• Monday, March 5
    • Tuesday, March 6
    • Wednesday, March 7








Dianne Kennedy
InfoLoom, Inc.


Graphic Communications Association


Program Start PageTuesday, March 6

Monday, March 5

Opening Plenaries


Douglas B. Lenat
President/CEO, Cycorp, Inc.

Just Common Sense

Doug is one of the world's leading computer scientists, and is both the founder of the CYC® project and the president of Cycorp. He has been a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University and Stanford University. He is a prolific author, whose hundreds of publications include the books: Knowledge Based Systems in Artificial Intelligence (1982, McGraw-Hill), Building Expert Systems (1983, Addison-Wesley), Knowledge Representation (1988, Addison-Wesley), Building Large Knowledge Based Systems (1989, Addison-Wesley). His 1976 Stanford thesis earned him the bi-annual IJCAI Computers and Thought Award in 1977. He was one of the original Fellows of the AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence).


Dr. Nic Fulton
Chief Technology Strategist, Reuterspace, a division of Reuters

The Industrialization of Knowledge

Dr. Nic Fulton is the Chief Technology Strategist for Reuterspace, a division of Reuters focusing on B2B and B2C initiatives. Nic has worked for Reuters in a number of locations, and most recently headed up XML Architecture and Design for the company. In this role, Nic has overseen Reuters involvement with W3C as XML has developed, and coordinated Reuters involvement in standards consortia including FpML, NewsML, IRML and XBRL. Nic has also been a long term member of Reuters core Research and Standards group, in which he acts as an internal consultant to many key Internet projects. Nic has a PhD in Quantum Physics and lives and works in New York with his astrophysicist wife.


Scott Cooper
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Knowledge Management Business Unit , Lotus Development Corporation, a division of IBM

Scott Cooper is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lotus' Knowledge Management Business Unit. He is responsible for the development of Lotus' suite of KM products including the Lotus Knowledge Discovery System, a suite of technologies designed to allow organizations to discover the contextual relationships between people and information. He also manages the Document Management, Workflow, Search, and SmartSuite teams.

He joined Lotus in 1992 as a Product Manager responsible for developing add-on technologies to the Lotus Notes Platform. During his career at Lotus he has focused on developing new products for emerging markets and has brought over a dozen new products to market. As General Manager of the Document Management business he launched Domino.Doc, a content management add-on for Domino that has achieved massive growth and a multi-million seat installed base. In 1997 he led the acquisition of Onestone technologies, a German workflow technology vendor and integrated their business into the Lotus knowledge management family.

He was also one of the principal strategists that conceived the current Lotus Knowledge Management vision and technology strategy. This marketplace represents one of Lotus' most significant growth opportunities.

Prior to joining Lotus, Mr. Cooper held various development and marketing positions at Eastman Kodak. He joined Kodak as an engineer working on advanced development of digital imaging applications. As Product Engineer, he was instrumental in developing and launching Eastman Kodak's first PC-based desktop imaging product. Mr. Cooper was also a founding member of a Kodak subsidiary that built the first add-on product for Lotus Notes.

Mr. Cooper speaks extensively at industry events, is an advisor to several Lotus business partners, and is a recognized leader in the Knowledge Management arena. Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Saint John Fisher College.

10:30am- 11:00am Break
11:00am- 12:30pm

Standards Updates
Dan Connolly, World Wide Web Consortium
Eric Freese, Chair, XTM Working Group
Jim Mason, Chairman, ISO/IEC JTCI/SC34
Linda Burman and Ron Daniel Jr., Co-Chairs, PRISM Working Group

12:30pm- 2:00pm Luncheon with Poster Presentations & Table-top Exhibits

2:00pm-3:30pm (two sessions included in each track)

Management Track; A Manager's View of Technology
Track Chair: Dianne Kennedy, InfoLoom, Inc.

An Introduction to RDF and the Semantic Web
Joel Sachs, Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Description: Massively improved search; knowledge sharing; corporate memory - these are some of the promises held forth by the impending semantic web. In this session, we will give a manager's introduction to RDF, the foundation on which the semantic web is being built. We will look at representative scenarios/architectures showing how RDF can be used today, and at tentative architectures showing how RDF will be used tomorrow.

An Introduction to Service Architectures
David Turner, XML Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Description: Web services are fast becoming the programmatic backbone for electronic commerce. A Web Service describes specific business functionality exposed by a company for the purpose of providing a way for another company to use the service. Integrating web services into service frameworks and providing mechanisms to facilitate web service discovery remain challenges. In this presentation, David Turner will explain what a service architecture is and discuss leading service architectures including .net, ebXML, BizTalk, and UDDI.

