From: Jim Hendler ([email protected])
Date: 04/04/02

At 2:35 PM +0000 4/4/02, Lemmer John F Civ AFRL/IFTB wrote:
>As a potenial DAML +OIL user, but one who will probably not go that 
>route, here is my 2 cents worth.  Every new thing like DAML exits 
>somewhere in a tradeoff between academic elegance and practical 
>utility.  From what I see of DAML, it is way to far from utility and 
>way to close to (attempted) elegance.
>It seems DAML is re-fighting (and still not winning) the wars the KR 
>community has been struggling with for at least the last 20 years.

It is so good to see our Air Force researcher lab staff so 
open-mindedly examining a new technology - I hope that this will not 
come back to haunt them during AFSAB reviews.  I'd love to hear from 
John why he thinks that DAML is not winning - I cannot remember 
another AI language that ever has had so much public interest, web 
use, and moved into standardization by a major body -- in fact, in 
hype we probably lag behind the old expert systems days, but in 
acceptance we seem to be moving beyond and winning acceptance. 
Perhaps the military seems to be moving slow (as usual), but the Web 
Ontology Working Group includes such small companies as Intel, 
Daimler-Chrysler, EDS, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lucent, Nokia, Philips 
Electronics, and Unisys -- with a couple of other big players talking 
to me about joining.  There's also a rumor around that IBM Research 
has included Semantic Web-related work in their strategic plan -- in 
short, we're seeing a positive interest that had not been seen in 
this way in the past (except maybe for the expert systems days - 
which all these companies, and many of the rest of the Fortune 500, 
are using regularly).  Perhaps John's message helps explain why Air 
Force F-16s are flying with 240,000 lines of Jovial code in their 
controllers and why the DoD is still maintaining that Corba, not 
Java, is the language of the future...
p.s. John - you're lucky I'm not the PM anymore - if you sent a 
messgae like the above when I was PM you'd be looking for another 
program to support.

Professor James Hendler				  [email protected]
Director, Semantic Web and Agent Technologies	  301-405-2696
Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Lab.	  301-405-6707 (Fax)
AV Williams Building, Univ of Maryland		  College Park, MD 20742

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