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Re: EU FP Ontology projects

From: Leo Sauermann <leo@gnowsis.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:32:08 +0100
Message-ID: <49A7F968.4060601@gnowsis.com>
To: Azamat <abdoul@cytanet.com.cy>
CC: 'SW-forum' <semantic-web@w3.org>

shameless self-ad:
Maybe you should look at the contribution from the NEPOMUK project 
we created ontologies (I am co-author of many of them) for knowledge 
worker data sources (email, files, contacts, addressbook) by improving 
the existing w3c ontologies.
they are here:

and some of these have been embedded in the KDE 4.0/Linux platform, 
leading to a very big deployment
of RDF on desktop computers - the strigi/soprano search-engine of KDE4.0 
was based by us on RDF and ontologies - big exposure to the public.

they are now managed here:

NOKIA (who were NOT project partners!) say about our ontologies:
"We examined the NEPOMUK ontologies and found that they are a well 
suited for our plans for the Nokia Maemo platform (www.maemo.org) based 
next generation internet enabled mobile devices.

We are developing a mobile semantic content storage and retrieval 
solution that uses NEPOMUK as its base ontology.
We are in the process of adapting and extending the ontologies and 
pushing the changes to be part of the NEPOMUK standards.

The recommendations created as standards by the NEPOMUK project are a 
solid foundation for the semantic mobile content solutions we are 
working on."

Urho Konttori
Project Manager
Nokia - Maemo Desktop Data

I can also comment on the NeOn statement below:
we used ontologies as data standards. very pragmatic, very 
time-intensive to do, but it solved some itch that was there. Key is the 
business case - if someone is willing to pay for an ontology, you have a 
higher chance to get it done.
second to that: test-data. have testdata at hand, examples of 
information, which you want to express
in your ontology. (use cases, requirements, etc).
imho only third comes the decision if you want to reuse, integrate, go 
LOD, or similar.


It was Azamat who said at the right time 27.02.2009 12:53 the following 
> Dear All,
> Making a review, I am looking for the full listing of FP6/FP7 
> ontology-centered semantic technology projects:
> 1. ESSI or STI Projects (Knowledge Web, SUPER, TripCom).
> [The mission of STI International  - Semantic Technology Institute 
> International - is to establish Semantics as a core pillar of modern 
> computer engineering.]
> 2. ONTORULE project.
> [The objective of ONTORULE is to integrate all the required pieces of 
> knowledge and technology to allow the acquisition of ontologies and 
> rules from the most appropriate sources, including natural language 
> documents]
> 3. NeOn project.
> [Our aim is to advance the state of the art in using ontologies for 
> /large-scale/ semantic applications in the distributed organizations. 
> Particularly, we aim at improving the capability to handle multiple 
> /networked ontologies/ that exist in a particular /context/, are 
> created /collaboratively/, and might be highly dynamic and constantly 
> /evolving/.]
> Which else is promising integrative frameworks, models, methods, 
> techniques, or tools ? 
> I'd appreciate any extension to the short list: web sites, general 
> documents, deliverables, research papers, etc.
> Also, if anybody could comment on the NeOn methodolody:
> "Most of the existing practices for the development of ontologies 
> focus on a single ontology, on a global consistency of such an 
> ontology, and, in principle, on a linear development. This is very 
> restrictive– it is as if we all communicated in a single language and 
> completely disregarded our cultural or historical specifics. Single 
> ontology means single viewpoint on the problems, situations and 
> solutions. If in our everyday life we use many different viewpoints, 
> why can't designers of semantic applications and engineers developing 
> knowledge models do the same? In NeOn, we see several dimensions, in 
> which the existing single-ontology style of work need to be 
> enriched:...", 
> http://www.neon-project.org/web-content/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=23 
> <http://www.neon-project.org/web-content/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=23>
> Thanks.
> Azamat Abdoullaev
> http://www.eis.com.cy <http://www.eis.com.cy/>
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> > Topics: Knowledge Representation, Description Logics, Rules
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Leo Sauermann                 http://www.leobard.net 
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