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Re: UML for Ontologies and W3C Web Ontology Working Group

From: Frank van Harmelen <Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 11:41:58 +0100
Message-ID: <3BF24A76.EEF0534B@cs.vu.nl>
To: W3C Web Ontology WG <www-webont-wg@w3.org>
Given the prominence of UML in industrial use (certainly in Europe, can't speak for the US), I think we would be wise to link our work with UML.

A first step that someone could pick up as practical work is to look at the "ontology-like" constructions in UML, which ones of those are often used, and if we can express those in a language like DAML+OIL, and if not, should we include similar constructions. (I know for a fact that some useful (and often used) ontology-like constructions in class diagrams cannot be captured in DAML+OIL). 

Comparing ourselves with UML, and making clear which things of UML we can and cannot capture (and for the latter also why not) will make the road for our language into industrial acceptance much easier.  

(No, I'm not volunteering to do this:-).

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