Ontolog Forum

Ontology Summit 2007 Organizing Committee Conference Call - Tuesday 13-Feb-2007

  • This session will a 30-minute conference call starting at Tue 13-Feb-2007 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST / 5:30pm CET

Conference Call Details

  • Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2007
  • Start Time: 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST / 5:30pm CET / 16:30 GMT/UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: 30 minutes
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  • Expecting: ( * = not yet confirmed whether he/she will be dialing-in)
  • Regrets:
    • David Weinberger (Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society)
    • Tom Gruber (
    • Chris Welty (IBM Research)
    • Mark Musen (NCOR, NCBO, Stanford SMI)
    • Ivan Herman (W3C)
    • Nicola Guarino (LOA-CNR.IT)

Agenda Ideas

  • organizing committee structure and protocol
  • Peter: adopting a title or tag-line for this "Ontology Summit 2007" initiative
  • getting organized to get dialogs from representatives of other constituencies (other than formal ontologists) going
  • getting organized to summarize/synthesize the mailing list discussions on the wiki - devoting part of the 15-Feb-2007 Ontolog weekly call to do it with Summit conveners
  • ... (please post here; indentify yourself for follow-up purposes)

Agenda & Proceedings

1. Meeting called to order:

2. Roll Call:

  • Peter announced that David has resigned from the organizing committee

3. Urgent Issues:

  • Olivier: in addition to trying to definite the "what" we should also try to define "what for" in the discourse. We may have more success in the latter to engage the other.
  • Peter: we are losing both organizing committee member and key conveners (e.g. David & Christiane)
    • Deborah: it is difficult to keep up, even when one is interested
    • Olivier / Steve: a survey and better developed wiki pages should help
      • Peter will work up a draft of the survey later today,a and will circulate it to the organizing committee for review, and then bring it up to the broader community for comments and suggestions on the Feb-15 Ontolog session (ConferenceCall_2007_02_15) before rolling it out (hopefully fairly soon after that)
  • Leo pointed out the their has not been any distribution (nor archived messages) from the [ontology-summit] list since 1-Feb-2007
    • Peter to look into that
  • getting the community-specific discussions going:
    • see (communities enumerated):
    • and (champions we have in mind):
    • suggested actions from the 2007.02.06 call:
      • Ivan: consider asking people to identify what community they belong to
      • Nicola: we catalog, and map out the framework
      • Peter: ask various communities to put together a glossary of their ontology (or ontology-related) vocabulary
      • Steve / Nicola: ask various community representative to where they think they fit in
      • try getting Tom Gruber to present his view some time soon, that is going to help
        • (update) Peter: Tom's invited talk at Ontolog has now been scheduled for 1-Mar-2007
      • have David champion the web 2.0 community dialog
      • have Ivan champion the semantic web community dialog
    • New suggestions:
      • Peter suggests: create an online survey to collect input
        • Peter also suggested we consider building a Protege-based ontology and knowledgebase to tackle the input
          • Steve suggests we should stay simple first, and use a spread sheet instead (at least in the beginning)
      • Peter suggests: devoting part of the 15-Feb-2007 Ontolog weekly call to do it with Summit conveners
        • see draft agenda for ConferenceCall_2007_02_15
  • assigning wiki editors
    • volunteers: Charles Turnitsa, Kurt Conrad, Ken Baclawski, (added:) Bob Smith, ... (need more, hopefully from our community champions)
    • protocol & editor coordination - Peter: suggest we try to engage the conveners and devote a good part of the 15-Feb-2007 Ontolog weekly call to do it

4. Outstanding Issues:

  • Completed Task Report:

5. New Issues:

  • Deciding on a "title" or "tag line" for the "Ontology Summit 2007" initiative. Candidates:
    • Steve (the very original proposal): "Semantic Mapping or How we must learn to love heterogeneity"
    • "What is an Ontology?"
    • Peter: "Standardization Amidst Heterogeneity"
    • Peter (latest, and his favorite): "Shared Understanding Amidst Heterogeneity"
    • Leo: "Delineating the Range of Semantic Models"
    • Barry: "Ontology, Taxonomy, Terminology: Towards Classification and Understanding"
      • Barry: "Ontology, Taxonomy, Terminology: Understanding the Distinctions"
      • Leo / Peter (more in favor of): "Ontology, Taxonomy, Terminology, Folksonomy: Understanding the Distinctions"
      • will bring the above 2 candidates up to the organizing committee for decision

6. Any Other Business:

  • drafting the communique
  • soliciting "co-sponsorship"
  • Public Relations & The Press

7. Schedule Next Meeting & Adjourn:

  • ALL: we will continue the discussion of today's agenda items on the [ontology-summit-org] list
  • Next Meeting: our next meeting will be a 30-minute conference call starting at Tue 20-Feb-2007 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST / 5:30pm CET. (ref: world clock)
    • David Weinberger mentioned that he cannot do Tuesday 11:30am~5:00pm EST
    • Chris Welty: I have a telecon every Tuesday 11-12:30 ET that I can't miss/
    • Tom Gruber: can't make this time on Tuesdays
    • Steve Ray: I can't make the Feb-13 call (traveling, but will try calling in from my cell phone), but in general this time slot works for me.
    • Ivan Herman: In general, Tuesday evening is fine with me. However, I will not be able to make it the next coming Tuesday (Febr 13) due to another meeting, neither on the week after (Febr 20) due to a trip
    • Mark Musen: I have another conflict this week that will prevent me from making the Tuesday call. In general, this time is good for me.
    • see also:
  • Call adjourned at: 9:03 am PST


notes taken by: Peter P. Yim / 2007.02.13-9:25 PST

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