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[protege-discussion] Ontology Summit 2013: session-06 - Synthesis-I & Approach to Communique, "Hackathon" & "Clinics"- Thu 2013.02.21

Peter Yim peter.yim at
Mon Feb 18 12:00:09 PST 2013


Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate at the ongoing Ontology
Summit 2013. Our theme for the Summit this year is: "Ontology
Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle." Coming up this Thursday
(Feb-21) is our 6th virtual panel session, when we will be looking at
what has transpired so far, fine tune our direction, and discuss the
approach to the key Summit activities that will follow ... RSVP
(details below)!

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

Please join us this Thursday and most of the Thursdays in the next
couple of months, when we will be featuring virtual panel sessions
every week, as part of the Ontology Summit 2013 program:

*Thu 21 Feb 2013* - OntologySummit2013 session-06 - Synthesis - I -
Co-chairs: Professor Michael Gruninger & Dr. Matthew West - see
developing details on the session page at:

*Thu 28 Feb 2013* - OntologySummit2013 session-07 - Track B: Extrinsic
Aspects of Ontology Evaluation-II - Co-chairs: Mr. Terry Longstreth &
Dr. Todd Schneider - see developing details on the session page at:

*Thu 7 Mar 2013* - OntologySummit2013 session-08 - Track A: Intrinsic
Aspects of Ontology Evaluation-II - Co-chairs: Dr. Leo Obrst & Dr.
Steven Ray - see developing details on the session page

*Thu 14 Mar 2013* - OntologySummit2013 session-09 - Track C: Building
Ontologies to Meet Evaluation Criteria-II - Co-chairs: Dr.
MatthewWest & Mr. MikeBennett - see developing details on the session
page at:

*Thu 21 Mar 2013* - OntologySummit2013 session-10 - Track D: Software
Environments for Evaluating Ontologies-II - Co-chairs: Dr. Michael Denny
& Mr. Peter Yim - see developing details on the session page


* between our Jan-17 launch of the Ontology Summit, and end Apr-2012,
we are planning to run virtual panel sessions every Thursday at the
same time window, ~ 2 Hrs, starting 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm
CET / 17:30 UTC ... please mark your calendars.

*Register your attendance* by emailing <peter.yim at> off-line
or register yourself directly to the wiki session page. Please specify
the date or name of the session(s) you are registering for (your
affiliation too, if you are not already a member of the community.)
... RSVP

****** Session Details ******

OntologySummit2013: Virtual Panel Session-06 - Thu 2013-02-21

Summit Theme: "Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle"

* Summit General Co-chairs: Professor MichaelGruninger (U of Toronto,
Canada) and Dr. MatthewWest (Information Junction, UK)

Session Topic: Ontology Summit 2013: Synthesis-I

* Session Chairs: Dr. MatthewWest (Information Junction, UK)

Panelists / Briefings:

* Dr. Matthew West (Information Junction, UK) - "General Assessment &
Fine-tuning of OntologySummit2013 Direction & Approach"

* Dr. Leo Obrst (MITRE) & Dr. Steven Ray (CMU) - "Track-A: Intrinsic
Aspects of Ontology Evaluation - Synthesis-1"

* Mr. Terry Longstreth (Ind. Consultant) & Dr. Todd Schneider
(Raytheon) - "Track-B: Extrinsic Aspects of Ontology Evaluation -

* Dr. Matthew West (Information Junction) & Mr. Mike Bennett (EDM
Council; Hypercube) - "Track-C: Building Ontologies to Meet Evaluation
Criteria - Synthesis-1"

* Dr. Michael Denny (MITRE) & Mr. Peter Yim (Ontolog; CIM3) -
"Track-D: Software Environments for Evaluating Ontologies -

* Dr. Amanda Vizedom (Ind. Consultant) & Dr. Fabian Neuhaus (NIST) -
"Approach to the OntologySummit2013 Communique"

* Mr. Mike Dean (Raytheon BBN) - "Approach to the "Hackathon" &
"Clinics" Activities"


This is our 8th Ontology Summit, a joint initiative by NIST, Ontolog,
NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD with the support of our co-sponsors. The
theme adopted for this Ontology Summit is: "Ontology Evaluation Across
the Ontology Lifecycle."

This is our 6th event, and we are a third of the way through the
virtual sessions for the Summit. Each of the four tracks have hosted
very exciting presentations that address the key Summit themes --
Intrinsic Aspects of Ontology Evaluation, Extrinsic Aspects of
Ontology Evaluation, Building Ontologies to Meet Evaluation Criteria,
and Software Environments for Evaluating Ontologies.

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 are a lot of
badly engineered ontologies out there, thus people use -- at least
implicitly -- some criteria for the evaluation of ontologies.

During this Ontology Summit, we seek 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.

In today's session, we will focus on the synthesis of all of these
ideas as input into an initial draft of the Summit Communique. We will
also have a discussion on some new features of this year's Symposium
-- a hackathon for ontology evaluation software support and the idea
of ontology evaluation clinics for ontologies that people want


These 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 or
Ontology Summit 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.] ... All respondents
will be subscribed (if they aren't already so) to the
[ontology-summit] mailing list so they are participate in the virtual

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,
Matthew West & Michael Gruninger

and Members of the
OntologySummit2013 Organizing Committee

p.s. full proceedings of the previous sessions (slides,
chat-transcript, audio recording, etc.) are all  available online now.
They are accessible from the "Archives" section on their respective
session pages, which you can find listed under "What's New" (near the
top) on the Ontology Summit 2013 homepage -

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