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Re: [ontolog-forum] Current Semantic Web Layer Cake

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 01:36:14 -0500
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On Aug 4, 2007, at 7:57 PM, Frank Guerino wrote:
> ...
> Semantic Web (or Web 3.0) is a place where machines can read Web  
> pages, very much the same way humans read web pages (processing  
> data and information, interpreting context, and creating  
> knowledge). Semantic Web is a place where search engines and  
> software agents can more effectively crawl, index, understand, and  
> interact with the Net and find, manipulate and understand what  
> we're looking for. It's based on a set of standards, such as the  
> Relationship Descriptive Format (RDF)    (01)

RDF = Resource Description Framework.    (02)

> and the Web Ontology Language (WOL but many times referred to as  
> "OWL").    (03)

I guess "all the time" implies "many times". :-) I don't believe OWL  
is ever referred to as "WOL".  From the W3C docs it is clear that  
"OWL" is not an acronym at all but rather a proper name for the  
particular web ontology language that was developed by the Web  
Ontology Working Group based upon the web ontology language DAML+OIL.    (04)

That said, the language was apparently called "WOL" briefly in the  
early days of the working group.  As one reads in the OWL FAQ:
Q. What does the acronym "OWL" stand for?    (05)

A. Actually, OWL is not a real acronym. The language started out as  
the "Web Ontology Language" but the Working Group disliked the  
acronym "WOL." We decided to call it OWL. The Working Group became  
more comfortable with this decision when one of the members pointed  
out the following justification for this decision from the noted  
ontologist A.A. Milne who, in his influential book "Winnie the Pooh"  
stated of the wise character OWL:    (06)

"He could spell his own name WOL, and he could spell Tuesday so that  
you knew it wasn't Wednesday..."    (07)

-chris    (08)

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