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Ontology Summit 2012: Ontology for Big Systems

This Summit is co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD, and is the 7th in the series of 3-month open annual events, by and for the Ontology Community and their collaborators.

see: OntologySummit2012_Communique, our Website, and OntologySummit

What's New

  • 2012_04_26 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2012: review and follow-up action planning ("postmortem") session - Co-chairs: Leo Obrst & Nicola Guarino - ConferenceCall_2012_04_26
  • Public review and input by way of "change requests" to the communique draft is solicited, especially from those in the Ontology Summit community, on this year's summit communique - see details at: OntologySummit2012_Communique/Draft ... review period ends on Tue 2012.04.10
  • 2012_03_30 - Friday: 8th Ontology Summit 2012 Organizing Committee Meeting - ~1.5-Hr. meeting starting 7:00am PDT / 10:00am EDT / 4:00pm CEST / 14:00 UTC - see details here! ... (organizing committee members only)
  • 2012_01_12 - Thursday: Ontology Summit 2012: "Ontology for Big Systems" - Launch Event - Co-chairs: Nicola Guarino & Leo Obrst - ConferenceCall_2012_01_12

Ontology Summit 2012 Theme: "Ontology for Big Systems"

Description, Goals & Objectives

This year's Ontology Summit is titled "Ontology for Big Systems" and seeks to explore, identify and articulate how ontological methods can bring value to the various disciplines required to engineer a "big system." The term "big system" is intended to cover a large scope that includes many of the terms encountered in the media such as big data, complex techno-socio-economic systems, intelligent or smart systems, cloud computing, netcentricity and collective intelligence. Established disciplines that fall within the summit scope include (but not limited to) systems engineering, software engineering, information systems modelling, and data mining.

The principal goal of the summit is to bring together and foster collaboration between the ontology community, systems community, and stakeholders of some of the "big systems." Together, the summit participants will exchange ideas on how ontological analysis and ontology engineering might make a difference, when applied in these "big systems." We will aim towards producing a series of recommendations describing how ontologies can create an impact; as well as providing illustrations where these techniques have been, or could be, applied in domains such as bioinformatics, electronic health records, intelligence, the smart electrical grid, manufacturing and supply chains, earth and environmental, e-science, cyberphysical systems and e-government. As is traditional with the Ontology Summit series, the results will be captured in the form of a communique, with expanded supporting material provided on the web.

Process & Deliverables

This is our 7th annual Ontology Summit season. Similar to our last 6 summits, this Ontology Summit will comprise of 3 months of virtual discourse (over our archived mailing lists) and virtual panel sessions (over augmented conference calls), and culminate in a 2-day face-to-face workshop/symposium held on April 12 & 13, 2012 at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the greater Washington, DC Area (Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA to be exact) during which we, among other things, will distill our thoughts into a collaboratively developed communique.

Structure and Discourse

Co-chairs, Tracks and Champions

  • Summit General Co-chairs ... Dr. Nicola Guarino & Dr. Leo Obrst

Research / Study - Workspaces

  • Online Forum - active discussion is also carried on over the [ ontology-summit ] mailing list - see details here
    • When starting a new thread on the list, please prefix the subject line with one of the following track labels, and make sure message content are on topic (i.e. that the discussion/message relates well to the subject line):
      • (for Track-1&2 discussion) [BigSystems and SE]
      • (for Track-3 discussion) [[[BigDataChallenge]]]
      • (for Track-4 discussion) [Applications]
      • (for X-Track-A1 discussion) [Quality]
      • (for X-Track-A2 discussion) [[[SystemsFederationIntegration]]] ... and,
      • a combination like [Applications-Quality]
      • no prefix for general or over-arching issues, or if they don't belong to any particular discussion track;
        • ... also prefix with "[OT]" if the post is off-topic
  • Organizing Committee workspace - see: OntologySummit2012/GettingOrganized
    • how are we moving the program forward this year? - see: /Process
    • Ideas and suggestions (on how to better organize the effort) - see: /Suggestions

The Team

You are cordially invited to join us!

  • Like all activities Ontolog has been hosting, this is open to everyone.
    • Do join us if you have interest in the theme and objectives of this endeavor and would like to participate in, or follow the progress of the discourse
    • Be aware that all activities may (probably will) be recorded and served on an open public archive
    • Do note that our open IPR Policy will apply (unless otherwise waived in writing.)
  • specific individuals who may be interested include (but not limit to):
    • members of ontology communities
    • members of systems (systems engineering, software engineering, etc.) communities
    • stakeholders of potential user organizations
    • potential funders of ontology R&D and investors in ontological engineering work
    • people in policy, industry, research, academia and the web working on sharing knowledge, semantic interoperability, knowledge representation, artificial intelligence ... who are engaged in the research, development, engineering and implementation of these subject matters
    • ...
  • Please join us in the "Ontology Summit 2012" virtual discourse (as an Ontology Summit participant),
    • If you are already an Ontolog Member:
      • to participate in the "Ontology Summit 2012" virtual discourse, please subscribe to the [ontology-summit] forum (the convener's mailing list), by sending an empty (no message body is needed) message to: ontology-summit-join [at]
      • to browse the forum archives, see:
      • if you run into any problem, please send your subscription request directly to <>
    • If you are not already an Ontolog Member, and is interested to join the community:
      • please take a look at the details in our "Membership" section on the Ontolog WikiHomePage.
      • if you have additional questions or have run into any problem, please email <>

Discussion Archives & Shared-File Workspace

  • Mailing List Discussion Archives:
    • [ontology-summit] - Ontology Summit 2012 participants' discussion Archives - (open)
      • to participate in the virtual discourse, please subscribe to this [ontology-summit] forum (the summit participants' mailing list), by sending an empty (no message body is needed) message to: ontology-summit-join [at]
      • anyone responding to the RSVP for any of the summit events will be taken as having expressed interest to participate, and will be subscribed to this [ontology-summit] mailing list (write <> to let him know, if that is not the case.)
    • [ontology-summit-org] - Ontology Summit 2012 Organizing Committee List Archives - (password protected)
  • Key [ Discussion Pages] on the wiki

Conference Call, Meeting & Workshop

Event Calendar: Open Sessions

  • Virtual Event Time-slot (weekly on Thursdays between Jan-12 and April-5, 2012):
    • e.g. the Launch Event is on Thu 2012.01.12, a 2-Hour session starting at: 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CET / 5:30pm GMT / 17:30 UTC (ref. worldclock)
    • ALL virtual sessions for this summit will be scheduled on this same Thursday time-slot.

Event Archives

OntologySummit2012_Symposium - 12 & 13-April-2012 - at NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Organizing Committee Sessions

  • Organizing Committee meetings - see: OntologySummit2012/GettingOrganized
  • 1st Organizing Committee meeting - Fri 2011.01.06
  • Third co-organizers meeting - planning - 2011.12.02
  • Second co-organizers meeting - planning - 2011.12.11
  • First co-organizers meeting - strategy - 2011.10.13

Ontology Summit 2012 in the News, Blogosphere & Literature

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  • Please use "#OntologySummit2012" or "#ontologysummit2012" (case insensitive) as twitter hashtag (elsewhere, too)

Additional Resources

This page is maintained by members of the [ OntologySummit2012 Organizing Committee].

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or to any other committee member. Thanks. =ppy/2012.12.05