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There are lots of examples of OWL/RDF for semantics, this is a cool example of RDF for data.  Music to my ears :-).

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Seeking an Ontology of Biological Evolutionary Mechanisms

This relates to my ontology of technological mechanisms posted here recently by +Joel Bender​​.

I've been looking for other ontologies of technology (they're rare, J. Doyne Farmer, who appears to be among the foremost scholars of the field is also seeking same). The US PTO's pattent classification schema (400+ process patents) and the Library of Congresss Classification System are among the two more established ones I've found. Both address application areas of technology rather than mechanism.

My thought is that technology and evolution operate similarly, and that there might be a taxonomy or ontology of such mechanisms somewhere.

(I'm currently rearching same.)

Previously: https://plus.google.com/+JoelBender/posts/Y1y9K37dWeE

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Calling on members of this very quiet community to join in this discussion of an ontology by +Edward Morbius 
An Ontology of Technology

"Technology" is a word about as specific as "sports" or "food" or "animal". There are numerous different aspects of it, and, more importantly, they act in very different ways.

There are a few different ontologies out there. Your classic engineering disciplines would be among the more typical classifications, or you could refer to Joseoph Needham's organisation of his epic Science and Civilisation in China. I find these and others unsatisfactory on the grounds that they typically are arranged around what technology does rather than how it does it.

I've threatened several times to come up with my own better different classification, and whilst waiting out one of our periodic sandstorms here on Altair IV, I've cobbled together this. It's both incomplete and imperfect, but I'll sic my monsters of the Id on you for dwelling on that.

I would like to know if this makes sense to others, if there are any obviously missing categories, or if anything looks terribly out-of-place.

With a better mind-mapping tool I might draw relations between different parts, e.g., metals and fire give you smelting. Technological ontology may not be a DAG.


Explaining the major classifications:

Symbolic Expressions & Manipulation concerns logical representations, from speech to programming. I've included organisational systems such as government and business organisation here, though those might fit elsewhere (or possibly in their own category).

Process & Systemic Knowledge is about or how to do something. Most of the useful arts and sciences are included.

Materials are specific to a type of matter. The types could be extended (there are very few fluids or gasses present), but what's here should be representative.

Fuels concern any process in which energy is provided through consumed inputs. This seems a large component of 20th century progress.

Power transmission and transformation concerns how energy is directed, applied, or transformed. I see strong similarities to physical (e.g., shaft/belt) and electrical systems, though of course, distinctions as well.

Scaling and Network Technologies will probably strike most as an odd set. What they share in common is a Moore's Law type dynamic -- these are technologies with (at least for a significant aspect of scale) increasing returns to scale -- things improve at an accelerating rate. Cities and computer chips have a lot in common in this regard.

One thought is that this presentation helps distinguish the different dynamics of various technologies, as well as possible or probable upper bounds in application.

As I said, there's almost certainly areas missing. I'm realising now that biotech and genetic engineering seem AWOL. Those would probably go under symbolic expression, as I see things, though I'll entertain other suggestions.

I submit stuff not for approval but to be picked to pieces. Hammer at this.

(Hammers: simple tools, power transmission.)



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A poet! May all of us that deal with classification problems be so honored as to be deemed a poet.
 
The Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist and explorer, Carl Linnaeus, died on ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1778, He laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of binomial nomenclature. He is known as the father of taxonomy.
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Conference Agenda Posted 
Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense, and Security 
 STIDS 2015: Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems

    [Apologies for duplication due to cross-posting.]
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 Tenth International Conference on Semantic Technologies
     for Intelligence, Defense, and Security - STIDS 2015
           George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
                            November 18-20, 2015
      http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu |@stidsconf| #stids2015
   Special Topic: Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems
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Conference Agenda Posted  
The STIDS 2015 Agenda, with linked materials, has now been posted at http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/agenda2015.php

Program details include titles, speakers, times, and abstracts or papers for all STIDS 2015 events. This includes Tutorials offered on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, as well as Accepted Papers and invited Keynotes to be presented during the main conference days on Thursday-Friday, November 19-20, 2015. 

Registration Still Open
It’s not too late to register!  See http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/registration2015.php for rates and to start your registration. 

About the Conference
STIDS is a premier opportunity for collaboration and cross-fertilization between researchers and practitioners of semantic-based technology with particular experience in the problems facing the Intelligence, Defense, and Security communities. Each year a conference theme is selected for special attention, especially in selection of Keynote Speakers. STIDS 2015 will offer presentations of original, peer-reviewed research, as well as invited talks from prominent semantic technology researchers and recognized leaders from the target application domains. This year’s theme is Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems. 

The main Conference will take place on November 19–20, preceeded by a Tutorials day on Wednesday, November 18.  The Conference and Tutorials venue is Dewberry Hall, in the Johnson Center, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  A classified session will be held on November 17, at a venue to be announced, for those with TS/SCI clearances.

More information about the STIDS conference, schedule, venue, and 
registration can be found at http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/index.php

Follow us on Twitter as @stidsconf, and follow and use #stids2015!

