Towards e-Government: The Federal Enterprise Architecture Reference Ontology Presentation at the National Center for Ontological Research Inaugural Meeting, Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo Brand Niemann (US EPA), Chair, Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP) Best Practices Committee (BPC), CIO Council and Peter Yim, President & CEO, CIM Engineering, Inc. October 27, 2005 http://web-services.gov/ and http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?SICoP
Dr. Niemann has been with the U.S. EPA for 25 years and currently works in the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information as an Enterprise Architect and Semantic Web Services Specialist. He Chairs the Federal CIO Council’s Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP). He serves as a member of the XML Conference Planning Committee, the E-Gov Institute Program Planning Committee, the Architecture & Infrastructure Committee, and the Knowledge Management Working Group of the Best Practices Committee.
CIO Council’s XML Web Services Working Group Meeting, March 4th, 2003:
Ralph Hodgson, "The Promise of Ontology-based Knowledge Technologies for Enabling Citizens: An Exploration with Scenario-based "Capability Cases".”
SICoP and the Ontolog Forum Partner, June 23, 2004:
Delivered a Response to the National Health Information Network RFI and a Pilot Showing the Use of a Hierarchy of Ontologies.
AFCEA International (Bethesda Chapter) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ArchitecturePlus Seminar, January 18, 2005:
Richard Murphy, “Semantic Interoperability, Ontology and Their Potential for Federal Information Sharing”:
Extracted concepts from paper documents to create the Federal Enterprise Architecture Reference Model Ontology (FEA-RMO) that is a domain specific ontology that turns four FEA Reference Models into their executable representation in OWL-DL with support from TopQuadrant. Also produced four use cases.
The Tradeoff Between Search and Knowledge Computing How would you really accomplish the seven scenarios in the GSA/OMB RFI? See http://www.fbo.gov/spg/GSA/V/VC/GS00V05PDC0062/SynopsisR.html * See the next slide for the BioCAD/VisualOwl example. Only the content that has been repurposed*. Everything that is electronically accessible. Content Executable Assists Metadata Knowledge Computing Search Purpose
BioCAD Source: Knowledge Computing Example in the Business Value of Semantic Technology: Exploiting New Value Paradigms, Mills Davis, Joint CAF, PMCoP, & SICoP Meeting, Reagan Center, September 21, 2005, http://colab.cim3.net/file/work/SICoP/2005-09-21/BizValue050921.pdf
Ontologies are Fun by Ed Hovy, December 2004, NSF Eco-Informatics Workshop
Ontologies are fun,
Ontologies are cool,
But when a long day’s done,
Doing too much is cruel!
So these next four slides,
Should go by in a flash.
Then in our speedy rides
Ramada-ward we’ll dash
And drop straight into bed.
But ere you fall asleep,
Repeat this in your head,
And as your mantra keep:
Ontologies are fun,
Ontologies are cool,
Before we are all done,
Ontologies will rule!
Peter Yim, President & CEO of CIM Engineering, Inc. , and Mark Musen, Stanford Medical Informatics, Stanford University Presented at the 2005 SICoP Annual Meeting, September 14, 2005, at the MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA, by SICoP Chair, Brand Niemann, U.S. EPA. For “Outstanding Contributions” to Providing Critical Infrastructure for Collaborative Ontology Development: The Ontolog Forum, The Collaboration Wiki, Protégé, and The Server for Multi-User Protégé That Support SICoP and Other Federal Communities of Practice, the New National Center for Ontological Research, and a World-Wide Community. Special Recognition Federal CIO Council’s Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP)
Ontologies and Ontology Engineering are emerging with a bright future in eGovernment for Enterprise Architecture, Data Architecture, Knowledge Computing, and Electronic Health Information, to mention a few.
NCOR provides a critical link in the public-academic-private partnership needed to provide high quality ontologies and ontological engineering applications to eGovernment.
Ontological Research is 'strategic' research that is more appropriately modeled in Donald Stokes' Pasteur's Quadrant (as use-inspired basic research) ... we should no longer treat (and fund) basic-research and applications like opposite poles.
With the Internet, virtual communities, and an 'open' paradigm, we have the promises of unprecedented research capabilities in our hands now.
ttp://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0815781776/ A couple of personal insights I'd like to share:
We combine the strengths of both the Protégé ontology tools platform, and CIM3’s infrastructure to provide a collaborative ontology development environment for both humans and machines, optimizing between (sometimes conflicting) objectives like:
Human expressiveness vs. machine rigor.
Average user vs. power user expectation.
Secured system vs. open system.
Transaction system vs. groupware system behavior.
Our intent is to foster shared understanding and learning
We are trying to spur innovation, as well as organic or emergent behavior in the user communities and teams.
Funding solicited to support the development of both the open source tools and the infrastructure.
Skills & expertise in software engineering welcome.
Skills & expertise in ontological engineering welcome.
Formation and participation of a community to carry this project forward.
For more information, see: http://ontolog.cim3.net/file/resource/project/cods/presentation/CIM3-SMI_CODS-presentation_20050914.ppt To get involved, please email: Peter Yim < firstname.lastname@example.org> or Mark Musen < musen @s tanford .edu>