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Rich Keller Organizes 'Semantic Web For Air Transportation' Meeting
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Rich Keller Organizes 'Semantic Web For Air Transportation' Meeting

On August 24, 2015, an invitational technical interchange meeting was held in Washington, D.C., to bring together people applying semantic web technologies to solve a variety of information management problems pertaining to global air transportation operations and governance. In attendance were 25 international participants from government (the Federal Aviation Administration - FAA, NASA, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, EUROCONTROL, Air Services Australia), standards bodies (Open Geospatial Consortium - OGC, the International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO), university labs (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Labs), and industry (Mosaic ATM, Frequentis, Securboration, AlionScience, Booz-Allen-Hamilton). The purpose of the meeting was to exchange information about ongoing projects, use cases, and shareable community resources, such as ontologies, development tools, and deployment strategies. The meeting was organized by Dr. Rich Keller, with assistance from colleagues at the FAA and Securboration, a government contracted research organization. Participants expressed enthusiasm for continuing technical discussions, connections, and collaboration opportunities explored during the meeting via a possible ongoing community-of-practice forum.

BACKGROUND: Semantic web technologies revolve around the development and application of ontologies – formal knowledge representation structures that model a subject domain and enable automated inference about concepts, relationships, and properties modeled in the domain. Ontologies can be used to address numerous aviation industry information management problems, including terminology standardization, data exchange, integration and interoperation, data service discovery, unstructured information extraction, information search, and open data publication. Code TI, in collaboration with Code AF (the Aviation Systems Division), is developing an air traffic management ontology as part of a semantic data integration prototype focused on fusing various sources of air traffic management data from the FAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and other providers.

PROGRAM FUNDING: Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) project, Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

TEAM: Rich Keller (TI), Mark Kaplun (FAA), and Lowell Vizenor (Securboration)

POC: Rich Keller, rich.keller@nasa.gov

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