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[protege-discussion] Ontology Summit 2014: Launch Event - Thu 2014.01.16

Obrst, Leo J. lobrst at
Mon Jan 13 09:23:28 PST 2014


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the new Ontology Summit season will be
launching this Thursday (Jan-16.) You are cordially invited to
participate at the upcoming Ontology Summit 2014. Our theme for the
Summit this year is: "Big Data and Semantic Web Meet Applied

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

Please join us this Thursday at the Launch Event. Thereafter,
activities will be rolling out every week, until ending in April, 2014. In
particular, please join us every Thursday, when we will be featuring
virtual panel sessions as part of the Ontology Summit 2014 program:

*Thu 16 Jan 2014* - OntologySummit2014: "Big Data and Semantic Web
Meet Applied Ontology" - Launch Event - Co-chairs: Professor Michael
Gruninger & Dr. LeoObrst - see details on the session page at:
... *RSVP now*!

*Thu 23 Jan 2014* - OntologySummit2014 session-02 - Track A: Common
Reusable Semantic Content - I - Co-Champions: MikeBennett,
AndreaWesterinen, GaryBergCross - see developing details on the
session page at:

*Thu 30 Jan 2014* - OntologySummit2014 session-03 - Track B: Making
use of Ontologies: Tools, Services, and Techniques - I - Co-Champions:
ChristophLange, AlanRector, ...  - see developing details on the
session page at:

* between now and end Apr-2014, 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 9th OntologySummit, 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: "Big Data and Semantic Web
Meet Applied Ontology." In an earlier planning sessions late last
year, 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 co-champions. It is this plan and program that we
will be discussing with everyone during the launch event.

Since the beginnings of the Semantic Web, ontologies have played key
roles in the design and deployment of new semantic technologies. Yet
over the years, the level of collaboration between the Semantic Web
and Applied Ontology communities has been much less than expected.
Within Big Data applications, ontologies appear to have had little

This year's Ontology Summit is an opportunity for building bridges
between the Semantic Web, Linked Data, Big Data, and Applied Ontology
communities. On the one hand, the Semantic Web, Linked Data, and Big
Data communities can bring a wide array of real problems (such as
performance and scalability challenges and the variety problem in Big
Data) and technologies (automated reasoning tools) that can make use
of ontologies. On the other hand, the Applied Ontology community can
bring a large body of common reusable content (ontologies) and
ontological analysis techniques. Identifying and overcoming ontology
engineering bottlenecks is critical for all communities.

OntologySummit2014 will pose and address the primary challenges in
these areas of interaction among the different communities. The Summit
activities will bring together insights and methods from these
different communities, synthesize new insights, and disseminate
knowledge across field boundaries.

Following earlier Ontology Summit practice, the synthesized results of
this season's discourse will be published as a Communique.

See developing details at: '''OntologySummit2014''' (homepage for this summit)


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

OntologySummit2014 - General Co-chairs,
Michael Gruninger & Leo Obrst

and Members of the
OntologySummit2014 Organizing Committee
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