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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.;
Presentation Materials: Power Point Slides

Accounting for Social Objects
David Koepsell, Ontologist, Bowstreet, Inc.
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.
Presentation Materials: Power Point Slides

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.
Presentation Materials:
Power Point Slides

Taxonomies and Indexing: A Technical Strategy
Diane Vizine-Goetz, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center
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.
Presentation Materials: Power Point Slides

Technical Track: Core Technologies
Track Chair: Nikita Ogievetsky, President, CogiTech Inc.

Knowledge Management at the Datum Level
Eric Freese, Director of Professional Services, ISOGEN International
Description: This talk will cover how knowledge management systems can be extended using the grove paradigm to allow for management and data access below the file level. Data types other than XML can be accessed allowing data reuse between data types and extending the value of legacy systems.
Presentation Materials: Power Point Slides

The Van: The Power of Cocoon for Web-Enabled Knowledge Sharing
Marcus Goncalves, Chief Knowledge Officer, Virtual Access Networks, Inc.
This presentation will discuss how the VAN will provide a set of integration-level application semantics, the Internet content extractor (ICE), which as a core technology will allow for a series of connectivity ports (known as ICE crystals) to a multitude of applications. Put in another way, the VAN will create a common way for data to be extracted, exchanged, and directed cross platform and among disparate devices, wired or wireless.
Presentation Materials: Slides

Developing a Topic Map Programming Model
Kal Ahmed, Principal Consultant and Lars Marius Garshol, Development Manager, Ontopia
Description: Topic maps provide a standard means for the representation of structured information. The standard currently defines only the interchange of topic maps using an SGML or XML-based syntax. For application developers, however, what is required is a standardized means of creating, manipulating and serializing topic maps. This presentation will explore some different approaches to providing interfaces for these purposes and proposes a number of different solutions.
Presentation Materials: HTML Slides

TMQL (Topic Map Query Language)
Speaker: Ann Wrightson, Consultant, Ontopia AS & Dr. H. Holger Rath, Business Segment Manager, empolis Content Management GmbH
Description: Topic maps need to be able to deliver their characteristic information handling
functionality in a modern distributed system context; to fulfil this vision, Topic Map tools need a deeper basis for interoperability than the interchange syntaxes published so far. TMQL has been named (in advance of its formal existence!) by analogy with SQL, and is intended to provide a similar kind of standardized functional interface to a topic map. This presentation will give a brief review of the status of the TMQL project (following the meetings immediately preceding the conference), and will include information on how to access and comment on the work in progress.
Presentation Materials:
PDF Slides

Technical Track: Core Technologies
Track Chair: Michel Biezunski, InfoLoom, Inc.

DAML: The DARPA Agent Markup Language
Dan Connolly, XML Activity Leader, World Wide Web Consortium
Description: The Web contains huge amounts of information coded using HTML. While HTML allows us to visualize the information on the web, it doesn't provide much capability to describe the information in ways that facilitate theuse of software programs to find or interpret it. XML allows information to be more accurately described using tags and to add metadata. However, XML has a limited capability to describe the relationships with respect to objects. Ontologies provide a powerful alternative for describing objects and their relationshipsto other objects. DAML (DARPA Agent Markup Language) language is being developed as an extension toXML and the to create web languages to make morecontent readable and processable by machines. This presentation will provide an introduction DAML, it's current status and relationship with RDF (Resource Description Framework).
Presentation Materials: https://www.w3.org/2001/Talks/0103daml-kt/

Building, Sharing, and Merging Ontologies (New title : A Processing Model for Topic Maps)
John Sowa, Independant Consultant (Replaced by Steven R. Newcomb, Founder, CoolHeads Consulting)
Presentation Materials: Power Point Slides

