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   RE: [xml-dev] Re: A modest conception of the Semantic Web

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True as long as the issues of authoritative 
classification are resolved as well.  Then 
the notion of subscribing to a classification 
service becomes more attractive.  Credentials 
count.  When dealing with a business, one 
qualifies the contenders.  That is something 
the DAML+OIL language could be used for in a 
web service.


From: jborden@attbi.com [mailto:jborden@attbi.com]

Uche Ogbuji wrote:

In fact, one way to look at DAML+OIL is as the business 
rules for the Semantic Web, yet it's much more flexible 
than most business-rules-languages in common use.

Most of DAML+OIL's power comes from primitives for 
expressing classifications, as the race boards example 
illustrates. DAML+OIL provides a toolbox of class 
expressions, which bring the power of mathematical logic 
and set theory to the tricky and important task of 
mapping ontologies through classifications. 


This hits the nail on the head.

Once something is properly classified, you can safely 
decide what you want to do with it. One of the important 
features of DAML+OIL => OWL is that ontologies may be 
decentralized and distributed. Just as the current Web 
allows anyone with an internet account to become a 
publisher, the semantic web will allow anyone to publish 
his or her classification. Once you realize the 
importance of classifications, this becomes quite 


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