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The Autism by Autistics Project

Conference Call Monday, October 23, 2006

  1. Chat Log:
  • Jeremy Sanderlin (to All – Entire Audience): hello everyone
  • Michael Mixon (to All – Entire Audience): hi
  • Jun Gi Ha (to All – Entire Audience): Hello
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): Brand-Thanks for participating and Kyle thanks for hosting
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): Jims SICoP WG is Cross-Domain SI, Pats is Ontology & Taxonomy Coordination, and Mikes is Cross-domain Vocabulary – these are separate from the Autism Project
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): We need to build an ontology for the Autism group and the other three groups have familiarity with ontologies.
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): I have suggested that the Autism Group start with simple ontologies for FOAF, DOAP, etc.
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): Ontologies form the basis for building semantic applications in the SW and capuring real data in RDF format
  • Jeremy Sanderlin (to All – Entire Audience): I see that ontologies have a close association with a traditional object class in OO programming
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): Jim, We have talked about importing the major ontologies like SUMO, etc.
  • Jeremy Sanderlin (Private): okay Brand. I now see the connect between OO programming and ontologies/sematic wiki. I think I see this coming together.
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): Great! I can send you some excellent tutorials that have been presented in our SICoP meetings and conferences. SEE BELOW
  • Jeremy Sanderlin (Private): I would very much like to work through those tutorials. There seems to be a bit of a learning curve.
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): The tools allow import of Excel, UML, XSD, etc. to jump start ontologies in OWL
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience):
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): 604-730-0086
  • Brand Niemann (to All – Entire Audience): I am starting to work with Scott to identify and verify Autism concepts so we can construct an ontology(s) that can form the basis for applications
  1. Ontology Tutorial and Tools:

Ontology Tutorial at the 5th Semantic Interoperability for E-Government Conference, October 10-11th:

  • Description and Tools:
  • Slides:

Concept MAP Home Page:

  • Light-weight Ontology Editor:
  • The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct Them:
  • CMAP Publications:
  1. Autism Sandbox:
  • Kyle Recsky
  • 604-730-0086


Brands Seminar to University of Georgia Terry School of Business Students on October 17th:

  • 1. Regular Wiki:
  • 2. Semantic Wikis:
  • 3. Concepts and Semantic Interoperability: (Especially slide 12)
  • 4. Five Step Process for Working in the Semantic Wiki
  • 5. Followup Discussion:
    • Jeremy R Sanderlin: Our instructors specified that we must produce a web application that contains a database element and an OO programming element, in the traditional sense. Therefore any application that we develop must contain these components in order to satisfy our course objectives.
    • Brand: I understand your instructors position and when you have done that the traditional way then we can show you how that has evolved to a more versatile pardigm with ontologies in the Semantic Wiki.

Five Step Process for Working in the Semantic Wiki:

  • 1. Prepare a CoP Mission Statement
  • 2. Prepare a CoP Membership List
  • 3. Prepare a CoP Strategy
  • 4. Hold a Wiki Training Conference Call (with items 1-3 entered into the Wiki space)
  • 5. Get commitments to collaboratively publish and edit trusted reference knowledge sources in the Wiki space.
  1. Mission Statement: Help autistic people publish their experiences and learn to build and use information technology services on the World Wide Web.
  2. Membership List:

Note: Photograph from October 17th Meeting

  • UGA MIT Group:  Autism Society of America Project Wiki


  1. Charlie Gunti:
  2. Jun Gi Ha:
  3. Michael Mixon:
  4. Rhonda Gantt:
  5. Jeremy Sanderlin:
  • Others:
  1. Scott Bales:
  2. Gregory Abowd:
  3. Brand Niemann:
  4. Richard Hammond:
  5. Al Buckmaster:
  6. Liora Sahar:
  7. Betty Dabney:
  8. Judy Qualters:
  9. Charles M. Croner:
  10. Kyle Recsky:
  11. Chuck Rehberg:
  1. Strategy:

Investigate the use of Semantic Wiki technology for content management and for an ontology-based platform for building services. Ontologies are an advanced technique to structure knowledge and may help autistic people learn abstract reasoning. A free test Semantic Wiki is available through SICoP (Brand Niemann, Co-Chair) and Visual Knowledge (Kyle Recsky). See and The Project Presentation is to be scheduled sometime during April 5-May 1, 2007.

  1. Training Conference Call:
    • Monday, October 23, 2006, 6 PM EST
    • URL for GoTo Meeting: Kyle Will Provide

meeting ID is 538-910-074

  • Call-in Number: (319) 632-1100 and Access Code: 484206
  • Items 1-3 have been placed in the test Semantic Wiki space
  1. Commitments to Collaborate on Trust Reference Knowledge:

The Team agreed at the October 17th meeting to pursue a parallel, hopefully converging – efforts on the following:

  • a. Use of the Semantic Wiki as a Content Management System to capture (publish and edit) and structure the Autistic experience. Brand will help Scott and others with this starting with extracting the concepts in Wikipedia ( and other Web resources to comment on and to relate to one another (called Dublin Core Metadata and Description of a Project in the Semantic Web).
  • b. Programming of one or more services in each of the three basic categories:
    • b.1. non-autistic-to-non-autistic: e.g., event management (master calendar), contact information (called Friend-of-a-Friend in the Semantic Web)
    • b.2. non-autistic-to-autistic: e.g. teacher-for-student and parent online journal of learning progress
    • b.3 autistic: e.g. put features of proprietary CD-ROM software products on the Internet that have demonstrated success like Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord (
    • b.4 GIS maps of Autistic data for Georgia and nationally (if reliable data is available) using SVG tools developed by EPA Region 4 (Richard Hammond) to make those GIS maps interactive without the need to setup an ARCGis Server. LandView 6 can also be used (see and narrated tutorials at,, and
    • b5. Collaborate with “CDC Launches Multi-state Study on Autism; $5.9 Million Awarded to Five Sites (California, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania) that form the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) Network. CDC will also be participating in the study, and will include children and their parents from the metropolitan Atlanta area.” (see This could be coordinated with the EPA-State Environmental Health Data Action Team (see
    • b6. Explore use of advanced semantic extraction technology. For example see Chuck Rehberg (Semantic Insights), Semantic Digital Research Librarian Services at with an autism application!