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[protege-discussion] Ontology Summit 2013: Launch Event - Thu 2013.01.17, and more ...

Peter Yim peter.yim at
Tue Jan 15 07:09:49 PST 2013


Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate at the upcoming Ontology
Summit 2013. Our theme for the Summit this year is: "Ontology
Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle."

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

Please join us this Thursday and most of the Thursdays in the next 3~4
months when we will be featuring virtual panel sessions as part of the
Ontology Summit 2012 program:

*Thu 17 Jan 2013* - OntologySummit2013: "Ontology Evaluation Across
the Ontology Lifecycle" - Launch Event - Co-chairs: Professor Michael
Gruninger & Dr. Matthew West - see details on the session page at: ...
*RSVP now*!

*Thu 24 Jan 2013* - OntologySummit2013 session-02 - Track B: Extrinsic
Aspects of Ontology Evaluation - I - Co-chairs: Mr. Terry Longstreth &
Dr. Todd Schneider - see developing details on the session page at:

*Thu 31 Jan 2013* - OntologySummit2013 session-03 - Track A: Intrinsic
Aspects of Ontology Evaluation - I - Co-chairs: Dr. Leo Obrst & Dr.
Steven Ray - see developing details on the session page at:

* between now 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

*Register your attendance* by emailing <peter.yim at> off-line
or register yourself directly to the wiki session page. Please specify
the date of name of the session(s) you are registering for. ... RSVP

********************* Details ************************

This is our 8th Ontology Summit, a joint initiative by ONTOLOG, NIST,
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." In an earlier planning session last month,
the community and subsequently, the summit organizing team
brainstormed on how best to frame the issues. These inputs were
carefully reviewed and synthesized by the Ontology Summit Organizing
Committee and its leadership. It is this plan and program that we will
be discussing with everyone during the launch event.

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 the next 3 to 4 months (16 weeks, to be exact) when the Summit
is in session, 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.


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,
Michael Gruninger & Matthew West

and Members of the
OntologySummit2013 Organizing Committee

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