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Knowledge Technologies Conference 2002 - Program

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Monday, March 11 - 9:00 am

Dr. Richard L. Ballard
Chief Scientist 
Knowledge Foundations, Inc.

Once & Future Knowledge
Dr. Ballard looks back at the past 20 years of knowledge science and engineering achievement to sketch an outline of Knowledge Industry Formation and Emergence over the next 20 years. He employs a succession of nationally important space, military, and high level government decision tools and knowledge bases from this past to define the barriers to knowledge tool and product development. He highlights the approaches that overcome these barriers and promise revolutionary products and services the public has yet to understand or even to imagine. He sees these next few years as the birth of an industry. He sketches major markets, then the production processes and economics that will shape its early evolution. Ballard opens the door to a compelling new vision of knowledge based computing and a revolutionary world where knowledge is gained, but never lost.

Biography: Dr. Ballard is the founder and creator of KFI's technology. His background includes hands-on executive management of numerous start-up companies including Co-Director and Founder of Apple Foundations for Steve Jobs and Mike Markula, and Founder/Chairman of the TALMIS Division of International Data Corporation for Patrick McGovern. Dr. Ballard has received 128 software citations, developed 21 Educational Software Workshops and 3 Management Software Workshops, and has been published in 35 publications and technical reports. As a University of California professor and researcher, he has developed and taught numerous classes over 15 years. Dr. Ballard will manage all R&D functions as well as supporting with sales activities. 


Monday, March 11 - 9:45 am

Dr. Claude Vogel 
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Semio Corporation

Fasten Your Taxonomies; Hold on for the Classification Revolution

Biography: Dr. Claude Vogel, the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Semio Corporation, is a foremost authority in Cognitive Anthropology. He earned Ph.D. degrees in Social Anthropology (1976) and Cultural Anthropology (1992) at the Icole des Hautes Itudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. He is the former Director of the Computational Semiotics Laboratory at the University Leonard de Vinci in Paris, and an Associate Professor of Computational Semiotics at the University of Montrial. Dr. Vogel engages in ongoing research -- and has published more than 70 pieces, including nine books -- on the subjects of software engineering, cognitive design, social organizations, and semiotics. 


Wednesday, March 13 - 2:00 pm

John Sowa
Chief Scientist
Genumerix, Inc.

Negotiation Instead of Legislation
For years, the Holy Grail of IT has been a magical solution to the problem of making incompatible systems interoperable. The most common approach is to legislate some new kind of language, framework, schema vocabulary, terminology, nomenclature, ontology, or metadata. Whatever it is called, the legislators promise that it will somehow convert the knowledge cacophony of the World Wide Web into a knowledge symphony. 

Yet for any given task, people manage to work together without reorganizing the totality of all the knowledge soup in their heads. Instead of legislation, they use negotiation to make the minimal adjustments needed to get the job done. To make negotiation possible among computer systems, several processes must be accomplished: defining the task to be done, mapping the task-related concepts to the available structures of each system, and making adjustments only when necessary. This talk discusses the mechanisms of negotiation, analyzes their implications for system design, and shows how they can enable legacy systems to interoperate in dynamically changing environments.

Biography: John F. Sowa spent thirty years working on research and development projects at IBM. He is now the chief scientist at a new company, Genumerix Inc., which is developing software to deal with the kinds of problems discussed in this talk. He has a BS degree in mathematics from MIT, an MA in applied mathematics from Harvard, and a PhD in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, he has participated in ANSI and ISO standards projects for conceptual graphs, knowledge sharing, and ontology, and he has written and edited many books and papers on those topics.


9:00 am - 10:30 am: Opening Plenary 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Standards Update 

Applying computer technology to the capture, interchange, and use of knowledge depends on acceptance of common tools for knowledge representation and organization. Early efforts at knowledge representation used specialized notations arising from the artificial intelligence and formal logic communities. Much recent work has turned to applications of XML, with the goal of making knowledge available with commonly available tools like Web browsers. Hear reports from ISO, OASIS, and the W3C about efforts to build standards-based infrastructures for knowledge-based applications. 

