ESAO Webinar n.10, December 2023

The Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO) [1] is open for everyone and welcomes students, researchers and practitioners alike (no registration needed).

The 10th ESAO webinar will be held on
Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 15:00 CET (regional times: 09:00-10:30 EDT / 14:00-15:30 UTC / 15:00-16:30 CET / 16:00-17:30 SAST / 11:00-12:30 UTC-3 [2]) via Zoom (full connection details at the end of this message)

Program & Speakers Info
09:00-10:30 EDT / 14:00-15:30 UTC / 15:00-16:30 CET / 16:00-17:30 SAST / 11:00-12:30 UTC-3 (30 min each presentation + discussions)

Mara Abel (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Title: Ontology application in the petroleum industry
Abstract: The petroleum production chain configures a complex sequence of activities that require specialized knowledge and large volume of information from diverse sources and types. Considering the high level of requested knowledge, several specialized providers assume part of the activities producing information and data that are integrated during process decision, production monitoring, and optimization. In this non-standardize scenario, semantic treatment becomes a key issue to allow interoperability between systems and enterprise information consumption. Ontology engineering came with the adequate tools for dealing with semantic in this environment nowadays, by orienting the development of domain ontologies and the embodiment of the ontology artifacts into information system applications. This talk will describe use cases of domain ontologies in petroleum industry environment for information retrieval, expert system applications, digital twin for implementation and decision making applications, highlighting details of the each project development.

Bio: Mara Abel is geologist and doctor in Computer Science, studying knowledge engineering applied to Petroleum Industry. She is a retired titular professor of UFRGS, in Brasil, where she has been dedicated to investigate and build ontologies for dealing with interoperability problems in petroleum industry. She is co-founder of the knowledge-based software company ENDEEPER and she has conceived several successful industrial applications for reservoir characterization and production optimization in industrial cooperation projects.

Emilio Sanfilippo (National Research Council of Italy)

Title: Ontologies in Digital Humanities: Some Research Challenges
Abstract: Ontologies are extensively used in both research and applications within the realm of digital humanities, with one of the most notable examples being the CIDOC-CRM ontology and its extensions. Similarly to other domains of application, ontologies within the digital humanities serve diverse purposes, including the seamless organization of datasets across multiple organizations to enable their smooth sharing and integration. However, within this landscape, critical studies pertaining to the interpretive reception of artworks – or any entity central to humanities research – have remained at the margins of knowledge representation and data modeling efforts. Consequently, while numerous digital platforms offer ontology-based datasets, only a few explicitly address the interpretive dimension of scholarly inquiries. This absence is somewhat surprising considering the significance of interpretive phenomena in critical studies of fine art, literature, music, theater, and other disciplines. During this presentation, I will briefly explore the utilization of ontologies in the digital humanities, discussing the challenges researchers must confront, in my opinion, to comprehend the multifaceted nature of scholarly research in the humanities. These challenges encompass the development of methodologies and formal models to represent scholarly interpretations and debates.

Bio: Emilio Sanfilippo is a permanent researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, affiliated with the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) within the Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC). His research encompasses foundational and applied topics concerning the utilization of ontologies in both industrial engineering and the digital humanities. Presently, he serves as the principal investigator of the MITE project – Make it Explicit: Documenting interpretations of literary fictions with conceptual formal models, funded by the Italian Ministry for University and Research (MUR).

Series Description

The IAOA [3] has created ESAO [1], an educational effort directed towards topics of Applied Ontology, primarily established basics and foundations.

The series is inspired by the Interdisciplinary Schools on Applied Ontology (ISAO) [4]. ESAO is complementary in format and its overall approach. The goal is to provide a combination of an archive of educational material (e.g., short video lectures) and a series of webinars for presenting and discussing that material.


Members of the Education Technical Committee of IAOA [5] and among those primarily (in alphabetical order):

* Lucía Gómez Álvarez
* Frank Loebe
* Sandra Lovrenčić
* Cassia Trojahn (Chair)
* Laure Vieu


[1] Educational Series on Applied Ontology

[2] Session time locally and in further places

[3] IAOA website

[4] ISAO History page

[5] Entry page of the IAOA Education Technical Committee

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