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RE: OWL "Sydney Syntax", structured english

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 09:05:43 -0600
To: Anne Cregan <annec@cse.unsw.edu.au>
Cc: 'Kendall Clark' <kendall@monkeyfist.com>, 'Kaarel Kaljurand' <kaljurand@gmail.com>, public-owl-dev@w3.org
Message-Id: <1164812744.3997.1187.camel@dirk>

On Wed, 2006-11-29 at 23:54 +1100, Anne Cregan wrote:
> ** That said, I would like to invite Dan Connolly from the W3C to
> comment on what he would see as the next steps for moving towards a
> W3C-endorsed standardization on some kind of controlled English syntax
> for OWL. **
> I˙m pretty new to W3C processes, but in my opinion, the first order of
> business would be to determine what ´OWLglishˇ or whatever we end up
> calling it should look like, and how it should behave.  Sifting
> through the postings, several design considerations/requirements have
> already come up.  I would suggest as a starting point, that we collect
> these into a list, and post it somewhere on the W3C site (if Dan
> agrees) or else at some other convenient location, to provide a basis
> for focused discussion, debate and tasks.

I know what "order of business" and "we" mean the context of a
Working Group, but this owl-dev list is just a mailing list where
each participant does mostly whatever they feel like doing.

As to W3C process, we're in an informal stage, where I try to keep
an eye out for what seems cost-effective to standardize. Things
like DAML and RDF Query moved from the informal stage to a
Working Group only after several different development groups
were talking about interoperability in very tangible ways:
a set of RDF Query use cases and test queries started growing
almost on its own, and it was pretty clear that giving it
the structure of a W3C working group would be worthwhile.
I think they were using the ESW Wiki at some point;
see http://esw.w3.org/topic/RDFQueryTestCases .
In the case of DAML/OWL, it was a fairly organized research
program that resulted in multiple development groups getting
to the "almost done" point.

I don't see several OWL structured english projects struggling
to interchange test cases... not yet, anyway. And standardizing
character-level syntaxes is a *lot* of work. The SPARQL
punctuationSyntax issue has been opened and closed and opened
for years now.

I think the Structured English stuff is a very interesting technical
topic to follow, but I think it should mature informally for
a while before I start to look at it as a candidate for standarization.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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