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Re: [ontolog-forum] Proposal for UBL Ontology Project

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From: "Brian (Bo) Newman" <bo.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2003 20:07:05 -0800
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At 11:17 PM 03/02/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>A few weeks ago, Peter forwarded a message announcing the release of a new 
>Universal Business Language (UBL) Library (see 
>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.
>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 
>- 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
>Some of the key activities needed to get this off the ground include:
>- 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
>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.
>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.
>Your thoughts?
>/s/ kwc 2003.03.02 23:17
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