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Title: Federal Region 4 Semantic Interoperability Pilot Project: Community of Practice and Plans


1
Federal Region 4 Semantic Interoperability Pilot
ProjectCommunity of Practice and Plans
  • Semantic Interoperability SiG Study Group (SISiG)
  • Architecture and Infrastructure Committee (AIC),
    CIO Council
  • Brand Niemann
  • Co-Chair Semantic Interoperability Community of
    Practice (SICoP)
  • Best Practices Committee (BPC), CIO Council, and
  • Enterprise Architecture Team, Office of
    Environmental Information
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • October 28 and November 4, 2004

2
Overview
  • 1. Background
  • Whats Being Done to Help?
  • 2. Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Who is Helping?
  • 3. Plans
  • What Are Some Key Dates?

3
1. Background
  • 1.1 CIOCs Architecture and Infrastructure
    Committee (AIC) FY2005 Tasks (7) and fostering
    communities of practice on XML and semantic
    interoperability
  • Task 1 - Evolution of the FEA Reference Models
  • FEA/DRM Ontology and Tools Collaborative
    Expedition Workshops/SICoP Meetings October 19th,
    December 9th, etc.
  • Task 2 Update the Service Component-Based
    Architectures Paper (June 2004)
  • Needs to reflect evolution from standard data
    vocabularies and XML Schema to domain ontology
    and loose coupling. See SICoP Module 1 (Semantic
    Interoperability Primer) and Slide 7.

4
1. Background
  • 1.1 CIOCs Architecture and Infrastructure
    Committee (AIC) FY2005 Tasks (7) and fostering
    communities of practice on XML and semantic
    interoperability (continued)
  • Task 3 Redesign Portal for CORE.Gov and Examine
    Integration with Other Registries and
    Repositories
  • Componenttechnology.Org CoPs Federated
    Repositories FEA-Compliant Reference Models Web
    Site Launched with Nearly 200 High-Quality
    Components Using Logidex Asset Center (September
    16, 2004).
  • Task 4 Develop a Unifying Framework for
    Enterprise Transformation (Ontology)
  • SICoP work on Module 2 (Business Case for
    Semantic Interoperability), Common Upper Ontology
    (Army), Module 3 (Implementing the Semantic Web),
    Ontology Tools and Pilot Projects, etc.

5
1. Background
  • 1.1 CIOCs Architecture and Infrastructure
    Committee (AIC) FY2005 Tasks (7) and fostering
    communities of practice on XML and semantic
    interoperability (continued)
  • Task 5 Support the Vertical Integration of EA
  • Federal Region 4 Semantic Interoperability Pilot
    Project.
  • Task 6 Develop Identification and Validation
    Process for Emerging Technologies
  • Collaborative Expedition Workshops/SICoP work on
    RSS/RDF feeds from the semantic interoperability
    vendors and their pilots for the Semantic Web
    Applications for National Security (SWANS)
    Conference, February 8-9, 2005.
  • Task 7 Support the Chief Architects Forum
  • Invited to participate in the Collaborative
    Expedition Workshops, Componenttechnology.Org
    Conferences, SICoP Meetings and Conferences,
    SISiG, etc.

6
1. Background
  • 1.1 CIOCs Best Practices Committee (BPC) SICoP
    Activities
  • January 2003 The CIO Councils XML Web Services
    Working Group Pilot Project becomes-
  • September 2003 The First Annual Semantic
    Technologies for eGov Conference at the White
    House Conference Center which fosters-
  • March 2004 The SICoP which produces the White
    Paper Series and becomes a public-private
    partnership to produce-
  • September 2004 The Second Annual Semantic
    Technologies for eGov Conference and
  • September 2004 Adaptive Information Improving
    Business Through Semantic Interoperability, Grid
    Computing Enterprise Integration,
    Wiley-Interscience by Pollack and Hodgson.

7
1. Background
  • Adaptive Information Improving Business Through
    Semantic Interoperability, Grid Computing
    Enterprise Integration, Wiley-Interscience by
    Pollack and Hodgson (Excerpts)
  • A revolutionary new framework for the
    infrastructures of the future semantically
    aware, driven by models of information, process,
    and service interfaces and able to learn new
    behavior, find patterns, and rebuild itself for
    new platforms.
  • Provides many examples of how semantic
    interoperability already fosters new
    capabilities, speeds up processes, and reduces
    costs using metadata, ontologies, and software
    tools.
  • Ontology and ontology patterns are the applied
    use of long-time, fundamental engineering
    patterns of indirection and abstraction.
  • Ontology is a multi-faceted solution to a wide
    range of problems.

8
1. Background
  • Adaptive Information (continued)
  • Standard vocabularies will not be the primary
    vehicles of information between systems that need
    a flexible and robust method to communicate with
    each other. There are at least 13 data
    conflicts that must be dealt with in syntactic
    and semantic interoperability.
  • Metadata is an overloaded term. All IT systems
    are metadata systems. For semantic
    interoperability, metadata is necessary, but not
    sufficient. Of the five core metadata layers,
    referent metadata is the most valuable for
    semantic interoperability but it also the least
    developed.
  • RDF and OWL support smart query across
    structured, semi structured, and unstructured
    data that is not possible with traditional
    integration technologies.
  • No other software technology on the horizon has
    the possibility to improve the usefulness of data
    to the same degree that semantics-aware software
    will, but semantic technologies have not yet
    crossed the chasm.

