The goal of this workshop is to identify a clear set of actions we can take within 1, 2 and 3 years to enable an open community, within and across disciplines, to actively contribute towards the development of an Open Knowledge Network.
This is the third in a series of meetings which have brought together experts in the field to discuss the viability of the idea, the level of support within the community, and the steps needed to move this idea forward. The NITRD Big Data Interagency Working Group (BDIWG) is hosting the workshop with the assistance of the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
For more information please read the White Paper that came out of the first meeting in DC on July 29, 2016 and the Next Steps document that was a result of a meeting in Sunnyvale, CA on February 27, 2017.
UPDATE: Presentations/Session Reports from the workshop are now available
After beginning with an overview of the project vision, goals, and current status, the workshop will focus on the next steps—in the immediate future as well as over the new few years; how to get started; and, how to sustain the activity.
Day 1 AM
Overview, vision, context. A recap of the vision and background, and discussion of new capabilities and new applications that could be enabled by such an infrastructure.
8:30 — 8:45 Welcome, Jim Kurose, NSF and Susan Gregurick, NIH
8:45 — 9:05 Recap and related NSF work, Chaitanya Baru, NSF
9:05 — 9:50 Vision and Technical Aspects, Andrew Moore, Carnegie Mellon and R.V. Guha, Schema.org
9:50 — 10:00 What we want to achieve today, Sharat Israni, UCSF
Presentation of related work. Brief overviews from agencies on tools and R&D activities that they have funded in related areas.
10:00 — 10:15 DARPA, Bill Regli
10:15 — 10:30 NASA, Tsengdar Lee
10:30 — 10:45 NIH, Michael Huerta
10:45 — 11:00 NIST, Ram Sriram
11:00 — 11:30 BREAK
11:30 — 1:05 Presentations by “Practitioners”
Content, state of the art and standards in the practice. Examples of the use of knowledge graphs in distinct domains/fields, to make the case for an Open Knowledge Network (OKN). This will include coverage of existing proximate formal and/or informal standards in those knowledge domains – such as ontologies, representations, etc.
- The Horizontals — R.V. Guha
- Practice: Geosciences — Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California
- Practice: Biomedicine — Sergio Baranzini, University of California San Francisco
- Practice: Finance — Mark D. Flood, US Treasury Office of Financial Research and Louiqa Raschid, Smith School of Business
- Practice: Manufacturing — Barry Smith, University of Buffalo
1:05 – 2:15 LUNCH & NETWORKING
Day 1 PM
2:15 — 2:25 Sharat Israni: Setting the stage for the Breakout Session
2:25 — 5:15 BREAKOUT ON DIFFERENT TOPICS
Topic areas include:
- Bootstrapping/First Step. Which part of the OKN pipeline should be the first area for progress (perhaps by knowledge domain)—Data Extraction, Standards/Reconciliation, Content Acquisition, Infrastructure needed, Content Serving, etc.
- Project Plan. How exactly would we bootstrap and build out the OKN. This includes 12-month; 3 year; 5-year project plans; overall structure of project activities, ordering of activities; infrastructure requirements; etc.
- A coordinated community effort has the potential for getting this activity started without requiring large amounts of funding at the very beginning.
- Mobilizing the Community. How can the activity be scaled up to include more segments of the community, and accommodate organic growth.
- Coordination and governance. What are the coordination mechanisms and community structures; what structures should be put into place to support rapid but coordinated progress; agile development; maximum collaboration; and minimum bureaucratic overhead?
- Competitions. Is it possible to devise competitions to engage more of the community, and also help the community efforts move forward.
- Kaggle has offered to help in vetting competition ideas, and their formats; and to host competitions.
