Ontology Class 2009

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The National Center for Ontological Research, National Center for Biomedical Ontology and the University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy are sponsoring a two-day ontology training event to be held in Buffalo, NY on October 10-11, 2009. The course will be made up of lectures given by Barry Smith accompanied by highly interactive discussions. It is designed to be of interest to both philosophers and those with a background in computer and information science. No prior knowledge of ontology is presupposed.

Streaming video now available here

Program: From Aristotle to the Universal Core

Saturday, October 10

  • 9.00am Continental Breakfast
  • 9.30am Ontology as a Branch of Philosophy
  • 11am Coffee
  • 11.15am Ontology and Logic
  • 12.45pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm The Ontology of Social Reality
  • 3.00pm Coffee
  • 3.15pm Why I Am No Longer a Philosopher (or: Ontology Leaving the Mother Ship of Philosophy)

Sunday, October 11

  • 9.00am Continental Breakfast
  • 9.30am Ontology as a Branch of Computer Science
  • 10.30am Coffee
  • 11.00am Ontology and the Semantic Web
  • 12.45pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm Towards a Standard Upper Level Ontology
  • 3.00pm Coffee
  • 3.15pm The Universal Core: Ontology and the US Federal Government Data Integration Initiative

Logistics

The venue will be the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 14268. For directions and details of local hotels see here.

A registration fee of $75 will be charged to non-UB participants to cover cost of breakfasts, coffee and lunches. For details write to Barry Smith.

Information for UB participants, both students and faculty, is available here.

Reading

For prelimary reading consult [1]

Relevant video and audio material is available at [2]