Fifth Semantic Interoperability for E-Government Conference October 10-11 2006

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Fifth Semantic Interoperability for E-Government Conference, October 10-11, 2006, at MITRE, McLean, Virginia.


Call for Participation Proposals

The Federal CIO Council's Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP) is soliciting participation in the Fifth Semantic Interoperability for E-Government Conference, October 10-11, 2006. We’d like to stress that we are not asking for proposals to accomplish work that has not already been done, rather, we are asking for products, services, results, etc. that are essentially in place.

Important Dates:

The proposals should be submitted in a paper of no greater than two pages in Microsoft Word. Submissions should include the name of the organization, key technical points of contact, and the key users or audience, either Government or commercial organizations. Also, the proposal should include a description of what will be demonstrated or described along with needs for electrical power and Internet connectivity. NOTE: Space limitiations does not permit us to have conventional booths or displays. Appropriate handouts are permitted and encouraged.

For accepted proposals, papers limited to 10 pages in Word or PDF format and/or presentation slides in PowerPoint or PDF up to 30 slides in length, must be submitted by October 6th and will appear in the Conference Proceedings in the Wiki.

Contact: Brand Niemann at to discuss your interest and the deadline.

How to Submit: E-mail your submission to BrandNiemann at

Selection Criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference purposes and agenda topics and relevance to the SICoP White Paper Module topics and Work Groups and Partners (see below) as assessed by the Conference Planning Committee (Gary Berg Cross, EM&I, Mills Davis, Project10x, Brand Niemann, US EPA, Todd Pehle, Northrop Grumman, Rick Tucker, MITRE, and others invited)
  • Selected participation will be featured in one or more of five ways:
    • (1) the October 10th, 12 Noon - 2 p.m. Poster/Vendor period,
    • (2) the October 11th, all day Auditorium, Tutorials, and Breakout Session,
    • (3) the proceedings of the conference in the Wiki,
    • (4) the SICoP White Papers 3 and 4, and/or
    • (5) special recognitions for excellence and innovation.

Content: The paper should describe solutions you are building using semantic web standards and languages. One of the key objectives of this conference is to foster pilot projects and vendor implementations using OWL and RDF technologies and building a catalog of semantic interoperability architectures and assets.

SICoP White Paper Modules and Their Leads:

  • Module 1: Introducing the Semantic Web Technologies: Harnessing the Power of Information Semantics – Completed by SICoP.
  • Module 2: Exploring the Business Value of Semantic Interoperability – Completed by Mills Davis.
  • Module 3: Operationalizing the Semantic Web – Michael Daconta (originally) and Brand Niemann (interim) - Volunteers being sought. Completed by Lucian Russell and Bryan Aucoin.
  • Module 4: Knowledge Representations for Semantic Interoperability - Tom Beckman.
2. Purpose
3. Schedule
4. Logistics
5. Planning Committee
6. Special Recognitions
7. Postscript and Comments
8. Agenda
8.1. Monday, September 29, 2008 (All Together All Day)
8.2. Tuesday, September 30, 2008 (Three Concurrent Activities with Common Break and Lunch Times)
9. Registrants



  • October 9, 2006: Registration Reached 250+ and Closed.
  • October 6, 2006: All Presentations and Tutorials Due to Review and Post.
  • August 25, 2006: Notification on Proposals.
  • August 18, 2006 (extended to August 25th): Call for Presentations, Tutorial, and Exhibits/Posters Deadline.
  • July 24, 2006: Invitations to Present.


