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Re: Introductions

From: Elisa F. Kendall <ekendall@sandsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 09:02:20 -0700
Message-ID: <470CF78C.6040104@sandsoft.com>
To: public-owl-wg@w3.org

Hi all,

I'm CEO of Sandpiper Software, a small, California-based company focused 
on ontology-based software development.  We currently provide a 
UML-based tool for ontology development and management, along with a 
library of ontologies that our customers use to jump-start their 
development process.  Our R&D is currently focused on a next generation 
development environment to support ontology-based software engineering, 
and also on run-time applications that use a combination of reasoning 
capabilities to solve complex event processing problems.  You can read 
more about us at http://www.sandsoft.com/.

My background includes over ten years in knowledge representation and 
reasoning research and development, with early work using KIF, working 
with the Stanford Knowledge Systems Laboratory.  Bob Engelmore was a 
founding board member of our company, and Deborah McGuinness is our 
chief scientist. My interest in KR&R goes back to the mid-1980's, when I 
completed a masters at Stanford in Situation Semantics under Stanley 
Peters, though.

 From a standards perspective, I co-chair the Ontology PSIG at the 
Object Management Group with Evan Wallace, and am co-author of the 
Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM).  I'm also actively involved in the 
W3C's Semantic Web Deployment WG, and participated in both the Semantic 
Web Best Practices and Rule Interchange Format Working Groups (until it 
clashed directly with SWD).  I also work with the ANSI L8 Metadata 
working group (the US contributor to the ISO SC32 metadata community) 
and am very interested in bridging the three organizations to improve 
communications and effectiveness of the work that we are all engaged in.

My hope for the working group includes supporting some of the extensions 
proposed in the OWL 1.1 submission that are really sorely needed to 
support the software and information engineering we're involved in, 
primarily from a user perspective.  I also represent a growing community 
of folks at OMG and elsewhere who are very excited about ontology-based 
software engineering and using ontologies as a basis for model-driven 
architecture, who need some of the new features described in the 
submission but also want to retain the relationship with RDF.

I am hoping to contribute to the development of a MOF metamodel for the 
revised OWL standard, as well as provide feedback via the metamodeling 
work to the core language developers.  We did this very successfully for 
Common Logic, with an end result that both the metamodel and language 
benefited from the work in ways we could not have foreseen.  I'm also 
interested as a tool developer, user, and ontologist, to facilitate 
usability of the resulting language.

Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to attend the F2F, due to 
travel and meeting commitments on either side of this meeting, but will 
participate remotely.

Best regards,


Alan Ruttenberg wrote:

> This is a good time for members to start introducing themselves to  
> the other members of  working group.
> The topics generally covered are:
>   -- a bio summarising experience you have that's relevant to the  
> work of this group
>   -- as much contact info as you care to share on this public list
>   -- what you expect to get out of this WG
>   -- what you hope/expect to contribute.
> As we will be using a wiki to record information about the working  
> group, it would be great if you could create an account on it and put  
> your introduction there as well, or link to your post. Here's how: Go  
> to http://www.w3.org/2007/OWL/wiki/. At the top right click "Log in/  
> create account". On the next page click "Create an account". Use a  
> "wiki name" as your login, a concatenation of your captialized first  
> and last names, e.g. IanHorrocks. Once you have an account, click on  
> your home page, which will be linked to on the topmost line of each  
> page, and introduce yourself. Instructions on basic editing within  
> the wiki are available at [1]. You can also add your page to the wiki  
> participants page [2].
> Also, in your email, please indicate your intentions/expectations  
> w.r.t. the first F2F meeting [3] by stating "Attending F2F" or  
> "Regrets for F2F".
> Thanks!   I'm looking forward to talking to you on Wednesday and to  
> meeting many of you in Manchester in December.
> [1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Wikitext_examples
> [2] http://www.w3.org/2007/OWL/wiki/Participants
> [3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-owl-wg/2007Oct/0004.html
> Regards,
> Alan
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