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Re: Disaster management ontologies?

From: Azamat Abdoullaev <abdoul@cytanet.com.cy>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 00:16:07 +0300
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To: <semantic-web@w3.org>
Cc: "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>

To: Tim Berners-Lee and to whom it may concern,


 On this life-or-death issue, there is a useful review made by Paola Di
 Maio: 'An Open Ontology for Open Source Emergency Response System', 
http://opensource.mit.edu/papers/TOWARDS_AN_OPEN_ONTOLOGY_FOR_ER.pdf

 But more integrative approach to the matter has been proposed by the World
 Economic Forum Global Risk Network, where  cataclysmic events as disasters
 and catastrophes fall into an interconnected network of global risks, such
 as environmental, economic, geopolitical, societal, and technological:
 www.weforum.org/pdf/CSI/Global_Risks_2007.pdf.

 IMHO, to integrate human knowledge and understanding on existing and
 possible risks (hazards, dangers, or perils) of planetary significance, we
 rather need to pull all the resources for building a Global Risk Management
 System, driven by a global risk management ontology with predictive causal 
mechanisms. I believe this crucial research project needs a collaborative 
network of research organizations, government institutions, NGOs, 
think-tanks, international bodies, and advanced IT businesses, led both by 
an ontology luminary and technology celebrity . This trans-national research 
network can start as a Quality Consortium within a FP7 Cooperation program 
in the area of Information and Communication Technologies.

with respects,
 Azamat Abdoullaev
EIS Encyclopedic Intelligent Systems LTD
http://www.eis.com.cy

 ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>
> To: "SW-forum" <semantic-web@w3.org>
> Cc: "Jim Hendler" <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
> Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 4:01 AM
> Subject: Disaster management ontologies?
>
>
>>
>> I had an exciting visit from the students in Sri Lanka who had just
>> received an award for their open source disaster management system,
>> Sahana.
>> http://www.sahana.lk/
>>
>> Discussing their system, which has just received a Free Software
>> Foundation award, I remembered many conversations about the  desirability
>> for wide interoperability in emergence and disaster  situations.
>>
>> I suggested the Sahana folks provide RDF feeds of, for example,  missing
>> persons, found persons, shelters, relive groups and resources  on the
>> ground, and other things they track.
>>
>> I started a wiki page to capture a little of this
>> http://esw.w3.org/topic/DisasterManagement
>> which is like all wikis open to additions!
>>
>> It is missing, I imagine,  many pointers to government efforts.
>>
>> If you know of activity around disaster management technology which 
>> could
>> possible be involved in or shed light on this, then please mail
>> ivan@w3.org or add it to the wiki.
>>
>> A possible next step would be an Incubator Group (XG) for a diaster
>> management ontology development.
>>
>> Disaster response is much about preparedness. If much relevant data  is
>> available in RDF, when a disaster strikes, those on the ground and 
>> across
>> the world will be able to use it to know what best to do to  respond.
>>
>> Tim Berners-Lee
>>
>>
> 
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