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RE: W3C Automotive Ontology Community Group

From: John Flynn <jflynn12@verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 10:42:23 -0400
To: <mfhepp@gmail.com>, "'W3C Web Schemas Task Force'" <public-vocabs@w3.org>, "'schema.org Mailing List'" <public-schemaorg@w3.org>, "'Semantic Web'" <semantic-web@w3.org>, <public-lod@w3.org>
Cc: "'John Flynn'" <jflynn12@verizon.net>
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It is very encouraging to see this initiative to create a "standard" or
reference ontology to address a specific domain of wide interest. Hopefully,
the Automotive Ontology will become a template for standard ontologies
addressing other domains of interest. If so, consideration might be given to
including a limited upper ontology to address the concepts in the Automotive
Ontology that are likely to be common concepts employed by many other
domains of interest, such as time, space, geography, etc. This would allow
future domain ontologies to more smoothly interact with the Automotive
Ontology. Also, consideration might be given to including a "mid level"
component to the Automotive Ontology that might be called the Vehicle
Ontology. This would address the concepts that are universal to all vehicles
and would facilitate the future development of related ontologies, such as
the Motorcycle Ontology, Boat Ontology, Airplane Ontology, etc. Another
suggestion is to give significant upfront consideration to the business
model for the Automotive Ontology. Rather that addressing this effort as
another research initiative within the Semantic Web community, approach it
as a business process where the investment in the development of the
Automotive Ontology is directly related to the potential for increased
profit within the automobile user community. This will provide incentive for
the large and wealthy automotive industry to support the development,
maintenance and acceptance of the Automotive Ontology.

Best of luck,

John Flynn

-----Original Message-----
From: mfhepp@gmail.com [mailto:mfhepp@gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 1:53 AM
To: W3C Web Schemas Task Force; schema.org Mailing List; Semantic Web;
Subject: W3C Automotive Ontology Community Group

(sorry for cross-posting, I think this is needed in this case)

Dear all:

I am happy to announce the start of the new W3C Automotive Ontology
Community Group. 

Please join us at


In this group, we want to advance the use of shared conceptual structures in
the form of Web ontologies for better data interoperability in the
automotive industry, and this at Web scale. 

In particular, we want to develop 

1. extension proposals for schema.org so that automotive information can be
better understood by search engines 


2. OWL Web ontologies for the automotive industry. 

Also, we want to provide a forum for bringing together researchers and
practitioners who are working on advancing the field.

This is meant as a more sustainable form of the previously informal
Automotive Ontology Working Group at


We will gradually integrate both activities.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes


PS: In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account, which you can
obtain freely. W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group.

martin hepp  http://www.heppnetz.de
mhepp@computer.org          @mfhepp
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