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Fri Sep 11 2009

FYI: Int'l Association for Ontology & its Applications

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        1.    Leo Obrst, Int'l Association for Ontology & its Applications

Message 1: Int'l Association for Ontology & its Applications
Date: 08-Sep-2009
From: Leo Obrst <lobrstmitre.org>
Subject: Int'l Association for Ontology & its Applications
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International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA)

Formally established in Trento, Italy, on April 29th 2009, after an open
meeting at FOIS 2008.

IAOA is a new non-profit, open association with the purpose of promoting
interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the
intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive
science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of
ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering,
knowledge management, information systems development, library and
information science, scientific research and semantic technologies in general.

IAOA is open to all individuals and institutions who share its goals.

Main Activities:
- Educating interested stakeholders on what ontologies are and how they can
be effectively utilized.
- Promoting cooperation between public and private institutions, cultural
associations, consortia and cooperative societies that pursue similar aims.
- Establishing connections with national and international institutions
that pursue similar aims.
- Supporting the development of collaborations between research and industry.
- Supporting international scientific exchanges, paying particular
attention to rising and developing countries.
- Supporting the publication of journals and books, potentially through
direct agreements with publishing companies.
- Stimulating research in areas related to the Association’s purpose
through the establishment of scholarships, fellowships, and awards.
- Organizing - potentially in cooperation with related organizations -
scientific meetings,
conferences, educational activities and similar events. In particular, IAOA
will organize the future conferences on Formal Ontology in Information
Systems (FOIS), including FOIS 2010 (fois2010.mie.utoronto.ca), co-located
with KR 2010.
- Creating temporary or permanent groups comprising members who share
specific interests.

Executive Council:
(Only in charge until the first Assembly, to be held, according to the
Statute, within one year)
Nicola Guarino, ISTC-CNR (President), Italy
John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
Stefano Borgo, ISTC-CNR, Italy
Paul Buitelaar, DERI - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Antony Galton, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan
Mark Musen, Stanford University, USA
Leo Obrst, MITRE, USA
Laure Vieu, IRIT-CNRS, France and ISTC-CNR, Italy
Peter Yim, Ontolog, USA

Individual members: 50,- Euro
Student members (with proof of student status): 15,- Euro
Institutional members: t.b.a.
Online subscriptions are being set up. In the meanwhile, please send
membership requests to sira.grecoloa-cnr.it.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Semantics

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