Decision Mtg 2 Agenda

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Decision Meeting #2 Goal & Agenda


The Decision Incubator Activity is designed to enable both discussion and action. The discussion will occur using primarily the wiki (along with the e-mail, and the meetings) to explore aspects (e.g. use cases, benefits, challenges, issues) of standardizing Decisions & Decision-Making. The action will involve the development 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. The rapid development and iterative evolution of a Decision representation will allow significant feedback from potential users to assist the broader discussion and will ensure that a useful, although perhaps incomplete, product will be always available. 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.

Action Items from the First Meeting

The first meeting of the Decision Incubator included a review and approval of goals and deliverables in the form of a final report outline (shown on the main page). The outline includes Use Cases and the participants agreed to contribute initial use cases for discussion at the upcoming meeting. In addition, Eva kindly agreed to contribute initial wiki pages recommending tools and tutorials for educating the participants on semantic principles and recommended tools.

Goal for this Meeting

At this second meeting of the Decision Incubator, the goal is to review contributions to the wiki, in order to get participants up-to-speed on appropriate tools & tutorials for semantic development, to discuss initial use cases, and to discuss the use of linked data in decisions (as the subject, the context, and the environment).


(1) Review Tools & Training for Educating Participants on Use of Semantic Principles & Recommended Tools

If possible, Eva will review her wiki contributions, Tools and Training, designed to educate the participants on the use of semantic principles and recommended tools and tutorials. The goal is to get everyone up-to-speed as rapidly as possible so that all can understand and participate effectively in the development of semantic-based decision formats. (20-30 minutes)

(2) Initial Use Cases

Jeff and Don will present one or two of their primary use cases from which the team can begin to outline and capture requirements. (10 minutes)

(3) Principles of Web Architecture/Information Sharing

Jeff will suggest the development of a wiki page focused on outlining the guiding principles of web architecture which are also good principles for information sharing. In particular, the overriding need for simplicity to enable scalability, understandability, adoption and robustness. Reusing simple connectable components can enable both simplicity at the micro-level but allow for needed sophistication and manageable complexity at the macro-level. (5 minutes)

(4) Use of Linked Data

Participants will discuss the proposition that one of the key uses of linked data is to support decision-making. Participants should review in advance the status of linked data initiatives, in particular the work done by RPI Tetherless World Constellation at The Data-gov Wiki. The discussion will consider how best to integrate and utilize linked data for serving as the subject, the context, and the environment for decision-making. (10 minutes)