Ontolog Forum

OntologySummit2015 : Logistics and Final Communique Review - Thu 2015-04-09

  • Summit Theme: OntologySummit2015: Internet of Things: Toward Smart Networked Systems and Societies


Resources: Audio Recording


The Ontology Summit is an annual series of events (first started by Ontolog and NIST in 2006) that involves the ontology community and communities related to each year's theme chosen for the summit. The Ontology Summit program is now co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA, NCO_NITRD along with the co-sponsorship of other organizations that are supportive of the Summit goals and objectives.

We are witnessing a new revolution in computing and communication. The Internet, which has spanned several networks in a wide variety of domains, is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. The next generation of networks will utilize a wide variety of resources with significant sensing capabilities. Such networks will extend beyond physically linked computers to include multimodal information from biological, cognitive, semantic, and social networks. This paradigm shift will involve symbiotic networks of people, intelligent devices, and mobile personal computing and communication devices (mPCDs), which will form net-centric societies or smart networked systems and societies (SNSS). mPCDs are already equipped with a myriad of sensors, with regular updates of additional sensing capabilities. Additionally, we are witnessing the emergence of "intelligent devices," such as smart meters, smart cars, etc., with considerable sensing and networking capabilities. Hence, these devices -- and the network -- will be constantly sensing, monitoring, and interpreting the environment -- this is sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things. And as local and wide area networks became almost secondary to the WWW (World-Wide Web), users and their usage patterns will become increasingly visible. This will have significant implications for both the market for advanced computing and communication infrastructure and the future markets for nearly 4.5 billion people -- that net-centric societies will create.

Well-designed and constructed net-centric societies will result in better quality of life, reduced threat from external sources, and improved commerce. For example, assume a scenario where people at various locations suffer from flu-like symptoms. In a net-centric society, mPCDs will send vital signs and other associated information to appropriate laboratories and medical centers. These centers will analyze the information, including searching the Internet for potential solutions, and will aid in determining possible causes for this phenomenon. Based on the diagnosis, people will be directed to the nearest clinic for treatment. Here we have several types of information flowing through the net: data from mPCDs; location information; images; video; audio; etc.

Ontologies will play a significant role in the realization of SNSS. For example, a considerable amount of data passes through the network and should be converted into higher abstractions that can be used in appropriate reasoning. This requires the development of standard terminologies which capture objects and events. Creating and testing such terminologies will aid in effective recognition and reaction in a network-centric situation awareness environment. This would involve identifying a methodology for development of terminologies for multimodal data (or ontologies), developing appropriate ontologies, developing testing methods for these ontologies, demonstrating interoperability for selected domains (e.g., healthcare, situational awareness), and using these ontologies in decision making.

In today's session, we will take inventory of the what has transpired in the OntologySummit2015 proceedings so far, and present the syntheses of the discourse of each of the four content tracks. The co-lead Editors will be presenting a first draft of the Communique Outline. An open discussion among the editors, the track co-champions and all the participants will ensue, with an aim towards arriving at a near-final OntologySummit2015 Communique Outline, which will frame how this year's Communique will get developed by all parties concerned.

More details about this OntologySummit is available at: OntologySummit2015 (homepage for this summit)


  • 1. Final pass through the Communique

(see for the link to the latest draft as a Google Doc)

  • 2. Discussion about logistics for the Symposium

(see the Schedule at

  • 3. Summary/wrap-up/announcements [5 min.]

Conference Call Details

  • Date: Thursday, 9-Apr-2015
  • Start Time: 9:30am PDT / 12:30pm EDT / 6:30pm CEST / 5:30pm BST / 1630 UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: ~1.5 hours
  • Dial-in:
    • Phone (US): +1 (425) 440-5100 ... (long distance cost may apply)
      • ... [ backup nbr: (315) 401-3279 ]
      • when prompted enter Conference ID: 843758#
    • Skype: join.conference (i.e. make a skype call to the contact with skypeID="join.conference") ... (generally free-of-charge, when connecting from your computer ... ref.)
      • when prompted enter Conference ID: 843758#
      • Unfamiliar with how to do this on Skype? ...
        • Add the contact "join.conference" to your skype contact list first. To participate in the teleconference, make a skype call to "join.conference", then open the dial pad (see platform-specific instructions below) and enter the Conference ID: 843758# when prompted.
      • Can't find Skype Dial pad? ...
        • for Windows Skype users: Can't find Skype Dial pad? ... it's under the "Call" dropdown menu as "Show Dial pad"
        • for Linux Skype users: please note that the dial-pad is only available on v4.1 (or later; or on the earlier Skype versions 2.x,) if the dialpad button is not shown in the call window you need to press the "d" hotkey to enable it. ... (ref.)
  • In-session chat-room url:
    • instructions: once you got access to the page, click on the "settings" button, and identify yourself (by modifying the Name field from "anonymous" to your real name, like "JaneDoe").
    • You can indicate that you want to ask a question verbally by clicking on the "hand" button, and wait for the moderator to call on you; or, type and send your question into the chat window at the bottom of the screen.
    • thanks to the folks, one can now use a jabber/xmpp client (e.g. gtalk) to join this chatroom. Just add the room as a buddy - (in our case here) ... Handy for mobile devices!
  • Discussions and Q & A:
    • Nominally, when a presentation is in progress, the moderator will mute everyone, except for the speaker.
    • To un-mute, press "*7" ... To mute, press "*6" (please mute your phone, especially if you are in a noisy surrounding, or if you are introducing noise, echoes, etc. into the conference line.)
    • we will usually save all questions and discussions till after all presentations are through. You are encouraged to jot down questions onto the chat-area in the mean time (that way, they get documented; and you might even get some answers in the interim, through the chat.)
    • During the Q&A / discussion segment (when everyone is muted), If you want to speak or have questions or remarks to make, please raise your hand (virtually) by clicking on the "hand button" (lower right) on the chat session page. You may speak when acknowledged by the session moderator (again, press "*7" on your phone to un-mute). Test your voice and introduce yourself first before proceeding with your remarks, please. (Please remember to click on the "hand button" again (to lower your hand) and press "*6" on your phone to mute yourself after you are done speaking.)
  • Please review our Virtual Session Tips and Ground Rules - see: VirtualSpeakerSessionTips
  • RSVP to with your affiliation appreciated, ... or simply just by adding yourself to the "Expected Attendee" list below (if you are a member of the community already.)
  • Please note that this session may be recorded, and if so, the audio archive is expected to be made available as open content, along with the proceedings of the call to our community membership and the public at-large under our prevailing open IPR policy.

