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Re: [RIF] [UCR]: What is the RIF (revisited)

From: Mala Mehrotra <mm@pragati-inc.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 12:02:47 -0800
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To: Dave Reynolds <der@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, Dieter Fensel <dieter.fensel@deri.org>
Cc: public-rif-wg@w3.org


>In the semantic web area we have quite a large number of proposals 
>and implemented systems with a very wide diversity but not the same 
>maturity. This diversity inhibits rule developers because they may 
>get locked into a particular rule implementation and can't easily 
>share their rules with other web developers who want to reuse them 
>for similar tasks. RIF could bring some coherence to this space. If 
>there were to be a RIF profile which defined a reasonably simple, 
>understandable, RDF/OWL compatible rule format and semantics that 
>covered "80%" of "interesting" cases then:
>(a) that might give a profile that rule authors could write to in 
>order to gain some implementation independence and ability to share rules;
>(b) at least some semantic web rule language implementers might 
>migrate their systems to be more compatible with that profile, 
>possibly even as far as doing a direct implementation.
>A nice feature of the way the RIF work is structured is that having 
>such a profile would in no way preclude other extensions needed to 
>handle exchange between systems with more advanced capabilities.
>Thus whilst the goal of RIF is interchange of rules, it *may* also 
>have the side effect of providing the seed for a semantic web rule 
>language. I don't think that side effect is in conflict with the main goal.

Mala Mehrotra
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