[tdwg-tag] Fwd: The e-Science Institute Workshop Announcement

Kevin Richards RichardsK at landcareresearch.co.nz
Thu May 1 22:11:47 CEST 2008

Sounds good.
Being on the other side of the world makes it harder though.
There are several other events on at a similar time that I thought
would also be worthwhile attending:
- Microformats event during London Web Week, 27 May -
- Sem Web Conference in Tenerife, 1st-5th June,
I am fighting a losing battle to get to them.

>>> "Roger Hyam (TDWG)" <rogerhyam at mac.com> 2/05/2008 2:12 a.m. >>>

My fellow TAG members.

There has been discussion about how we could get some more training in
OWL ontologies but unfortunately lack funds to support a meeting.

I was surprise when the announcement below came through. I hadn't
noticed this in the other announcements from the e-Science institute or
I would have drawn you attention to it sooner.

There is no mention of a workshop fee but I presume travel and
accommodation would have to be found.

Being local I have applied to attend despite it falling in the middle
of a planned holiday :(

You may like to consider applying to attend if you can obtain funding
for travel and accommodation.

All the best,


Begin forwarded message:

From: Kate Lindey <klindey at nesc.ac.uk>
Date: 1 May 2008 10:14:12 BST
To: nesc-announce at nesc.ac.uk
Subject: The e-Science Institute Workshop Announcement
Reply-To: klindey at nesc.ac.uk

Dear All,

Please find information below about a forthcoming event taking place at
e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Please circulate to colleagues that may be interested in attending.

The e-Science Institute Workshop Announcement
The e-Science Institute is delighted to host "An Introduction to
Ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL)".  

The aims of this workshop are to: 

understand the use of ontologies 
understand statements written in OWL; 
understand the role of automatic reasoning in ontology building; 
build an ontology and use a reasoner to draw inferences based on that
gain experience in the Protégé 4 ontology building environment; 
gain insight into how OWL can play a role in semantic metadata.

Organiser:Georgina Moulton
Dates and Time:Wednesday 21st May 10.00 - Thursday 22nd May 15.30 
Place:          e-Science Institute
University of Edinburgh
13-15 South College Street

For registration and more details see

This two-day introductory ’hands-on’ workshop aims to provide attendees
both the theoretical foundations and practical experience to begin
OWL ontologies using the latest version of the Protégé-OWL tools
It is based on Manchester’s well-known "Pizza tutorial" (see

This tutorial will cover the main conceptual parts of OWL through the
hands-on building of an ontology of pizzas and their ingredients. A
of exercises take attendees through the process of conceptualizing the
toppings found on a pizza; the entry of this classification into the
environment; the description of many types of pizza. All this is set in
context of using automatic reasoning to check the consistency of the
ontology and to use the reasoner to make queries about pizzas. Since
this tutorial, in various forms, has been given over 20 times and been
attended by hundreds of budding ontologists. 

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