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RE: What shall we call the web ontology language??

From: Stefan Decker <stefan@db.stanford.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 20:52:05 -0800
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To: Frank van Harmelen <Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl>, www-webont-wg@w3.org

Dieter Fensel has suggested to use WOL
as an acronym for "Web Ontology Language" - which
I think captures more what we want to do and is in
sync with working emerging groups and topic like "Web Services"
and also connects to the existing Web.

Any name that includes "XML" in it's name leads into the wrong
direction - XML-based is not a primarily feature of the intended
Ontology Language (comes for free though).

All the best,


At 01:04 PM 11/22/2001, Frank van Harmelen wrote:
>Michael Sintek wrote:
> >         SWOL  -- Semantic Web Ontology Language
>Hans Akkermans (close colleague of Guus Schreiber and myself here in 
>Amsterdam), has done his homework. You can see the results at
>There are more names to choose from there then we will ever need.
>In response to this list, Shirley Tessler and Avron Barr have suggested 
>SOL (Standard Ontology Language), which is currently also Hans' favourite.
>I would have proposed XOL (XML-based Ontology Language). This would have 
>had the advantage of dis-antagonising the 
>folk-who-claim-you-can-do-all-of-this-in-XML, but unfortunately XOL is 
>already in use for an XML based ontology language.
>So, take your pick from http://www.cs.vu.nl/~frankh/spool/names.html
>(and don't forget about SOL).
>    ----
>PS: shall we discuss our logo next ? :-)
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