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[ontolog-forum] Proposal for UBL Ontology Project

To: Ontolog Forum <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Jon Bosak <Jon.Bosak@xxxxxxx>
From: Kurt Conrad <conrad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 23:17:21 -0800
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All,    (01)

A few weeks ago, Peter forwarded a message announcing the release of 
a new Universal Business Language (UBL) Library (see 
http://ontolog.cim3.net/forum/ontolog-forum/2003-01/msg00022.html).    (02)

There has been some discussion around the idea of creating an 
ontology based on the UBL schemas.  After discussing this idea with 
some of the principles of the UBL effort, the general consensus is 
that the existing specification 
(http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/lcsc/0p70/) is stable enough to 
begin engineering an ontology from it.    (03)

It also appears that this project would mesh nicely with the goals 
that motivated many of us to join the Ontolog forum in the first 
place, most notably:    (04)

- Learn about ontologies (concepts, language, best practices)
- Identify a lifecycle process for developing ontology-based systems
- Increase awareness and understanding of ontology tools
- Work with a group of people on a common ontology
- Apply ontologies to real-world applications, especially eBusiness    (05)

Some of the key activities needed to get this off the ground include:    (06)

- Outlining objectives for the project
- Developing methods and work plans
- Identifying targeted formalization framework(s)
- Ensuring access to needed tools and infrastructures for collaboration
- Identifying project participants    (07)

We all know success rates of these types of virtual projects.  As 
such, I believe that we need a reality check before agreeing to take 
on this mission.  Accordingly, I suggest that we all start by 
weighing in with the potential objectives for this type of project to 
see if there is sufficient interest, alignment, and consensus.    (08)

It is my hope that this project will prove to be more engaging than a 
general discussion has been and will encourage more participants to 
weigh in with their potentially divergent ideas about ontological 
engineering.    (09)

Your thoughts?    (010)

/s/ kwc 2003.03.02 23:17    (011)

Kurt Conrad
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