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Subject: Fwd: [ontolog-forum] Ontolog Invited Speaker Session - DavidWhitten & Chris Richardson - Thu 2005.06.16

Hi Folks,

I wanted to let you all know of this opportunity to listen to some 
important information which you might not otherwise be aware of in 
relation to community we are attempting to represent.

Also, for those who may be interested, the issues explored in the 
Ontolog Forum are often intertwined with our work, for which I hope 
to see us renew our efforts soon.


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>Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 22:06:08 -0700
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>  Ontolog Invited Speaker Session - David Whitten & Chris Richardson
>  - Thu 2005.06.16
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>We are pleased to announce that we will be having long time Hospital 
>Computer System experts and two of the founders of WorldVistA, *Mr. 
>David Whitten* and *Mr. Chris Richardson*, speak at our June 16, 
>2005 session next week. Their talk is entitled: "The Importance of 
>Dynamism in the OpenVistA Model".
>WorldVistA <http://www.worldvista.org/> is the charitable 
>organization supporting the OpenVistA project and the open source 
>community that is making VistA hospital software package (the 
>largest of its kind in the world), as well as healthcare information 
>technology in general, more affordable and more widely available 
>both within the United States and internationally.
>*Conference call-in details*:
>Date: Thursday, June 16, 2005
>Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST (World Time: 
>Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
>Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
>Participant Access Code: "686564#"
>*The Importance of Dynamism in the OpenVistA Model*
>by David Whitten & Chris Richardson
>The VistA Model has been adapted to the changes in medical health 
>over the last 25 years.  Change and adaptation is important to the 
>longevity and success of the VistA model.  The advantages discovered 
>and lessons learned at one site are adapted to the framework of the 
>existing VistA model.   This ability to allow the whole framework to 
>adapt to the changes of the onslaught of the technology is the power 
>of this Open Source model.  The capabilities to do AI in this 
>environment has not been fully explored.  Some of the potential 
>opportunities will be described in this presentation.
>*About the Speakers:*
>*David Whitten* is a senior computer specialist with the U.S. 
>Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston, 
>Texas. He holds a masters degree in computer science and is a 
>recognized expert on knowledge bases and artificial intelligence. 
>Whitten has worked with VistA and its predecessors for more than 
>twenty years while programming for such employers as Houston's 
>Methodist Hospital, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer 
>Center, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as 
>well as the VA. In the artificial intelligence field, he has 
>contributed to the IEEE Standard Upper Ontology working group, 
>written the unofficial FAQ on the Cyc system, and founded the Public 
>Domain Knowledge Bank. Whitten is a longstanding member of the MUMPS 
>Development Committee and was one of the founders of the OpenVistA 
>project and WorldVistA.
>*Chris Richardson* is a senior computer specialist with the Veterans 
>Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Martinez, California and has been 
>programming in MUMPS since 1978. Formerly employed by Science 
>Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he worked on the the 
>initial version of the Composite Health Care System (CHCS), the 
>Department of Defense's dialect of the VA Decentralized Hospital 
>Computer Program, now called VistA. Richardson has also programmed 
>for NASA's Johnson Space Center, Computer Sciences Corporation, and 
>the United States Public Health Service as well as his own company, 
>Richardson Computer Research. He was a longstanding member of the 
>MUMPS Users Group of North America and the MUMPS Development 
>Committee, and was one of the founders of WorldVistA.
>Refer to details on the session wiki page at:
>Please point your browser to this wiki page during the session. 
>Shared-screen support (VNC session) will also be available and be 
>started 5 minutes before the call.
>Look forward to having a lot of you at the session.
>Regards. =ppy
>P.S. to help us with the logistics, please respond to me off-line; 
>or add your name under the "expected" attendees section ( 
>)  if you are planning to attend, and haven't responded otherwise. 
>Tx. =ppy
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