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   Another approach to semantic alignment

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  • Subject: Another approach to semantic alignment
  • From: Michael Champion <mc@xegesis.org>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 14:48:41 -0400

I don't think we've beaten UBL to death the way we have the Semantic 
Web.  Any thoughts on 

"Well, OASIS looks as if it has solved [the alignment of syntax and 
semantics] problem with the publication of its Committee draft of the 
Universal Business Language (UBL) 1.0 last month. This is a major piece 
of work which is freely available and I believe should be the standard 
by which all new XML schemas and messages are built. It provides for 
extensions and is obviously not yet universal in its coverage. It does 
however cover many of the basic concepts and elements needed as its 
documents and component library are designed to support a typical 
order-to-invoice procurement cycle. It includes the following document 
types: Order, Order Response Simple, Order Response (detailed), Order 
Change, Order Cancellation, Despatch Advice, Receipt Advice and 

My personal, non-attributable to my employer guess is that this vision 
is at least as hallucinogen-laden as the Semantic Web; at least TimBL 
only has to conquer intractable problems in philosophy and computer 
science, whereas UBL has to overcome a whole host of purely human 
issues that have nothing to do with technoolgy. I'd be interested in 
hearing the contrary point of view...


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