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One More Use Case

From: Ora Lassila <daml@lassila.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 11:49:28 -0500
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To: www-webont-wg@w3.org
Here is one more use case. Sorry for the late delivery.

	- Ora

Use Case: "Serendipitous Interoperability"

Here is what I am hoping to achieve with WebOnt, eventually: I am 
interested in describing characteristics and functionality of various 
devices (such as cell phones, printers, sensors, etc.). I'd like to 
be able to draw from both CC/PP (in describing device and software 
capabilities) and DAML-S (in describing semantics of Web Services for 
the purpose of discovery, composition, etc.). The ultimate goal would 
be what I call "serendipitous interoperability" where two (typically 
many more) devices will find that they can meaningfully interoperate 
even though they were not explicitly designed to do so (e.g., built 
for different purposes, by different manufacturers, at a different 
time, etc.).

All this without a human "in the loop", that is, I'd like to see 
devices configure themselves to engage in a meaningful dialogue with 

I see a powerful language for representing the semantics of device 
functionality as a critical component of this dream. In addition to a 
language, we need proper vocabularies and ontologies to make all this 

Ora Lassila  mailto:daml@lassila.org  http://www.lassila.org/
Research Fellow, Nokia Research Center
Received on Thursday, 6 December 2001 11:49:30 UTC

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