Re: new names for OWL lite/fast/large

Hi all,

My preference is for something that combines the 2 suggestions from Jim:

OWL Lite
OWL Plus (or OWL Full)

I am not keen on having one of the 3 versions  being called simply 
'OWL', with no qualifier. The reason why we have produced 3 dialects 
is essentially that the WG believes that there is no single OWL which 
we are prepared to declare as the standard OWL language.  Our naming 
convention ought to reflect this view.


PS I strongly dislike OWL/RDF (all OWL dialects are supposed to be 
based on RDF, so it is going to be confusing that one in particular 
is called  OWL/RDF and that this is a superset of the others) , 
OWL/FOL (FOL is misleading, it implies that the others are either not 
logic-based, or logic-based but not FOL-compliant), and OWL FAST 
(kind of implies that the others are slow, which is not a good 
selling point, not even for FAST OWL itself!)

At 8:13 PM -0400 10/19/2002, Jim Hendler wrote:

>One thing I've learned in interacting with people about"The Web 
>Ontology Language, OWL" is that on the web, being cute is a bad 
>idea. People in the business world have little or no humor when it 
>comes to this stuff.  Let's try hard not to be "funny" and risk 
>either the language being ignored as a toy or the language 
>developers renaming it to what THEY think are good names.
>One software vendor, not participating in our group, suggested to me 
>we should use
>  OWL Lite
>  OWL
>  OWL Plus (or OWL Full)
>  OWL Lite
>  OWL DL (or logic - but they thought that Description Logics had 
>been around a while and were possibly a good marketing hook)
>  OWL
>They felt that "lite" is actually a positive branding in the market 
>(think about  BBedit-Lite(tm), Eudora-Lite(tm), etc.) in fact, one 
>idea is they might give away tools for OWL Lite to create a market, 
>and then sell more capable "OWL" tools -- much as the other tool 
>vendors give away Lite versions and sell better ones.
>They felt one of our versions should just be called OWL, it will 
>make it easier for them to sell "OWL" projects - they didn't care 
>too much which - if Fast Owl is called OWL, they would prefer the 
>"bigger" one be called Plus or Full or something positive, if the 
>other way (which they slightly preferred) they actually liked DL (or 
>Description Logic) because they think that has some potential in the 
>market theyr'e interested in
>  This is a company that is thinking about entering the market w/some 
>OWL stuff if they can convince their marketing people to go there
>  -JH
>p.s. They said okay to share the above, but not to identify the 
>company or the business model they will use.
>Professor James Hendler
>Director, Semantic Web and Agent Technologies	  301-405-2696
>Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Lab.	  301-405-6707 (Fax)
>Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742	  240-731-3822 (Cell)

Received on Tuesday, 29 October 2002 14:18:03 UTC