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Re: An appeal

From: Anthony Finkelstein <anthony@systemwire.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 10:11:05 +0100
Message-Id: <p06210226bef2a0ec3a67@[]>
To: ewallace@cme.nist.gov, public-rule-workshop-discuss@w3.org

I think this is most helpful. My immediate reaction is that attending 
the meeting were a significant body of vendors offering rule 
languages, engines and rule management services. Most, but perhaps 
not all, would say with some justice their work was 'semantic web 
compatible'. Is there anything missing?


>It may have been the unmentioned 900 pound gorilla in the room but...
>another objective motivating many of the participants' contributions at
>the April workshop was the development of a Semantic Web Rules Language. 
>Part of the NIST position was that OWL and RDF have insufficient
>expressivity for modeling the knowledge needed for systems integration and
>for more interesting applications of machine reasoning over manufacturing
>data.  For the current Semantic Web languages to be useful tools for
>our domain, we need a compatible language in which to write knowledge
>that supplements OWL ontologies and RDF data.  (What "compatible" means in
>this context needs further exploration, but I will start the exploration by
>saying it does *not* mean: layered on top of RDF and OWL).
>I agree with Anthony's effort at focusing the discussion on goals which
>will drive future W3C efforts for rule language standards.  We should:
>* develop this list,
>* refine/expand on each goal,
>* sort out the relationships among the goals,
>* decide which goals should be in scope for W3C work, and
>* create a strawman for what groups and workproducts are needed to
>achieve the goals deemed in scope.
>This would be much more productive than the current ongoing email arguments
>on various w3c lists.
>I suggest that we start the objective list with the three goals Anthony listed
>above with one addition for the SW Rule Language.  Such a goal might read:
>- "one or more languages for expressing rules for the Semantic Web.
>    Such a language must be compatible with RDF and OWL".
>Evan K. Wallace
>Manufacturing Systems Integration Division


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