It is with great excitement that I am writing to let you know that
Protégé is about to enter its second decade. It was during July,
1987, when I was a Ph.D. student at Stanford University, that the very
first incarnation of the Protégé system was completed and when it was run
for the first time. Implemented in Interlisp-D on a Xerox 1186
workstation, the first version of the system, which we called PROTÉGÉ
enabled us to build an ontology of a cancer clinical trial, acquire
instances of that ontology, and run the clinical-trial knowledge base on
a special using the ONCOCIN technology that Samson Tu had been working on
at the time.
This summer is going to be great experience for Protégé
numerologists. We will be marking the 20th anniversary of the first
Protégé system. We will be hosting the tenth annual International
Protégé Conference (see
http://protege.stanford.edu/conference/2007/). And we will mark
the 75,000th registered Protégé user!
These are very exciting times as we look back over the past two decades
of Protégé development and think forward to the new architecture for
Protégé version 4.0.
The 10th International Protégé Conference takes place July 1518, 2007,
in magnificent Budapest. You can register for the conference
directly at our Web site:
http://protege.stanford.edu/conference/2007/ Please plan on
joining the entire Protégé development team, our die-hard user community,
and lots of friends and fellow users who are interested in Protégé, in
ontologies, and in semantic technology generally.
See you in Budapest for the celebration!
Mark A. Musen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) and of Computer
Head, Stanford Medical Informatics
251 Campus Drive, X-215
Stanford, CA 94305 USA