Implementer Track; Tools and Applications
Track Chair: Bryan Bell, SynthBank

PRISM : An RDF-Based Metadata Standard for Publishers
Linda Burman, VP, Standards & Evangelism, Kinecta Corporation & Ron Daniel Jr., Standards Architect, Interwoven, Inc.
Description: PRISM, Publishers Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata, is an RDF metadata vocabulary, developed in response to a critical need in the publishing marketplace for a standard to enable the automated repurposing, aggregating, syndicating, personalizing and post-processing magazine, catalog, book, news and mainstream journal content. Learn about RDF, metadata, and the PRISM metadata vocabulary in this presentation by the co-chairs of these standards.

Practical RDF Tools Towards a Semantic Web
Dave Beckett, Technical Researcher, Institute for Learning and Research Technology, University of Bristol
Description: There are now many RDF tools that are developed and deployed on the web. This presentation will introduce them, their applications, and describe how they are involved in the steps towards a future Semantic Web.

Technical Track; Ontologies and Taxonomies
Track Chair: Nikita Ogievetsky, Cogitech

Ontology Analysis and Design for Topic Map Applications
Ann Wrightson, Consultant, Ontopia AS; KnoW Steering Group
Description: This presentation will give you an analysis and design method to design ontologies for representation in topic maps, based on concepts and methods already proved in pilot projects across academic and industry R&D.;

Accounting for Social Objects in Consumer Ontologies
David Koepsell, Business Web Ontologist, Bowstreet
Description: In this session, attendees will explore the hallmarks of successful ontologies and will examine a method for accounting for social objects in consumer ontologies. We will also discuss how to predict ontologies' performance in search engines and directories and test them as they are developed.

3:30pm-4:00pm Break

4:00pm-5:30pm (two sessions included in each track)

Management Track; A Manager's View of Technology
Track Chair: Dianne Kennedy, InfoLoom, Inc.

Ontologies and Taxonomies; A Manager's Overview
Dr. Joseph Williamson, Vice President Knowledge Services, EDS - Federal
Description: As we struggle to implement intuitive intranet navigation, seek to leverage shared meaning and language and as we place more emphasis on intangibles, collaboration, innovation, virtual communication the use of taxonomies and ontologies increase in visibility and importance. In fact we find the applications of these technologies surfacing in eCommerce, in portals, in object orientated and RDMS, in informal group work, in B2b exchanges, in large global enterprises and even in mom and pop shops. In this presentation learn more about taxonomies and ontologies and how they can be employed.

Topic Maps and XTM; A Manager's Overview
Michel Biezunski, CEO/Founder, InfoLoom, Inc. and Steven R. Newcomb, CoolHeads Consulting
Description: This session will provide a non-technical introduction to Topic Maps (ISO 13250) and XML Topic Maps (XTM, GPS for the Web). The speakers for this session, co-editors of the ISO/IEC Topic Maps specification and founding co-chairs for the XTM Activity, will provide managers with a basic conceptual understanding of Topic Maps and explain how this technology can be applied in a business environment.

Implementer Track; Tools and Applications
Track Chair: Bryan Bell, SynthBank

Implementing a Semantic Web Site
Eric van der Vlist, CEO, Dyomedea
Description: Some of the semantic web and knowledge technologies can easily be used with today's technology to facilitate the navigation on medium sized web sites. This presentation will show how one can build on keywords available in most of the XML formats to derive RDF Site Summaries, Topic Maps and pages classifications that are very helpful for navigating on medium or complex web sites. This will also prove to possibly increase the average number of pages per visitor.

Practical RDF Inference: A Case Study of OpenTechnology.org
Uche Ogbuji, Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc.
Description: This presentation is a case study of OpenTechnology.org's use of RDF and inference on RDF data to help automate content and other data management. It will present Fourthought's practical success in using RDF for low-cost knowledge management in a closed, controlled system.

Technical Track; Ontologies and Taxonomies
Track Chair: Nikita Ogievetsky, Cogitech

Designing Quality Taxonomies
Jim Nisbet, Senior Vice President of Technology, Semio Corporation
Description: Learn what a taxonomy is and how to develop a quality taxonomy. This presentation highlights methods to ensure quality taxonomies using quality metrics to deal with adverse factors such as update frequency, the meeting of multiple user needs, and the growth of the information mass.

Taxonomies and Indexing; A Technical Strategy
Diane Vizine-Goetz, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC
Description: This presentation will provide an overview of principles, standards, and methods for organizing information using knowledge organization (KO) tools such as thesauri, classification schemes, and other taxonomic structures. The costs and benefits of using free text, controlled vocabularies and classificatory structures will be addressed. References to KO resources will be provided.

Reception with Poster Presentations and Tabletop Exhibits

Program Start PageTuesday, March 6

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