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Fwd: RE: WEBONT "HOMEWORK" (DUE DATE approaching!)

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 23:34:52 -0500
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To: www-webont-wg@w3.org
>From: "Smith, Michael K" <michael.smith@eds.com>
>To: HENDLER@cs.umd.edu
>Subject: RE: WEBONT "HOMEWORK" (DUE DATE approaching!)
>Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 15:17:32 -0600
>Wasn't sure whether reply-to-all was appropriate.  Most of this stuff is
>extremely obvious.
>Web Ontology Working Group "Homework" assignment
>>  Think about how would you evaluate whether to use a language? 
>>  * How would you test to see if the tools could support your needs?
>No useful response.
>>  * What would you want to do with this language?
>At the moment, the one concrete interest is to provide better
>indexing and navigation of the EDS web page landfill (and ultimately
>provide the same service to our clients).  As with any
>large organization, it can be hard to find out what we know.  Even
>when someone has gone to the trouble to record an elegant solution to
>a technical problem as a case study, it can be next to impossible for
>one of the other 120,000 employees to find this out.
>>  * What features of the language would you look for and why (again,
>>  please make your arguments in terms of using the language, not in
>>  terms of the "aesthetics" of the design)?
>- Is it a standard?
>- Who supports the standard and does it have critical mass?
>- Do industry specific ontologies exist or are they in progress?
>- COTS ontology support?
>- COTS tool support?
>- What form of agent technology exists that utilizes the standard?
>- Logical support (relations, functions, quantification)
>- Reasoning support (inheritance, implication, conditional, temporal)
>- Meta support (scope, belief)
>- Ease of extension
>- Rigorous semantic underpinnings.  I am still trying to understand
>   things like scope of variables in some of the material I have read. 
>   At least to the extent that I could tell you how to Skolemize an
>- Mike
>Michael K. Smith
>EDS Austin Innovation Lab
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