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Fwd: Support for OWL 2

From: Ian Horrocks <ian.horrocks@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:59:41 +0000
Message-Id: <02DE6604-134C-4C77-B843-F02F9E8BB9A8@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
Cc: Sam Brandt <sam.brandt@siemens.com>
To: public-owl-comments@w3.org

Sam Brandt has kindly given me permission to forward this email to  
the public-owl-comments list.

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> From: "Brandt, Sam (H USA)" <sam.brandt@siemens.com>
> Date: 29 January 2009 14:27:40 GMT
> To: <ian.horrocks@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
> Cc: "Alan Rector" <rector@cs.man.ac.uk>
> Subject: Support for OWL 2
>
> Ian,
>
> I have been asked by Alan Rector to communicate Siemen's support  
> for ongoing efforts to develop OWL2.
>
> Siemens Healthcare is one of the world‘s largest suppliers to the  
> healthcare industry.
> The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core  
> competence
> and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies,  
> as well as
> knowledge engineering, including information technology and system  
> integration.
> Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum  
> of care —
> from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy, and care.
>
> Our Health Services division is investigating the use of OWL 2 for  
> knowledge-driven
> architectures to build the next generation of IT solutions for  
> health-care. From our
> perspective, the change from OWL 1 to OWL 2 constitutes a welcome  
> step in the right
> direction. OWL 2 makes it easier to model our application domain  
> and and gives us
> more choices to establish links between the ontology and the  
> application environment.
>
> In particular, exact cardinality restrictions, property chain  
> inclusions, and n-ary datatypes
> make it possible to create OWL-based ontologies that represent the  
> healthcare domain
> more in keeping with the perspective of health-care professionals.  
> In order to bridge the
> gap between ontologies and actual health-care applications we  
> consider rich annotation
> facilities a very important feature. The introduction of axiom  
> annotations in OWL 2 is
> therefore very useful.
>
> We fully encourage the further evolution of OWL 2 and believe that  
> it may represent a critical enabling
> technology in the provision of Personalized Medicine, and the  
> achievement of fully integrated, patient-centric care.
> Thank you for your efforts in this regard, and please feel free to  
> call on me if I can be of further assistance.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Sam Brandt MD
>
>
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