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Revised Ontolog Invitation Letter

To: ontolog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, ubl-comment@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: "Peter P. Yim" <yimpp@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Leo Obrst <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
From: Kurt Conrad <conrad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 00:34:56 -0700
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Friends and associates,    (01)

This message is an invitation to join the reconstituted Ontolog 
discussion group.  For those of you who were once subscribed to the 
[ubl-ontolog] forum, you will need to respond to subscribe to this 
new forum.  This is the only general call for participation that we 
currently expect to distribute.    (02)

Charter    (03)

Ontolog is an open forum to:
    * Discuss practical issues and strategies associated with the 
development of both formal and informal ontologies used in business.
    * Identify ontological engineering approaches that might be 
applied to the UBL effort.    (04)

Background    (05)

In March and April of 2002, members of the OASIS Universal Business 
Language (UBL) Committee with backgrounds and interests in ontologies 
attempted to kick off and charter a discussion dealing with 
ontological issues under auspices of UBL Library Content Subcommittee 
(http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/lcsc/).    (06)

Two factors made this approach problematic: 1) Early feedback 
indicated more interest in learning about ontologies than applying 
experience with ontological development 2) Tight timetables, 
deadlines, and priorities within the UBL effort made it an 
inappropriate forum.    (07)

After conversations with the chair of the UBL committee, Jon Bosak, 
the conveners of this forum decided to reconstitute the Ontolog forum 
outside of the UBL effort around the statements of mission listed in 
the above charter.    (08)

Objectives    (09)

In addition to the primary statements of purpose:
    * We want to be pragmatic and not take a purely philosophical or 
academic approach to the topic.
    * We expect to contribute to the development of future 
standards.  The ongoing relationship with the UBL effort is one 
example of this.
    * We encourage forum members to propose and decide upon their own 
    * Some day, we hope to host a repository of business ontologies.    (010)

How It Will Work
    * The Ontolog discussion will use infrastructure provided by CIM 
Engineering, Inc.  This is normally provided on a subscription 
basis.  If you have any ideas about potential sponsorship, please 
inform the conveners.
    * Messages can be posted by members to ontolog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    * Archives can be accessed by anybody at 
    * A shared, web-accessible work space is available at 
    * Activities will follow the OASIS process as closely as possible.
    * Where the discussion raises specific issues or leads to 
specific proposals or recommendations for the UBL effort, they will 
be separately documented and forwarded to the UBL Chair for 
consideration. Input will be limited to actionable recommendations, 
not just general issues that would require further study.    (011)

What We Expect Each of You To Do
    * Reply to this message, indicating whether you would like to be 
added to the in the Ontolog discussion group.
    * If you choose to participate, indicate whether you expect to be 
an active member (with voting rights) or merely an observer (no 
voting rights).  Observers will be encouraged to participate in the 
discussion but will not be expected to take responsibility for 
critical path activities.    (012)

What We Hope Each of You Will Do
    * Add discussion threads of personal interest.
    * Identify other individuals that might want to participate in 
the list. Simply ask them to contact one of the three convenors, who 
will coordinate their addition to the list.    (013)

We would like to see Ontolog become the forum of choice for 
discussing the development and application of business 
ontologies.  With your participation, we expect this to quite feasible.    (014)

/s/ The conveners of the Ontolog forum,    (015)

    Kurt Conrad         <conrad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
    Leo Obrst           <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
    Peter Yim           <yimpp@xxxxxxxxxxx>    (016)

To post messages mailto:ontolog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
An archive of the [ontolog] forum can be found
at http://ontolog.cim3.org/forums/ontolog    (017)
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