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Core Ontology on Events -- Re: looking for an event ontology/vocabulary

From: Ansgar Scherp <scherp@uni-koblenz.de>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:19:09 +0200
Message-ID: <4A72A8FD.4020103@uni-koblenz.de>
To: public-lod@w3.org, Ansgar Scherp <scherp@uni-koblenz.de>
Dear all

It is quite interesting to see this very long thread on events. In the past time
we have studied many event models (see, e.g., the list Raphael Troncy sent around).
When studying them, I was very surprised that for many of them no foundational
literature was studied (philosophy, linguistics, cognitive sciences, etc.).
Rather, the models seem to be developed add hoc and remain in fact quite simple
for the always argued reason of "being generic".

Libby Miller says, "events are difficult and complex things to model". And we
would like to stress that fact. Indeed, getting a fully comprehensive understanding
of what events are is very difficult and challenging. As such, a simple model
will hardly work. In particular, when interoperability between different systems
is needed.

Thus, I am happy to announce that at this year's Knowledge Capturing conference
we will present the Event-Model-F that aims filling the gap of a comprehensive and
at the same time semantically precise event model [1]. The event model is available
in OWL and axiomatized using DL (see older TR [2]). What I did for this event model
is reading literature of foundational sciences and discussing the topic with
philosophers. The Event-Model-F provides comprehensive support to represent
* time and space,
* objects and persons participating in events, and
* mereological, causal, and correlative relationships between events.
In addition, the Event-Model-F provides a flexible means for
* event composition,
* modeling event causality and event correlation, and
* representing different interpretations of the same event.

As sometimes not all of this functionality is needed, the event model is organized
in patterns. Thus, it is easier to understand to use (just take what you need
and the leave the rest out).

The event model has its own webpage, where also comprehensive examples are
available, e.g., from the emergency response domain:

Documentation of the Event-Model-F can be found in [1].

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to a workshop conjunct with this
year's ACM Multimedia conference that is concerned of events as happenings in the
real world. This is an effort done together with Ramesh Jain and Mohan Kankanhalli.



[1] A. Scherp, T. Franz, C. Saathoff and S. Staab, F---A Model of Events based on
the Foundational Ontology DOLCE+DnS Ultralight, International Conference on
Knowledge Capturing (K-CAP), Redondo Beach, CA, USA, September, 2009.

[2] A. Scherp, T. Franz, C. Saathoff, S. Staab: A Model of Events based on a
Foundational Ontology, Technical Report of the Department of Computer Science,
02/2009, University of Koblenz-Landau, ISSN (Online) 1864-0850
Dr. Ansgar Scherp
University of Koblenz-Landau
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