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Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO)

IAOA is currently setting up a new educational effort under the name Educational Series on Applied Ontology (ESAO) that shall be suited for learning about topics of Applied Ontology, primarily established basics and foundations. The series is inspired by the Interdisciplinary Schools on Applied Ontology (ISAO), but - in times of the Corona pandemic - it is complementary in format and its overall approach.

ESAO is being planned as a long-term effort. It was prominently started with a launch event in hybrid format on Sep 10, 2021 (Fri), preceding FOIS 2021 (Sep 13-16) in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Likewise the ESAO Launch Day was part of the second Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BoSK 2021).

Key Idea

The key idea of ESAO is a combination of (1) an archive of educational material and (2) a webinar series for presentation and exchange on that material.

For (1), we aim at creating an archive of short (10-20 min), self-contained units of educational material (videos, web-, screen- and podcasts, a.o.) that is available to be streamed on demand. Any such unit can originate from recording a live session, but likewise it can be produced in any other suitable way. The purpose is the material as such and making it accessible.

Concerning (2), an accompanying webinar series shall present the material and allow for personal interaction about its topics in a variety of formats, e.g. as live presentation with subsequent discussion, as question and answer sessions or panel discussions on a few units together for further digestion (then expected to have been “consumed” already), as well as further formats may be proposed.

1st ESAO Webinar on Nov 9, 2021

The first of the regular webinar sessions will be held on November 9th, 11:00-12:00 EST, 17:00-18:00 CET, online. No registration is needed, the Zoom link will be published here soon.


  • 11:00-11:30 EST, 17:00-17:30 CET

Adrien Barton, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT) - CNRS, France

"Ontological realism: A philosophical overview"

  • 11:30-12:00 EST, 17:30-18:00 CET

Lars Vogt, Leibniz Information Center for Science & Technology (TIB), Germany

"Boundaries and natural units"

ESAO Launch Day on Sep 10, 2021

The new series is launched with an agglomeration of webinar sessions, most of which demonstate the intended format of short tutorials followed by discussion. This is bordered by a short introduction and a bar camp session at the end.

While information on the Launch Day will be archived in this wiki afterwards, for the time being there is an ESAO Launch Day website that offers detailed and up-to-date information. If you are interested, please move on to