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Re: Software Engineering Task Force Terms of Reference - For Discussion

From: Jeff Pan <pan@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 13:15:43 -0000
Message-ID: <0b8001c4cca7$9ce89730$afc15882@Newton>
To: "SWBPD list" <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>, "Phil Tetlow" <philip.tetlow@uk.ibm.com>


Thanks for a clear draft of description for the SE Task Force. I appreciate it. I think it is at least a good piece of reference for discussion in the coming teleconf(s).

Here are just two rather minor comments of the draft. 

- "Members" section:  Holger Knublauch and Ben Doumas are not (yet) members of the SWBPD WG, although as Mike [1] kindly pointed out Holger is working with Natasha and he may be able to contribute to this TF (Holger's message [2] confirmed this). 

- "Deliverable" section: in the second bulletin point, "notes and/or recommendations" instead of "notes and recommendations".


Jeff Z. Pan  ( http://DL-Web.man.ac.uk/ )
School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-swbp-wg/2004Nov/0066.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-swbp-wg/2004Nov/0069.html

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Phil Tetlow" <philip.tetlow@uk.ibm.com>
To: "SWBPD list" <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>
Cc: "Jeff Pan" <pan@cs.man.ac.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 10:22 AM
Subject: Software Engineering Task Force Terms of Reference - For Discussion

> Given the recent interest in within the group from Jeff’s suggestion to
> form a Software Engineering Task Force, I have drafted a terms of reference
> for discussion at tomorrow’s telecon. I have rather optimistically included
> all those who have expressed an interest on the mailing list as members of
> the Task Force, so if you appear below and do not wish to take part, please
> let me know.
> I’m sure that much lively debate will be generated by this initial draft,
> but I considered it important to at least get some words together for
> discussion as soon as possible. I therefore hope that we can jointly mould
> this into something of real interest and value.
> I have deliberately steered clear of making reference to MDA, the UML, the
> OMG, MOF etc, to keep objectives generic, but have referenced initiatives
> under our working group’s OEP and AD Task Forces so that demarcation of
> responsibilities is hopefully clear. Individually targeted ideas would,
> obviously however, be welcomed.
> I am particularly concerned that the current scope of this Task Force may
> well be attempting to rather ‘boil the ocean’, so thoughts on limiting the
> breadth of ambition here would be greatly appreciated.
> ****
> Name: Software Engineering Task Force
> Status: Pending
> Coordinator(s):
> Phil Tetlow             <philip.tetlow@uk.ibm.com>
> Jeff Pan          <pan@cs.man.ac.uk>
> Members
> Holger Knublauch  <holger@SMI.Stanford.EDU>
> Michael Uschold,  <michael.f.uschold@boeing.com>
> Ben Doumas        <benoit.doumas@free.fr>
> Chris Welty       <christopher.welty@us.ibm.com>
> Aditya A Kalyanpur      <adityak@wam.umd.edu>
> Alan Rector             <rector@cs.man.ac.uk>
> Evan Wallace            <ewallace@cme.nist.gov>
> Deborah L. McGuinness  <dlm@ksl.stanford.edu>
> Invited Experts
> Grady Booch       <gbooch@us.ibm.com>
> Objectives
> To investigate potential synergies between the Semantic Web and domains
> more traditionally associated with Software Engineering. This is to enable
> the promotion and cross-pollination of both new and established ideas
> between the two communities, potentially relating to:
> o     Use cases
> o     Models, patterns and frameworks
> o     Methods and tools
> o     Underpinning technologies
> o     Best practice
> The scope of this Task Force will be deliberately wide in order to
> encourage and capture novel thought and encompass the broad spectrum of
> interests categorised under the general heading of Software Engineering.
> Short-term objectives
> o     To collect, collate and validate a list of potential ideas and uses
> for the Semantic Web in Software Engineering and to make this list publicly
> available.
> o     To evaluate new ideas and uses with an eye for creation of notes
> recommending inclusion in future standards activities.
> o     To further evaluate ideas already presented to the Semantic Web Best
> Practices Working Group. These include:-
>      -     The potential for Ontology-Driven Software Engineering and the
> crossover between Ontology Engineering and Software Engineering
>      -     The use of composite identification schemes on the Semantic Web
> and their potential use for ‘ontology joining’ and the reduction of
> ambiguity across the Software Lifecycle
>      -     The construction of dynamic self-organising applications using
> Semantic Web technologies
>      -     The use of Semantic Web Technologies to produce highly
> adapted/adaptive (user) interfaces and support tools.
> Long-term objectives
> o     To promote the wider use of the Semantic Web in Information
> Technology
> o     To stimulate interest in the use of the Semantic Web in Software
> Engineering by acting as a repository for synergy-based ideas.
> o     To encourage dialog between traditional software and Semantic Web
> developers.
> o     To promote the development of supporting tooling
> Approach
> It is hoped that initial ideas and topics for discussion will be generated
> internally within the SWBP working group and that this work will eventually
> stimulate input for the wider W3C community and contributing organisations
> and institutions. As such there is an aspiration that this Task Force will
> act as an early catalyst for the promotion and pragmatic deployment of the
> Semantic Web in the global IT industry.
> Because of the broad ambition of this Task Force it is intended to restrict
> the submission of ideas to W3C members and affiliated organisations.
> The Task Force will operate for the remaining duration of the Semantic Web
> Best Practices Working Group.
> Scope
> o     Ideas presented by W3C members and the associated affiliated
> organisations during the lifespan of the Semantic Web Best Practices
> Working Group.
> Out of Scope
> o     Ideas from non-W3C member organisations or individuals.
> o     Ontology patterns and engineering, although output from the OEP Task
> Force may well feed into this work activity
> o     Existing applications and demos, as outlined in the objectives of the
> Deliverables
> o     A publicly available list of validated ideas and potential uses for
> the Semantic Web in Software Engineering
> o     Appropriate notes and recommendations resulting from the evaluation
> of ideas submitted to the list
> Regards
> Phil Tetlow
> Senior Consultant
> IBM Business Consulting Services
> Mobile. (+44) 7740 923328
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