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[protege-discussion] NCBO Webinar: Paolo Ciccarese, June 15 at 10am PT

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Sun Jun 12 11:07:50 PDT 2011

The next NCBO Webinar will be presented by Dr. Paolo Ciccarese from the
Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital on "Linking
science and semantics with the Annotation Ontology and the SWAN Annotation
Tool" at 10:00am PT, Wednesday, June 15.  Below is information on how to
join the online meeting via WebEx and accompanying teleconference. For the
full schedule of the NCBO Webinar presentations see:

The Annotation Ontology (AO) is an open ontology in OWL for annotating
scientific documents on the web. AO supports both human and algorithmic
content annotation. It enables “stand-off” or independent metadata anchored
to specific positions in a web document by any one of several methods. In
AO, the document may be annotated but is not required to be under update
control of the annotator. AO contains a provenance model to support
versioning, and a set model for specifying groups and containers of

The SWAN Annotation Tool, recently renamed DOMEO (Document Metadata Exchange
Organizer), is an extensible web application enabling users to visually and
efficiently create and share ontology-based stand-off annotation metadata on
HTML or XML document targets, using the Annotation Ontology RDF model. The
tool supports manual, fully automated, and semi-automated annotation with
complete provenance records, as well as personal or community annotation
with access authorization and control.

Paolo Ciccarese is Instructor at the Harvard Medical School and Assistant in
Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After obtaining his MS in
Computer Science, he started his career as a freelance consultant in
knowledge management software development. Soon after, Paolo received a PhD
in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics from the University of Pavia, Italy.
Here, he was also a teaching assistant for five years in courses on the
subjects of artificial intelligence in medicine and object orientation
programming. Outside of his doctorate work, Paolo co-developed the RDF
visualizer Welkin for the SIMILE project and founded the JDPF (Java Data
Processing Framework) project, a modular and extendable open source
infrastructure for processing big quantities of heterogeneous data.

Immediately following the completion of his PhD, Paolo became a research
fellow in Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital where he
co-developed the SWAN (Semantic Web Applications in Neuromedicine) platform.
Paolo authored several ontologies including the SWAN Ontology, the PAV
(Provenance, Authoring and Versioning) ontology and the Annotation Ontology
(AO). Since 3 years, he also serves as coordinator of several subtasks of
the Scientific Discourse task force at the W3C HCLS Interest Group.
Currently, Paolo is focusing on the design and development of knowledge
management tools leveraging Semantic Web technologies integrating the
annotation of online resources.

To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: ncbo
4. Click "Join".

To join the audio conference only
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting,
or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers:

Access code:929 613 752
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