  • Date & Location: October 10-11, 2006, at The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia, MITRE-1 Building Auditorium, 7515 Colshire Drive McLean, Virginia 22102-7508. See Map. Please follow signs to the East and West Parking Lots and enter by the Conference Center Entrance.
  • MITRE Shuttle Bus: Service available from the West Falls Church Metro Station starting at 6:40 a.m., continuing every 20 minutes, and last bus from MITRE at 5:40 p.m. Drop off at MITRE 1 and 2 (come to the back of MITRE 1 for entrance)
  • Registration: You must register by Monday, October 9th NOON EST to be cleared by security to be admitted to this secure facility. Attendance limited to the first 280 individuals to register.
  • Presentors/Exhibitors: Database and Layout
  • Accomodations: A list of hotels in the Tyson's Corner area is available for download.
  • Remote Access: Conference numbers (8 a.m - 5 p.m both days) - Washington area: 703-983-6338, Boston area: 781-271-6338, and Toll-free: 866-648-7367 Passcodes: Main Session Both Days (43210), Tutorial 2nd Day (7777), and Breakout Session 2nd Day (533533). Please Note: Please put your calls on Mute but not Hold because some systems introduce disruptive music.
    • We may be trying a newly enabled feature of our MeetingPlace remote access capability for this event. However, we are not sure that it will work yet since we haven't tried it out. If we use this option, you will be able to see the presentations and movement from slide to slide through your web browser. Here's info about how to access this feature (assuming we use it and it works suitably):
      • TO ATTEND THE WEB CONFERENCE AND THEN JOIN WITH AUDIO: Go to: Sign in as a Guest or with your MITRE MeetingPlace User ID, and click on Attend Meeting. Accept any security warnings you receive and wait for the Meeting Room to initialize.
      • TEST YOUR BROWSER BEFORE YOU ATTEND YOUR FIRST WEB CONFERENCE: Visit to test your web browser for compatibility with the web conference. In any case, our fallback is for remote participants to call a telephone conference number and then follow along with the briefings on the conference agenda web site.
      • FYI only for those within MITRE: This conference will be videostreamed (again, only within MITRE) at MII Fast Jump: MMC.

Planning Committee

  • Mills Davis SICoP Co-Chair and Project10x
  • Brand Niemann, SICoP Co-Chair and US EPA
  • Rick Tucker, MITRE Host
  • Gary Berg Cross, EM&I 
  • Todd Pehle, Northrop Grumman

Special Recognitions

  • Best Presentation: Chris Welty (IBM) for Interoperable Knowledge Representation for Intelligence Support (IKRIS)
  • Best Agency Semantic Interoperability Application: Con Kenney (FAA) and Irene Polikoff (TopQuadrant) for Ontology for Enterprise Architecture
  • Best Organization Semantic Interoperability Application: Denise Bedford (World Bank) for Semantic Interoperability at the World Bank: Combining Enterprise Architecture and Knowledge Management
  • Best Exhibit: Tom Beckman (Beckman Associates) and Ron Reck (RRecktek) for Issues in Knowledge Representation and Semantic Interoperability
  • Best Breakout Session Presentation: Linn Marks Collins, et al, (Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library) for Facilitating Semantic Data Integration and Interoperability between Collaboration Tools and Digital Object Repositories
  • Outstanding Contributions to the CoP: Jim Disbrow (US EIA) and Kyle Recsky (Visual Knowledge) for Testing the Visual Knowledge Semantic Wiki

Postscript and Comments

The Conference Planning Committee Expresses Appreciation to All Who Contributed to the Success of This Conference: The Presentors, The Exhibitors, The Tutorials, and The Attendees, and Congratulates Those Who Received Special Recognitions. The New CoPs That Formed Or Are Forming From This Conference (Spatial Ontology, National Information Sharing Standards, Agile Financial Data Services, and Vocabulary Management) Will Be Using the New Tools and Infrastructure (Semantic Wikis), Based on W3C Standards and Featured at This Conference, to Prepare for the Upcoming Conferences in the Spring (e.g., Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group, Semantic Technology 2007, etc.).

  • It was a marvelous conference! Congratulations to you and all involved for putting together yet another very successful event for the government, and the industry at large.
  • I think you did a great job of organizing the conference. I learned a lot and intend to attend others, if only remotely. If you ever want someone to talk a bit about eScience, let me know.
  • Thanks again for pulling this all together.


Tutorial #1: Ontology Modeling for OWL, SWRL, SPARQL using the TopBraid Composer Environment.

