Decision Mtg 19 Agenda

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Decision Meeting #19 Goal & Agenda


The dial-in information for this week's meeting is here. The Decision Incubator Activity is intended to explore the use cases and design of a Decision Representation format (e.g. in XML, RDF, OWL…) available on the wiki along with its use by participants in testbed settings for experiments and exercises. Each meeting will be an opportunity to summarize progress & contributions to the wiki, review next steps and action items, and to review the current representation format.

Summary from the Last Meeting

At our last meeting #18 (see minutes), we were fortunate to have Dr. Jill Drury and Dr. Gary Klein from The Mitre Corporation participating to present an overview of their work on assessment of decision options. One of the primary insights is the focus on advancing from the traditional situation space to the decision space. As for example in the game of chess, there are three levels of decision awareness. The first is situation awareness related to the location of the pieces. The second is the meaning of the chess pieces and the implied options for next moves. The third is the consequences or costs of making any one of those moves. As we consider representations of decisions, we should consider advancing into the higher levels which represent better the decision space as opposed to the lower levels which are what most operational pictures currently provide, the situation space. These and other insights are important contributions to the advancement of our incubator work on requirements for a decision representation.

Eva provided a nice overview of her experience at the International Semantic Web Conference. Our position paper describing incubator activities was well received. Open Linked Data initiatives were highlighted. Also the List Pattern was developed as part of the Ontology Patterns workshop. This pattern is available at for our use.

Jeff provided links on the wiki at to an RDF version of the Common Decision Exchange Protocol (CDEP), an XML representation for decisions that has been a useful example and guide for considering requirements.

Goal for this Meeting

At this January 6th, 2011 meeting of the Decision Incubator, we will discuss the steps remaining to complete our incubator work over the next three months. We will discuss the final report as a follow-on to our position paper, the progress on decision representation and patterns, use cases, and requirements. We will set a schedule for completion of the activities and discuss assessing the need or potential for a follow-on working group or other activity.

We will also take the opportunity to receive status updates from the individual participants on their latest activities relevant for our incubator work. Jeff will summarize thoughts on two versions of a tool to help elucidate the application of the decision format, one capturing the format as it builds in a situational awareness tool and the second utilizing explicitly the linked open data initiative.


The following agenda items will be discussed at the next meeting. The topic, time, summary and discussion leader are provided for each agenda item.

(0) Introductions & Agenda Overview (5 min, Jeff)

We'll briefly consider the current status and agenda items for any suggested changes.

(1) Status and Incubator Deliverables(15 min Jeff)

Jeff will summarize our status and our primary deliverables (final report, example format, example tools) and suggest the potential future for the work. Discussion of those deliverables and their usefulness will be discussed.

(2) Schedule (15 min Jeff)

Based on discussion, Jeff will recommend a schedule for completion of the deliverables. Specific tasks and opportunities will be discussed

(3) Around the Horn (15 min All)

We'll see if we can visit with each of our participants to get an update on latest activities in representing or modeling decisions, security, situation reporting or other areas relevant for decision-making.