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Funded Attendance at Introduction to Implementing Ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) tutorial

From: Robert Stevens <robert.stevens@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:05:14 +0000
To: "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <56B83E2A.8030105@manchester.ac.uk>
The School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester is 
looking for individuals to participate in a funded OWL tutorial that 
covers the basic language concepts in OWL using our well-known “Pizza 
Tutorial”. We will cover reasonable expenses for travel in the UK, 
subsistence and up to 2 nights of accommodation to a maximum of £500 
(travel from outside the UK will be funded up to this limit). The 
tutorial is gratis and will take place at the University of Manchester 
on the 3rd and 4th March 2016.

 From those who attend the tutorial we will seek volunteers to take part 
in two studies. In the first attender’s interaction with Protégé will be 
logged. In doing so, we will learn how people go about authoring 
ontologies. In the second study attenders will use a prototype ontology 
authoring environment that allows ontologists to test their ontology 
against a series of “authoring tests” based on competency questions for 
the ontology. Taking part in the study will not interfere significantly 
in your learning objectives as no additional tasks have to be carried 
out and data will be collected silently. We will award volunteers a £20 
Amazon voucher for those that take part in the two studies. Not taking 
part in the study or opting-out from it won't be detrimental to your 
funding and participation in the tutorial. If you decide to participate 
and change your mind later on there won't be any consequences with 
regard to your participation in the tutorial except for (1) losing the 
entitlement to the voucher and (2) log files removal.

This two-day introductory ‘hands-on’ workshop aims to provide attenders 
with both the theoretical foundations and practical experience to begin 
building OWL ontologies using the Protégé-OWL tools. Attenders will take 
Manchester's well-known "Pizza tutorial" (see 
http://owl.cs.manchester.ac.uk/publications/talks-and-tutorials/protg-owl-tutorial/). 
This tutorial will cover the main conceptual parts of the Web Ontology 
Language (OWL) through the hands-on building of an ontology focusing on 
pizzas and their ingredients. A series of practical exercises take 
attenders through the process of:  forming competency questions that the 
ontology should support; 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 automated reasoning to check the consistency of the growing 
ontology and to use the reasoner to make queries about pizzas.

Aims
The aims of this tutorial are to:
* Understand the use of ontologies.
* Gain experience in basic ontology engineering techniques such as 
knowledge elicitation and use of competency questions.
* Understand statements written in OWL.
* Understand the role of automated reasoning in ontology building.
* Build an ontology and use a reasoner to draw inferences from that 
ontology.
* Gain experience in the Protégé ontology environment.
* Gain experience in using competency questions to drive ontology 
building and assessment.

Registration and Further Information
To register, please check 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/funded-owl-protege-tutorial-tickets-21384739331. 
There are 15 places available on this tutorial. Registrants will be 
given places on a first come first served basis. A reserve list will be 
formed from those people that express an interest in attending the 
tutorial, but are not automatically assigned a place. Attenders will be 
reimbursed for travel within the UK (or price equivalent), subsistence 
and accommodation for up to 2 nights in compliance with the University 
of Manchester expenses policy; we will reimburse up to £500. The 
tutorial is gratis.

For further enquiries about the tutorial and funding email Robert 
Stevens (robert.stevens@manchester.ac.uk). For enquiries about the study 
email Markel Vigo (markel.vigo@manchester.ac.uk).



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