Ontologies and domain modelling: a fun (honest) and friendly introduction - 20 September 2018



What exactly is an ontology? How can we use them to better understand our information environments? Helen Lippell and Silver Oliver will be explaining all, providing examples from projects they have worked on, and giving you the chance to build your own ontology and domain model.

Helen Lippell will give an accessible introduction to ontologies are, how they are being used in a variety of different applications, how they differ from taxonomies, and how you can combine taxonomies and ontologies in models. This introduction assumes no prior knowledge of ontologies or semantic technologies.

Silver Oliver will be explaining how ontologies are used in domain modelling, demystifying some of the terminology, and providing case studies to demonstrate ontologies in practice.

There will be the chance to get pens and paper out to produce and develop your own ontology and domain model, with additional help from experienced domain modellers Michael Smethurst and Anya Somerville.


Helen Lippell has run her own consultancy since 2007, working as a specialist in taxonomy, metadata, ontologies and enterprise search. She loves getting stuck into projects and working with clients to figure out how best to use the messy content and data they have. She has supported organisations such as the BBC, gov.uk, Financial Times, Pearson, and Electronic Arts.

Silver Oliver has worked as an Information Architect for many years. Previously he has worked with the BBC, British Library and government. For the last 10 years he has worked at Data Language, a small consultancy specialising in semantics. His areas of expertise include all areas of information architecture, but focuses primarily on the role of domain modelling in delivering design solutions.

Michael Smethurst has worked as an Information Architect for over ten years. Prior to working for the UK Parliament, he worked at the BBC and BBC R&D on a variety of projects, ranging from programmes, iPlayer, news, sport and food. Here he brought together practices from the semantic web and the domain-driven design community. He now works as a data architect for the UK Parliament using the same methods to understand and document parliamentary processes, work flows and data flows.

Anya Somerville is Head of Indexing and Data Management for the House of Commons Library, where she leads a team of information specialists. The team adds subject indexing, links and other metadata to parliamentary business data. It also manages Parliament’s controlled vocabulary. Anya and her team  work closely with Michael and Silver on the domain models for parliamentary business.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn the basic ideas around ontologies and domain modelling. Group pen and paper exercises will help illustrate the concepts in a way that anyone can relate to, whether they're currently using ontologies or not.

The Twitter hashtag for this event is #netikx95

A pdf giving details of the meeting can be downloaded from https://netikx.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/ontologies-and-domain-modelling-e28093-thursday-20-september-2018.pdf.


Provisional Timetable

14:00 - 14:30   Registration (and refreshments)

14:30 - 15.00   Helen Lippell: introduction to ontologies

15:00 - 15:30   Interactive session: Domain modelling part 1

15.30 - 15:45   Tea and networking

15:45 - 16.15   Silver Oliver: Ontologies and domain modelling

16:15 - 16:45   Interactive session: Domain modelling part 2

16:45 - 17:00   Discussion, further events and learning

17:00 - 18:00   Refreshments and a glass of wine

18:00               Close


The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (The nearest London Underground Station is Bond Street)

Seminar Costs

If you are a NetIKX Member or join NetIKX now, there is no charge

Non-members are welcome to attend. Please register below.

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Price: £30.00