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Re: [ontolog-forum] ANN: GoodRelations - The Web Ontology for E-Commerce

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:28:43 -0400
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Martin and Duane,    (01)

I agree with Duane that this "appears to be a solid mid level ontology."
and "Licensing it as CC is also good for the community."    (02)

When I first saw Martin's note, it looked like advertising, but since
the ontology is freely available, that makes it an open resource that
was produced by a commercial organization.    (03)

I would also congratulate Martin & Co. for presenting an rdfs/owl
ontology in a linear form that is very readable:    (04)

    http://www.heppnetz.de/ontologies/goodrelations/v1    (05)

But what makes it so readable are all the English sentences marked
"rdfs:comment".  Those are clear, well-written sentences, which with
minor modifications could be stated in a controlled English.    (06)

For some examples of controlled English and its relationship to
ordinary English and to Common Logic, see    (07)

    http://www.jfsowa.com/talks/cl_sowa.pdf    (08)

Specifying a type hierarchy in rdfs and owl is OK, but controlled
English can also be used to specify the information in the comments
in a form that is readable by both humans and machines.  For further
references, see Slide 28 of the cl_sowa.pdf talk.    (09)

John Sowa    (010)

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