Dr. James D. Mason, Chair, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34, Y-12 National Security Complex 

Topic Maps Update - Steve Pepper, CEO, Ontopia 
Semantic Web Update - Eric Miller, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead
OASIS Working Group Update - Bernard Vatant, Consultant, Mondeca 


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Green Track - KM Management Strategies 
Knowledge Management Strategies to Improve Business Performance
Presented by: Chris Paladino, Project Manager, Accenture
KM strategies enable organizations to improve customer relations and service delivery, standardize business processes, and increase workforce performance. This presentation provides two strategies for building a successful knowledge management environment.

A 12 Step Guide to Calculating the ROI of Knowledge Sharing Solutions
Presented by: Hossein Mousavi, Director, AskMe Corporation
This presentation enables knowledge champions to justify the investment in knowledge-related solutions. Traditionally, such solutions are considered "fluffy," i.e. without quantitative value. The presentation will show how knowledge solutions can indeed generate value that impacts any business's bottom line.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Blue Track - KM Implementation Strategies

Managing Communities of Practice
Presented by: Greg Searle, Chief Technology Officer, Tomoye
The informal nature of Communities of Practice creates managerial and organizational challenges. This presentation will discuss these challenges in more detail and will use practical examples to describe a technology platform for this emerging organizational form.

Building an XML Community of Practice
Presented by: Scott Tsao, Information Systems Architect, The Boeing Company
XML@Large is a Boeing companywide community of practice for XML. It nourishes an environment for the XML practitioners in Boeing to collaborate and work together on XML-related issues of common interest for the ultimate benefit to The Boeing Company. In this presentation I will share our experiences in building XML@Large. My emphasis will be on the evolving business models for information sharing and knowledge discovery. The participants will gain a good insight into how a real community of practice operates through a set of scenarios and practices we have developed. I will also identify some future challenges ahead of us in order to ensure continuing success of our community.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Gold Track - Knowledge Topics for Newcomers

The Role of Ontologies & Taxonomies in Knowledge Technologies 
Presented by: Carsten Tautz, Manager Research & Consulting, empolis knowledge management GmbH 
Without a common understanding of fundamental principles, there is no possibility for productive capture, exchange, and application of knowledge. Ontologies and taxonomies provide the basis on which knowledge can be formulated in systems that computers can process and humans can understand.

Introduction to RDF Invited 
Presented by: Uche Ogbuji, CEO/Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc.
The Resource Description Framework is central the W3C's effort to develop tools for describing and locating machine-processible components of information. RDF includes a model for metadata and tools for organizing and identifying its components on the World Wide Web. RDF is supported by a number of tools and is used in applications like DAML+OIL. 


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Green Track - KM Applications

Call Centers Powered by Knowledge Technologies
Presented by: Jasmin Franz, Consultant, empolis GmbH
Knowledge technologies are the key to significant performance increases for call centers. This presentation will explore topical technologies such as XML, Content Management, CBR and Topic Maps to reveal how they can optimize call center functionality and customer communication, in general. 
Text Mining: Tools, Techniques, and Applications
Presented by: Nathan Treloar, President, AvaQuest, Inc.
Over the past several years, text retrieval or "search" systems have become a mainstay of corporate and Internet portal applications. Despite this commoditization of search, few organizations have taken advantage of the next generation in information retrieval technology - text mining. Text mining is to full-text search what data mining is to traditional database management systems. By combining advanced natural language processing techniques with traditional information retrieval, text mining makes it possible to extract hidden nuggets of knowledge from unstructured text databases. These nuggets take the form of patterns, trends, anomalies, and relationships buried in these text collections. Organizations maintaining large textual knowledge bases have the potential to reap significant returns from even a modest application of text mining. Applications of text mining run the gamut from competitive intelligence to user interest profiling to market research. This presentation will cover: - What is text mining? - How does text mining differ from traditional information access techniques? - Tools and techniques for text mining - Applications and examples of text mining.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Blue Track

Nexist: An Open Source Knowledge Toolkit
Presented by: Jack Park, ThinkAlong Software
Nexist(tm) is an open source Java application that features a plug in architecture, client-server relationships, and servlet-based web applications. Nexist is a research testbed for developing architectural ideas in support of the quest for an Open Hyperdocument System by Douglas Engelbart. The primary research programme being conducted with Nexist is an exploration of the limits of the XTM XML Topic Maps standard as a knowledge interchange format. This talk will discuss those features of Nexist associated with persistent XTM, IBIS, plug in architectures, and knowledge discovery.