DAY 1 Evening
5:30 Cocktail reception sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University
9:00 — 10:00 Breakouts continue; report-back presentations prepped
10:00 — 11:30 Reports back (Webcast)
11:30 — 12:15 Issues and opps we heard in common across Practices
12:15 — 1:00 Pick up LUNCH
1:00 — 2:00 Going forward plans by Breakout (led by breakout leaders) and in Common (led by organizers)
2:00 — 2:45 Structuring for Continued Progress (organizers)
Please book your flights as soon as possible in order to limit cost. Eligible local attendees, those traveling from within 50 miles of the Natcher Center, will receive up to $100 in reimbursement for travel expenses. Eligible attendees traveling from east of the Mississippi River will receive up to $450 in reimbursement. Eligible attendees traveling from west of the Mississippi River will receive up to $650 in reimbursement for transportation costs (see reimbursement form).
See below for recommended, nearby lodging options. Please note that the government maximum daily reimbursement for hotel costs is $231.
Hyatt Regency Bethesda (directly above Metro)
One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD
Wisconsin Ave. at Old Georgetown Road
Doubletree by Hilton Bethesda – Washington DC
8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814
American Inn of Bethesda
8130 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD
(301) 656-9300, 1-800-323-7081
Bethesda Court Hotel
7740 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD
(301) 656-2100, 1-800-874-0050
5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD
Marriott Residence Inn
7335 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD
(301) 718-0200, 1-800-331-3131
Natcher Conference Center Information
The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) is part of the National Institutes of Health and is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. The Natcher Building is across the street and north from Building 38A and the National Library of Medicine.
The Natcher Conference Center is a state-of-the-art conference center with the latest technology in audio-visual presentations, recordings, interactive video and audio technology.
The center consists of a 1000 seat auditorium, two (2) video teleconferencing rooms with 30 seats each, and seven (7) conference rooms with a maximum of 140 seats. The center is expected to serve 315,00 to 360,000 patrons per year. The center hosts events such as meetings, workshops, multi-day conferences, exhibitions, scientific counselor sessions, broadcasted and interactive teleconferences, and multi-language, simultaneous interpretation meetings. The Natcher Conference Center is fully accessible.
Getting to the NIH Campus
NOTE: New security measures have been put in place on the NIH campus, affecting both staff and visitors. For more information, please refer to the NIH Visitor Information page on the main NIH Web site.
We strongly encourage taking the Metro to the Natcher Conference Center. There are very few visitor parking spaces at NIH. There is a three-hour limit on visitor parking spaces, and ticketing is enforced and irreversible. The Natcher Conference Center is a 5-minute walk from the Medical Center station on the Red Line. The Natcher Building is located on Center Drive directly behind the Medical Center Stop.
If you must drive, take the Wisconsin Avenue exit from the Capital Beltway (Rte 495) and go 1.5 miles south on Wisconsin Avenue toward Bethesda to the 5th traffic light at Center Drive/Jones Bridge Rd. Turn right onto Center Drive. The Natcher Building is at 45 Center Drive and is located across from the Library of Medicine.
An alternative parking at NIH is to drive to Bethesda and park in a public lot in Bethesda. From Bethesda you can either take the Metro (stop is located at East West Highway and Wisconsin Ave.) to the Medical Center Stop or walk up Wisconsin Avenue to Center Drive (about a 10-15 minute walk). You may also drive and park at other Metro Stops on the Red Line that have public parking and take the Metro to the Medical Center station. Convenient stops include Rockville, White Flint and Grosvenor.
Getting to the Natcher Building
Due to increased security on the NIH campus, a guard or policeman will stop you at the entrance to South Drive and ask for your driver’s license and the purpose of your visit. You will be sent to a parking lot nearby and your car will be inspected. After the inspection, you will receive a visitor pass. Continue down South Drive to the intersection with Center Drive. Turn left, and then make the third left into the visitor parking lot. This turn is immediately after the turn into the plaza in front of the William H. Natcher Building (Building 45) and just before a large intersection and traffic light.
Food and Vending Service
The Natcher Building contains a cafeteria, with open and private dining facilities, located on the first floor level, A Wing. Please note that the government maximum daily reimbursement for food costs is $69.
Breakfast: 6:30 — 9:30 a.m.
Lite Fare: 9:30 — 11:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.