[Bionews] Implementing Ontologies in OWL Tutorial Announcement and Call for Registration

Georgina Moulton via bionews%40net.bio.net (by georgina.moulton from manchester.ac.uk)
Tue Mar 4 12:52:23 EST 2008



Tutorial Announcement and Call for Registration


The Bio-Health Informatics Group at the University of Manchester invites you to participate in their internationally renowned OWL Ontology tutorials. 




Introduction to Implementing Ontologies in OWL


This two-day introductory 'hands-on' workshop aims to provide attendees with both the theoretical foundations and practical experience to begin building OWL ontologies using the latest version of the Protégé-OWL tools (Protege4).  



In this tutorial attendees will: 

*	Learn the basic principles of OWL based ontologies using styles developed at The University of Manchester and in the Semantic Web Best Practice Working Party 
*	Gain hands-on experience with ontology development using the Protégé-OWL tools 
*	Learn how to use the expressive power of OWL and to take advantage of its inferencing capabilities to build robust, reusable models 
*	Learn about knowledge acquisition techniques and use them to model a subject domain 
*	Be introduced to the skills needed to participate in the growing community of users/developers of OWL 

The tutorial is very much a 'hands-on' experience.  By the end of the tutorial you will have gained sufficient experience in order to model knowledge using the Protégé software. Short talks included in both days introduce the theoretical aspects of ontology design.




Modelling Biological Knowledge in OWL


This is an advanced tutorial aimed at those researchers who are interested in modelling life sciences in OWL.  Participants should have a basic understanding of OWL concepts and biology terms, which can be gained by attending the introductory course.



The overall goals for this tutorial are fourfold:

1)     To highlight what requirements in the biological domain are met by OWL's model

2)     To illustrate possible solutions to overcome some limitations of OWL

3)     To provide an insight into the challenges posed by biology and aspects of biological knowledge that cannot be captured in OWL

4)     To understand what aspects of the way we think about biology are sensibly captured  in an OWL ontology



At the end of the tutorial attendees will have an understanding of how to model biological concepts in OWL; understand the limitations that OWL presents and be able to overcome some of these using design patterns. This understanding will include what can reasonably be done in an OWL ontology.


Modelling Medical Knowledge in OWL


This tutorial aims to provide attendees with an understanding of how to model medical knowledge in OWL.  In particular, attendees will have a 

1)     Understand how to build basic disease/disorder and anatomical descriptions in a normalised ontology in OWL

2)     Understand how to use "Situations" to represent codable conditions and procedures in OWL 

3)     Understand the use of negation with "Situations" and its significance for doing and Electronic Health Records 

4)     Acquire a high level overview of how to express quantities in OWL 

5)     Understand the use of static modules in OWL using Protege4Alpha 


The courses have been developed and are delivered by researchers in the BioHealth Informatics Group at The University of Manchester.  Tutors include: Professor Alan Rector, Dr. Robert Stevens, Dr. Sebastian Brandt, Dr. Georgina Moulton and Simon Jupp.



There is no charge to members of the JISC community (anyone from a UK University or related institution), but attendees will be responsible for paying for their own travel, accommodation and evening meal.  Inexpensive and convenient, but basic accommodation can normally be arranged through the Manchester Business School.  For other accommodation see contact below. 


For other participants the tutorials cost £350 per day.  This includes: 


*	Use of in-class hands-on equipment 
*	Comprehensive course materials 
*	Morning and afternoon refreshments 
*	Lunch 
*	Course Completion Certificate 



To register for advertised tutorials, please go to the following registration page:




All tutorials will be held at The University of Manchester.



31 March /1 April      An Introduction to Implementing Ontologies in OWL

22/23 April     Modelling Medical Knowledge in OWL

7/8 May        Modelling Biological Knowledge in OWL



For further information about the courses please visit the Northwest Institute for Bio-Health Informatics website (http://www.nibhi.org.uk <http://www.nibhi.org.uk/> ) or the CO-ODE project website (http://www.co-ode.org <http://www.co-ode.org/>  ).  



Dr. Georgina Moulton


Bio/Health Informatics Education and Development Fellow

Northwest Institute for Bio-Health Informatics

The University of Manchester

University Place (1st Floor)

Oxford Road


M13 9PL


Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 1125


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