Resource Pages


[12:20] Michael Grüninger: Agenda:

  1. Final pass through the Communique (see for the link to the latest draft as a Google Doc)
  2. Discussion about logistics for the Symposium (see the Schedule at
  3. Summary/wrap-up/announcements [5 min.]

[12:33] Mark Underwood: We're leaving the registration form up, tho Ram has forwarded the current count to NITRD

[12:33] Ravi Sharma: Hello and welcome, I will dial for audio shortly

[12:34] Mark Underwood: Correction: Ram will fwd at the end of the day EDT

[12:34] Peter P. Yim: Hi everyone!

[12:35] Mark Underwood: Hi Peter

[12:35] Peter P. Yim: Hello Mark

[12:46] Michael Grüninger: Peter P. Yim: we should reference previous Summits where relevant

[12:49] Michael Grüninger: In the 2014 Communique, we added explicit references (34!)

[12:49] Todd Schneider: I see the phrase "Well-designed and constructed net-centric societies" is still there. This is slightly absurd.

[12:50] Todd Schneider: What was the intent of the phrase "Well-designed and constructed net-centric societies"?

[12:53] Mark Underwood: More references would be valuable, but significant effort to cite smoothly. What I see in the 2014 communique is a lot of background references -- not necessarily tied to the '14 Big Data theme.

[12:53] Mark Underwood: I guess we should decide whether to undertake it. I would be nice to collect the references our presenters cited, but that might not be in the Communique

[12:55] Michael Grüninger: There are some obvious citations that are missing (e.g. we mention W3C Semantic Sensor Network Ontology (OWL 2) and the OGC Sensor Web Enablement project ) and these should have references. The idea is not to simply name drop references or try for some kind of exhaustive literature review

[12:57] Michael Grüninger: but only to cite those documents that are expllicitly mentioned

[12:57] Todd Schneider: What about 'net-centric capabilities'?

[12:59] Ravi Sharma: @ mike, thanks for the correction

[13:01] Mark Underwood: @Michael - OK, that makes sense. Is there an overall bibliography for the site?

[13:05] Ravi Sharma: I like Mike's thought for continuity of inputs, we may want to insert post summit Community inputs URL?

[13:05] Mark Underwood: I think Amanda used Zotero last year:

[13:06] Peter P. Yim: see too

[13:08] Mark Underwood: Thx Peter. And I'll move the issues of the biblio collection to the listserv. (Related: for next year, we could invite presents to contribute to it as part of the presenter protocol.)

[13:08] Mark Underwood: *presenters (sorry, no presents)

[13:12] Peter P. Yim: for Ontology Summit 2013, Terry Longstreth also made a "Quick Reference to the Virtual Session Content" - see:

[13:16] Bobbin Teegarden: There are no instructions on how to dial in, on the Summit site right now.

[13:18] Mike Bennett: I presume the single link on the Agenda will link to a meeting page with join.conference and chat page details as usual.

[13:18] Mike Bennett: And a statement that pre-registration is not required for on line attendance.

[13:20] Ravi Sharma: @Peter - I agree with you, NITRD could reach to their S&T and Innovation initiatives. Also DOE etc.?

[13:21] Ravi Sharma: Also to the CHat

[13:26] Mark Underwood: +1 for FrontPage

[13:26] Mike Bennett: Front Page is good, I had dinner there last week!

[13:26] Michael Grüninger: Restos:

  • Front Page: 4201 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA
  • P.F. Changs; 901 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA
  • Rio Grande Café (Mexican); 4301 N. Fairfax Drive
  • Teds Buffalo Grill; 4300 Wilson Blvd
  • Willow Restaurant; 4301 N. Fairfax Drive
  • The Melting Pot; 1110 N. Glebe Rd

[13:26] Mike Bennett: Tables are not moveable about but are in 4s.

[13:27] Mark Underwood: I just posted to the Protege listserv w/ today's deadline, and will send another tomorrow for the virtual participants using Michael's message

[13:27] Todd Schneider: Sorry I have to go (and Skype keeps disconnecting me). See you on Monday.

[13:27] Mark Underwood: Thx Todd - CU

[13:33] Mark Underwood: Mark to contact Joe for Twitter handles & affiliations

[13:34] Peter P. Yim: Great session! Thank you Michael et al. ... All the best to the Symposium next Monday and Tuesday ... talk to you all, then!