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RE: ebXML Registry and SIMILE project?

From: Butler, Mark <Mark_Butler@HPLB.HPL.HP.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 13:26:26 +0100
Message-ID: <5E13A1874524D411A876006008CD059F066A1D9E@0-mail-1.hpl.hp.com>
To: "'Farrukh Najmi'" <farrukh.najmi@sun.com>
Cc: www-rdf-dspace@w3.org

Hi Farrukh

First thanks for bring this to our attention.

As you may know, one of the stated aims of SIMILE is to explore the
application of Semantic Web technologies, specifically RDF, to the library
domain (http://web.mit.edu/simile). I've looked through some of the
materials you cite on ebXML Registry, and although it does explore some
similar problems (e.g. taxonomy hosting, dynamic metadata support,
registration etc) it doesn't appear to use RDF or the Semantic Web. So
although it might be possible to apply ebXML registries to the SIMILE
problem domain, unfortunately I don't think we would be fulfilling one of
our project aims. Of course though this is just my opinion, not sure what
other team members think?

However I am interested to know if the ebXML registry group has considered
the use of RDF and other Semantic Web technologies? If so, is there any
intention to adopt these technologies in the future? What do you think the
relationship is between the Semantic Web and ebXML registries?

best regards

Dr Mark H. Butler
Research Scientist                HP Labs Bristol
mark-h_butler@hp.com
Internet: http://www-uk.hpl.hp.com/people/marbut/

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Farrukh Najmi [mailto:farrukh.najmi@sun.com]
> Sent: 23 June 2003 18:11
> To: Butler, Mark
> Cc: 'desire-registry@ukoln.ac.uk'; www-rdf-dspace@w3.org
> Subject: ebXML Registry and SIMILE project?
> 
> 
> Butler, Mark wrote:
> 
> >Hello
> >
> >I have come across this page
> >http://desire.ukoln.ac.uk/registry/
> >as it is cited in Heery and Patels' paper "Application 
> profiles: mixing and
> >matching metadata schemas" in Ariadne. I am interested in 
> this area because
> >I am working on a project with similar aims called SIMILE, see 
> >http://web.mit.edu/simile
> >
> >Are there any other resources available about this project?  
> What is the
> >current status of the project?
> >
> >  
> >
> This is not directly related to DESIRE project so I changed 
> the subject 
> to start a new thread...
> 
> I would like to explore within the SIMILE project the use of 
> ebxmlrr [1] 
> which is a royalty free OASIS ebXML Registry standard [2]. A recent 
> presentation on ebxmlrr from XML Europe 2003 is available [3].
> 
> The ebXML Registry is a general purpose content management 
> system. Work 
> is underway to add first class support for RDF and OWL content.
> 
> ebxmlrr could potentially be used as a metadata and content 
> management 
> solution in a project such as SIMILE and enhanced based upon project 
> requirements within open source.
> 
> Some salient features of the current version of ebxmlrr and ebXML 
> Registry Standard are:
> - Registry + Repository
> - Uniform Identification of any type of objects (urn:uuid:...)
> - Very few polymorphic verbs (similar to TupleSpaces like Linda, 
> JavaSpaces, ...).
> - Polymorphic, extensible and reflective object model
> - Dynamic metadata support (Slots)
> - Association between any two objects
> - Classification of any type of objects
> - Associations and Classifications are objects
> - Taxonomy hosting, browsing and validation
> - Service registration and discovery
> - Registry packages to group any objects
> - Event Archiving - complete audit trail
> - Life cycle management of objects
> - Flexible query options (Adhoc SQL92, XML Filter Queries)
> - Cooperating registries (Federation, Replication, Remote 
> Object references)
> - Import / Export of registry content
> - Event Notification
> - Content management services (pluggable Metadata and 
> Content-specific 
> Validation and Cataloging)
> - Abstract interface – multiple web-based concrete bindings
> - Concrete bindings for HTTP, SOAP, ebXML Messaging 
> interfaces to registry
> - Links to external content
> - Service interfaces carry XML structures
> - Security (XML-DSig for authentication, XACML for authorization)
> - Native language (I18N) support
> 
> Is there interest in the SIMILE community to epxlore this further? Is 
> this the appropriate mailing list for this discussion? Thanks.
> 
> Links:
> 
> [1] ebxmlrr: Open Source ebXML Registry
> 
> http://ebxmlrr.sourceforge.net
> 
> [2] ebXML Registry Standard
> 
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/regrep/documents/2.5/specs (for 
> actual specs)
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/regrep/documents/2.5/ (for other 
> spec related artifacts)
> 
> [3] Presentations
> 
> http://ebxmlrr.sourceforge.net/presentations/ebxmlrr-xmlEurope
2003.sxi 
(Open Office 1.1)
http://ebxmlrr.sourceforge.net/presentations/ebxmlrr-xmlEurope2003.ppt 
(Powerpoint)
http://ebxmlrr.sourceforge.net/presentations/ (other related presentations)

-- 
Farrukh
Received on Tuesday, 24 June 2003 08:27:32 EDT

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