Knowledge Management: Practical Application of Advanced Technology
Presented by: James H. Bair, Senior Vice President, Strategy Partners International
The reality of KM must be tempered by the current confusion in the industry. There has not been time for the development of theory or a systematic body of research. Although new journals and well established publications have addressed KM, there is a larger than usual gap between what is described and what is verifiable. By focusing on the technology, we are focusing on things that do exist. Whether or not the grand claims for KM are justified, merely a halo effect, or a re-marketing scheme is generally yet to unfold. But participants in this session should be able to determine for themselves the validity of vendors' claims and users' implementations in this intriguing area.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Gold Track - Knowledge Topics for Newcomers

Introduction to Topic Maps 
Presented by: H. Holger Rath, Director Research & Development, empolis GmbH 
The ISO standard for Topic Maps extends the models of cataloging and indexing that have come from traditional models for knowledge organization into a new method for building hyperlinked systems for browsing and accessing collections of information. Topic maps have been applied to a variety of fields, from indexing newsfeeds to building inferential analysis tools. New efforts are underway to build common ontologies and formal models for Topic Map applications. 

Introduction to Semantic Web
Presented by: Eric Miller, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium 
The World Wide Web has grown explosively in the past few years. But while it depends on computing technology to deliver data, it still is almost wholly dependent on humans to interpret the information in that data. The W3C's Semantic Web Activity attempts, through metadata systems like RDF, to provide a means through which computers can give better assistance to humans in making sense of the Web. The Semantic Web is intended to affect the full range of activities on the Web, from getting better results from search engines to facilitating business-to-business transactions


9:00 am - 10:30 am: Green Track - Topics for Managers

KM and Dehumanization: A Reason to Resist
Presented by: Donald A. Belles, Senior Software Process Analyst/Architect, The Boeing Company
As KM becomes more dynamic, we teeter on the brink of a new definition of "being human". Knowledge Management dehumanizes employees. Understanding how and why this happens leads to effective strategies and lowered implementation costs. Unfortunately, the only people capable of addressing this issue are the very ones who must resist its implementation. Learn more in this session.

Effective Knowledge Organization Across All Media Types
Presented by: John-Henry Gross, Product Marketing Manager, Convera
This presentation will highlight that an increasing percentage of an organization's knowledge assets are created and stored in complex media formats. As a result, the information infrastructure that supports knowledge portals must now be capable of handling text, images, video and other multimedia file formats.

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Blue Track - Knowledge Organization Strategies

Document Ontologies in Library and Information Science: An Introduction and Critical Analysis
Presented by: Allyson Carlyle, Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington
Two document ontologies will be presented and analyzed, the first having to do with the temporal nature of documents, and the second with the intellectual nature of documents. Implications of these ontologies for knowledge technologies will be explored.

Strategies for Subject Navigation of Linked Web Sites Using RDF Topic Maps
Presented by: Carol Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
This presentation explores the possibility of using subject metadata encoded in RDF to alleviate the problems of navigating complex Web sites.

9:00 am - 9:45 am: Gold Track - Late Breaking News (single session) 

The Reference Model for ISO 13250 Topic Maps 
Presented by: Michel Biezunski, Consultant and Steven Newcomb, Consultant, Coolheads Consulting
This presentation will illustrate the work in progress of the proposed Reference Model for ISO 13250 Topic Maps - to the Topic Maps ISO standard working group. Considerable progress has been made since the last time this material has been publicly presented (Extreme 2001). The Reference Model makes the conceptual underpinnings of the common understanding of Topic Maps (Topics, Names, Occurrences, Associations, ...) explicit. 


