On behalf of the Ontolog Forum, the National Center for Ontological Research, and NIST, I would like to invite you to participate in this year’s Ontology Summit face-to-face workshop, which is scheduled for April 28-29, 2008, as part of NIST’s annual “Interoperability Week” dedicated to a spectrum of issues surrounding effective exchange of information.
The theme of the 2008 Ontology Summit this year is the vision of an Open Ontology Repository. This vision forms the basis of the Open Ontology Repository community, and this year’s summit will support their effort to produce such a repository (or set of repositories) by serving as a venue – both virtual and face-to-face – in which many of the issues relating to the design, implementation, and ongoing use of an ontology repository can be discussed and ultimately resolved. In particular, these issues will include the themes of the 2006 and 2007 Ontology Summits (Upper Ontologies, and a framework for classification of ontologies, respectively), and this year’s summit will thus also provide an opportunity to revisit the conclusions reached at those two prior meetings.
Because NIST is a government facility, pre-registration for the physical meeting is required. Please visit http://www.mel.nist.gov/div826/msid/sima/interopweek/meetings.htm before April 21st to register. There is no registration fee.
We have already begun addressing the issues through an on-line discussion, which you can catch up with at http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2008. The workshop on April 28th is simply the culmination of this process, so please jump in right away.