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Re: KR & W3C (was KR & Issue/bug tracking terms in RDFS?)

From: Richard H. McCullough <rhm@cdepot.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 22:53:43 -0800
Message-ID: <002601c2a7f4$8a63f2a0$bd7ba8c0@rhm8200>
To: "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Cc: "RDF-Interest" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
My comments are prefixed with #####.

Joshua Allen wrote:

KR/KE can interoperate in many ways. 

It is unfortunate that you have chosen to use the name "KR" for your particular language, since it flies against the common usage of "KR" (to mean "knowledge representation") and makes communication burdensome.  I will use "KR" to mean "knowledge representation" in this e-mail.

##### I called it "knowledge representation language" for a while.  It seemed very natural to shorten that to "KR".  I don't think this has caused a problem within the RDF-Interest group.  The rest of my comments will use "KR" to denote my language.

RDF is an XML syntax for KR.  It is designed specifically to allow different KR systems to exchange knowledge representations, and with low cost of interop.  This list is populated by people who are interested in exchanging KRs using RDF.  This is just an FYI in case you were wondering why people discuss RDF and KR interop.

##### I understand that.

(Surprisingly enough, there are many KR systems available which can use RDF to exchange knowledge representations.  Considering that your software has no RDF interface, and is not involved in exchanging knowledge representations with other KR systems, I am more than a bit puzzled by the sheer volume of e-mails extolling the virtues of your system which you find fit to send to the list.)

##### There are three reasons for the volume of my emails.

##### 1. RDF-Interest is discussing future directions for RDF, including the representation of context.  KR provides a useful vehicle for discussing these concepts.

##### 2. When members of RDF-Interest talk about specific "problems" they are trying to solve, I speak up and tell them how KR could solve their "problems".

##### 3. I think my KR language is better than other knowledge representation systems.  KR is easier for humans to read and write, AND it is suitable for machine processing.  I think the Semantic Web community would benefit greatly by adopting my KR language as a standard.
Dick McCullough 
knowledge := man do identify od existent done
knowledge haspart proposition list
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