Ontolog Forum

Ontology Summit 2007 Organizing Committee Conference Call - Tuesday 06-Mar-2007

  • This session will a 1-Hour conference call starting at Tue 06-Mar-2007 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 5:00pm CET

Conference Call Details

  • Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007
  • Start Time: 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 5:00pm CET / 16:00 GMT/UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: 60 minutes
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    • Conference ID: "5823120#"
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  • Shared-screen support (VNC session), if applicable, will be started 5 minutes before the call at:
    • view-only password: "ontolog"


  • Expecting: ( * = not yet confirmed whether he/she will be dialing-in)
  • Regrets:
    • Chris Welty (IBM Research) - standing regrets for the Tue time slot
    • Tom Gruber ( - standing regrets for the Tue time slot; also, on plane this time
    • Mark Musen (NCOR, NCBO, Stanford SMI) - conflict this week
    • Barry Smith (NCOR, SUNY-Buffalo) - traveling this week
    • Nicola Guarino (LOA-CNR.IT) - moving

Agenda Ideas

  • organizing committee structure and protocol - distributing the workload
  • 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:

  • Steve Ray took the chair and welcomed everyone

2. Roll Call:

  • Apologies about last week - someone needs to have the moderator access code to start the call. And that code is...

3. Urgent Issues:

  • Discussion:
    • Steve: steer away from the word 'ontology' and just ask other communities how they define their 'structures'
    • Olivier / Steve: we should be the USGS (cartographers) rather than the UN (peacekeepers) of 'ontologies' here.
    • Steve / Leo: start putting something up (a draft) so that people have something to talk about
      • cadidates to drive the drafting: Leo Obrst, Michael Grüninger, ... with support from Steve, Olivier
      • start from the draft communique wiki page ... and have anyone contribute even small chunks (without major time commitments)
      • maybe someone could start by drafting a table-of-content - Steve?
      • when ready for another round of reviews, someone makes a post to [ontology-summit] list
      • use combination of wiki, spreadsheet (google spreadsheet for collaborative editing, and excel for
  • assigning wiki editors
    • volunteers: Charles Turnitsa, Kurt Conrad, Bob Smith, Ken Baclawski, ... (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:
    • ...
  • Deciding on a "title" or "tag line" for the "Ontology Summit 2007" initiative.
    • Looks like (c) "Ontology Summit 2007 - Ontology, Taxonomy, Folksonomy: Understanding the Distinctions" is getting the majority of the support
    • adopt? - Yes (adopted at this call)
    • Peter to announce (and put out the survey too)
  • Surveying participants
    • Peter: please review and comment on draft-2 of survey questions (for process proposal-2):
  • Outstanding Issue Update:
    • organizing committee structure and protocol
    • pending responses
      • organizing committee / keynote: Dieter Fensel, TimBernersLee
      • conveners: Chiara F, Thomas B (pending - ref: "key participant" role confirmation)

5. New Issues:

6. Any Other Business:

  • drafting the communique
  • solicitng "co-sponsorship" - please endorse the initiative; they have to choose on the conclusion - Peter to do it.
  • Public Relations & The Press - Steve taking this on
    • Steve already working on a pre-event press release; hopefully one or two articles out before the F2F
  • scheduling and programming for the Apr. 23 & 24, 2007 face-to-face meetings and symposium
    • Monday am: "The Framework" (Agreeing to the final picture) - Co-chairs: Leo Obrst / Michael Grüninger
    • Monday pm: "Populating the Framework" (Endorsing the picture) - Co-chairs: Chris Welty / Tom Gruber
    • (Tuesday early am: NIST Interoperability Week Plenary)
    • Tuesday am: Finalizing the Communique - Co-Chair: Olivier Bodenreider / Frank Olken
    • Tuesday pm: The Symposium (public meeting) - Chair: Steve Ray
      • Keynote: Tom Gruber
      • Panel: ... (tbd)
        • ... we'll try to feature people who can represent the different perspectives of the various constituencies and those who made substantive contribution in the discourse.
(we are trying to come to conslusions even BEFORE the face-to-face)

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 13-Mar-2007 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST / 5:30pm CET. (ref: world clock)
    • Steve probably may miss (or join only partially at) the next call (dentists appointment)
    • Ivan will not be able to make it next week, for certain
  • Call adjourned at: 9:00 am PST


notes taken by: Peter P. Yim / 2007.03.06-09:06 PST

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