11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Green Track - Wireless Knowledge

Knowledge Building Through Wireless: A Philippines Case Study
Presented by: Janette C. Toral, Editor, 
The Philippines is a third world country, but considered as the text messaging capital of the world. This session intends to showcase how wireless technologies and messaging are changing the way people communicate and interact. How enterprises are utilizing this trend to to build knowledge about their clients better and the application development challenges it presents.

Speed to Knowledge
Presented by: Roger K. Mizumori, Chair, Mobile Management Forum 
By focusing on the business rationale for Knowledge Management and on tools available today, this presentation addresses the opportunities for leveraging Tacit Knowledge to Create Knowledge. 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Blue Track - KO Technical Topics

Layered Information Modeling and a Knowledge Organization Paradigm: Inherent Classification and the Design of Interoperable Systems
Presented by: Joseph T. Tennis, Ph.D. Student, University of Washington, Information School (iSchool) 
In a June 2000 article, Parsons and Wand separate classes from instances in information modeling in order to free instances from what they call the "tyranny" of classes. They attribute a number of problems in information modeling to inherent classification - or the disregard for the fact that instances can be conceptualized independent of any class assignment. By faceting instances from classes, Parsons and Wand strike a sonorous chord with classification theory as understood in Library and Information Science (LIS). In the practice community and in the publications of LIS, faceted classification has shifted the paradigm of knowledge organization theory in the twentieth century. Here, with the proposal of inherent classification and the resulting layered information modeling, a clear line joins both the LIS classification theory community and the information modeling community. Both communities have their eyes turned toward networked resource discovery, and with this conceptual conjunction a new paradigmatic conversation can take place. This presentation will examine the common ground between inherent classification and faceted classification, establishing a vocabulary and outlining some common principles. It then will turn to the issue of schema and the horizons of conventional of subject access. Finally, a framework is proposed that deploys an interpretation of the layered information modeling approach in a knowledge technologies context. In order to design subject access systems that will integrate, evolve and interoperate in a networked environment, knowledge organization specialists must consider a semantic class independence like Parsons and Wand propose for information modeling. 

Application and Evaluation of the Topic Map for the Japanese Cultural Resource Data---Experiment for the Graphic Database of the Tale of Genji
Presented by: Mari Nagase, Professor, Shizuoka University and Motomu Naito, Director of Synergy, Incubate Inc. 
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss and investigate whether the Topic Map would be effective for the use of large scale data compiled in various archives, museums and libraries. Japan has been late behind in developing machine-readable texts and museum data in humanities compared to the West, which has started in early 70's. Thus, for the last decade, we have made our efforts to produce large-scale data, corpus and archives. On the other hand, our government has recently announced that the optical fiber cables will be furnished all over Japan by 2005 and asked universities to provide contents, especially for the educational use. Though we have so far developed various academic databases, we have not paid much attention to the software, neglecting user's side. We are now in need of good and effective methods and tools for the use of large data. Collaborating with the Synergy Incubate Inc., I have just started the joint project for the research of the Topic Map to reply this request. We have a big expectation that the method of Topic Map would solve this problem and contribute to cultivate various cultural data and produce new knowledge out of them. Accordingly, our research is not directly targeting commercial world rather than academics and educational use. But if the method would be proved effective for the knowledge creation from large literary and museum data, which would bring us big business chances. 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Gold Track - K M Implementation Strategies

Building a Topic Maps Repository
Presented by: Xia Lin, Professor, Drexel University and Jian Qin, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
This presentation will discuss a topic maps repository for creating topic maps without having to know the syntaxes of topic maps and XML.

Making Knowledge Management Work with XML, XLink, Topic Maps, and AI
Presented by: H. Holger Rath, Director Research & Development, empolis GmbH
Enterprise knowledge management deals with knowledge about products, processes, people. This session will present KM methodologies, discuss uses of XML, XLink, Topic Maps in KM, introduce practical AI approaches, and describe a general system architecture.


