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Ontology Summit 2014: Big Data and Semantic Web Meet Applied Ontology

9th in the series of a 3-month open annual event, by and for the Ontology Community and their collaborators. This Summit is co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD

see: our Website, and OntologySummit

What's New

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Ontology Summit 2014 Focus

Theme: "Big Data and Semantic Web Meet Applied Ontology"

Description, Goals & Objectives

This is our 9th Ontology Summit, a joint initiative by NIST, Ontolog, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD with the support of our co-sponsors. The theme adopted for this Ontology Summit is: "Big Data and Semantic Web Meet Applied Ontology"

Since the beginnings of the Semantic Web, ontologies have played key roles in the design and deployment of new semantic technologies. Yet over the years, the level of collaboration between the Semantic Web and Applied Ontology communities has been much less than expected. Within Big Data applications, ontologies appear to have had little impact.

This year's Ontology Summit is an opportunity for building bridges between the Semantic Web, Linked Data, Big Data, and Applied Ontology communities. On the one hand, the Semantic Web, Linked Data, and Big Data communities can bring a wide array of real problems (such as performance and scalability challenges and the variety problem in Big Data) and technologies (automated reasoning tools) that can make use of ontologies. On the other hand, the Applied Ontology community can bring a large body of common reusable content (ontologies) and ontological analysis techniques. Identifying and overcoming ontology engineering bottlenecks is critical for all communities.

Ontology Summit 2014 will pose and address the primary challenges in these areas of interaction among the different communities. The Summit activities will bring together insights and methods from these different communities, synthesize new insights, and disseminate knowledge across field boundaries.

Following earlier Ontology Summit practice, the synthesized results of this season's discourse will be published as a Communiqué.

Process & Deliverables

Similar to our last 8 summits, this Ontology Summit will comprise of three-and-a-half (3.5) 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 28 & 29, 2014 (Mon & Tue) at NCO_NITRD (Arlington, Virginia, USA) during which we, among other things, present our distilled thoughts in a collaboratively developed communique. (ref.)

Structure and Discourse: Big Data and Semantic Web Meet Applied Ontology

Co-chairs, Tracks and Champions

Content Tracks

Support Teams


  • Online Forum - active discussion is also carried on over the [ ontology-summit ] mailing list - see participation 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):
      • {content} for Track A: Common Reusable Semantic Content
      • {tools} for Track B: Making use of Ontologies: Tools, Services, and Techniques
      • {challenges} for Track C: Overcoming Ontology Engineering Bottlenecks
      • {bigdata} for Track D: Tackling the Variety Problem in Big Data
      • {hackathon} for the Track E: Hackathon discussion
      • {communique} for discussions relating to the communique
      • {symposium} for Symposium related matters
      • {outreach} for Outreach related matters, including social media, web, sponsorships
      • ... etc. (sure you can get the gist of it!)
      • a combination like {aaaaa-bbbbb} (where "aaaaa" could be "extrinsic-aspects", etc.)
      • no prefix, if they don't belong to any discussion track
    • Discussion that are not focused on the theme of this summit (but is ontology-related) should be deferred to the [ ontolog-forum ] mailing list
  • Organizing Committee workspace - see /GettingOrganized

The Team

  • Co-organizers:

You are cordially invited to join us!

  • Like all activities Ontolog has been hosting, this is open to everyone.
    • Do join us if you concur with the theme and objective of this endeavor and would like to participate in, or follow the progress of the discourse
  • specific individuals who may be interested include (but not limit to):
    • members of ontology, semantic web and big data communities
    • potential user organizations
    • potential funders of ontology R&D and ontological engineering work
    • people in policy, industry, standardization, 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 2014" virtual discourse (as one of the conveners of this initiative),
    • If you are already an Ontolog Member:
      • to participate in the "Ontology Summit 2014" 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 2014 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 2011 Organizing Committee List Archives - (password protected)

Conference Call, Meeting & Workshop

Event Calendar: Open Sessions

  • Master Event Calendar:
    • Thu 2013.12.05 - (Pre-Launch) Community Brainstorm
    • Fri 2013.12.06 - first organizing committee meeting
    • Thu 2014.01.16 - Launch Event
    • Thu 2014.01.23 - session-02 - Track-A: "Common Reusable Semantic Content-I" virtual panel session
    • Thu 2014.01.30 - session-03 - Track-B: "Making use of Ontologies: Tools, Services, and Techniques-I" virtual panel session
    • Thu 2014.02.06 - session-04 - Track C: "Overcoming Ontology Engineering Bottlenecks-I" virtual panel session
    • Thu 2014.02.13 - session-05 - Track D: "Tackling the Variety Problem in Big Data-I" virtual panel session
    • Thu 2014.02.20 - session-06 - Synthesis-I; Communique discussion-I
    • Thu 2014.02.27 - session-07 - Track E: Hackathon Launch
    • Thu 2014.03.06 - session-08 - Track A: "Common Reusable Semantic Content-II" virtual panel session
    • Thu 2014.03.13 - session-09 - Track B: "Making use of Ontologies: Tools, Services, and Techniques-II" virtual panel session
    • Thu 2014.03.20 - session-10 - Track C: "Overcoming Ontology Engineering Bottlenecks-II" virtual panel session
    • Thu 2014.03.27 - session-11 - Track D: "Tackling the Variety Problem in Big Data-II" virtual panel session
    • Sat 2014.03.29 - Round-the-clock International Hackathon
    • Thu 2014.04.03 - session-12 - Synthesis-II - Technical Tracks & Hackathon
    • Thu 2014.04.10 - session-13 - Communique Review
    • Thu 2014.04.17 - session-14 - Communique Finalization
    • Thu 2014.04.24 - session-15 - Final Symposium preparation and logistics
    • Mon & Tue 2014.04.28 & 29 - Symposium (F2F + Remote)
    • Thu 2014.05.15 - Postmortem

Event Archives

OntologySummit2014_Symposium - Mon & Tue 28~29 April 2014 - at NCO_NITRD, Arlington, Virginia, USA

  • The Symposium is hosted by the NCO_NITRD, in the Greater Washington DC Area, near the Ballston Metro Station.
    • Venue: NSF Board Room - Rm. I-1235, Stafford-II Building, 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, USA.

Organizing Committee Sessions

  • see: /GettingOrganized
  • 1st Organizing Committee meeting - Fri 2013.12.06 (those who are planning to join the committee should mark their calendars and come to this meeting) - see details [ here]
  • First co-organizers meeting - setting the directions - Fri 2013.11.01

Ontology Summit 2014 in the News, Blogosphere & Literature

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Additional Resources

This page is maintained by members of the [ OntologySummit2014 Organizing Committee].

Please send any suggestions, comments and edits for this page to <>

or to any other committee member. Thanks. =ppy/2013.12.02