9
1. Background
  • 1.2 EPA Region 4 - Implementing a
    Service-Oriented Architecture Pilot Project
    Design and Initial Results (October 1, 2004)
  • Followed the SOA Roadmap Steps From My Recent EA
    Conference Session, September 21, 2004, (1)
    Service Taxonomy-driven Enterprise Architecture
    and Communities of Practice, (2) Federated
    Repository, and (3) Semantic Interoperability.
  • Used the Draft Region 4 Business Technology
    Infrastructure Assessment, October, 2004.
  • Developed An Initial Information Architecture
    (Ontology) Consisting of the 4 Es (Enterprise
    Architecture, Environmental Indicators, Exchange
    Network, and Emergency Operations).
  • Repurposed Selected Content Sources Into An
    Integrated Data Information Platform (See Slide
    10).
  • Applied the New Web Services for Remote Portlets
    (WSRP) Technology to a EPA Region 4 Roles-based
    Scenario (See Slide 11).
  • Started to Implement the W3Cs Semantic Web for
    E-Government Suggestions From the September 8-9,
    2004 Conference.
  • Used the EPA Region 4 Pilots Results to Jump
    Start the Broader Federal Region 4 Pilot That is
    Part of the AIC and BPC Activities (See Slide 12).

10
1. Background
NextPage Dynamic Knowledge Repositories in a
Service-Oriented Architecture
http//web-services.gov, Best Practices
Repository, Region IV Node
11
1. Background
Oracle 10g Demonstration Shows WSRP
Producer-Consumer-User Roles
Demonstration Available on Secure Internal Server
by Invitation
12
1. Background
  • 1.3 Portals from Nodes, Portlets, and Distributed
    Content Networks (October 22, 2004)
  • Showed how portals can be built from nodes,
    portlets, and distributed content networks using
    standards-compliant platforms that provide data
    integration with EPA content and interoperability
    with non-EPA content.
  • Showed how this supports EPA senior management
    direction at the recent IT Contractors Forum,
    October 13, 2004.
  • Showed how the pilot projects can be mapped to
    the initial information architecture (Ontology)
    consisting of the 4 Es (Enterprise Architecture,
    Environmental Indicators, Exchange Network, and
    Emergency Operations).
  • Provided for each pilot project the following
    Brief Description, Architecture, Screen Capture,
    and Recognitions.

13
2. Community of Practice (CoP)
  • 2.1 Richard Hammond, EPA Region 4.
  • 2.2 Starbourne/Oracle Team (See Slides 14-15).
  • 2.3 City of Atlanta CIOs Office
  • Al Buckmaster.
  • 2.4 National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
    (NNIP)
  • Tom Kingsley, Director, Urban Institute.
  • 2.5 Presidential Management Fellow (IRS/DHS)
  • Larry Jacobs (90 rotation to work on Module 3
    Implementing the Semantic Web lead by Mike
    Daconta, DHS).
  • 2.6 RSS/RDF Feeds Team (See Slide 16).

14
2. Community of Practice (CoP)
  • 2.2 Starbourne/Oracle Team
  • Rex Brooks, President and CEO of Starbourne
    Communications Design and Executive Director of
    Humanmarkup.org, Inc. as well as co-chair of the
    OASIS Human Markup Technical Committee.
  • Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga, founded the OASIS
    HumanMarkup Technical Committee and the
    Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation,
    Humanmarkup.org, Inc. He serves as co-chair of
    the OASIS HumanMarkup TC.
  • Russell Ruggiero, Senior IT Analyst and Project
    Manager.

15
2. Community of Practice (CoP)
  • 2.2 Starbourne/Oracle Team
  • Mohamad Afshar Ph.D., Director, Product
    Management, Oracle Application Server 10g.
  • Carrie-Anne Michos, Technical Director,
    OracleDirect - Government, Education, Health.
  • Ali Niazi, Senior WSRP Oracle Developer and
    Senior Sales Consultant.
  • Subramanyam Ramarao, Sales Consulting Manager.
  • Rajesh Pathak, Technical Consultant.
  • Prashanth Rao, Senior Sales Consultant.
  • Susmith Gopalan, Senior Sales Consultant.
  • Evan Quinn, Senior Director, Analyst Relations.

16
2. Community of Practice (CoP)
  • 2.6 RSS/RDF Feeds Team
  • Susan Turnbull, GSA
  • Brand Niemann, EPA
  • Peter Yim, CIM3
  • Bill Kearney, Syndic8
  • Mark Frautschi, Independent Consultant
  • Brownell Chalstrom, Venture Partner with Avansis
    Ventures and Investor in Tucana Technologies
    (RDF, OWL)
  • Marc Wine, VA

Web forms, XML validation, syndication, and data
store searching.
17
3. Plans
  • Semantic Interoperability Study Interest Group
    (SISIG)
  • October 28 Orientation.
  • November 4 Dialogue with Recognized
    Practitioners.
  • December 8 AIC Leadership Briefing (Kim Nelson,
    et. al.).
  • Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice
    (SICoP)
  • November 16 XML 2004 Conference - Keynote,
    Session Track, and Release of White Paper Module
    1 (Semantic Primer).
  • November 17 XML 2004 Conference - Town Hall
    Networking of Six XML-based CoPs.
  • December 9 Collaborative Expedition Workshop -
    All Things Ontological with NIH, NSF, Army,
    FEA/DRM, etc.
  • February 8-9, 2005 Semantic Web Applications for
    National Security (SWANS) with DARPA/DAML
    Ontology Pilots.

18
3. Plans
  • National Infrastructure for Community Statistics
    (NICS) Community of Practice
  • September 27 Community Organizations Learning
    Phase Workshop.
  • September 30 Participation in the Key National
    Indicators Initiative (KNII) Workshop on
    Collaborative Decision-making.
  • November 17 State Organizations Learning Phase
    Workshop.
  • December and January 2005 Federal Agencies and
    Commercial and National Non-Profit Organizations
    Learning Phase Workshops.
  • February 2005 NICE Business Case National
    Conference.
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