[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


IMPLEMENTING ONTOLOGIES IN OWL

 

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. 

 

**INTRODUCTORY COURSE**

 

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).  

 

TEACHING OUTCOMES

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.

 

**ADVANCED COURSES**

 

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.

 

AIMS

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

 

TEACHING OUTCOMES

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 

COURSE TUTORS

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.

 

REGISTRATION FOR COURSES

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:

http://www.nibhi.org.uk/eventRegistration/default.aspx

 

TUTORIAL TIMETABLE 2008

All tutorials will be held at The University of Manchester.

 

2008

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

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

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

Manchester 

M13 9PL

 

Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 1125

 



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