Release Date: April 8, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. – According to IBM, human beings produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day and 90 percent of the data in the world today was created in the past two years. Sensors gather it from everywhere: social media sites, digital pictures and videos, security data, commercial transaction records, research in every field, cell phone GPS signals, military communications, and email records to name a few.
The result is the proliferation of “big data,” enormous data sets that most relational database management systems (Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, etc.) find difficult if not impossible to process because they require massively parallel software running on tens, hundreds or even thousands of servers.
“Ontologies for Information Integration” (OI2), an April 18 workshop at the University at Buffalo, will address non-traditional solutions to the problem of capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, analysis and visualization of big data in order to improve the interoperability of US government information.
It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Zebro Room, NYS Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
The event is free and open to the public but registration is required by emailing or calling Jillian Pugliese at email@example.com or at 716-204-5217. The full program, speaker bios, and workshop updates are available at http://ncor.buffalo.edu/oi2.
The event will be of particular interest to ontologists, the intelligence and military communities, data analysts and information architects interested in awareness of and collaboration between ontology-sharing efforts in the era of big data.
“The age of information extraction, processing and analysis has begun its return to the free-text, unstructured forms that prevailed until 30 years ago,” says one of the speakers, Dale Walsh.
“What has accelerated,” he says, “is the quantity and breadth of the information, and our desire to reason over its internal interconnections. For modern goals to be achieved, a level of semantic analysis must be developed, which will need to be rooted in the use of adaptable and flexible ontological contexts.”
The workshop will be hosted by the National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR) at UB and CUBRC, Inc., which researches, develops and tests systems integration programs. It is being organized by Barry Smith, Ph.D. SUNY Distinguished Professor, UB Department of Philosophy, and the director of NCOR, and Ron Rudnicki, senior research scientist at CUBRC, and will include presentations by leading figures in ontology and military information, sharing, among them:
Discussion of ongoing projects will be presented by:
Also presenting their work and research in the field will be a number of panelists who will discuss ontology and data fusion, and challenges facing “big ontology,” in relation to both technical coordination and ontology governance. Panelists who will address the ways in which ontologies are being developed to address information integration needs of large government projects in areas such as civil information and air traffic control are:
The Workshop will also review the work of the Distributed Development of a Shared Semantic Resource (DDSSR) initiative, sponsored by the US Army's Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD).