Please count me among those strongly supporting this alliance.
- Bo Newman -
Chief Ontological Engineer, TECHi2
At 04:02 AM 7/7/2006 -0700, you wrote:
Those who have been attending our
planning meetings will recall that we have had the item: "NCOR
relationship" listed as "pending" for months
I am pleased to report that we (through exchanges between myself, Barry
Smith and Mark Musen) are making very good progress lately, and are
poised to establish a Two-Way Partnership Relationship between Ontolog
and NCOR (once we get all the formalities out of the way). On our part,
what needs to be done is that we put forth a motion, and get that adopted
by this community.
Terms of Reference:
According to the NCOR Statutes, they are expecting NCOR partners to be:
"institutions and research groups in academia, industry and
government (that) have a proven track record of excellence in ontological
research or in the application of ontology to the solving of concrete
problems. In addition they should be committed to NCOR?s primary goal of
raising the quality of ontological research and development through
development and testing of objective measures of quality.
NCOR partner will also have obligations:
o to contribute to NCOR?s broader goals of coordination and
evaluation of ontology research;
o to help steer NCOR?s work in a direction that makes sense
for their respective constituency;
o to help publicize NCOR?s goals in their respective
o to inform the Executive Committee about funding
o to provide real problems which can be used to test
ontologies developed by other NCOR partners."
I believe Ontolog qualifies.
Additionally, I reckon that we (Ontolog) will readily accept as 'partner'
any organization that shares our vision and mission as stated in the
Ontolog's Charter (ref:
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nidB) and is willing
to join us in advancing that mission. In the case of NCOR, I trust that a
two-way Partnership between our two organizations (NCOR and Ontolog) will
potentially bring about synergies that will benefit practitioners and
users of ontologies or ontology-related work.
I, therefore, move:
"That the Ontolog community offer NCOR to be an 'Ontolog Partner'
and to accept to be an 'NCOR Partner' if so offered."
(a) I need an active Ontolog member to second the motion.
(b) For the next 7 calendar days, we'll open this up for discussion (via
this virtual forum), suggestions or amendments.
(c) After that we'll re-state the (possibly updated) motion and put it to
the vote. The ballot shall be open for 7 calendar days (during which
active members will vote by e-mail.) We may adopt this summarily if there
are no objections. (precedence ref:
If we are lucky, we may be able to adopt this in time to allow us to
announce this during the upcoming Ontolog Face-to-Face Meeting which
commences on 23-Jul-2006. As such, your prompt response are solicited and
Feel free to post any question you may have on the matter.
Thanks & regards. =ppy
Peter P. Yim
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