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Martin Hepp wrote:
> Two questions for the lazy :-) Is this ontology under a license
Yes, it is available for free use with no liabilities for any damages
resulting from the use (see primer). Basically, the reason for not
using a standard MIT or LPGL license is that
1. eClassOWL is *derived* from the official standard "eClass" and
2. the owners of eClass IPR want to make sure that the official eClass
release and not eClassOWL keeps on being the official reference, which
I can understand all too well.
But due to the great support by the eClass association and its board, I
am sure we can find a legal framework for any particular need.
> is there any connection (or can you imagine a mapping to) the
> Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)? We use that extensively in our
Yes, such a mapping is possible and desirable; the same holds for
mappings to UNSPSC. As of today, they are not yet available; also,
since the notion of identity might vary by context (a mapping that
might be a valid approximation in one context might not be correct in
another one), I imagine that there will be multiple sets of such
The full background of my work is explained in the following journal
Products and Services Ontologies: A Methodology for Deriving OWL
Ontologies from Industrial Categorization Standards,
Int'l Journal on Semantic Web & Information Systems (IJSWIS), Vol.
2, No. 1, pp. 72-99, January-March 2006.
I will keep on ontologizing related standards and publish them at
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Manos Batsis wrote:
Quoting Martin Hepp <email@example.com>:
eClassOWL covers 25 top-level categories of
products and services
Two questions for the lazy :-) Is this ontology under a license and is
there any connection (or can you imagine a mapping to) the Common
Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)? We use that extensively in our apps.