SICoP Special Conference 2 (April 25 2007) Building Knowledgebases for Cross-Domain Semantic Interoperability

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Time: 8:25 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Place: Oracle, 1900 Oracle Way, Reston, VA 20190, (see Reston Virginia, Campus). Enterprise Technology Center (ETC) Auditorium. Free Parking. MapQuest.

Registration: Open until 110 person limit reached. Email to BrandNiemann,

Accomodations: Reston Hotels.

Remote Access: Dial-in Number: (XXX) XXX-XXXX and Access Code: XXXXXX. 19 on phone.

Contacts: Brand Niemann,, and Tim Taylor,

Organizers: Lucian Russell, MillsDavis, Mike Lang, Susie Stephens, Chip Block, Eric Monk, and Brand Niemann.

Presentations at the 2007 Semantic Technology Conference, May 20-24, 2007, by SICoP Members


  • Follow on to the February 6th SICoP Special Conference 1: Building DRM 3.0 and Web 3.0 for Managing Context Across Multiple Documents and Organizations (Google: DRM 3.0 and Web 3.0)
  • Prepare for May 20-24, 2007, Semantic Technology Conference, San Jose, CA. Tuesday, May 22, Spectrum of Reasoning and Applications, John Sowa, VivoMind Intelligence, Inc., Leo Obrst, The MITRE Corporation, and Brand Niemann, EPA. Thursday, May 24, Advanced Intelligence Community R&D Meets the Semantic Web?, Lucian Russell, Expert Reasoning & Decisions LLC, and Brand Niemann, EPA. See Abstracts.
  • Support the January 17, 2007, CIOC Strategic Plan FY 2007-2009. See pages 10-11 re Goal 2: Information securely, rapidly, and reliably delivered to or stakeholders. Provide updates to the FEA Data Reference Model (DRM) and establish DRM implementation strategies, best practices, and success stories. The purpose of these activities is to contribute to the usability of the DRM by maintaining an effective process for modifying the DRM and sharing strategies for success.
  • Follow the Best Practices Committee Suggested "Best Practices" Process.
  • Coordinated with the NIST interoperability Week Ontology Summit 2007, April 23-24, 2007.
  • See March 7, 2007, SICoP Suggestions to the Intelligence Community Data Management Committee Meeting and May 22 and 24, 2007, 2007 Semantic Technology Conference: (1) Spectrum of Reasoning and Applications Slides and Conference and TWPDES/Person Knowledgebases; and (2) Accelerating the Deployment of Semantic Technologies Slides.

Best Practices Process

Suggestion by George Strawn, NSF CIO, and Co-Chair of the Best Practies Committee at the Best Practices Committee Meeting, March 19, 2007 COLAB:

  • 1. Request for Best Practices: A way for CIOs and their friends to ask for help from other agencies (and others) as to what are best practices in a given activity.
  • 2. Requests for Best Practicers: Present to the Best Practice Committee (as we have been doing).
  • 3. Capture These Presentations: The audio/video as well as the materials that we already capture and make available over the Wiki.
  • 4. Facilitate Access to and Awareness of These Materials: RSS and perhaps other techniques.

Post Conference Comments

  • Thanks to you and everyone for a fine conference. I'm looking forward to upcoming events.
  • It has shaped up to be a very interesting conference.
  • SICoP is doing the killer app (collective knowledge systems) that Tom Gruber talked about at the Ontology Summit 2007 and is using Semantic Wikis to categorize and reuse ontology artifacts (folksonomies, taxonomies, data models, and formal ontologies) like they agreed to in the draft Communique.
  • I wanted to thank you and the SICoP community for the opportunity to present our work at UTHSC and for the recognition. It was really an exciting moment of honor for me to receive it from your hands and being recognized by SICOP.
  • It looks like you were able to pull together an excellent agenda. I was also wondering if you had made any progress on your SWEO use case. We have a number of examples available that you can take a look at.
  • Thank you for the excellent - in fact I think the best so far -- SICoP conference last week - it was a pleasure introducing Parsa and his cutting-edge work at Univ of Texas Houston. His work on biosecurity is absolutely phenomenal.

Special Recognitions

See slides 17-19

  • Michael Lang, Revelytix.
    • Enterprise Data Modeling / SOA in a Semantic Wiki
  • Marguerite Ardito, Information Exchange, and Kevin Lynch, CIA.
    • Semantic Technologies and Vocabulary Management in the Context of An Overall Enterprise Data Architecture.
  • Parsa Mirhaji, MD.


