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Tuesday, 26 April

8:30 AM

Opening Keynote
Presenter: Joanne Friedman, CEO, ConneKted Minds Inc.

Are We Thinking for the Good of the Few or the Good of the Many? Just Why Doesn't High Tech Speak Automotive?
A funny thing happened on the way to the Nouvelle Economy. Somehow we forgot to inculcate governance, stewardship and perhaps accountability on behalf of the end users. While seemingly the creative collective left many of the stewardship tasks to the vendor community, does the brain trust of thinkers and innovators have an obligation to advocate, mentor, and guide on behalf of business, the millions of end users who adopt standards through commercial channels? As we stand at the brink of "the open era," who or what should assume the mantle of a stewardship role and bring the multilateralism needed to support global cross industry trade?

9:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Coordinator: Jishnu Mukerji, Hewlett-Packard

Schemas or Vocabularies?
Many XML-related industry standardization efforts, particularly working as part of OASIS, are creating schemas or DTDs as their work products. They name the pieces of information to keep track of, decide which should be elements and which should be attributes, and then create a schema that defines the structural relationships between them. The Dublin Core, on the other hand, is just a list of field names that can be used as elements, attributes, RDF predicates, or whatever the designer wishes, and it's been one of the most successful vocabularies of all. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this extra flexibility, and what role can RDF play? The PRISM publishing metadata standard will be examined as a case study during this presentation.
Presenter: Bob DuCharme, Consulting Software Engineer, LexisNexis

Semantic Reasoning and the Buffy Paradigm
The title of this presentation is taken from a 2001 paper written for the Center for Strategic and International Studies entitled Biological Warfare and the Buffy Paradigm. The so-called Buffy Paradigm describes the uncertain and unpredictable environment in which critical decisions must be made. For example, resolving different XML vocabularies that use the same word with different meanings. This talk will explain how Semantic Web Technologies, particularly OWL, can aid in resolving these ontological differences to facilitate and automate decision systems despite having incomplete and often incorrect information.
Presenter: Bill McDaniel, Sr. Scientist, Digital Media Lab, Office of Technology, Adobe Systems, Inc.


Interoperable Extensibility Through DITA Topic and Domain Types
This presentation will introduce the DITA fundamental principles of the type hierarchy and of design and processing extensibility. Both high-level examples and specific code illustrate the extension of types. Attendees will get a good sense of the content objects modeled by DITA and the class of problems for which DITA is well suited.
Presenter: Erik Hennum, Information Architect / IBM DITA Domains Architect, IBM Corporation

The Nuts and Bolts: How to Use XLIFF, and Other Open Standards for XML Translation and Localization
As markets become more global, offering documentation in multiple languages can be a clear advantage. Using open standards, like XML and XLIFF can result in even more advantages, like risk mitigation, automation, single sourcing, and future-proofing. "The Nuts and Bolts: How to Use XLIFF, and Other Open Standards for XML Translation and Localization," will demonstrate how.
Presenter: Bryan Schnabel, Information Architect, Individual

Question & Answer Panel with the Semantics and Ontologies Session Presenters


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Coordinator: William Cox, Individual Member

The Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM): Experiences Developing and Using an Industry Vocabulary
The Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) is a domain-specific vocabulary for the justice industry, including law enforcement, attorneys, courts and corrections. What are the lessons learned from the development of the GJXDM for future developers of domain-specific vocabularies? What are the lessons learned from the GJXDM for users of other domain-specific vocabularies?
Presenters: Ellen Perry, Manager, MTG Management Consultants, L.L.C. and Tom Carlson, National Center for State Courts

XML Vocabularies for Online Communities: Past, Present, and Future
This presentation will discuss creating XML vocabularies within the domain of online communities, including the challenges involved and how they have been met. Also discussed will be efforts underway to develop new vocabularies usable by a broad range of communities, and criteria to evaluate these vocabularies. Based on this criteria, a design for a fictional "Best-of-breed" online community will be presented that makes best use of the two best vocabularies.
Presenter: William Barnhill, Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Multi-Layer XML Data Model for EPC/RFID
The EPC/RFID physical stack consists of many layers, starting from the event layers at the reader hardware level, all the way through business process layers, and finally to the consuming application layer. The data that flows between each of the layers can be represented in a platform-independent form as XML. This data also needs to be self-aware, location-aware and business process-aware. This means that for the EPC/RFID Industry Domain, there needs to be an XML Schema and Vocabulary that describes the domain-specific capabilities, location and business processes details pertaining to the EPC/RFID Industry Domain. This also means that interaction with existing OASIS Standards, such as WS-BPEL, ebXML CPPA/CPA, and other technologies such as WS-Policy, is required.
Presenters: Ash Parikh, Director of Development and Technology - Enterprise Applications Group, Raining Data Corporation and Robert Smik, Lead Architect/Team Lead - Enterprise Applications Group, Raining Data Corporation

Connecting Buildings to the Enterprise
Building systems provide the ability to have a safe, productive and efficient workplace. Yet these systems today operate largely unconnected to the enterprise. This presentation will look at these systems and the work going on in OASIS to create a web services standard.
Presenter: Paul Ehrlich, Individual

The Missing Link in IT Service Management
In this talk, the speaker will discuss how DCML is intimately testing/validating the usage of semantics and vocabularies in describing the interchange relationships between the dimensions of IT Services management. As standards like the Web Ontology Language (OWL) and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) provide the flexibility and extensibility that the depth and breadth of IT Services Management requires, they have been positioned by the DCML Member Section as the best choice for handling data center complexity and "like" relationships between disparate management system implementations in a heterogeneous environment. The presenter will briefly discuss this complexity, as well as a short use case on how the DCML plans to use OWL/RDF in conjunction with XML to formulate the framework of the DCML specification.
Presenter: Darrel Thomas, Chief Technologist, EDS Hosting Services

Question & Answer Panel with the Experiences/Case Studies/Verticals Session Presenters


3:05 PM


We gather representatives of industry groups with two things in common -- these pioneers have developed significant vocabularies, and have a working relationship with OASIS today. Lead by audience participation, they will share their perspectives and ideas on the future in such diverse areas as advice for vocabulary developers, insuring (and working toward) industry acceptance and use of their respective vocabularies, the right amount of semantic ambiguity, and the benefits of drawing on work done in OASIS.

Moderator: David Burdett, Architect, SAP NetWeaver Standards, SAP Labs

Panel to Include:

  • David Connelly, CEO, Open Applications Group
  • Alan Doniger, Chief Technology Officer, Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium
  • Paul Tearnen, Vice President of Standards Management, RosettaNet
  • Dick Raman, CEO - Chairman, TIE Holding NV - UN/CEFACT
  • George Percivall, Executive Director, Interoperability Architecture, Open Geospatial Consortium

4:30 PM | BREAK

4:45 PM


7:00 PM | RECEPTION - Sponsored by SAP

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