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Re: [ontolog-forum] Can Syntax become Semantic ?

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From: "Matthew West" <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:37:08 -0000
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Dear Jim and Ed    (01)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ontolog-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ontolog-forum-
> bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ed Barkmeyer
> Sent: 15 January 2010 23:14
> To: [ontolog-forum]
> Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Can Syntax become Semantic ?
> Jim Rhyne wrote:
> > A trading system application acts as a third party broker between the
> and seller. Both buyer and seller register with the trading system and the
> trading system matches goods offered with buyer requests for goods. The
> could involve an auction (as eBay does) or a direct trade or purchase.
> >
> > The semantic web eliminates the trading system. Assume that a seller
> some information on the web that is annotated with RDF. The buyer uses a
> search service (perhaps implemented with SPARQL) to search the web. This
> search service is general in nature (like Google) and is provided by many
> sites on the web, or it may be a personal implementation provided by the
> or seller. The RDF provides a standard way for sellers to describe their
> offerings without interfering with the sellers ability to create a
> and pleasing web experience. It also standardizes the way buyers can frame
> query.
> >
> I would only point out that this utopian result is only possible when
> the would-be buyer and the would-be seller mark up their requirements
> resp. offerings with the same ontology, or with two ontologies that
> reference a common ontology in such a way as to enable the match up.
> The further possible solution is that some third party has created an
> ontology that links the terms in the two ontologies with appropriate
> sameAs and subsumption relationships, AND the buyer's tooling is somehow
> smart enough to find that linking ontology.    (02)

MW: This kind of broad integration is what ISO 15926 is intended to support.
The idea would be that suppliers would classify their products against the
ISO 15926 Reference Data Library, and publish their catalogue using the
i-Ring (I talked about this at last year's Ontology Summit). Buyers would
make a query to the i-Ring for products that met their specification, also
in terms of the ISO 15926 Reference Data Library, and they would find the
products that met the specification.    (03)

MW: This is all stuff people are working on, rather than being in production
at present.    (04)

Regards    (05)

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