The Semantic Web and its technologies brings new requirements and challenges for ontology modeling, rules and query specification and tooling support. The tutorial will first provide an overview of OWL, SWRL and SPARQL. With this grounding, modeling approaches and tooling support for real-world applications of Semantic Technology will be described. Ontology Engineering invariably requires integration and interoperability with databases, XML and other information sources and sinks, for example, spreadsheets. Using TopBraid Composer, a number of demonstrations will be given: version control, XML Schema generation, database interoperability, spreadsheet interoperability and a "Semantic Mashup" integration with Google Maps. Scalability has been a major concern for people adopting semantic technology. We will describe and demonstrate support for large ontologies using a number of database approaches. The tutorial will use examples from current projects.

Tutorial #2: Connecting Communities: Leveraging problem-centric models across user communities.

This tutorial will explore with participants practical applications of ontology and semantic models to facilitate knowledge sharing across communities. Participants will review ways to manage multiple models, mappings, and support different problem perspectives and contexts. The tutorial will focus on how community participants can create and publish knowledge models and leverage ex models from other communities. The tutorial will explore user interfaces (web portals and rich clients) for exposing ontology driven systems to everyday users, policy, rules-based automation for knowledge assembly, and agile model development.

Web Pages: Thetus Homepage and Thetus Publisher

  • Thetus Publisher is a comprehensive infrastructure software framework that enables organizations to dynamically model complex ever-changing systems and discover, hypothesize, track and persistently evaluate, analyze, and re-use knowledge derived from the modeling process.
  • Thetus Publisher provides the essential complementary component to allow knowledge workers to flexibly interact with information using the language of their domain-not the language of the data. By providing the attention that data demands, Thetus Publisher enables organizations to understand where they stand, how they got there, and most importantly, the best way to move forward.
  • Enables users to model "what if?" and "how best to?" scenarios, supporting better decisions, persistent development of best practices, and predictive forecasting .
  • Provides the flexibility and speed required to model, discover and evolve knowledge to keep pace with rapidly-changing data and objectives.
  • Enables discovery of hidden trends, patterns and relationships among data, allowing users to exploit information assets to their full potential.
  • Allows for easy integration, allowing organizations to incorporate complementary technologies into the modeling process.


  • Tuesday, October 10, 2006 (All Together All Day)

    • 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Conference Check In (must be pre-registered)
    • 8:30 – 8:45 AM, MITRE Welcome, Rick Tucker (MITRE), Conference Host
    • 8:45 - 9 AM, Welcome and Conference Overview, Brand Niemann (US EPA and SICoP Co-Chair)
    • 9:00 - 10:30 AM, Opening Keynotes:
      • First: Eric Miller (Former Activity Lead for the W3C World Wide Web Consortium's Semantic Web, and President, Kadomo: The Semantic Web Company)
        • Topic: Operationalizing the Semantic Web: Moving from Standards Research to Practical Pilots and Production Deployment. Presentation: PDF.
      • Second: Mills Davis (Project10x and SICoP Co-Chair).
        • Topic: Semantic Wave Update: The Landscape of Application Adoption. Presentation.
    •  10:30 - 11:00 AM, BREAK
    • 11:00 - 12 NOON, Featured Presentation and Panel: Facilitators: Eric Miller and Mills Davis.
      • Featured Presentation: A Top-5 List reports the results of an informal survey in which we asked several experts (25) to each identify five priority applications for semantic technology in e-government and industry.
      • Panelists: Leo Obrst (MITRE), Con Kenney (FAA), Kevin Backe (US Army), Steven Ray (NIST), and John Moeller (Northrop Grumman). See for example Con Kenny's Recent Presentation.
    • 12 NOON - 2 PM, Networking Lunch (MITRE Cafeteria) and Posters/Exhibitors (Atrium)
    • 2 - 3:45 PM, New Directions: Invited Presentations and Demonstrations.
      • An EU Perspective: Providing Integrated Public Services to Citizens at the National and Pan-European level with the use of Emerging Semantic Web Technologies.
        • Vassilios Peristeras (DERI) and Konstantinos Tarabanis (CERTH) Representing CERTH/ITI, SemanticGov project coordinator. See Cooperative Agreement with SICoP. Presentation.
      • New Directions in Ontology and Rules: Leo Obrst (MITRE), Co-Convenor of the Ontolog Forum - A SICoP Partner, RuleML-06 Workshop: Ontology and Rule Integration, November 10-11, 2006, International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, November 9-11, 2006.
      • New Directions in Knowledge Languages and Knowledge Processing: Chris Welty (IBM - remote) Knowledge Structures Group, T. J. Watson Research Center, IBM Corporation, Interoperable Knowledge Representation for Intelligence Support (IKRIS). Presentation: PowerPoint.
      • The National Health Information Network Semantic Interoperability Pilots: Marc Wine (GSA and HITOP Chair).
      • A NCOIC Perspective - Semantic Interoperability for Net-Centric Operations: John Yanosy (Chair, NCOIC-SII WG - conflict with NCOIC meetings), The Net-Centric Operations Industry Consortium Semantic Services and Information Interoperability Working Group. See Cooperative Agreement with SICoP.
        • Placeholder Presentation: The Net-Centric Operations Industry Consortium Semantic Services and Information Interoperability Working Group. Presentation: Same as Above.
    • 3:45-4 PM, SHORT BREAK
    • 4 - 5 PM, Closing Keynote, Demonstration,and Dialogue:
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2008 (Three Concurrent Activities with Common Break and Lunch Times)

