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Re: [ontolog-forum] Start thinking about the 2008 Ontology Summit

To: rick@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 12:06:11 -0500
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Rick,    (01)

I think that would be very useful:    (02)

 > At the summit, I'd like to see this scenario generalized
 > into information flow and IFF.    (03)

But IFF is a theoretical tool that is still under development,
and the theories, no matter how elegant, won't be accepted
until people develop mission-critical applications.    (04)

Common Logic is something that practitioners can begin using
today.  Although I encourage projects like IFF for the long term,
there are many short-term projects that can be implemented now:    (05)

  1. Adapt the RDF and OWL tools to generate Common Logic as
     a notation for internal processing.  The CL notation is
     more compact and efficient for high-performance processing
     of large volumes of data.    (06)

  2. Write translators from UML and SQL to Common Logic.
     That would facilitate the integration of both with the
     Semantic Web tools as well as the huge numbers of working
     systems that were designed in UML and use relational
     databases.    (07)

  3. Write translators from KIF, CycL, and rule-based languages
     to CL in order to promote interoperability between the
     various knowledge-base systems, the Semantic Web, and
     current enterprise-level systems.    (08)

No research is necessary for these implementations.  Any
decent comp. sci. graduate could write the translators
during the holiday vacation, and some have already been
written.  However, code developed at universities has to
be made bullet proof for industrial-strength applications.    (09)

 > Any chance Robert Kent would attend ?    (010)

I don't know.  Send him a note and ask him.    (011)

John    (012)

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