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

From: Leo Obrst <lobrst@mitre.org>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 17:09:21 -0500
Message-ID: <3C016C11.DE57CF4B@mitre.org>
To: Ian Horrocks <horrocks@cs.man.ac.uk>
CC: Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com, Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl, www-webont-wg@w3.org
Although I tend to agree with you, Ian, XOL does have the history you
cite. And I know personally of ontology management tools which tried to
utilize (and extend) XOL: e.g., VerticalNet and its Ontology Builder,
from whence I came recently. But since I and my former employees (all
former VerticalNet extinct dept. of ontological engineering employees)
are wary of the intellectual property police, I cannot say much more.
There is a published document by Deborah McGuiness et al. in the recent
Stanford Semantic Web conference. So, the XOL term may come with a
price. I would let Peter Karp and Vinay Chaudhri respond, however.

Leo

Ian Horrocks wrote:
> 
> I prefer XOL to any other name I have seen so far. Moreover, I'm not
> convinced that this choice is completely ruled out by its former
> use. XOL was a proposal for an "XML-based Ontology Interchange
> Language" from P. D. Karp, V. K. Chaudhri and J. Thomere which was
> really just an XML serialisation of the OKBC-lite knowledge model. As
> far as I am aware it is only described in an early draft, and although
> this influenced the work on OIL, XOL itself was never fully developed.
> 
> Bearing this in mind, wouldn't it be possible to "recycle" XOL? After
> all, unless we start taking recycling seriously, the worlds supply of
> TLAs will soon be exhausted (in fact it probably is already).
> 
> Regards, Ian
> 
> On November 23, Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com writes:
> >
> > He missed SWIL (Semantic Web Inference Language)  ;-)
> >
> > Which logically would be paired with SWALLOW ;-)
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Patrick
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: ext Frank van Harmelen [mailto:Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl]
> > > Sent: 22 November, 2001 23:05
> > > To: www-webont-wg@w3.org
> > > Subject: Re: What shall we call the web ontology language??
> > >
> > >
> > > 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
> > >
> > > http://www.cs.vu.nl/~frankh/spool/names.html
> > >
> > > 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).
> > >
> > > Frank.
> > >    ----
> > >
> > > PS: shall we discuss our logo next ? :-)
> > >

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