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[ontolog-forum] Next steps in using ontologies as standards

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From: "Steve Ray" <ray@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:14:01 -0500
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To the ontology community,


We have now established the overall objective for this year’s ontology summit (see: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2009#nid1Q2F ) and the following conversation breakout suggests itself. What might be productive is to have people sign up for one or more of these aspects of the problem, with the aim of producing some concrete results and recommendations prior to the face-to-face meeting. Specifically:


1)      Background:

Compilation of existing ontological representations of standards, along with their associated definitions – conformance classes, testing suites and methodologies


2)      Participants - identification and outreach:

Organizations that should participate or be represented, e.g. NATO, UN/CEFACT, ISO, OAGi, NCBO, OASIS, OMG, …


3)      Technical discussion

               1. What is the role of an ontology in establishing a standard?

               2. What kind of constraints or rules [standards?] should be applied to ontologies that are used to establish a standard?

               3. What kinds of standards lend themselves to the use of ontologies as their representation?

               4. What ontological languages are best suited to represent standards?


4)      Strategic vision and roadmap

               Articulating a stretch vision, and the steps needed to get there. What do we think information standards are going to look like 20 years from now? Who are the movers to get us there? Who are the enablers and stakeholders? This is an environment where we can be bold.


I encourage everyone to identify themselves with one or more of these activities, and we can set up wiki pages to hold the results. Just as last year, we will especially need people to synthesize the conversations under each of these activities on a wiki page, as we proceed. If we divide up these tasks, we can make a significant contribution in a short time, without having to abandon our day jobs!


Let’s see how much we can accomplish together.



Steven R. Ray, Chief

Manufacturing Systems Integration Division

National Institute of Standards & Technology

Phone: (301) 975-3524

Fax: (301) 258-9749

Email: ray@xxxxxxxx

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