OntologySummit2009: “Ontologies as the Next Generation of Information Standards”, 2009_01_15

This summit will address the intersection of two active communities,
namely the information standards world, and the technical community of
ontology and semantic technologies. This intersection is long overdue
because each has much to offer the other. Ontologies represent the best
efforts of the technical community to unambiguously capture the
definitions and interrelationships of concepts in a variety of domains.
Information standards are intended to provide unambiguous
specifications of information, for the purpose of error-free access and
exchange. If the standards community is indeed serious about specifying
such information unambiguously to the best of its ability, then the use
of ontologies as the vehicle for such specifications is the logical
choice.    (1Q35)

Conversely, the information
standards world can provide a large market for the industrial use of
ontologies, since ontologies are explicitly focused on the
representation of information. This will be a boost to worldwide
recognition of the utility and power of ontological models.    (1Q36)

The goal of this Ontology Summit
2009 is to articulate the power of synergizing these two communities in
the form of a communique in which a number of concrete challenges can
be laid out. These challenges could serve as a roadmap that will
galvanize both communities and bring this promising technical area to
the attention of others. Exactly what challenges are chosen is the
subject to be debated and decided upon during the electronic discussion
period leading up to the face-to-face meeting in April of 2009.