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What shall we call the web ontology language??

From: Jim Hendler <james.hendler@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 08:45:51 -0500
Message-Id: <p04330105b8200d852248@[]>
To: www-webont-wg@w3.org
Web Ontology Working Group members -

  The language we are to recommend from our working group is as yet 
unnamed.  Our predecessor languages (see charter) include
   SHOE: Simple HTML Ontology Extensions
   OIL: (various acronyms - Ontology Interchange Level one of them)
   DAML: DARPA agent Markup Language
none of which really apply.

  We've come to be called WebOnt by default, but there's no reason we 
need to use that.  We could use a new name (ONT or such), use a 
"qualified" name - RDF-ONT (ala XML-schema), or even endorse DAML+OIL 
(which would be politically expedient in the short term, but is 
probably not recommended as the way to go).

  This name will come to be known on the web, will probably be used as 
our name space (i.e. webont:restrictedClass) etc. so it is worth some 
consideration.  We need a resolution by our first publication in the 
February time frame - whatever language we use then is likely to stick
p.s. I am not 100% sure we completely control this issue - I suspect 
whatever name we use will need to be approved by the W3C membership 
or director in some way.  FOr now, let's ignore that and see if we 
can come to consensus amongst ourselved.
Professor James Hendler				  hendler@cs.umd.edu
Director, Semantic Web and Agent Technologies	  301-405-2696
Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Lab.	  301-405-6707 (Fax)
AV Williams Building, Univ of Maryland		  College Park, MD 20742
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