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Industrial Ontology Foundry Meeting

The Industrial Ontology Foundry (IOF) is a group working to co-create a set of open ontologies to support needs of the manufacturing and engineering industry and advance data interoperability. Current IOF working groups are establishing reference ontologies in domain areas such as production planning and scheduling, supply chain, maintenance, and product-service systems. The working groups are active with regular online meetings, publications, and presentations at various venues. The details about IOF activities can be found on the web site

This 3rd face-to-face meeting will bring together international participants of the IOF and interested parties to facilitate planning and decision-making in support of IOF goals. The event will take place over two days with plenary sessions for IOF community discussion as well as smaller parallel breakout sessions to address specific needs. During the plenary sessions, IOF working groups and boards will provide progress reports and plan future activities. Of special note will be presentation on a special IOF initiative, the Top-20. Top-20 moderators will present the initial formalization of 26 common terms used in manufacturing and applicable to many of the domains of the working groups. In addition, the members will discuss progress in the IOF governing procedures and protocols for developing, synchronizing, and testing domain ontologies. 

We invite members of the manufacturing industry, the standards community, the software application/solution provider community, the research community, and others interested in semantic data interoperability, industry 4.0, or digital manufacturing to join our efforts and participate in the event.


Day 1 (9AM – 6PM ET)

8:15 am – 9:00am  Badge pickup and continental breakfast

a) 09:00 – Welcome to NIST, meeting logistics

b) 09:05 – Short introduction

c) 09:15- 10:00 Speaker: Rebeca Arista (Airbus) ‘Industrial Ontologies value for Airbus: Manufacturing Research’ 

d) 10:01-10:30 Governance Board – Provide an update

Break 10:31-10:40

e) 10:41-11:30 Speaker - Martin Hardwick (STEP Tools, Inc.)

f) 11:31-12:00 Jim Logan - 'Cameo Concept Modeler'

g) 12:01 Technical Oversight Board – Go through the TOB To-Do List, including Polices & Procedures; More detailed discussion on Infrastructure – A session on this and associated workflow

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 PM (on your own) - Possible subgroup discussion on 'Failure Event'

1:31 Technical Oversight Board (continued)

h) Top Down Update, Chris Will – 15-30 minutes

i) Serm & Minchul Lee’s presentation on IOF architecture – 45 minutes

j) New working group proposals

  • Situations and Decision Management
  • Simulations, Design and Manufacturing
  • System Engineering

k) Other topics

  • IOF work on a BFO/IOF compatible version of the Semantic Sensor Network Ontology (SSN)
  • Possible session at US Semantic Technology Symposium (us2ts) on using ontology design patterns for BFO based ontology families (with OBO Foundry and IOF represented)

l) 6:00 PM – end of day 1

6:15 PM Shuttle for meeting hotel departs

Evening – possible informal social get together – location TBD (but probably Dogfish Head Alehouse -across from NIST main gate)

Day 2 - meeting program: Working Groups (9AM – 5PM)

8:30 – 9:00 Continental breakfast

a) Common Working Groups session – Current status and work, discuss commonalities, overlaps, ontological questions;

 Suggested elements:

  1. Share where the WGs are with the rest of the community. Short presentations (suggest 10 min presentation each - plus discussion, at least 1 hour total)
  2. 10:00 AM EST Remote presentation on Manufacturing Resources from Walter Terkaj (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR))
  3. Identify and resolve any overlaps that result from combining our respective ontologies. (up to 2 hours)

Lunch (on your own) – [1 hour –starting 12:30 or later]

  1. Agree on next steps. (at least one hour) 
  2. Agree on the format/template of WG papers due 20 Jan for IOF I-ESA Workshop (30 min).

Break (15 minutes)

b) Working Group Break Out sessions

c) Wrap up – consider any revisions to roadmap

d) 5:00 PM - Meeting adjourns

5:15 PM Shuttle for meeting hotel departs


Holiday Inn Gaithersburg

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If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site.  Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE:  All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will results, at a minimum, in significant delays in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12.

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Created August 9, 2019, Updated December 3, 2019