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Re: [uom-ontology-std] An UoM Ontology based on UCUM v1.6

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From: Gunther Schadow <gschadow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009 08:57:22 -0400
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If ranting like this is the spirit of this group, then yes, 
in the absence of constructive talking the restriction would 
apply. But I didn't think ranting was the spirit of this 
group and hence something workable could certainly have been 
worked out.    (01)

kind regards,
-Gunther    (02)

Christopher Spottiswoode wrote:
> Wow!
> Following the links below soon reveals the first paragraph of the UCUM
> terms and conditions of use to be this:
>     1) To prevent the dilution of the purpose of the Licensed Materials,
>     i.e., that of providing a definitive standard for identifying units
>     of measures in electronic documents and messages, users shall not
>     use any of the Licensed Materials for the purpose of developing or
>     promulgating a different standard for identifying units of measure,
>     regardless of whether the intended use is in the field of medicine,
>     or any other field of science or trade. 
> While it is easy to have some sympathy with its authors' bold intention,
> have they not with that ruling expressly disallowed any progressive use
> of the UCUM product by the Ontolog UoM (or any other) project?
> On the other hand, since the properties of standard units of measure can
> hardly be any body's property, maybe the authors and publishers of UCUM,
> like King Canute, should quit trying to stop the tide from rolling on?    (03)

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