We look forward to seeing you in Fairfax!
- The STIDS 2015 Organizing Committee <stids2105@c4igmu.edu>

General Chairs:     Paulo Costa, George Mason University
                                Alessandro Oltramari, Carnegie Mellon University
Technical Chairs: Ian Emmons, Raytheon BBN Technologies
                                Kathryn Laskey, George Mason University
Publicity Chair:     Amanda Vizedom, Criticollab
Tutorials Chair:     Mary Parmelee, Mitre

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Early Bird Registration ends today! (Friday, Oct 30, 2015)
Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense, and Security 
 STIDS 2015: Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems

    [Apologies for duplication due to cross-posting.]
************************************************************
 Tenth International Conference on Semantic Technologies
     for Intelligence, Defense, and Security - STIDS 2015
           George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
                            November 18-20, 2015
                            http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu
      Special Topic: Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems
************************************************************

Early Bird Registration deadline is today: Friday, October 30
Register for STIDS 2015 today to take advantage of Early Bird discounts. Early Bird registrants enjoy a discount of 20% or more off regular rates. These discounts apply to main Conference registration and to Tutorial Day registration. Rate details can be found on the registration page at http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/registration2015.php

After October 30, 2015, regular rates will apply. Register today at http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/registration2015.php!

Poster submissions invited
Poster proposals are being accepted for the combined poster/social session at STIDS 2015. This session will be the last scheduled event of the first day of the conference: Thursday, November 19, 2015. 

Members of the STIDS community are invited to submit posters presenting relevant work. To submit a poster, send a 1-2 paragraph description by email to stids2015@c4i.gmu.edu. Poster submissions will be accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis through November 11, 2015 or until space is filled. Earlier submission is encouraged, as space is limited. 

About the Conference
STIDS is a premier opportunity for collaboration and cross-fertilization between researchers and practitioners of semantic-based technology with particular experience in the  problems facing the Intelligence, Defense, and Security communities. Each year a conference theme is selected for special attention, especially in selection of Keynote Speakers. STIDS 2015 will offer presentations of original, peer-reviewed research, as well as invited talks from prominent semantic technology researchers and recognized leaders from the target application domains. This year’s theme is Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems. 

The main Conference will take place on November 19–20, preceeded by a Tutorials day on Wednesday, November 18.  The Conference and Tutorials venue is Dewberry Hall, in the Johnson Center, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. A classified session will be held on November 17, at a venue to be announced, for those with TS/SCI clearances.

More Information about the STIDS conference, its organization, keynote speakers, tutorials, venue, and registration can be found at http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/index.php

We look forward to seeing you in Fairfax!
- The STIDS 2015 Organizing Committee  (stids@c4i.gmu.edu)

General Chairs:     Paulo Costa, George Mason University
                                Alessandro Oltramari, Carnegie Mellon University
Technical Chairs: Ian Emmons, Raytheon BBN Technologies
                                Kathryn Laskey, George Mason University
Publicity Chair:     Amanda Vizedom, Criticollab
Tutorials Chair:     Mary Parmelee, Mitre

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Keynote Speakers Announced -- Early Bird Reminder
Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense, and Security 
 STIDS 2015: Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems

    [Apologies for duplication due to cross-posting.]
************************************************************
 Tenth International Conference on Semantic Technologies
     for Intelligence, Defense, and Security - STIDS 2015
           George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
                            November 18-20, 2015
                            http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu
      Special Topic: Semantics in Cyber-Physical Systems
************************************************************

Keynote Speakers  have been announced for STIDS 2015: 

  Thursday, November 19, 2015: 

      * Dr. Mark Hartong
           Senior Scientific and Technical Advisor
           for Railroad Electronics, Federal Railroad Administration, 
           US Department of Transportation

      * Dr. Bruno Sinopoli 
          Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
          Co-director, Smart Infrastructure Institute, 
          Carnegie Mellon University

 Friday, November 20, 2015: 

      * Dr. Alexander Kott
           Chief, Network Science Division, 
           Army Research Laboratory

       * Dr. James Momoh
             Professor and Director, 
             Center for Energy Systems and Control (CESaC), 
             Howard University
       
More information on STIDS 2015 Keynote Speakers is at  
http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/presentations/keynotes2015.php 

Reminder: Early Bird registration deadline is Friday, October 30
Early Bird Registration is Open for STIDS 2015. Early Bird Registration fees are discounted by more than 20%. After October 30, 2015, regular fees will apply. More information can be found at 
http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/registration2015.php. Register today!

About the Conference
STIDS is a premier opportunity for collaboration and cross-
fertilization between researchers and practitioners of semantic-based technology with particular experience in the problems facing the Intelligence, Defense, and Security communities. Each year a 
conference theme is selected for special attention, especially in 
selection of Keynote Speakers. STIDS 2015 will offer presentations of original, peer-reviewed research, as well as invited talks from 
prominent semantic technology researchers and recognized leaders 
from the target application domains. This year’s theme is Semantics 
in Cyber-Physical Systems. 

The main Conference will take place on November 19–20, preceeded
by a Tutorials day on Wednesday, November 18.  The Conference and Tutorials venue is Dewberry Hall, in the Johnson Center, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  A classified session will be held on November 17, at a venue to be announced, for those with TS/SCI clearances.

More information about the STIDS conference, schedule, venue, and 
registration can be found at http://stids.c4i.gmu.edu/index.php.

We look forward to seeing you in Fairfax!
- The STIDS 2015 Organizing Committee

General Chairs:     Paulo Costa, George Mason University
                                Alessandro Oltramari, Carnegie Mellon University
Technical Chairs: Ian Emmons, Raytheon BBN Technologies
                                Kathryn Laskey, George Mason University
Publicity Chair:     Amanda Vizedom, Criticollab
Tutorials Chair:     Mary Parmelee, Mitre
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