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[protege-discussion] Ontology Summit 2013 - pre-launch community input and planning - Thu 2012.12.13

Peter Yim peter.yim at
Tue Dec 11 09:39:03 PST 2012


This is a reminder that our pre-launch brainstorm session for Ontology
Summit 2013 coming up this Thursday (Dec-13).

ERRATA: (thanks to Onno Paap for pointing that out to me) I had
inadvertently posted the wrong start times for various time zones in
my last message (although the world clock link did show
the correct time, as did Michael Gruninger's opening post.) They have
now been corrected (below). Therefore,

** Please pay special attention to the start time of the event below **

RSVP now (details below) if you haven't already!

Talk to you all on Thursday!

... Those who are planning to help organize the event, please make
sure you can join us on both the Thursday and the Friday meetings!

Reagrds. =ppy

---------- [updated message - 2012.12.11] ----------
From: Peter Yim <peter.yim at>
Date: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Subject: Ontology Summit 2013 - pre-launch community input and
planning - Thu 2012.12.13
To: "[ontolog-invitation]" <ontolog-invitation at>


Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate in our (pre-launch)
community-wide brainstorming and planning session and help drive the
outcome by helping refine the ideas, program, organization and process
for the upcoming 2013 OntologySummit season.

Based on input collected and considering what would be of strategic
importance to the ontology domain that is worthy of focusing the
energy of the OntologySummit community into, the co-organizers has
picked "Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle" as the
theme for this Summit.

This is the 8th year we are organizing this annual, international,
open OntologySummit event. The general format of the event comprises a
series of both virtual and face-to-face activities that span about 3
months (roughly, January through mid April each year). These
activities include a vigorous three-month online discourse on the
theme of the Summit, which, for this upcoming season, virtual panel
discussions, research activities, and so on, which will culminate in a
two-day face-to-face workshop and symposium at NIST in Gaithersburg,
Maryland, USA. Each year, we publish a Summit Communique to offer a
message from the Summit participants to the world-at-large as a
signature activity of the Ontology Summit series.

Like last year, OntologySummit2013 is co-organized by Ontolog, NIST,

****************** Headlines ***********************

Please join us on Thursday (Dec-13) at this community brainstorm session:

*Thu 13 Dec 2012* - OntologySummit2013
 (Pre-launch) Community Input and Planning Session
 Co-chairs: Professor Michael Gruninger & Dr. Matthew West
 - see details on the session page at:

The event will be 2-hour virtual panel sessions starting at: 9:30am
PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CET / 17:30 GMT/UTC  <--**updated**
- see worldclock:

*Register your attendance* by emailing <peter.yim at> off-line
or register yourself directly to the wiki session page (if you are
already a part of the Ontolog community). Please include your
affiliation and specify the date of the session(s) when you are
writing in to register and specify date of the session you plan to
attend.  ... *RSVP now*!

********************* More Details ************************

* Volunteers who want to join us in the organizing committee should be
prepared to participate at the first organizing committee meeting- on
Friday, 14-Dec-2012. (See details on the session page.) This will be a
2-Hr. virtual meeting starting Thu 2012.12.14 - 8:00am PST / 11:00am
EST / 5:00pm CET / 16:00 GMT/UTC

* Please also mark their calendars and plan to join us at the
OntologySummit2013 Launch Event, scheduled for Thursday 17-Jan-2013.
This will be a 2-Hr virtual panel session starting Fri 2013.01.17 -
9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CET / 17:30 GMT/UTC


This, and the rest of the Ontology Summit sessions, like all Ontolog
virtual events, are open and free of charge. Anyone who is interested,
or (better still) who may have something to contribute, is welcome.
Please refer to event details on the session pages, to which the
hyperlink is given above, where you will find session agenda,
conference call dial-in, slides and other pertinent information. Feel
free to pass this invitation along to colleagues who may also find
these sessions to be of interest.

*RSVP* by emailing Peter Yim at <peter.yim at> offline (or add
yourself directly to the session page if you are already an Ontolog
community member) so that we can prepare enough resources to support
everyone. [Please state clearly the date of the session you are
registering for in your email.]

These sessions will be recorded and made available in a publicly
accessible archive. Therefore, before participating, please make sure
you are cognizant of our IPR policy (ref:

Regards. =ppy

For and on behalf of

the OntologySummit2013 General Co-chairs,
  Michael Gruninger & Matthew West

and the Ontology Summit Co-organizers,

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Gruninger <mudcat at>
Date: Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM
Subject: [ontology-summit] Ontology Summit 2013
To: Ontology Summit 2013 <ontology-summit at>

Hello everyone,

we are getting ready to start Ontology Summit 2013:

"Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle"

 Description, Goals, and Objectives:
 Currently, there is no agreed methodology for development of
 ontologies, and there are no universally agreed metrics for
 ontology evaluation. At the same time, everybody agrees that
 there a lot of badly engineered ontologies out there, thus
 people use -- at least implicitly -- some criteria for the
 evaluation of ontologies.

 The goal for Ontology Summit 2013 is to identify best practices for
 ontology development and evaluation.
 We will consider the entire lifecycle of an ontology -- from
 requirements gathering and analysis, through to design and
 implementation. In this endeavor, the Summit will seek collaboration
 with the software engineering and knowledge acquisition communities.
 Research in these fields has led to several mature models for the
 software lifecycle and the design of knowledge-based systems, and we
 expect that fruitful interaction among all participants will lead to a
 consensus for a methodology within ontological engineering.
 Following earlier Ontology Summit practice, the synthesized results
 of this season's discourse will be published as a Communique.

Three keys dates are already locked in:

(i) (pre-launch) community brainstorm and planning - Thu 2012.12.13 -
starting 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CET / 17:30 GMT/UTC

(ii) first organizing committee meeting - Fri 2012.12.14 - starting
8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 5:00pm CET / 16:00 GMT/UTC

(iii) OntologySummit2013 Launch Event - Thu 2013.01.17 - starting
9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CET / 17:30 GMT/UTC

Peter Yim will be sending a follow-up message with more information.

Looking forward to everyone's participation in these events
in preparation for this year's Summit!

Michael Gruninger
Ontology Summit 2013 Co-Chair


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