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Re: RDF too geeky, and what to do about it

From: <kurt.godden@gm.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 14:43:01 -0500
To: Frank Manola <fmanola@acm.org>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF784C58B5.1CD76CBD-ON85256F81.006B4BA5-85256F81.006C4F5D@mail.gm.com>

Frank Manola recently wrote:

b.  It's very important to distinguish between true natural language and
controlled natural languages (which, I believe, is what you're
proposing).  There have been a number of these languages proposed
(there's some discussion going on right now on the SUO email list on
this topic as well).  They can certainly be helpful in some

What's SUO????  And what are they saying about controlled languages?

Actually, there are a number of controlled languages in production use in
various companies/industries, and there has been an international CL
workshop (called "CLAW") every other year since 1996.  The most notable CL
is Simplified English used in the aerospace industry.  The model year 2000
Chevy Metro service manual was published in a controlled language that we
developed at GM.

However, the use of the term "controlled language" means different things
to different people, and the SemWeb community uses it somewhat differently
from the controlled language community (to which I have been referring).
Some of us tried to get a CL workshop at last year's AAAI conference, where
we wanted to get these two main communities together, but there weren't
enough submissions to make it fly.

Perhaps ISWC would be a better venue????  I'd be interested in knowing if
there is any interest among the readers of this list.

Kurt Godden, Ph.D.
GM Technical Fellow
GM R&D, Warren, MI
ph: 586-986-0445; em: kurt.godden@gm.com

"I distrust a research person who is always obviously busy on a task."
   ---Robert A. Frosch, VP (retired), GM Research
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