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Re: UML-OWL Generator, A product to convert UML into OWL

From: Elisa Kendall <ekendall@sandsoft.com>
Date: Sun, 03 May 2009 21:32:41 -0700
Message-ID: <49FE6FE9.8080705@sandsoft.com>
To: UML-OWL Gen <info@umlowlgen.com>
CC: 'Bijan Parsia' <bparsia@cs.manchester.ac.uk>, public-owl-dev@w3.org
In addition to our ODM work, which does include a mapping chapter 
describing a number of issues and approaches for mapping from UML to OWL 
(in addition to the language metamodel and profiles which would 
facilitate this process), there is prior art from AT&T Federal systems 
in the form of a set of tools they developed more than 5 years ago with 
Lockheed Martin that supported a direct mapping from UML to OWL and 
back.  The tools were documented in a number of papers, released in late 
2004 as an open source project, which is still available at 
http://projects.semwebcentral.org/projects/codip/.  The Duet project was 
early work, but was effective at taking vanilla UML models, without 
benefit of the ODM metamodel or profile mappings, and producing OWL.

Best regards,


UML-OWL Gen wrote:
> Bijan,
> We'll take your sarcastic feedback in positive way, even it wasn't.
> The generator is "Patent Pending", so you will not find in Google for a year
> period.
> This work is different from Elisa's work, where her work is more about ODM,
> UML-OWL Generator has nothing to do with ODM. 
> The generator works only from UML to OWL, and the unique thing about it is
> how it deals with complex UML models & metamodels of multiple packages, not
> toy examples as most literatures ended up with.
> We would be happy if you point us at any product of one of "many
> literatures" that works in real production environment.
> We appreciate your feedback on the website, we will add a web service for
> "Try It" to support interactive test, and will make models and ontologies
> available on "Test Case".
> Thanks,
> UML-OWL Team 
> info@umlowlgen.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-owl-dev-request@w3.org [mailto:public-owl-dev-request@w3.org]
> On Behalf Of Bijan Parsia
> Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 5:47 AM
> To: UML-OWL Gen
> Cc: public-owl-dev@w3.org; Elisa F. Kendall
> Subject: Re: UML-OWL Generator, A product to convert UML into OWL
> Well, I hate to be the first pile on, buuuuuuut...
> ...what do you think you are patenting? It's hard to see anything  
> patentable here. What is patentable doesn't seem worth patenting and  
> certainly not worth the antipathy that 1) patenting and 2) pimping  
> your prima facie silly patenting generates.
> (Given the many mapping of UML to OWL in the literature, I would be  
> interested to know what you thought was novel.)
> I couldn't fine your patent in google's patent search, but I did find:
>     http://www.google.com/patents?id=NR6XAAAAEBAJ
> though Elisa is a member of the OWL WG thus, presumably, is going to  
> be somewhat RANDy about this. I guess that one is going "the other  
> way", i.e., OWL to UML.
> Finally, having your "try it" be "email us stuff and we'll email you  
> stuff back in 24 hrs":
> 	http://www.umlowlgen.com/index.php?p=1_4_Try-It-
> is...well,  silly. Why not set up an actual, if limited, web service?
> Similarly, your "test case" consists of a screen shot and a set of  
> stats...why not have the actual models/ontologies available for  
> download?
> Finally, I don't see any pricing, download, or sales contact.
> Not auspicious.
> Cheers,
> Bijan.
Received on Monday, 4 May 2009 04:33:14 UTC

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