your napkin, and the people you are sharing your idea with can be all around the world, sitting in front of their computers (or other computing devices) connected to the Internet; and they don't even necessarily have to be there at the same time you are sketching.     (2A)

Please login (see: upper right corner, or create an account if you have not already done so) with a "WikiWord" styled user name (like "JaneDoe" or "AbrahamLincoln") for yourself before you proceed with a wiki authoring/editing session. We also recommend the use of a password (just use something simple, as this is not a secured site) so that your identity does not get spoofed too easily. After log-in, the "Edit text of this page" link will be activated at the lower-left corner of every page on the wiki. Text formatting rules for this flavor of wiki can be found at the TextFormattingRules page. For other guidelines to working with this Wiki, please read our WikiProcessGuide and WikiStyleGuide. First time users should read up on wikis at WhatIsaWiki and then play in the SandBox. If you are wondering what all that "" is about, take a look at PurpleNumbers.     (2B)

Editing of any wiki page can be done (after one has logged in) by loading that page on your browser, and then click on the "Edit text of this page" at the lower left corner of the page. Do your edits in the editing dialog box, then click on the "Save" button to update the page. Optionally, one may click on the "Preview" button to see what the new edits look like, or make an entry to "Summarize changes" to help you remember what that edit session entailed.     (2C)

Noteworthy Events from the Past     (2D)

Podcast of the audio archives for the recorded events below are available:     (2D1)

Subscribe to RSS feed using iTunes, Firefox (with appropriate plug-in), Podnova,     (2D2)

or other podcast/RSS compatible, sites, client apps, and browsers by clicking here.     (2D3)

e.g. For iPod users: one can discover our content from doing a search through the Apple Podcasts (via iTunes),     (2D4)

Membership     (2E)

  • The ONTOLOG community has been around for more than 10 years now. We currently have over 800 members in the community, coming from over 30 different countries (more than 120 locations) around the world. Our announcement list (which is subscribed to by both members, as well as non-members who want are kept posted on our community events) has more than 2000 subscribers. The Ontolog website currently gets about half-a-million page views each month.     (2E1)
  • New Members     (2E2)
    • this is an OPEN, virtual Community of Practice ("CoP"), operated by the community itself     (2E2A)
    • anyone who would want to participate and contribute in accordance with this CoP's charter, and consents to abide by its IPR policy, contribution guidelines and other by-laws which the community shall set-forth, is welcomed to join. To date, there is no fee or cost to participate, except that members are expected to be team players and contribute to our mission as much as, and in whatever way they can.     (2E2B)
    • all members should use their real names when transacting in the Ontolog community's collaborative work environment (CWE).     (2E2C)
  • Members     (2E4)
    • all members are encouraged to create, populate and maintain thier namesake page on this wiki, so that others in the community can get to know them easily.     (2E4A)
      • a member's namesake page should be one with the person name's in WikiWord format (like, Ms. Jane Doe's namesake page would be JaneDoe).     (2E4A1)
      • refer to the description above to create your namesake page (since it is probably the first time you will be editing on this wiki too.)     (2E4A2)
      • Contribution Guidelines and Policy:     (2E4A3)
        • please ensure that your posts are relevant (to our Community Charter), and that it complies with our IPR Policy.     (2E4A3A)
        • in all discourse and interaction,     (2E4A3B)
          • members shall stay civil and treat each other with respect and courtesy.     (2E4A3B1)
          • members shall listen to the point of view of others and strive for consensus without eliminating the minority voice.     (2E4A3B2)
        • unless specifically requested/solicited by other community member(s), please make sure any commercial- or self-promotion material or reference are strictly limited to one's namesake page or a short signature block, and nowhere else as far as our open collaborative work environment is concerned. The co-conveners reserve the right to relocate or remove such material from within the CWE, if deemed inappropriately done, to the extent that it affects the neutrality and commercial free work environment that this CWE is set out to be.     (2E4A3C)
      • we generally do not feature or present "proprietary" technology or content, unless under a specific waiver to our open IPR policy (which we occasionally do, say in specific panel discussions, alongside their "open" counterparts, to allow broader exposure of such content to the community.)     (2E4A4)
    • The "ontolog-member-survey-0" form is available online at     (2E4B)
    • all members will be subscribed to the [ontolog-forum] mailing list. This is a medium traffic list (even 'high traffic' at times). Members who may feel inundated by the traffic can re-configure their message delivery to the 'digest' or 'no mail' mode (from the default of 'deliver to inbox' mode. One can switch back-and-forth between these modes as often as he/she prefers.)     (2E4C)
      • a member may choose to join the various ongoing projects that are run by the community - this takes the form of their getting subscribed to the specific project mailing list, and his/her participation at the project activities (like conference calls and online or off-line project work.)     (2E4C1)
      • all list traffic will be archived and are publicly available. See:     (2E4C2)
      • our announcement list, [ontolog-invitation], include both members and non-members. Anyone who wants to be posted on upcoming Ontolog events are welcomed to subscribe themselves by e-mailng: <ontolog-invitation-join[at]>     (2E4C3)

Community Process     (2F)

  • Process will be discussed and adopted among the "active" [ontolog] community members from time to time. "Observers" will not have voting rights to the establishment of the community process. (ref. Sep-02 terms of reference)     (2F1)
  • in the absence of [ontolog] community established process, our process will default to the current OASIS TC Process - see: (ref. Sep-02 terms of reference)     (2F2)
    • the start and termination of an ontolog project or subproject should default to the OASIS TC & SC process (where Ontolog "projects" processes will map to OASIS "TC" processes).     (2F2A)
    • in essence, a new project needs to be supported by at least 3 members, have a project charter or mission statement, a kick-off conference call (or meeting) and a project home page, to get officially launched.     (2F2B)

Publications & Deliverables     (2G)

Resources     (2H)

More about Collaborative Work Environments ("CWEs")     (2H4)

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy     (2J)

  • the [ontolog-forum] is chartered to be an OPEN forum. As such, all contribution to this forum by its community membership shall have been made under an open content license, open publication license or one of the free software or open source licenses. (See also:     (2J1)
    • unless otherwise specified, content within the [ontolog-forum] collaborative work environment shall be subject to the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) License or its successors     (2J1A)
      • the Open Content License (OPL), Version 1.0, July 14, 1998 or its successor. (see License may also be applied in lieu of the CC BY-SA 4.0 license (that being the first default licence designated when the Ontolog community was chartered back in 2002.) ... Do note that both these open licenses (CC BY-SA 4.0 and OPL v1.0) are "reciprocal" in nature.     (2J1A1)
    • when in doubt, IPR matters relating to the [ontolog-forum] default to the OASIS IPR policy (effective as of 23-September-2002; in accordance with the processes defined in our reconstitution of September 2002.)     (2J1B)
    • those who are unable to contribute under the above licensing arrangements should refrain from contributing to the [ontolog-forum] content.     (2J1C)

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