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Green Track - Topics in KO & KR

Presented by: Angelo A. Canaletti, Engineer, BrainWorkers Ltd. 
This presentation converned with the possibility that now is given by technological tools to create a cyber space in which the workers are knowledge workers, and that is in fact a social space.

A Common Ontology for Linguistic Concepts
Scott O. Farrar, Reseach Assistant, University of Arizona
As part of a project called Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data (EMELD), this presentation will discuss how we have developed an ontology of concepts that encompasses a wide range of linguistic phenomena. The idea was initially conceived to facilitate both the knowledge sharing of annotated linguistic data and the searching of disparate language corpora. Such an ontology, however, is needed outside of the EMELD project for enhancing performance of the semantic web, for developing expert systems capable of linguistic analysis, and for providing a theory-neutral backbone in the processing of scientific documents pertaining to the linguistics domain.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Blue Track - Knowledge Representation

Context Graphs, Concepts, Knowledge and the Semantic Web
Presented by: David Dodds, Senior Software Engineer, DDWyndham 
During this presentation computer programs will be shown and discussed which explain what context graphs are and how they work. Context graphs representation uses situated generation and provides for inference and contextualization that is consistent with the experimental literatures on human memory and anticipation, and work done at Computing Science UC Berkeley.

A Standard for Knowledge Verification Through Source Representation
Presented by: John G Spragge, President, Dancing Cat Software 
This presentation aims to outline methods of connecting statements made in computer communications with the sources of information which underlie those assertions. This process has three objectives: >To distinguish between statements supported by the available information, and statements not so supported. >To permit participants in a discussion to determine the level of verification they will require to take note of a statement.>To link the veracity of a statement with the likelihood that others will see and believe that statement. 

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Gold Track - Tools and Services

Electronic Publishing: weLEAD in Learning
Presented by: Howard Baker, Assistant Professor CIS, University of Louisiana Monroe
weLEAD in Learning is a new section of weLEAD magazine ( to be launched this spring. The presenter of this session has recently been named Editor of this new section in January, 2002. This session will describe the new weLEAD in Learning section which will address learning organizations of all kinds. The web site will focus on both theory and practice connected with all five learning disciplines identified by Peter Senge. It will integrate this with the thinking of Greenleaf, Covey, and many others. It is envisioned that the weLEAD in Learning section will pioneer in the use of hypertext and electronic document technology to facilitate learning about learning using a systems thinking model of What, How, and Why.

Smart Knowledge Management for Uncertain Times
Presented by: Sudheer Koneru, Executive Vice President of Products and Strategy, Click2learn
Organizations have been suddenly forced to take a close look at the business problems that can arise during times of crisis and uncertainty. Reevaluating knowledge management systems and establishing sound practices for protecting intellectual capital have become a top priority for businesses looking to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. In this presentation, Mr. Koneru will explore the challenges that uncertain times can impose on a business enterprise and its employees, and what organizations can do to specifically protect intellectual assets and accumulated organizational knowledge. 


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Green Track - Topic Maps for Implementers

Methods for the Automatic Construction of Topic Maps
Presented by: Eric Freese, Senior Consultant, ISOGEN International and Steve Pepper, CEO, Ontopia
A topic map can be regarded as an indexing layer that provides unified access to information resources emanating from multiple, disparate sources. Because of its emphasis on capturing semantics, topic mapping is more akin to "intellectual indexing" (a term which covers back-of-book indexes, thesauri, and glossaries) than to the "mechanical indexing" typical of full-text indexes. This accounts for topic maps' superiority in terms of increased precision and recall, but raises the question of whether the effort required to create and maintain topic maps may be prohibitive. 

