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[iaoa-council] Yet another ontology standardization initiative

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From: Nicola Guarino <guarino@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 16:45:30 +0200
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I received this message today (together with at least some of you, I guess). I believe we should discuss about the policy to adopt with respect to these iniatives... Let's add this point to the next meeting's agenda



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From: "Azamat" <abdoul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 17 May 2009 08:25:33 GMT+02:00
Subject: IBOSS body members

Dear Prof. Nicola Guarino,
You have been recommended to be in the emerging international non-profit research organization.
Please let me know if you are in or out of the project. If in, choose the program fitting to your taste. Find below the suggested body members and the listing of standards programs (committees).
[Dear all,
We seek to cover a wider geography as possible. Please find below the modified listing as the proposed body of the International Body for Ontology and Semantics Standards (IBOSS):
¨       John Sowa (CEO, VivoMind Intelligence, Inc.; http://users.bestweb.net/~sowa/; sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx, USA);
¨       Dave McComb (CEO, Semantic Arts, Inc., www.semanticarts.com; mccomb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, USA);
¨       Patrick Cassidy (MICRA, Inc. 908-561-3416 cell: 908-565-4053; cassidy@xxxxxxxxx, USA);
¨       MatthewWest (Information Junction, Tel: +44 560 302 3685; Mobile: +44 750 3385279; matthew.west@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx;http://www.matthew-west.org.uk/; UK); 
¨       Mike Bennett (EDM Council - Enterprise Data Management Council, mbennett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, UK);
¨       Azamat Abdoullaev (Director, EIS Encyclopedic Intelligent Systems Ltd, EU; Entsiklopedicheskiye Intellektualniye Systemy, Russia,http://www.eis.com.cy; abdoul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx);
¨       Gian Piero Zarri (Research Director,  Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, http://www.cnrs.fr; zarri@xxxxxxxxxxxx,zarri@xxxxxxx, France, EU);
Ron Wheeler (VP Technology, Artifact Software, 
rwheeler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Canada);
¨       Barry Smith (Director, National Center for Ontological Research,  phismith@xxxxxxxxxxx, University at Buffalo,  Buffalo, NY 14260, USA; Research Director, Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science,  Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany,http://ontology.buffalo.edu/smith, http://ncor.us, http://ifomis.de http://obofoundry.org, USA, EU);
¨       Pat Hayes (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC),   40 South Alcaniz St. , Pensacola, FL 32502; phayesAT-SIGNihmc.us,http://www.ihmc.us/users/phayes;  (850)202 4416 office, (850)202 4440 fax, (850)291 0667   mobile)
¨       Nicola Guarino (Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), guarino@xxxxxxxxxx, http://www.loa-cnr.it/guarino.html, Polo Tecnologico, Via Solteri 38, 38100 Trento, ITALY , EU);
¨       Doug Lenat (President and CEO of Cycorp, Inc. of Austin, Texas, opencyc@cyc.com, http://www.cyc.com/, Cycorp, Inc., 7718 Wood Hollow Drive
Suite 250,Austin, TX 78731-1601, tel.
: +1 (512) 342-4000, fax: +1 (512) 342-4040, USA);
¨       Riichiro Mizoguchi, Director of the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research of the University of Osaka, miz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,Osaka, Japan)
¨       Michael Gruninger (Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering of University, gruninger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, tel: 416-978-6347, fax: 416-971-2479, Toronto, Ontario, Canada);
¨       Hideaki Takeda (Director of the Research and Development Centre for Scientific Information Resources, National Institute of Informatics, Osaka, takeda@xxxxxxxxx, Japan).
¨       Richard H. McCullough (knowledge engineer, from Bell Labs, rhmccullough@xxxxxxx; http://mkrmke.org; 24 Golden Gate Circle, Napa, CA94558-6190, USA);
¨       Duane Nickull (Senior Standards Strategist, Adobe Systems, dnickull@xxxxxxxxx, Canada);
¨       Enrico Motta (Director, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom,e.motta@xxxxxxxxxx, http://kmi.open.ac.uk/people/motta/);
¨       Heinrich Herre (Research Group Ontologies in Medicine and Life Science, University of Leipzig,  http://www.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/fk/pers/herre.html, herre@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, heinrich.herre@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, www.onto-med.de, Germany, EU )     
¨       Tim Berners-Lee (Director, W3C - World Wide Web Consortium, http://www.w3.org/, timbl@xxxxxx, UK, USA)
The IBOSS Directorate is to be voted as soon as the final listing will be established and agreed. Following the open world assumption, who is not insisting to be marked off the standards list, is in. After all, we are not making a sort of policy, but a new science and technology. As John Sowa proposing, the IBOSS is to be registered as a Non-Profit Organization: "a trust, company or other association of persons:- (a) established for a public purpose, and (b) the income and property of which are not distributable to its members or office bearers except as reasonable compensation for services rendered." Among the benefits are: bringing the ontology standardization effort into a formal system; accounting to a public office; being organized in mind and action; tax incentives and global funding opportunities; influencing the global scientific policy.  
As a place of registration, Cyprus, having a big experience of international companies hosting, could be a very reasonable and practical place.
Any valuable suggestions are most welcomed. A nice weekend to all.]

The IBOSS's web portal is now under construction with a proper domain name: http://www.standardontology.org
You are welcome to communicate with our knowledge engineer, Richard  McCullough,  to discuss the required design features as well as the content you are willing to contribute. Also please specify in which standards program you would like to be.
STRATEGIC MISSION: Ontology and semantics standards for science, technology and industry.
The IBOSS activities are planned to cover the following special standards programs: 
Ontology Standards and Upper Ontologies;
Ontology Standards, Science and Technology: Metadisciplinary Sciences and Global Research Area;
Ontology Standards and Web Knowledge Resources (Wikipedia);
Ontology Standards and Semantic Interoperability 
Ontology Standards and Formal Logic;
Ontology Standards and Domain Ontologies;
Ontology Standards and Modeling Languages;
Ontology and Semantics Standards and Natural Language Formalization; 
Ontology Standards and Semantic Web Technologies (Language standards, rule
Ontology Standards and Industry Standards; 
Ontology Standards and Business Process Interoperability.

Any your suggestions are welcomed.
Last but not least: send your proposals, which topics could be submitted for getting international public funding from well-known funding agencies, like EC FP7 programs and the US NSF. Thanks a lot.
Azamat Abdoullaev
http://www.standardontology.org (under construction)

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