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For review: some DAML thoughts

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2000 17:19:55 -0500
Message-ID: <39D90A0B.55B2F097@w3.org>
To: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
Some stuff I scribbled down after the DAML* kick-off meeting
is generating review comments that are too valuable
not to be archived for public consumption.

So... for your review:

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If you haven't heard of DAML, see:

Oh! this is news to me:

First public release of DAML soon to be posted! Check DAML Resources
                                 on October 1, 2000. 

-- DAML.org

Anyway... at the DAML kickoff meeting, I presented
some thoughts on how DAML should be designed:

	An Agent Markup Languagee version 0.5 draft
	Tue, 22 Aug 2000 03:18:25 GMT

Basically, building a logic on top of RDF, then
using that logic as the foundation of an ontology
langauge, much the way KIF is used as the foundation
of Ontolingua.

This generated significant feedback, not all positive.

One clear bit of feedback was: let's step back
from the deep logical stuff and focus on
a sort of "standard library" of ontology-building

Is this re-inventing RDFS? Well... sort of; but
this time, we don't have to throw 99% of the
good ideas out; we're doing research, not
standards (yet!).

I didn't think daml-ont and such were of much
interest to this www-rdf-logic forum for a while,
because it seems focussed so far away from the logic
stuff, to me. But a lot of the comments are
of the form "where's the logical foundation for
this thing" so perhaps this is a good forum for
it after all.

Some other folks are working on prose descriptions
of daml-ex and such, but I'm not sure if they're
prepared to respond to review comments in this
forum, so I won't say too much more about that stuff.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Monday, 2 October 2000 18:21:11 UTC

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