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Re: Disaster management ontologies?] (forwading a mail from Azamat Abdoullaev)

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 18:15:41 +0200
Message-ID: <4623A12D.7040903@w3.org>
To: W3C Semantic Web Interest Group <semantic-web@w3.org>
The original message exceeded the limits of the mailing lists settings
for attachment size. The mail included the paper of Paola di Maio. It so
happens (nice coincidence) that I have added a reference to that paper onto:


at the request of Paola:-), ie, it is available at:


ie, sending this mail to the list without the attachment.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Moderator Action (size limit exceeded)] Re: Disaster
management ontologies?
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:07:18 +0000
From: Azamat Abdoullaev <abdoul@cytanet.com.cy>
To: <semantic-web@w3.org>
CC: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
References: <19B3A930-500D-41B7-849B-CC512DAF0B62@w3.org>

 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'.

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:

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 single worldwide risk management ontology with reliable
predictive causal mechanisms. I believe this crucial research project needs
a colloborative network of research organizations and businesses organized
as a Quality Consortium within a FP7 Cooperation program in the area of
Information and Communication Technologies.

Azamat Abdoullaev

----- 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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