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[protege-discussion] "Ontology-based Standards" mini-series session-5 - Ontologies for Geospatial Standards - Thu 2013.10.17

Peter Yim peter.yim at
Mon Oct 14 16:18:17 PDT 2013


You are cordially invited to join us this Thursday (Oct-17) at the
Ontology-based Standards mini-series panel session-5. We will be
focusing on "Ontologies for Geospatial Standards."

= Ontology-based Standards mini-series session-5 - Thu 2013-10-17 =

Session Co-chairs: Dr. Gary Berg-Cross & Dr. Tara Athan

Topic: Developing Ontologies for Geospatial Standards: Progress and Issues

Panelists / Briefings:
* Dr. LuisBermudez (OGC) - "Geospatial Standards and the Semantic Web"
* Dr. SimonCox (CSIRO, Australia) - "Abstract on Observations and
Measures (O&M)"
* Dr. CoryHenson (Kno.e.sis) ' _tbd_ "
* Dr. TorstenHahmann (U of Toronto) - "Driving the next generation of
spatial standards - examples from hydro ontology"

== Abstract ==

As with last week's session-4 (The Case for a "Quantities and Units of
Measure" Ontology Standard) this is a continuation of the
OntologyBasedStandards mini-series that was started in late 2012 as a
joint venture of OASIS, OMG, various ISO working groups, IAOA, OOR
and ONTOLOG. This session, is part of a program of 8 topics which are
planned to be held over the remaining time in 2013, and partly in

We are over 10 years from Smith and Mark’s Geographical Categories: An
Ontological Investigation – one of top 10 cited articles in the
geospatial (GS) field. Many technical geospatial standards exist and
there is increasing intersection of the GS technical community and the
ontological and semantic technology communities. Still many geospatial
data & web feature services have standardized terms but lack adequate
semantics. Some of the concepts in need of improved semantics, such as
quantity and observation, are not specific to the GS domain. This
session explores some efforts to reduce the ambiguities in GS
definitions, as well as the interrelationships of concepts across GS
and related domains. The session builds on work coming out of
standards bodies like the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), but also
looks to progress on ontologies such as started on the W3C Geospatial
Incubator Group which defined seven categories of Geospatial

* Geospatial Feature Ontology
* Feature Type Ontology
* Spatial Relationship Ontology
* Toponym (Place name) Ontology
* Coordinate Reference / Spatial Grid Ontology
* Geospatial Metadata Ontology
* (Geospatial) Web Services Ontology

Notable also was the benchmark survey of the GS ontology landscape (=
Geospatial Ontology Trade Study) conducted in 2007 which reviewed
spatial conceptualization in foundational and upper level ontologies
but also concepts in domain and commercial standards (e.g. the
Geography Markup Language GML) as well as spatial ontologies that are
embedded in other ontologies such as SWEET. Several of the GS
ontologies discussed in the trade study have been made available in
the SOCoP OOR as part of NSF’s funding of the SOCoP INTEROP effort.

Another notable development has been the formalization of GeoSPARQL
which was presented previously in the SOCoP Virtual Workshop on
Semantics in Geospatial and Other Architectures: Design and
Implementation (2013-05-07).

For our session today, we have invited presentations by people
involved in the geospatial arena and with standards. Following a very
brief overview, they will each present for about 20 minutes on their
areas of work and interest. This will be followed by Q & A and an open
discussion of issues.

Please also refer to the "Ontology-based Standards" mini-series
homepage at:

See developing details on the session page at:

RSVP now! (ref. details below.)

Regards.  =ppy

For the Session Co-chairs
Gary Berg-Cross & Tara Athan

... along with other co-champions of
the Ontology-based Standards mini-series

---------- original message ----------
From: Peter Yim <peter.yim at>
Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Subject: "Ontology-based Standards" mini-series session-4 - The Case
for a Quantity and Units of Measure Ontology Standard - Thu 2013.10.10
To: ontology-based-standards <ontology-based-standards at>


Dear All,

As confirmed during our Sep-12 community event scheduling session two
"Ontology-based Standards" mini-series sessions will be coming up
imminently - this Thursday (Oct-10) and next Thursday (Oct-17). These
are the first two of the four session in this mini-series that we have
planned for the rest of 2013. There are further sessions planned for
2014 too.

You are cordially invited to join us at these sessions. ... RSVP now!
(details below.)

******************* Hightlights *******************

* Thu 10 Oct 2013 - OntologyBasedStandards miniseries session-4
- Topic: The Case for a "Quantities and Units of Measure" Ontology Standard
- Co-chairs: Mr. Peter Yim & Dr. Ram Sriram
- see details on the session page at:
... RSVP now!

* Thu 17 Oct 2013 - OntologyBasedStandards miniseries session-5
- Topic: Ontology-based Standards in Geospatial Domains
- Co-chairs: Dr. Gary Berg-Cross & Dr. Tara Athan
- see developing details on the session page at:

*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



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
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; your affiliation too, if you are not a
community member.]

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 the Session Co-chairs
Peter Yim & Ram Sriram

... along with other co-champions of
the Ontology-based Standards mini-series

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