    • 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Conference Check In (must be pre-registered)
    • 1. Tutorials in Conference Room 1 H 301 (LIMITED TO 40):
    • 2. Auditorium Sessions:
    • 3. Breakout Session (Atrium-Auditorium Foyer) Gary Berg Cross (EM-I), Chair (also judge of the Best Breakout Session Presentation). See Logistics for Remote Access.

      • 8:30 a.m. Session 1. Framing the Problem. Proposal: Eric Chaum (DSMO - remote) and Michael Leite (SAIC), Multinational Command and Control Semantic Interoperability. Presentation: PowerPoint.

      • 9:00 a.m.

        • Proposal: Matthew K. Hettinger (Mathet - remote), Integrated, Interoperable and Collaborative Systems: Semantic Interoperability and Ontology Systems. Presentation: PowerPoint.

      • 9:30 a.m.

        • Proposal: Jim Disbrow (US EIA), Case Study: Assisting E-Learning Initiatives with KM and Social Computing Tools. Presentation: PowerPoint.

      • 10:00 a.m. BREAK

      • 10:30 a.m. Session 2. Wikis and Repositories.

        • Proposal: Linn Marks Collins, et al, (Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library), Facilitating Semantic Data Integration and Interoperability between Collaboration Tools and Digital Object Repositories. Presentation: PDF.

      • 11:15 a.m.

        • Proposal: Adrian Walker (Reengineering), A Wiki for Business Rules in Open Vocabulary, Executable English? - No Show.

        • Danielle Forsyth (Thetus), Thetus Publisher (preview of afternoon tutorial). Presentation: PowerPoint.

      • 12:00 LUNCH

      • 1:00 p.m. Session 3. Knowledge Representation and Ontology.

        • Proposal: Tom Beckman (Beckman Associates) and Ron Reck (RRecktek), Issues in Knowledge Representation and Semantic Interoperability. Presentation: PowerPoint.

      • 1:40 p.m.

        • Proposal: Michel Biezunski (Infoloom), The Melting Pot of Information. Presentation: PowerPoint.

      • 2:00 p.m. Previous two speakers each given more time.

        • Proposal: Dennis Wisnoski (DoD) and Bruce Peat (eProcessSolutions), ACARTA, Mapping between Enterprise Architectures. Presentation: Withdrawn.

      • 2:15 p.m. SHORT BREAK

      • 2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Session 4. The Role of DRM 2.0 “Context” in the Development of National Standards for Information Sharing: Presentations and Panel.

