Re: a few more use cases for completeness

A question I have: under which use case is conceptual search? I too had
posted this as a use case, but am not sure where it falls.


Deborah McGuinness wrote:
> Sorry for the late contribution – I was offline when this was officially
> due.
> These are a few use case interests from my research interests and also
> from consulting.  References point to some examples of work I or
> colleagues have done in these areas.
> The last point is work led by McIlraith in our group at Stanford.
> - search – from simple things like structured search like retrieving
> tech reports, calendar entries[0], etc.  The search should include both
> free text search and utilizing markup information and ontology
> definitions.  This moves into conceptual search.  An early example of
> simple and more complicated conceptual search using ontologies, markup,
> and free text search is FindUR [1-3]
> - intelligent interoperable e-commerce.  Use ontologies for all levels
> of support including simple things like integrity checks, more
> complicated support such as ontology merging and mapping to “standard”
> upper level ontologies such as UNSPSC, etc.   Simple early versions of
> this include electronic yellow pages such as Directory Westfield.  More
> complicated versions of this include real configuration and solutions
> across complicated domains.  Early examples of ontology-enhanced
> configuration includes work on PROSE/QUESTAR [5].
> - Explainable query answering systems using background ontologies and
> markup to both answer queries as well as to provide followup questions.
> One way of visualizing this might be “ask jeeves done with knowledge
> representation” (instead of through a lot of hard coding).
> - Personalized assistant.  One example I like is an assistant supporting
> the logistics of travel – both making travel reservations and also
> integrating that into appropriate systems like my palm pilot, expense
> forms, etc.  I have a bit of this in a presentation for ICC2001 (but
> Mike Dean’s detailed example is another excellent example of this
> issue).
> - Web services.  One of the focuses of KSL, Stanford's research over the
> last 1.5 years has been the confluence of the Semantic Web and Web
> Services -- self-contained Web-accessible programs, and devices,
> together with distributed computing architectures.  As with DAML+OIL
> (in the guise of DAML-S), we would like to use WOL to create ontologies
> of Web Service properties and capabilities.  Such annotations would be
> used to automate Web service discovery, Web service invocation and Web
> service composition and interoperation. [6]
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> --
>  Deborah L. McGuinness
>  Knowledge Systems Laboratory
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>  Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9020
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