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Re: Organization ontology

From: Michael F Uschold <uschold@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 08:33:54 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTim3Zw9MwSWDcMB1KeiqN70R0jatgc0dpnD2gXpq@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Cc: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>, public-egov-ig@w3.org

I personally am not aware of what the latest status of the Enterprise
Ontology is.  I would not assume that "Last modified: Monday, 31 May 2010"
means anything significant happened recently.

I originally encoded the Enterprise Ontology into Ontolingua syntax, and
there might have been a Ontolingua to DAML converter that someone ran on the
KSL library of ontologies, and these might have been converted into OWL.

Deborah McGuinness may know about this, having been at KSL for when the DAML
and OWL were created.

For what it is worth, I regularly get inquiries about the Enterprise
Ontology, maybe a few a year, so it seems to still be getting some active
use, at least from the point of view of its core concepts, if not a formal

Having said that, the Enterprise ontology is not very large, and it would be
a modest effort to create an OWL version of it from scratch - based on the

I'll be happy do to it, if there are some resources available.  A blast from
the past!


On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 4:10 AM, Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
> wrote:
> > Peristeras, Vassilios wrote:
> >>
> >> Hello all,
> >> I have the feeling that we are (at least partly) reinventing the wheel
> >> here. There have been several initiatives drafting generic models and
> >> representations for organizations. Just two examples below [1][2] which
> >> go back to 90ies. More generally, an in-depth look at design and data
> >> patterns literature
> >> could also help a lot. I have the feeling that others before this group
> >> have defined concepts like "organization", "legal entity" etc... We
> >> could re-use their conceptual (or data or formal) models, instead of
> >> starting the discussion from scratch. Best regards,
> >> Vassilios
> >>
> >> [1]
> http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/project/enterprise/enterprise/ontology.html
> >> [2] http://www.eil.utoronto.ca/enterprise-modelling/tove/
> > Both of your links point to PDFs or Postscript docs.
> >
> > Are there any actual ontology doc URLs?
> The enterprise ontology page is HTML and describes availability as
> "The formal Ontolingua encoding of the Enterprise Ontology is held in
> the Library of Ontologies maintained by Stanford University's
> Knowledge Systems Lab (KSL)."
> http://www-ksl-svc.stanford.edu:5915/FRAME-EDITOR/UID-15908&sid=ANONYMOUS&user-id=ALIEN
> "Last modified: Monday, 31 May 2010" sounds fresher than I expected.
> There's LISP here:
> http://www-ksl-svc.stanford.edu:5915/FRAME-EDITOR/UID-15901&sid=ANONYMOUS&user-id=ALIEN#ENTERPRISE-ONTOLOGY
> I guess there must be an OWL conversion tool around somewhere.  I've
> copied Mike Uschold who may have more to say on this...
> cheers,
> Dan

Michael Uschold, PhD
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