D R A F T for discussion submitted by Tim Clark 2/13/06
Scientists and health care providers increasingly rely on these resources to an extraordinary degree.
A simple way of visualizing the mission of this group is to imagine the processes by which digital resources circulate in the knowledge ecosystem as horizontal layers connecting information across vertical domains of health care and life science research and practice areas. While each separate vertical domain may require its own specialized ontology, the semantics of the ecosystem process model(s) can connect the domains and provide an important means of interoperating across their ontologies.
The primary intent of developing common semantic models of the knowledge ecosystem processes is to accelerate scientific discovery. We hypothesize such models will achieve this by facilitating:
(1) improved personal-, laboratory-, and research community-level organization and characterization of knowledge;
(2) high-bandwidth knowledge interoperability between knowledge producers and consumers, based upon the ability to publish, interchange and share richly contextualized resources;
(3) creation of fluid bridging and interoperability across domain and personal ontologies, using shared models; and
(4) vastly improved capability of autonomous software agents to navigate and extract meaning from a developing corpus of semantically characterized digital resources.
The mission of this Task Force supports the following goals of HCLS SIG’s charter:
(1) define core vocabularies that can bridge data and ontologies developed by individual communities of practice in HCLS
(2) provide … descriptive vocabularies to better enable the integration and relationships among people, data, observations, software, collections of algorithms, and scholarly publications / clinical trials.
1. Prepare a set of general use cases defining the application of a knowledge process ontology to key research and practice areas of HCLS.
2. Prepare a draft ontology supporting the use cases, with accompanying white paper.
3. Conduct a comprehensive discussion on the draft ontology and use cases with input from multiple sources, resulting in revised drafts.
4. Develop an open and diverse set of interoperating pilot applications to validate and refine the use cases and ontology.
5. Recruit additional members and solicit active involvement from key players in the space, such as academic publishers, academic libraries, research institutes, individual laboratories, health care providers, and pharmaceutical companies.
6. Task Force Final Report: a one-year assessment of development activities, lessons learned, etc. with recommendations for future activities, if any, to be undertaken by new task forces.
1. Initial Draft Use Case Document: March 30, 2006 – in consultation and collaboration with the other working groups.
2. Initial Draft Process Ontology & Whitepaper: April 30, 2006.
3. Revised Drafts of Use Cases and Process Ontology: June 30, 2006 – in consultation and collaboration with the other working groups.
4. Pilot Applications: March 2006 through December, 2007.
5. RECRUITMENT AND ADDITIONAL INPUT: ongoing.
6. Task Force Final Report: March 31, 2007.