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OpenOntologyRepository: Team Conference Call - Wed 2008-03-05

  • OpenOntologyRepository team conference call, Wed 2008.03.05, 1.0~1.25 Hr. call starting 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST / 17:00 GMT/UTC

Conference Call Details

  • Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
  • Start Time: 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST / 17:00 GMT/UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: 1.0~1.25 hours
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  • Expecting:
    • ... to register for participation, please add your name (plus your affiliation, if you aren't already a member of the community) above, or e-mail <> so that we can reserve enough resources to support everyone's participation. ...
  • Regets:
    • Farrukh Najmi
    • Evan Wallace
      • The time of this teleconference is in direct conflict with the ODM FTF telecon which means that Elisa and myself cannot participate. Furthermore, the OWL working group telecon starts at 1PM Eastern Time on Wednesdays and runs until 2:30PM, making this a particularly bad day and time for us.
    • Gerry Creager (traveling, but will try calling in)

Agenda Ideas

  • (please insert content below; identify yourself for follow-up purposes)
  • Peter P. Yim: following the success of our 2008.02.28 OOR-Panel Session, we might want to consider doing at least two more:
    • one panel discussion on ontology developers and stewards' (i.e. early-adopter content-provider) requirements & expectations?
    • another panel discussion on ontology-of-ontology?
    • open dates - Thursdays, regular Ontolog event slot: 3/27, 4/3 & 4/10.
  • discuss the relationship of this initiative to other organizations like Ontolog, sponsors, funders, etc.

Agenda and Proceedings

1. Meeting called to order:

  • review and adopt agenda
    • note that we do have a hard stop, say a couple of minutes before: 1:15pm EST / 10:15am PST / 18:15 GMT/UTC (as Michelle Raymond has called an Ontology Summit 2008 Content Committee Meeting, and will be needing this same conference line, and a few of the participants here.)

2. Roll Call:

3. Status Review and Discussion:

  • Logistics and Communications
  • Discussions:
  • Postmortem on the 2008.02.28 OOR-Panel session - ConferenceCall_2008_02_28
  • following the above success, consider doing at least two more panel discussions:
    • one panel discussion on ontology developers and stewards' (i.e. early-adopter content-provider) requirements & expectations?

(DHS/FEMA - Resource Typing Initiative) (Michelle) not-available--sent-input, JohnLMcCarthy [XMDR] (Bruce) cfmd-3/27, ... further, Nigel Collier or Son Doan [Biocaster] (Peter) Nigel-sent-input--Doan-will-participate-but-not-as-panelist, Asuman Dogac [UBL Ontology] (Peter) not-available-but-will-have-ontology-for-OOR, Patrick Yee [ebXML work from HKG] (Peter) (?), Rex Brooks [EDXL-RIM] (Peter) cfmd-either-date-but-prefer-4/3, Rob Raskin [SWEET 2.0 Ontology] (Peter) cfmd-4/3, ...

      • 2 sessions - 3/27, 4/3
    • another panel discussion on ontology-of-ontology?
    • Peter will work on this offline and report back
  • Resources and Funding:
  • Funding: getting organized
    • possibilities - government agencies (NSF?, NIST?, whoever would fund open infrastructure, DARPA, IARPA (Jeff), ... etc.); EU funders; Vulcan (Mark)?; bring in W3C in a exploratory (XG) working group (e.g. Semantic Web Deployment) (although they are a funding sink rather than a funding source; but good for visibility);   
    • grant proposal team(s) / submit proposal(s) to
    • Frank: NSF next solicitations due July-1, interop, data network partners, programs coming back
      • consider NSF-OCI (Office of Cyber Infrastructure)
    • try contacting Todd Hughes and see if DARPA is a possibility (Leo)
    • Peter: consider multiple smalls proposals and a big one ($20 million +/-) to make OOR a sustainable OOR operation
    • consider Foundations, and institutions like Vulcan (Peter).
  • Use Cases & Requirements
    • soliciting 'early adopter' partners who can offer up their ontologies, help refine requirements, and provide user feedback.
    • see above discussion ref. the two upcoming joint OOR-OntologySummit2008 panel sessions (3/27 & 4/2)
  • Organization & Process <--(discussion deferred to next meeting)
    • how shall we organize ourselves? ... sub-workgroups? how many?
    • relationship to Ontolog? sponsors? funders?
  • Deliverables: <--(discussion deferred to next meeting)
  • Timeline / Milestones: <--(discussion deferred to next meeting)

4. New Issues:

5. Any Other Business:

6. Action items:

7. Schedule Next Meeting & Adjourn:

  • re-establishing a regular weekly time slot
    • Farrukh: block out 90 min. per week, but try to schedule only a fortnightly 60-min sync-up call, unless level of activities deem it necessary to spend more time to meet synchronously.
      • Peter: agree totally ... we may use that same slot sub-team meetings too.
  • Next Meeting: possibly a time slot for regular weekly calls
  • Call adjourned at: 10:17 am PST


notes taken by: Peter P. Yim / 2008.03.05-10:18am PST

All participants, please review and edit to enhance accuracy and granularity of the documented proceedings.


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