        • Proposal: Brand K. Niemann (SAIC), Organizer and Facilitator. Presentation: Word PowerPoint. Notes: Word.

        • Panelists:

          • David H. Fado (David Fado) (SAIC\ASC)

          • Eric Monk (McDonald Bradley). Eric Monk is a Principal Architect at McDonald Bradley, focused on delivering standards based data sharing solutions for DoD and Intel customers.

          • John Sowa (VivoMind Intelligence, Inc.)

            • 1. The standard I have been working on is the draft ISO standard for Common Logic, which is currently in the Final Committee Draft (FCD).

            • 2. An important customer is NSA, which has supported Nancy Lawler to participate on the L8 committee that is in charge of the standard and has provided funding for Harry Delugach to serve as editor.

          • Tim Finin (UMBC)

          • Joe Rockmore (Cyladian)

          • Richard MacKnight (System Planning Corporation, NIJ/USDOJ, NIEM)

      • 2:30 - 2:40 (10 minutes) Introduction. Introduction of Panelists.

        • Overview of NIEM and TWPDES Standards.

      • 2:40 - 3:00 (20 minutes) 1. End result of panel.

        • What do panelists want to have come out of the panel discussion on National Information Sharing Standards, NIEM and TWPDES, as it relates to DRM 2.0 "Data Context" and Data Semantics? (1-2 minutes each).

      • 3:00 - 3:15 (15 minutes) 2. What is good?

        • What are the various dimensions and aspects of semantic interoperability covered, assumed or emphasized in NIEM and TWPDES? (1-2 minutes each).

      • 3:15 - 3:30 (15 minutes) 3. What can be improved?

        • With regard to NIEM and TWPDES, what aspects of semantic interoperability might be missing, but important (e.g. ontological analysis, proper formalisms, etc.)? (1-2 minutes each).

      • 3:30 - 3:45 (15 minutes) 4. What is relevant?

        • With regard to semantic standards and best practices, what semantic standards and best practices are relevant to National Information Standards, NIEM and TWPDES? (1-2 minutes each).

      • 3:45 - 4:00 (15 minutes) 5. What are the challenges?

        • With regard to semantic interoperability, what are the challenges that need to be addressed for more successful adoption by National Information Sharing Standards? (1-2 minutes each).

      • 4:00 - 4:15 (15 minutes) 6. What is recommended?

        • What do panelists see as a possible way forward for addressing a greater need for semantic interoperability by National Information Sharing Standards? (1-2 minutes each).

      • 4:15 Conclusion.

        • Notes and take away items will be posted to the Conference Wiki.

        • See the newly formed Spatial Ontology CoP COLAB for the Best Practices Committee COLAB to “analyze, develop & maintain a set of core, common spatial ontologies for use by all in the Semantic Web”.



  • 1a. MITRE Hosts
  • 1b. MITRE Hosts
  • 2a. Mills Davis
  • 2b. Eric Miller
  • 3a. Conor Shankey
  • 3b. Gary Berg-Cross
  • 4a. Brooke Stevenson
  • 4b. Open
  • 5a. TopQuadrant
  • 5b. TopQuadrant
  • 6a. Thetus
  • 6b. Thetus
  • 7a. Spatial Ontology CoP
  • 7b. Northrop Grumman
  • 8a. Jeff Harrison
  • 8b. Eric Little
  • 9a. Denise Bedford
  • 9b. Alianna Maren
  • 10a. Michael Lang
  • 10b. Tim Finin
  • 11a. Rohit Agarwal
  • 11b. Arun Majumdar
  • 12a. Best Practices Committee
  • 12b. Best Practices Committee
  • 13a. Jim Disbrow
  • 13b. Linn Marks Collins
  • 14a. Adrian Walker
  • 14b. Tom Beckman and Ron Reck
  • 15a. Michel Biezunski
  • 15b. Open
  • Waitlisted #1: Brian Hankin
  • Waitlisted #2: Brand K. Niemann
  • Waitlisted #3:
  • Waitlisted #4:
  • Waitlisted #5:



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