Grounding Knowledge Technology: Neuroscience and Topic Maps
Paul S. Prueitt, Founder, BCNGroup and OntologyStream
The tools required to accommodate the rapidly expanding demand for tracking, validating, and utilizing vast stores of communications are profoundly complex. This presentation will outline a foundation for grounding knowledge technology in neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience and stratified complexity theory. Using this foundation the speaker expects to offer an objective evaluation of new types of knowledge technologies.
Presentation Materials:
MS Word Paper

Bringing Knowledge Technologies to the Classroom

Jack Park, Senior Scientist, Advanced Products and Strategies, VerticalNet Solutions Description: The Semantic Web initiative offers us an opportunity to examine applications of web technologies in the light of many diverse domains, two of which are e-commerce and education. This presentation will examine ways in which the collaborative and ontology-based nature of e-commerce solutions can be combinied with new technologies that support constructivist epistemologies to further enhance the many ways in which the Semantic Web will benefit education. It will explore ways in which the new XTM Topic Map standard can be combined with Issue-based Information Systems (IBIS) and other features of the Semantic Web to provide opportunities for the development of critical thinking skills to classrooms everywhere. It will further outline an approach to enabling classrooms to provide such learning experiences in a world-wide collaborative fashion, enabling learners to become world-class thinkers.
Presentation Materials: PDF Slides

Technical Track: Late Breaking News
Track Chair: Ann Wrightson, Ontopia

Preserving Process: Hyperlink-Based Workflow Representation
W. Eliot Kimber, Lead Brain, DataChannel, Inc.
Description: Explores the effectiveness of representing implementation-independent work and process flows as systems of hyperlinks that define the possible state transitions for managed objects. Identifies a set of functional requirements that a link-based workflow approach must satisfy and identifies alternative implementation approaches, especially in the context of generalized content and information management systems.
Presentation Materials: PDF Slides / Power Point Slides / User Case Documents

The Semantic Network of IKM-I3
Ronald Poell, Consultant Knowledge Management, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research
IKM-I3 (Information & Knowledge Management - Intelligent Information Infrastructure) is a TNO program that started in 2001. Within this program a semantic network, based on the concepts behind Notion System, is developed. The multilingual system manages distributed data and is not domain specific. Information can be registered at various levels of detail. There are metadata available for automatic maintenance, filtering etceteras. Exploitation- and inference logic are an integrated part of the network. The Semantic Network will enable the enhancement of existing techniques (content analyses, NLP, and others) that allow automatic extension of the network. It will also allow new ways of searching and navigating and will promote new presentation techniques (probably 3D or 4D) using context sensitive delivery of information. Agents shall deploy automatic information maintenance activities (relevance, validity). Probabilistic answers can be given to some questions, other questions will receive clear answers. The resulting Semantic Network will be the collaborative work of all users, agents and systems connected to it. In the near future, when the nodes themselves will become "information bearing agents", the Semantic Network will be enhanced with even more powerful features (internal and external evaluations of quality and relevance). Next, when the various devices, up till that moment only connected TO the Net, will be integrated IN the Semantic Network, new openings will be possible through the use of dynamic situational information.
Presentation Materials: Power Point Slides

Technical Track: Knowledge Visualization
Track Chair: Ann Wrightson, Ontopia

Intelligent Graphics Using Simultaneous RDF and XTM Metadata
David Dodds, Senior Software Engineer, iKnowMed
Description: This session will describe why intelligent graphics systems must employ knowledge not just clever algorithms to step up to the next level of functionality. Self knowledge, content knowledge is needed, and the ability to agilely do inference, to step beyond the explicit content border.
Presentation Materials
: Text Paper 1 and Text Paper 2

Topic Maps Metrics and Visualization
Benedicte Le Grand, PhD Student, Laboratoire d Informatique de Paris 6
Description: This in depth analysis of topic maps will make it possible through the use of metrics. These measures allow us to characterize a topic map by defining its "profile". Topics and associations may be clustered according to their similarity, thus providing different scales for the topic map's representation.
Presentation Materials:
PDF Slides


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