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[protege-discussion] NCBO Webinar - Cecil Lynch, Nov. 3 at 10:00am PT

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Fri Oct 29 14:50:09 PDT 2010

The next NCBO Webinar will be presented by Dr. Cecil Lynch from the
University of California School of Medicine at Davis on "Architecting an OWL
based Enterprise Conformance and Compliance Registry at the National Cancer
Institute" at 10:00am PDT, Wednesday, November 3.  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

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has long been a supporter of the
ontology community and a user of Protégé to maintain the NCI thesaurus. In
the next generation of the semantic infrastructure, the National Cancer
Institute is widening its use of semantic Web standards and tools and is
contributing back to the community with new tools and services.

In this talk we will go over the history of the use of ontologies at the NCI
in the management of it's vocabulary resources and discuss the new
terminology services and semantic infrastructure to support the NCI Center
for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology. As part of the
Semantic Infrastructure Version 2 roadmap, the enterprise conformance and
compliance framework will be an owl-based metadata registry with the ability
to classify and test conformance of new metadata artifacts using description
logic and to link all artifacts within the metadata registry in context.

The NCI is evaluating tools for value set construction in owl formats, and
is investing in the development of a set of tools for the conversion of HL7
artifacts automatically to owl ontologies, thereby allowing the automated
expression of the next versions of the Biomedical Research Integrated Domain
Group (BRIDG) Model. The BRIDG model is a collaborative effort engaging
stakeholders from the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium
(CDISC), the HL7 Regulated Clinical Research Information Management
Technical Committee (RCRIM TC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and its
Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG™), and the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). The BRIDG model is an instance of a Domain Analysis
Model (DAM). The goal of the BRIDG Model is to produce a shared view of the
dynamic and static semantics for the domain of protocol-driven research and
its associated regulatory artifacts.  A joint domain analysis model for
clinical trials developed by the NCI, FDA, CDISC, and HL7.

We will also discuss some of the unexpected benefits of structuring the
BRIDG model in owl which will lead to improvements in open-source

Dr. Lynch is an assistant professor in pathology informatics at the
University of California at Davis. He completed his M.D. degree and a
residency in obstetrics and gynecology with an oncology emphasis at the
University of California at Los Angeles. He subsequently was in private
practice for more than 10 years in the Sacramento area before earning a
Master of science degree in medical informatics at the University California
at Davis in 2003. Dr. Lynch joined the faculty at UC Davis Medical School in
Medical Informatics and has served in several roles including past chair of
the graduate group in informatics. His area of interest has been in
decision-support and leveraging ontology in that realm.

He teaches courses on knowledge engineering and services-based enterprise
architecture to the graduate students at UC Davis. He currently has the role
as the Chief Semantic Architect at the National Cancer Institute where he is
participating in the design of the next generation semantic infrastructure.

Dr. Lynch is also the principal of a software engineering company called
OntoReason that specializes in knowledge engineering and enterprise
architecture for the federal health architecture and large integrated
hospital systems. In this role his team has built the ontology based
National surveillance System for Tuberculosis at the CDC and is currently
extending this ontology driven surveillance paradigm to H1N1.

Current Activities:
2010 - Present Chief Semantic Architect, National Cancer Institute
2010 - Present National Cancer Institute BRIDG Board of Directors
2008 - Present HHS appointed National Science Advisor to the National Center
for Public Health Informatics
2008 - Present HITSP Population Health Standards Committee CDC
representative for Decision Support and Case definition modeling
2008 - Present HHS Appointed National Science Advisor, National
Biosurveillance Advisory Sub-committee
2008 - Present Member, HL7 Architectural Review Board
2007 - Present Executive Committee Chair, Biosurveillance, Homeland
Security/HHS Joint Task Force for Critical Clinical and Public Health
Infrastructure Protection -
2006 - Present Member and Consulting Expert, European Union Centers for
Disease Control Knowledge Management Workgroup advising on ontology based
Semantic Infrastructure

Topic: NCBO Webinar Series
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Meeting Number: 926 719 478
Meeting Password: ncbomeeting

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