Ontolog Forum

Ontology Summit 2016 Symposium


This year's Symposium will be held on Monday 2016-05-09 and Tuesday 2016-05-10. We will again be graciously hosted by NITRD [1] at the NSF [2] in Arlington, Virginia, USA

     NSF Stafford Place II Room 555
     4201 Wilson Boulevard
     Arlington, VA 22230, USA

A map of the site and directions from the nearby Ballston-MU Metro station are available Directions to NSF Room II-555 Before coming to the meeting space in Stafford II, you must first obtain a visitor’s badge at the NSF Information and Conference Center Desk. It is located on the first floor of Stafford Place at the North Stuart and 9th Streets entrance. Once you have obtained your visitor’s badge, please proceed to the NCO offices or meeting space in Stafford Place II. See the red dotted line in the directions.


Monday, May 9, 2016 (Day 1)

8:30 am: Breakfast and Introduction

9:00 am: Welcome - Director, NCO NITRD

9:10 am: General Ontology Summit Symposium Introductions and Information - LeoObrst and JudithGelernter, Symposium Co-chairs

9:20 am: Ontology Summit Opening Remarks - DonnaFritzsche and MichaelGruninger, Ontology Summit 2016 General Co-chairs Slides

9:30: Keynote 1 -- Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Slides Slides in ppt format Audio Recording

10:30 - 10:45: Break

10:45 - 12:15: Workshop Breakout sessions - Round 1 (Judith Gelernter, Leo Obrst) The Challenge Problems

12:15- 2:00 pm: Lunch on your own

2:00 pm: Keynote 2 -- Peter Lyster (NITRD) Slides Slides in pptx format Audio Recording

3:00 - 3:25 pm: Healthcare Track Summary Report (Ram Sriram, Leo Obrst) Slides Slides in pptx format

3:25 - 3:45: Earth Sciences Track Summary Report (Gary Berg-Cross, Ken Baclawski) Slides

3:45 - 4:05: Engineering and Cloud Services Track Summary Report (Mark Underwood, Todd Schneider) Slides

4:05 - 4:30 pm: Finance and Retail Track Summary Report (Mike Bennett, Andrea Westerinen) Slides Slides in pptx format

Audio Recording of all track summary reports

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Discussion on Communique Draft (Donna Fritzsche and Michael Gruninger) [3]

5:30 pm: End of Day 1 Sessions

6:30 pm: Group Dinner

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (Day 2)

8:30 am: Breakfast and Introduction

9:00: Keynote 3 -- Mark Musen (Stanford University) Slides Slides in pptx format Audio Recording

10:00 - 10:45: Presentation of the OntologySummit2014_Communique (Donna Fritzsche and Michael Gruninger)

10:45 am: Affirmation of Communique by community

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:30 : Workshop Breakout sessions - Round 2 (Judith Gelernter, Leo Obrst)

12:30 - 2:00 pm: Lunch on your own

2:00 - 2:30: Feedback from Workshop Breakout sessions (Judith Gelernter, Leo Obrst)

2:30 - 3:30: Panel : Retrospective on Ontology Summits Past

Panelists: Michael Uschold, Steve Ray, Peter Lyster, Michael Gruninger

Audio Recording of the Panel Discussion

3:30 pm: Conclusion and Next Steps (Donna Fritzsche and Michael Gruninger)

4:00 pm: Symposium Adjourns

Conference Call Details

Monday, May 9, 2016 (Day 1)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (Day 2)

  • Date: Tuesday, 10-May-2016
  • Start Time: 6:00am PDT / 9:00am EDT / 3:00pm CEST / 2:00pm BST / 1300 UTC
  • Expected Call Duration: 8.5 hours
  • In-session chat-room url:
  • Dial-in:
    • Phone (US): +1 (425) 440-5100 ... (long distance cost may apply)
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      • when prompted enter Conference ID: 843758#
    • Skype: join.conference (i.e. make a skype call to the contact with skypeID="join.conference") ... (generally free-of-charge, when connecting from your computer ... ref.)
      • when prompted enter Conference ID: 843758#
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        • Add the contact "join.conference" to your skype contact list first. To participate in the teleconference, make a skype call to "join.conference", then open the dial pad (see platform-specific instructions below) and enter the Conference ID: 843758# when prompted.
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  • Instructions for In-session chat-room
    • once you got access to the page, click on the "settings" button, and identify yourself (by modifying the Name field from "anonymous" to your real name, like "JaneDoe").
    • You can indicate that you want to ask a question verbally by clicking on the "hand" button, and wait for the moderator to call on you; or, type and send your question into the chat window at the bottom of the screen.
    • thanks to the folks, one can now use a jabber/xmpp client (e.g. gtalk) to join this chatroom. Just add the room as a buddy - (in our case here) ... Handy for mobile devices!
  • Discussions and Q & A:
    • Nominally, when a presentation is in progress, the moderator will mute everyone, except for the speaker.
    • To un-mute, press "*7" ... To mute, press "*6" (please mute your phone, especially if you are in a noisy surrounding, or if you are introducing noise, echoes, etc. into the conference line.)
    • we will usually save all questions and discussions till after all presentations are through. You are encouraged to jot down questions onto the chat-area in the mean time (that way, they get documented; and you might even get some answers in the interim, through the chat.)
    • During the Q&A / discussion segment (when everyone is muted), If you want to speak or have questions or remarks to make, please raise your hand (virtually) by clicking on the "hand button" (lower right) on the chat session page. You may speak when acknowledged by the session moderator (again, press "*7" on your phone to un-mute). Test your voice and introduce yourself first before proceeding with your remarks, please. (Please remember to click on the "hand button" again (to lower your hand) and press "*6" on your phone to mute yourself after you are done speaking.)
  • RSVP to with your affiliation appreciated, ... or simply just by adding yourself to the "Expected Attendee" list below (if you are a member of the community already.)
  • This session, like all other Ontolog events, is open to the public. Information relating to this session is shared on this wiki page.
  • Please note that this session may be recorded, and if so, the audio archive is expected to be made available as open content, along with the proceedings of the call to our community membership and the public at-large under our prevailing open IPR policy.