Hi Mike, (01)
Thank you very much for your message. (02)
You and your colleagues' endeavors are interesting and exciting indeed! (03)
After you have taken the steps to join the Ontolog community
(returning your members survey, subscribing to the [ontolog-forum]
list and creating your namesake page on the wiki, I would invite you
to make a post to the forum and introduce the work to the community
(what you just mailed me is great) . (04)
I would also like to work with you to create the opportunity for you
and your colleagues to feature an invited speaker/panel event (see
similar Ontolog events under:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nidZ) so that we
can get a chance to hear more about that vision and work, and have a
dialog among community members to explore possibilities. (05)
I look forward to a collegial working relationship with you in the future. (06)
Regards. =ppy (07)
Peter P. Yim (08)
President & CEO
CIM Engineering, Inc. (dba. "CIM3")
San Mateo, California, USA.
+1 (650) 578-9998 (010)
On 6/13/07, Michael K. Bergman <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> I've been on travel and so apologize for my tardy response.
> Thank you and the other Ontolog members for the kind comments on my
> recent intrepid paper as found under item 7b at
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2007_06_07. I
> will follow your directions and join the forum. Again, thanks.
> Actually, I have been meaning to make outreach to you for some time.
> The intrepid paper and some related ones have all been background grist
> for a new initiative I and (quite a few) others have been working on in
> The idea is to create what we are calling UMBEL, the Upper Mapping and
> Binding Exchange Layer. UMBEL is a very lightweight and high-level
> subject layer for mapping various ontologies, including "less formal"
> structures, with simple binding and pinging registry mechanisms for any
> structured formalism.
> Unlike prior "upper-level" ontologies, UMBEL will provide an
> organizational "backbone" or "umbrella" reference layer based on
> concrete and high-level subjects (that is, classes of subjects), and not
> abstract concepts nor complex relationships. The simple UMBEL ontology
> is to be written in SKOS and will complement other emerging "standard"
> ontologies such as FOAF, DOAP, SIOC and Geonames (among others TBD).
> The key part is the UMBEL "core", which is a flat listing of reference
> subjects and associated synonyms and synsets (there would be none of the
> SKOS properties of narrower, broader, hasTopConcept, related, just
> skos:Concept and pref and alt labels). This "core" is the actual
> "binding" layer. This core would be accompanied by registration and
> look-up services (see, for example, PTSW at
> http://pingthesemanticweb.com/ or Semantic Radar at
> http://sioc-project.org/firefox), as well as a standard community Web site.
> We are gradually widening the circle of reviewers as project drafts get
> tightened and polished. I believe our circulation list already includes
> a number of Ontolog forum members, but if you have suggestions, they
> would be most gladly welcomed. We are looking to keep things very
> simple, very lightweight and to embrace all schema and structures from
> Atom, tags and microformats to RDFS and OWL.
> Our desire is solely to provide a subject-oriented topic lookup
> structure without comment on specific ontologies or schemas.
> If this sounds interesting, I welcome your commentary or suggestions for
> Meanwhile, I will sign up for the forum and look forward to listening in.
> Thanks, Mike
> Michael K. Bergman
> Web Scientist
> 380 Knowling Drive
> Coralville, IA 52241
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