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[ontolog-forum] Re: OASIS Universal Business Language 1.0

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From: Leo Obrst <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 17:30:54 -0400
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John,    (01)

We have an open effort to ontologize at least a portion of the UBL
spec., as part of the Ontolog group, founded by some of us (Peter Yim,
Kurt Conrad, and I) in 2002, to address "ontologies meet business". We
created this as an outgrowth of prior Business-to-Business ontology work
we were involved in during the dot.com era.     (02)

There are currently a few projects going on, which you can discover at
the Ontolog web site and Wiki that Peter Yim is so graciously hosting
at: http://ontolog.cim3.net/. The Wiki is at
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/. There, you'll see three
projects we're working on (me personally, very little these days, but we
have some energetic contributors such as Pat Cassidy, Adam Pease, whom
you know from the IEEE SUO, and many others):    (03)

     UblOntology - UBL Ontology Project    (018) 
     ProtegeKIF - Protege-KIF Project    (053) 
     CctRepresentation - CCT-Representation: Modeling / Formalizing
Representation of ebXML Core Component Types - Findings &
Recommendations    (071)     (04)

Perhaps you and others would like to join us in this effort?    (05)

I'm cc-ing the Ontolog forum, above too.    (06)

Leo    (07)

"John F. Sowa" wrote:
> While we are thinking about various domain ontologies, I
> would like to suggest UBL, which is an XML-based language
> for specifying business documents that is being defined
> by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured
> Information Standards).  Following is a brief description
> from their web site:
>  > The purpose of the OASIS UBL TC is to develop a standard
>  > library of XML business documents (purchase orders, invoices,
>  > etc.) by modifying an already existing library of XML schemas
>  > to incorporate the best features of other existing XML
>  > business libraries. The TC will then design a mechanism for
>  > the generation of context-specific business schemas through
>  > the application of transformation rules to the common UBL
>  > source library. UBL is intended to become an international
>  > standard for electronic commerce freely available to everyone
>  > without licensing or other fees.
> Following is the main web site for the UBL Technical Committee:
>     http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=ubl
>     OASIS Universal Business Language TC
> And following is the May 2004 draft of the UBL specification:
>     http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cd-UBL-1.0/
>     Universal Business Language 1.0
> This draft defines terms by short English sentences, which are
> not sufficiently precise or detailed to be used in the kinds
> of ontologies we envision for the SUO.  However, it shows
> promise of becoming an important subdomain for many mainstream
> business applications.
> Although UBL would not be part of an upper-level ontology,
> any general-purpose ontology should have the ability to define
> and include the UBL categories (and other business-related
> categories) as subtypes of its upper-level categories.
> John Sowa    (08)

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