Re: Joint Committee telecon tomorrow 17 September

From: Jeff Heflin (
Date: 09/19/02

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    "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" wrote:
    > From: "Lassila Ora (NRC/Boston)" <>
    > Subject: Re: Joint Committee telecon tomorrow 17 September
    > Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 11:02:59 -0400
    > > Related to our discussion yesterday about including/importing: I wanted to
    > > stress the fact that although things like complete reasoning are different
    > > from things like whether some file can be accessed at some particular time
    > > on the web, we (the Joint Committee) should be designing our things
    > > (representation languages, query languages, rule languages, etc.) in such a
    > > manner that the nasty eventualities of the web can be dealt with.
    > >
    > > If we do not take the architecture and the realities of the World Wide Web
    > > into account, we are not doing anything really new. Then our work becomes
    > > "just" KR. And furthermore, I believe that in order for us to be successful
    > > in furthering the Semantic Web, dealing with these details is a strong
    > > requirement.
    > >
    > > I am not suggesting that we fully immerse ourselves in the problems and
    > > issues of distributed, asynchronous systems and communication protocols, but
    > > I am suggesting that whatever we do has to make life with distributed
    > > processing easier. Given that our stuff gets built and lives on top of many
    > > earlier web standards, we can take full advantage of these if we expose some
    > > of their features (HTTP caching rules for example come to mind).
    > >
    > > I'll get off the soapbox now...
    > >
    > >     - Ora
    > Well, my viewpoint is that it is sufficient to
    > 1/ not require committing to information from other ontologies unless an
    >    explicit directive so stating is present
    > 2/ behave reasonably when referenced documents (or other resources, such as
    >    computing resources) cannot be found, or accessed, or are unresponsive,
    >    probably by continuing reasoning but not labelling results as complete.
    > The first is a matter of the logic, the second has more to do with
    > interface design.
    > Peter F. Patel-Schneider
    Wow, I actually think I agree with Peter on something about imports. ;-)

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