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[protege-discussion] NCBO Webinar Series - Sean Falconer, Sep. 15

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Fri Sep 10 17:02:03 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

To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones and other Smartphones too!)
1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: ncbomeeting
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

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Access code:929 613 752

For assistance
1. Go to
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

You can contact me at:

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and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session
to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such
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