Helping scientific researchers make better use of ontologies: Tools, Methods and Best Practices
Summit Co-Chairs: Gary Berg-Cross  and James Overton
The Ontology Summit is an annual series of events that involves the ontology community and communities related to each year's theme chosen for the summit. The Ontology Summit was started by Ontolog and NIST, and the program has been co-organized by Ontolog and NIST along with the co-sponsorship of other organizations that are supportive of the Summit goals and objectives.
Open community ontologies are increasingly important for science, driven in part by the FAIR data principles which rely on semantic technologies and ontologies and growing commitment to data sharing from granting agencies and publishers.
To a large degree the 15 FAIR guiding principles require enhanced semantics for machine-actionability (i.e., the capacity of computational systems to find, access, interoperate, and reuse data). Often the semantic aspects of FAIR are particularly difficult for scientists. In practice the development, maintenance, coordination, and use of ontologies (along with other semantic resources) in science can be complex involving an interconnected web of tools, methodologies, standards, various knowledge artifacts and community practices, at the intersection of science, software development, and information management. However the semantic community understands how to handle some of these challenges and is actively engaged in making the use of semantic resources, especially ontologies easier to use.
In this Summit we will ask how to help scientists & researchers make better use of ontologies, and look for answers from a variety of perspectives. The first half of the Summit will draw examples from the Open Bio Ontologies (OBO) community, followed by a panel to discuss and help digest issues raised in the first half. Following this the second half branches out to other communities, disciplines and practices such as modular approaches to ontology development. Along the way we will consider: specific tools, and associated methods and standards, including:
- Upper level domain reference models such as COB in the BioMedical area;
- ROBOT and Ubergraph (knowledge graph); aided by standards such as SSSOM;
- General approaches such as ontology design patterns;
- Points of convergence such as the Ontology Development Kit;
- "Carrots and sticks" such as automated quality metrics and dashboards;
- Making the use of multiple ontologies easier through improved integration;
- The Comprehensive Modular Ontology IDE (CoModIDE) and more.
Along with best practices and lessons learned, we will have a panel to discuss current pain points and opportunities for improvement, with an overall goal to share knowledge across the larger ontology community.
As part of Ontolog’s general advocacy to bring ontology science and related engineering into the mainstream, we endeavor to facilitate discussion and knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders and interested parties relevant to the use of ontologies. Ideas from presentations will be further explored in 2 panel sessions. The results will be synthesized and summarized the form of the Ontology Summit 2023 Communiqué, with expanded supporting material provided on the web and in journal articles.
Process and Deliverables
Similar to our last seventeen summits, this Ontology Summit 2023 will consist of virtual discourse (over our archived mailing lists), virtual presentations and panel sessions as part of recorded video conference calls. As in prior years the intent is to provide some synthesis of ideas and draft a communique summarizing major points.
Meetings are at Noon US/Canada Eastern Time on Wednesdays and last about an hour.
|ConferenceCall 2022 10 12||Planning|
|ConferenceCall 2022 10 19||Planning|
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|ConferenceCall 2022 11 09||Planning|
|ConferenceCall 2022 11 30||Planning|
|ConferenceCall 2022 12 07||Data Principles|
|ConferenceCall 2022 12 14||Planning|
|ConferenceCall 2023 01 18||Launch|
|ConferenceCall 2023 01 25||COB|
|ConferenceCall 2023 02 01||ROBOT|
|ConferenceCall 2023 02 08||ODK|
|ConferenceCall 2023 02 15||OBO Dashboards|
|ConferenceCall 2023 02 22||Ubergraph|
|ConferenceCall 2023 03 01||Panel|
|ConferenceCall 2023 03 08||Modules and Patterns|
|ConferenceCall 2023 03 15||Design Patterns|
|ConferenceCall 2023 03 22||Wikidata|
|ConferenceCall 2023 03 29||Ontology Development|
|ConferenceCall 2023 04 05||Science on Schema.org|
|ConferenceCall 2023 04 12||Panel|
|ConferenceCall 2023 04 19||Synthesis|
|ConferenceCall 2023 04 26||Synthesis|
|ConferenceCall 2023 05 03||Communiqué|