This double session seeks to address that question and to demonstrate how the creation and maintenance of topic maps can be partially or even, in many cases, wholly automated. The first part of the presentation will describe the tasks involved in creating topic maps and then enumerate various sources of topic map data, including pre-existing ontologies, document metadata, structured and unstructured document content, and information systems. Following this, a number of data extraction techniques will be described and rules of thumb provided for when best to use each one. Finally, practical demonstrations will be given of an open source application employing Natural Language Processing and a toolkit that exploits the synergies between topic maps and RDF to generate topic maps from semi-structured data.

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Blue Track - RDF (single session)

RDF Powers the Next-Generation Application
Presented by: Uche Ogbuji, CEO/Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc. 
RDF is primarily a format for managing Web-based metadata, but because of its simplicity and flexibility, it can just as well be used as a general-purpose metadata management system for applications. In fact, stretching customary definitions of metadata a bit, it can be used for any management of discrete, semi-structured data, including the sort of material that is typically maintained in database indices: names and labels, prices, quantities, etc. Actually, while avidly following the development of the Semantic Web, and offering assistence where possible, the consultants of Fourthought, Inc. have put RDF to heavy use in just such modest projects as outlined above. They have delivered several real-world Web applications for clients using RDF as a unified metadata system. These applications involve Web-based forms, XML databases, Web services, business-rule management, flexible search and decision support. In this presentation, Uche Ogbuji illustrates specific problems to which RDF has been applied in the Fourthought practice, particular techniques that have been developed to best effect in solving these problems, and the various pitfalls encountered, along with lessons to be learned from these. It will revolve around code samples which illustrate important patterns for the effective use of RDF in general-purpose applications. 


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Knowledge Technology Futures 

Metaphorical Processing in Knowledge Technology and AI
David Dodds, DDWyndham

Metaphorical Interfaces
Presented by: Kurt Cagle, Cagle Communications
Knowledge management involves more than just the effective management of resources, it also requires a vehicle for the effective display of that information, a vehicle that can easily and quickly adapt to different forms depending upon the type of information being worked with. Declarative XML interface languages such as XHTML, XForms, SVG, and XSL-FO are designed to work well with the XML underpinnings of modern knowledge management, and provide the flexibility, ease of use, and sophistication required to generate such interfaces in real time. In this session, the implementation and use of dynamic interfaces is explored in depth. Participants will be able to see how the various "X" technologies can work together, how they can be tied into the emerging Web Services paradigm and why they offer superior capabilities compared to more rigid GUI languages such as Visual Basic or Java Swing.

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Green Track - Semantic Web Introduction

Towards a Semantic Taxonomy
Presented by: Kurt Conrad, President, The Sagebrush Group and Bo Newman, Founder and Executive Director, The Knowledge Management Forum 
The term 'semantics' doesn't mean the same thing to everybody. Likewise, any given knowledge artifact may represent an almost limitless set of semantic properties (most of which are only implied). Deciding which semantic properties to formalize and how to formalize them is not a easy task (note the long-lived and raging debates in the world of XML schema languages). The authors will present a draft taxonomy for differentiating and categorizing different semantic properties and relate the taxonomy to various strategies for segmenting and layering semantics in the context of an overall information architecture.

Introduction to the Semantic Web
Presented by: Suellen Stringer-Hye, Systems Librarian for Public Services, Vanderbilt University 
Libraries have long been storing and classifying the record of the world's shared knowledge for efficient retrieval. The web, in many ways, has become an extension of the library but without the structures that make optimized retrieval possible. Additionally it is not possible to employ 
traditional methods of classifying knowledge to the large sets of data and information now being generated electronically. The World Wide Web, in order to be truly useful, must adapt techniques used by libraries for centuries, as well as rely on new technologies not yet fully developed. This presentation will provide an overview of the range of technological solutions currently under consideration for the building of the "Semantic Web"--- a web maximized for information and knowledge storage and retrieval.

