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

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Cc: Jon Bosak <Jon.Bosak@xxxxxxx>
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From: Tim McGrath <tmcgrath@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 10:56:53 +0800
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Kurt,    (01)

As chair of the UBL Library Content subcommittee I welcome your 
intiative and would like to volunteer my services as a 'UBL consultant' 
to the project.  That is, I can provide you with the background, 
methodology and design decisions taken as well as generally trying to 
clarify and interpret the current 0p70 library.    (02)

Feel free to contact me as necessary.    (03)

Kurt Conrad wrote:    (04)

> All,
> 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).
> 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 notably:
> - 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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tim mcgrath
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