Joint Committee Minutes 19 December 2000

This page summarizes the telecon for the Joint US/EU Committee on Agent Markup Languages held from 1300 to 1400 PST on 19 December 2000. These minutes were prepared by the chairman, and were approved during the 2 January 2001 telecon.



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Ian submitted his molecular biology ontology to the DAML Ontology Library.

There will not be a telecon next week. We'll resume on Tuesday, January 2.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

No additional corrections were received for the minutes from the 28 November, 7-8 December, and 12 December meetings.


Ian's work is coming together. Mike, Dan Connolly, et al still need to agree on the URI.

We're still planning for a release in December, probably late next week (e.g. December 28).

Concrete Types

Mike Dean presented his proposal. Dan Connolly and Peter/Ian have made progress but are still finalizing their proposals.

Mike brought up the issue of associating units of measure with numeric quantities (as an additional facet), which might be very meaningful to reason over. Jerry Hobbs' work on scales might be relevant here.

We'll plan to revisit this topic, with hopes for final resolution, on January 2 or 9.

KIF Revitalization

Pat Hayes reported on the KIF standards meeting he attended in Austin.

Pat will let us know the URI once the meeting summary has been published on the web.

Relationship with FIPA

Dieter had initiated some discussion with the Federation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) Ontology Committee, about proposing OIL as a standard. He wondered whether he should propose the use of DAML+OIL instead of OIL. There was consensus among the participants that this would be a good thing. Dieter is willing to take the lead and have someone in his lab participate in the FIPA committee. Once DAML+OIL is published, Dieter will forward the announcement and additional info to We'll also check with Jim Hendler and Tim Berners-Lee in the meantime.


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