Whew, just made it out of OWL hell (not really, we didn’t actually manually edit an OWL file, but we scared everyone enough not to do it) in time for a combined Wednesday/Thursday blog post. Wednesday was completely devoted to an introduction to the Web Ontology Language, WOL, OWL. After some morning theory, participants dug into (and finished!) a 41 page tutorial (not including 5 additional exercises) on the use of Protégé. This was perhaps the trickiest day of the workshop with a lot of potential for confusion, but the relative silence and lack of gnashing of teeth foreshadowed a successful day.
Thursday, with OWL basics in hand, we moved on to a tutorial about importing other ontologies. Where to get them, how to get them, how to tell Protégé what to do with them. But of course, it is not always convenient to import a whole other ontology, so we learned the principles of “MIREOT”, or the minimum information required to reference an external ontology term. This required the complex navigation of the Ontofox tool to obtain bits and pieces of external ontologies. We then learned how to put them back together again (in Protégé).
We also had a lot of fun classifying the Balhoff family tree, as well as blue jeeps, as we learned to classify instances and use them for testing our anonymous classes. We learned to install Protégé plugins and link images within our ontology. Including pictures of Jim’s baby, hymenoptera heads, and blue jeeps.
At the end of the day, we broke into groups to brainstorm what would be needed to represent spatial relations and classes for the postcomposition of anatomy classes. This was done without peeking at the Spatial Ontology (we think!), in order to gain unbiased requirements for this ontology and get the participants thinking about spatial relationships.
On Thursday night some of the participants gathered in Robert’s room to listen to his daughter Leah’s music on the fabulous MTV show, Snooki and Jwoww. To everyone’s disappointment, her music was only on for around 10 seconds (although the show was fabulous). However, you can listen to her music here.
Matt Yoder, Melissa Haendel, Carlo Torniai, Jim Balhoff, and Erik Segerdell