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Re: [ontolog-forum] ISO merged ontology effort "MCO"

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 10:22:15 -0400
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John F. Sowa wrote:    (01)

> SC32/WG2 is the same committee that developed the Metadata standards
> and the ISO/IEC standard for Common Logic.  The US TAG is INCITS L8.
> A 60 day letter ballot went out on whether to approve a study period.
> The deadline for responses was 9 April 2009:
> http://jtc1sc32.org/doc/N1801-1850/32N1833B-LB_Study_Period-WG2-MCO.doc
> GPZ> Another SUO, then years later ...
> Not quite.  The SUO project had been approved by the IEEE as a
> standards project.  This is a letter ballot to approve a study
> period to determine whether they should have a standards project.
> They can apply all the experience gained from the SUO to this
> study project.    (02)

More to the point, the purpose of an ISO "study period" is to determine 
whether there is a specification or parts of a specification that has 
sufficient consensus for standardization and meets some perceived 
communal need (either in industry, or in the making of other standards).    (03)

The idea that some amalgam of BFO, DOLCE and SUO would have such 
consensus would be supported by findings from the study period that some 
useful common set of concepts is essentially identical across these 
ontologies, differing only in terminology.    (04)

It was the communal recognition that this was the case for first-order 
logic languages that gave rise to Common Logic, without a formal "study 
period".  But the fundamental set of first-order logic concepts is 
fairly small.  For the MCO, the set of interesting concepts is 
unbounded; so the problem is to find a useful set on which the 
profferred upper ontologies agree, or can be "readily" brought into 
agreement.    (05)

-Ed    (06)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
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"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST,
  and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (08)

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