  • 8:30 - 8:40 a.m. - Welcome and Logistics

    • Tim Taylor, Oracle Host, and BrandNiemann, SICoP Co-Chair. Slides.

  • 8:40-9:00 a.m. - Summarizing the February 6th Conference and Outlining What Should Come Next:

  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Federal Government: Enterprise Data Modeling (SOA in Semantic Wikis). Organizers: Mike Lang, Revelytix, and Brooke Stevenson, BEA.

    • Mike Lang, Revelytix. The Vocabularly Management WG for DRM in the Semantic Wiki. Slides.

    • Kevin Lynch, CIA, and Marguerite Ardito, Information Exchange. Semantic Technologies and Vocabulary Management in the Context of An Overall Enterprise Data Architecture. Slides.

      • Also see More Things in Heaven and Earth: Ontologies and Semantic Technology in the CIA's Strategy for Enterprise Data, Ontology for the Intelligence Community: Towards Effective Exploitation and Integration of Intelligence Resources, November 30 - December 1, 2006.

  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon - State Government - Featured Keynote:

  • 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m. - NETWORKING LUNCH (Oracle Cafeteria on your own)

  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Organizations: Government and Non-Government. Organizer: Brand Niemann, SICoP, Co-chair. Presentations:

    • Peter F Brown, European Initiatives. Founder,, Chair, CEN eGovernment Focus Group, Co-Editor,  OASIS SOA Reference Model, Lecturer at XML Summer School. Slides.

    • Wing Yung, IBM, for Susie Stephens (in Norway), SWEO Chair, SWEO's Recent Survey Results: Documenting Real Case Studies. Slides.

    • Rick Murphy, GSA, Citizen Privacy Service Technical Architecture and Preview of SICoP Special Conference 3 (Governance, Information Flow and Privacy: in planning). Outline.

  • 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. - BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS.

  • 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. - Database Vendor Implementations Using Semantic Technologies and Web Standards. Organizers: Chip Block and Eric Monk, McDonald Bradley. Presentations: Xavier Lopez and Melli Annamalai, Oracle, Semantic Functionality in the Oracle Database. SlidesBenjamin Szekely, IBM, Developing Semantic Web Tools at IBM. SlidesAdam Pease, Articulate Software, DHS NIEM Semantic Pilot. Slides.

  • 4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Preview of the 2007 Semantic Technology Conference, May 20-24th, San Jose, California: MillsDavis, SICoP Co-Chair, and Project10x. Slides. See (February 6th presentation).


Participants (as of April 25, 2007):
Adam Pease
Adrian Walker
Andy Evans
Anita Tillett
Art Conroy
Ben Kinard
Benjamin H Szekely
Beth Stern
Bob Holmes
Bob Smith
Bobby Long
Bonnie Swart
Brad Harshman
Brand K Niemann
Brand Niemann
Brian Haugh
Brian Turner
Brooke Stevenson
Byron Waltham
CC Wang
Chip Block
Chris Sharbaugh
Craig Hagmaier
David Allen
David Bush
David Holliday
David Li
Denise Bedford
Ed Coia
Eric Monk
Erin Means
Gary Berg-Cross
Gerald Koenig
Harriet Riofrio
Harry Lehrhaupt
James Schoening (Dial in)
James Taylor
Jeff Sterling
Jim Disbrow
Jim Pipher
Joe Rockmore
Joe Roden
John Beatty
John Prange
Joi Grieg
Karen Gay
Kevin Kirby
Kevin Lynch
Kevin R. Taylor
Lee Feigenbaum
Lucian Russell
Marc Wine
Marguerite Ardito
Mark Hamilton
Mary Parmelee
Mel Laney
Melliyal Annamalai
Michael Belanger
Mike Lang
Mills Davis
Neil Olonoff
Nicholas Hamisevicz
Parsa Mirhaji
Patrick Cross
Peter F Brown
Richard Lee
Rick Murphy
Robert Coyne
Simon Hernaez
Shawn Martin
Stephen Pauley
Steve Hamby
Tchad Moore
Terrell Chandler
Tim Taylor
Todd Schneider
Triet Lu
Wing Yung
Tzveta Ianeva
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