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Re: Web Ontology Language (OWL)?

From: Leo Obrst <lobrst@mitre.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 13:58:43 -0500
Message-ID: <3DD543E3.42BCA610@mitre.org>
To: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
CC: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, W3C Web Ontology WG <www-webont-wg@w3.org>

Actually, I've not gotten complaints: it's more like a joke, i.e., ontology
folks and you don't know how to expand acronyms...

Personally, (iii) is fine with me. I just thought that it was a mistake.

Jim Hendler wrote:

> At 12:42 PM -0600 11/15/02, Dan Connolly wrote:
> >On Fri, 2002-11-15 at 12:20, Leo Obrst wrote:
> >>
> >>  Many of our documents have the title: "Web Ontology Language (OWL) ...".
> >>  Did we make a decision to NOT expand the acronym correctly?
> >
> >I thought we decided that was the correct expansion,
> >or that we delegated to the editors or some such,
> >but upon review of the records, I'm compelled to
> >agree: the published WDs conflict with our
> >decision record:
> >
> >
> >"RESOLVED: We will call the language OWL (Ontology
> >Web Language)"
> >  -- Minutes 3rd January 2002
> >  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-webont-wg/2002Jan/0033.html
> >
> >("How did he find that?" you might ask; well, I remembered
> >we talked about the name at the 1st ftf; so I
> >went to the history section of the WG homepage
> >   http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/WebOnt/#L109
> >and reviewed the records of the Jan 2002 ftf.
> >Didn't find it there, but checked the telcons
> >following it, and bingo, there it is.)
> >
> >I kinda like the way the WDs are, so I'm interested in
> >re-opening that decision. Hm... is the fact that
> >the WDs are now published and I (among others) like
> >it sufficient new information to revisit the
> >decision, Mr. Chair?
> >  Or shall we instruct the editors
> >to fix the WDs w.r.t. our decision record?
> I believe I was the chair who originally suggested the resolution
> above, and I've since come to be convinced that the way things are is
> just fine.  I hereby reopen the issue above, and would particularly
> like to hear from the Editors of all current WDs as to whether
>   i. they have gotten complaints such as the one Leo is reporting
>   ii. anyone has said they like it how it is
>   iii. they have any strong preferences about keeping v. changing it
> While all members of the WG are welcome to respond, when it comes to
> document issues I think the editors have earned the right to special
> consideration by the time they've dedicated to producing the
> documents.
>   -JH
> --
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