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OWL introduction tutorial @ Manchester - 1st-2nd April 2009

From: Nick Drummond <nick.drummond@cs.manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:55:41 +0000
Message-ID: <65c62cd50901280255w40b7eed4kd5f65d50792d0103@mail.gmail.com>
To: Nick Drummond <nick.drummond@cs.manchester.ac.uk>

The usual apologies for cross-posting.

The BioHealth Informatics group at the University of Manchester and
NIBHI are pleased to invite you to participate in their
internationally renowned OWL Ontology tutorials.

It is to be hosted at the University of Manchester on 1st and 2nd April 2009.

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).  It is based on Manchester's
well-known "Pizza tutorial" (see http://www.co-ode.org).

This tutorial will cover the main conceptual parts of OWL through the
hands-on building of an ontology of pizzas and their ingredients. A
series of exercises take attendees through the process of
conceptualizing the toppings found on a pizza; the entry of this
classification into the Protégé environment; the description of many
types of pizza. All this is set in the context of using automatic
reasoning to check the consistency of the growing ontology and to use
the reasoner to make queries about pizzas. Since 2003 this tutorial,
in various forms, has been given over 20 times and been attended by
hundreds of budding ontologists.

The aims of this tutorial 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 ontology;
- gain experience in the Protégé 4 ontology building environment;
- gain insight into how OWL can play a role in semantic metadata.


Mr Simon Jupp is a Research Associate in the BioHealth Informatics
group in the School of Computer Science in the University of
Manchester. His main research areas include Semantic Web technologies
and their application to the life sciences. I am currently working on
the Sealife project which is seeking to develop a Semantic Grid
browser which will be demonstrated with use cases from the life

Dr. Georgina Moulton is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Northwest
Institute of BioHealth Informatics  (NIBHI). She develops and presents
training and Continued Professional Development courses to national
and international researchers from a range of disciplines.  Georgina
has a background in Bioinformatics and Biochemistry.

Dr. Robert Stevens is a Senior Lecturer in the BioHealth Informatics
group in the School of Computer Science in the University of
Manchester. His main research areas are in the development and use of
description logic ontologies to facilitate the analysis of biological
data. Robert has a background in Bioinformatics, Computer Science and

Registration and Further Information

To register and further information for advertised tutorials, please
visit the CO-ODE website at: http://www.co-ode.org/events/tutorials/
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