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Re: Ontology Working Group Proposal Draft

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2006 19:00:23 -0500
Message-Id: <p0623090cc00edfbd7eba@[172.31.0.192]>
To: "Kashyap, Vipul" <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>, "public-semweb-lifesci" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Vipul, I've been looking this over, there's parts 
I agree with completely, and parts I agree in 
spirit, although I would quibble with words if 
the specific wording becomes really important. 
There is one thing, though, which I think is an 
error and I must mention - you write

"Various candidate possibilities of representing 
information and knowledge in an ontology are 
based on available standards such as RDF, OWL and 
SWRL."

RDF, RDF Schema, and OWL are indeed standards. 
SWRL is not.  It is a Note submitted by members, 
and thus it has a VERY different status than the 
others (and, in fact, the newly formed Rule 
Interchange Format Working Group was chartered to 
create a new Recommendation in this space).

If the group really wants rules in the ontologies 
developed (I'd suspect we could go a long way 
without them), I have no objection to choosing 
SWRL, but we would have to make it clear to the 
public that this is not a standard, may not be 
the choice of an ongoing working group, and 
therefore must be used at participants own risk. 
(This would be true of any rule system proposed)
  -JH

At 17:27 -0500 2/3/06, Kashyap, Vipul wrote:
>Hi,
>
>The draft proposal for the Ontology Working Sub-Group is attached with this
>e-mail.
>
>I recognize that this might need to be scoped down a little bit. Have tried to
>identify collaboration points with the other 
>sub-groups. The proposal identifies
>"lead" parties for each of the deliverables.
>
>This is a draft and any feedback and suggestions are most welcome.
>
>Cheers,
>
>---Vipul
>
>=======================================
>Vipul Kashyap, Ph.D.
>Senior Medical Informatician
>Clinical Informatics R&D, Partners HealthCare System
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>Cell: (617)943-7120
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>
>To keep up you need the right answers; to get 
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>---John Browning and Spencer Reiss, Wired 6.04.95
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