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[ncbo-publictalks] NCBO Webinar Series - Sean Falconer, Sep. 15

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Fri Sep 10 16:51:42 PDT 2010

The next NCBO Webinar will be presented by Dr. Sean Falconer from  
Stanford University on "Collaborative Patterns in Large-Scale Ontology  
Development Projects" at 10:00am PDT, Wednesday, September 15.  Below  
is information on how to join the online meeting via WebEx and  
accompanying teleconference. Please note there will not be a VOIP  
option and attendees must call into the teleconference.  For the full  
schedule of the NCBO Webinar presentations see: 

Today, distributed teams collaboratively create and maintain more and  
more ontologies. To support this type of ontology development,  
software engineers are introducing a new generation of tools. However,  
we know relatively little about how existing large-scale collaborative  
ontology development work and what are the user workflows that the  
tools must support.
In this presentation, I will discuss experiences in supporting several  
such projects. I will describe a visual and interactive project- 
management tool, which helps ontology developers explore historical  
ontology change and discussion data. I will also present the results  
of qualitative and quantitative studies of the collaborative activity  
associated with three large-scale ontology-development projects:  
National Cancer Institute’s Thesaurus, the 11th revision of the  
International Classification of Disease, and the Biomedical Resources  
Ontology. Finally, I will discuss how the roles of a user lead to  
different patterns of ontology editing behavior, which has important  
implications for ontology-development tools.

Dr. Sean Falconer is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Stanford Center  
for Biomedical Research. Dr. Falconer has a Ph.D. in Computer Science  
from the University of Victoria, Canada, where his research focused on  
understanding how users can be supported during data integration tasks  
and how this knowledge can be translated into design guidelines for  
data integration tools. His current research is focused on  
collaborative ontology editing, ontology visualization, and user  
interfaces for ontology-driven search. Dr. Falconer is particularly  
interested in applications of crowdsourcing for the development of the  
semantic web and as part of the Protege team, he has been working with  
the World Health Organization to help apply these methods to the  
development of the International Classification of Disease.

Topic: NCBO Webinar Series
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Meeting Number: 929 613 752
Meeting Password: ncbomeeting

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