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Blue Track - Semantic Web Technical

Where is the Sematics in the Semantic Web
Presented by: Michael Uschold, Research Scientist, The Boeing Company
The most widely accepted defining feature of the Semantic Web is machine-usable content. By this definition, the Semantic Web is already manifest in shopping agents that automatically access and use Web content to find the lowest air fares, or book prices. But where are the semantics? Most people regard the Semantic Web as a vision, not a reality-so shopping agents should no t. To use Web content, machines need to know what to do when they encounter it. This in turn, requires the machine t o what the content means (i.e. its semantics). The challenge of developing the Semantic Web is how to put this knowledge into the machine. The manner in which this is done is at the heart of the confusion about the Semantic Web. The goal of this talk is to clear up some of this confusion.

DAML and RDF Topic Maps
Presented by: Nikita Ogievetsky, President, Cogitech, Inc. 
This presentation will discuss how RDF Topic Maps (RTM) can be combined with DAML to facilitate expressiveness of topic subjects. In addition, how DAML can be combined with RTM to facilitate federation of notions and exchange of knowledge.

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Gold Track - Tools and Services

The empolis Knowledge Suite - A Unique Combination of Unique Tools
Presented by: H. Holger Rath, Director R&D, empolis GmbH
Knowledge Management has many flavors, but access to information is key and can be achieved by searching or by navigating. The empolis Knowledge Suite offers an intelligent find technology including topic map knowledge navigation and AI-driven searching. Learn more in this session. 

The Omnivore: Knowledge Interchange using Topic Maps in Arbitrary Syntaxes
Presented by: Sam Hunting, CEO, eTopicality, Inc.
This presentatin will discuss how first, developers, particularly those who have needs that XTM or 13250 syntax can't satisfy, or satisfy in a subtopimal fashion, but who still wish to use the topic map paradigm. Second, information owners who need to understand or prove to themselves that information they have can be represented as a topic map, without necessarily being convered to XTM or 13250 syntax. Third, topic map experts who need to understand how several interchange syntaxes can be represented by the same data model. Fourth, knowledge managers who are looking for ways to interchange knowledge using their current syntaxes. 


11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Knowlege Communities Panel

The technology of knowledge management is springing up from the work of many communities. Some, like the library community, have had a long history of professional practice before the coming of computing technology. The artificial-intelligence community has a record of several decades of academic study and proprietary product development. The rise of the Internet and XML-based products has opened the possibilities for both new communities of knowledge practitioners-and vast potentials for new users of knowledge-based applications. The panel will look at the multiple communities that now are converging around new opportunities.


Eric Freese, Chair, 


Semantic Web Community: Eric Miller, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead, World Wide Web Consortium 
Knowledge Organization/Library Community: Carol Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. 
Knowledge Representation/Artificial Intelligence Community: Carsten Tautz, Manager Research & Consulting, empolis Knowledge Management Division, Bertelsmann Mohn Media Group 
Knowledge Management Community: Chris Paladino, Project Manager, Accenture 


Nocturne: RDF Schema for Topic Maps 
Moderator: Lars Marius Garshol, Ontopia

Time & Date: Monday, March 11 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The goal for this workshop is that the participants will come out of it with a proposal for an RDF Schema for topic maps. The workshop will begin with a short introductory presentation setting out the goals for the session (in order of priority):

to define an RDF Schema for topic maps; 
as far as possible the schema should not redefine concepts that have direct equivalents in RDF (for example, perhaps rdf:type can be used for ); 
the schema should allow individual properties and classes from > that schema to be reused in other RDF applications; 
to understand the relationship between RDF terminology and topic map terminology, and 
to see to what extent public subjects can be made interoperable between topic maps and RDF, so that a public subject, once defined, can be used with both. 
The workshop will follow a set of slides setting out the constructs to be modelled in RDF based on the infoset data model for topic maps (which is to form the basis of the ISOs Standard Application Model), as well as issues related to them. The slides are intended as a means of structuring the discussions of the workshop.

Discussion on each slide will continue until the participants are satisfied with the solution, at which point what has been agreed upon will be captured, and the workshop will proceed with the next slide. The goal is that at the end of the workshop a complete, if possibly rough, schema for topic maps will have been proposed. This can then be reviewed via email by the participants and published on the web once complete.

The further course of action, if any, will be discussed among the participants of the workshop.


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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