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Re: Proposed response to Golbeck regarding imports issue

From: Ian Horrocks <horrocks@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 14:11:39 +0100
Message-ID: <16111.5003.987829.908964@merlin.horrocks.net>
To: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Cc: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com, www-webont-wg@w3.org

On June 17, Jim Hendler writes:
> >
> >>  In certain contexts, I think OWL would be useful with some ontologies
> >>  preimported.
> >
> >Well, this would not be OWL.
> With due respect Peter, this must either be the dumbest thing I ever 
> heard you say or, more likely, we're somehow not understanding each 
> other.  Most of our tools enable the user to start with ontologies 

What you describe here are OWL tools, not the OWL language.

If I were Dan, what I would do is produce a <<tool>> that checked on
the usage of namespaces in an OWL ontology and automatically added
the import statements that I wanted. This would allow my applications
to work the way I wanted using reasoning that would still be sound
w.r.t. the OWL language spec.

Regards, Ian 

> pre-imported -- for example we are building a cancer research project 
> that starts from the NCI OWL Lite ontology.  It comes preloaded.  If, 
> on the other hand, we started from having the user hit a button and 
> import that ontology, it would not come preloaded.  I cannot see how 
> this would make any difference to whether something is OWL or not.
> My suspicion is there is some deeper issue which you are responding 
> to. If we're just arguing about how the term "is OWL" is used, then 
> it isn't worth much time, because the use of our vocabulary is out of 
> our control once we publish it.
>   -JH
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