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Organizing the Concepts of Science: Science Ontologies and the Semantic Web (SIG STI)

Gail Hodge [moderator], Information International Associates, Inc.; Ralph Hodgson, TopQuadrant, Inc.; Harold Solbrig, Mayo Clinic; Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


An ontology is an explicit, formal representation of the concepts, objects or other entities in a particular domain and the relationships among them. These advanced knowledge organization structures are increasing in number and relevance as computer to computer processing of information becomes more prevalent. They have been developed in many scientific disciplines where computer agents are being developed to support the scale of work and to implement semantic web technologies that will provide more precise information upon which both humans and computers can act. The session focuses on ontologies in three specific science domains where research is meeting practice. Each case study will describe the ontologies in the domain, discuss development and implementation methodologies and technologies, identify issues, and discuss methods that are being developed to increase interoperability and integration of multiple ontologies.

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