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The 11th (probably) ever VoCamp conveniently situated nearby, and directly following, the 2009 International Semantic Web Conference. For additional information see the Semantic Web DC Meetup event listing.

Please use #vocampdc as the hashtag for this Vocabulary Camp in your social media outlet of choice.


30th - 31st October 2009


This VoCamp is going to be held in LJ-119 in the historic Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress.

 Jefferson Building
 The Library of Congress
 Room LJ-119
 101 Independence Ave, SE
 Washington, DC 20540

How Much[edit]

The VoCamp event itself is free, although participants usually need to pay for their own travel, accommodation and food. The idea is that many people who are interested in this VoCamp will already be in the area for ISWC, so maybe you can just extend your stay in the Washington DC area.


The following are outline timings for the event which are unlikely to change. Apart from these timings, exactly how we spend the time will largely be determined during the event.

Day 1 (Friday 30th October 2009)[edit]

10:00am - 5:00pm (start time, for Friday only, pushed back from 9am to 10am, to give people time to get into D.C. and not miss the start)

Dinner Plan[edit]

Meet at 8pm at:

Kramer Books

1521 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, United States

(202) 387-1400


Nearest metro stop: Dupont Circle

Google Map

Day 2 (Saturday 31st October 2009)[edit]

9:00 - 5:00


Here people can suggest vocabularies and other things to work on. Just put a topic in the list and other people can put their names behind it to indicate interest in that topic.

  • Events
  • Work on GeoSpatial and/or GeoTemporal extension to SPARQL. (Jans Aasman)
  • LODE event mapping ontology with accompanying technical report
  • Vocabularies that may extend the Provenance Vocabulary to provide more detailed descriptions for certain aspects of Web data provenance: OlafHartig PatrickMurrayJohn
  • Pattern-based vocabulary construction ([1], check Valentina's links)
  • History and Genealogy Semantics: BrianEubanks
  • Terminology Management integrated across the range of the semantic spectrum. [2] RoyRoebuck
  • Global Terminology Management using Linked Open Data (LOD) RoyRoebuck
  • Enterprise Architecture (EA) as a Controlled Vocabulary RoyRoebuck
  • Extending US OMB FEA Reference Models and DoDAF2 Metamodel (DM2) into a general management vocabulary RoyRoebuck
  • Improvement of ISO Terminology and Thesaurus standards RoyRoebuck
  • Work done in/for classes (as in education, not rdf:Class! :) ). Basically, tie FOAF/SIOC and AIISO together around courses, and describe assignments, readings, topics covered, projects, etc. related to the class. I've done some spotty work on one here and there, but am ready to blow it up and start over. Also related -- A Giant Edugraph PatrickMurrayJohn
  • Protocol architectures for Linked Data SimonSpero
  • Using Controlled Natural Languages for the Semantic Web SimonSpero
  • Extensional semantics of Subject Headings--Subdivided and Subject Headings as Pre-combined (Pre-coordinated) strings SimonSpero
  • Attaching discriminant resource specifications to datasets (VoiD extension) and ontologies (ontology metadata) FrancoisScharffe

Work Session Notes, Links, and Related Materials[edit]

Spatial Relationships Group[edit]

Spatial Feature Type Group[edit]

Educational Data Group[edit]

Provenance & Linked Data Metadata Group[edit]



  1. ValentinaPresutti (please, have a look at the ontologydesignpatterns.org semantic wiki and try to reuse the vocabularies that are there, called Content Ontology Design Patterns, and share your vocabularies there).
  2. TomHeath
  3. JonPhipps
  4. ClayFink
  5. TomBaker
  6. KatherineGoodier
  7. PatrickMurrayJohn
  8. RafaelAlvarado
  9. RaphaelTroncy (checkout the LODE event mapping ontology and read the technical report)
  10. David M Harris
  11. Jans Aasman
  12. Steve Haflich
  13. Craig Norvell
  14. Marco Neumann
  15. KalyanLanka
  16. BrianEubanks
  17. AdrianWalker suggested reading: www.reengineeringllc.com/A_Wiki_for_Business_Rules_in_Open_Vocabulary_Executable_English.pdf
  18. OlafHartig (only on day 1)
  19. JuanSequeda
  20. SimonSpero
  21. KendallClark -- well, probably: will be a busy week, etc. :)
  22. FrancoisScharffe Vocabularies alignment
  23. HughGlaser Thinks it is time he got to a VoCamp
  24. ChrisBizer
  25. EvaBlomqvist
  26. PaulHoule
  27. Mike Zarro
  28. EdSummers
  29. EricWolf
  30. LeighDodds -- working on SPARQLExtensionDescriptions
  31. RichardCyganiak (from DERI, Galway) – wants to work on expressing SearchResultsInRDF
  32. AldoGangemi Events modelling, will make suggestions to reuse the Situation-based patterns, e.g. time-indexed participation.
  33. Bohdan Kantor
  34. FabienGandon Friday only
  35. GuillaumeEreteo
  36. PeterMika Friday only
  37. DanChudnov Friday only
  38. RoyRoebuck (Unable to attend.) Terminology Management process across semantic spectrum. Enterprise Architecture as controlled vocabulary. Extending OMB FEA and DoDAF2 Metamodel into General Endeavor Management (GEM) controlled vocabulary.


How to arrive[edit]


  • Union Station is within 10-15 minutes walking distance, which offers Amtrak and local train, and Red Line metro service.
  • The Metro is Washington DC's subway system. The closest stop to the Library of Congress is the Capitol South stop on the Orange/Blue Line.


  • If flying domestically Ronald Reagan National Airport is very convenient since it is only minutes from downtown DC, and you can jump right on the Metro.
  • Dulles is about 45 minutes from DC. There are shuttles that leave every hour from Dulles to the nearest Metro station at West Falls Church.
  • Baltimore-Washington-International Airport (BWI) is about an hour from DC. The B30 bus runs between BWI and the Metrorail Greenbelt station every forty minutes for a trip which takes about thirty minutes. There also is a MARC train station right at the airport, which will bring you directly to Union Station. MARC trains do not run on weekends, but Amtrak continues to serve the BWI rail station.


  • There are lots of nearby hotels, and most in downtown DC are a short metro ride away from the Library of Congress. Check out Google Maps for the options.
  • There are some cheaper hostels in DC, and two right nearby the Library of Congress. Check out this list from Google Maps.