problems caused by the delay in the starting of the webont wg

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider (
Date: 09/28/01


I'm becoming more and more aware of problems being caused or potential
problems arising because the web ontology working group has not yet been

In general, these problems are arising because the RDF working group is
proceeding with insufficient input from people with logical background.
(Pat is doing great work, by the way, but it looks as if he is working
alone.)  If the web ontology working group was started then there would be a
larger pool of researchers with logical background more closely involved
with the RDF working group.

Why do I say this, as it appears that the concerns with starting the web
ontology working group center around resource exhaustion, both internal and
external to the W3C staff?  There are a number of people with logical
backgrounds who are not very interested in RDF, but are very interested in
web ontology languages.  As long as there is no web ontology work in W3C,
there is little incentive for these people to be closely involved with work
on RDF.  However, if there was a W3C web ontology working group, these
people would be much more interested in RDF.  Further, there would be a
natural line of communication between these people and work on RDF, through
the appropriate W3C coordination group.

Peter F. Patel-Schneider
Bell Labs Research
Lucent Technologies

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