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Semantic Software Engineering [message #564113] Sat, 18 April 2009 09:04
Florian Lautenbacher is currently offline Florian LautenbacherFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Hi committers of the SMILA project,

at EclipseCon some guys of the STP project and the JWT project came up
with the idea of a new project proposal to the Eclipse foundation in the
Technology area: a project that provides Eclipse users a set of plugins
they can use to work with semantic technologies such as ontologies.

Similar to your project there are a lot of projects outside Eclipse that
use the plattform to work with ontologies. Either they need to search for
concepts in an OWL ontology, they need a place to store the ontologies,
have a reasoner connected or integrated via a DIG interface, etc.

At the University of Augsburg, where I come from, we are researching on
the combination of semantic technologies and model-driven engineering and
created a set of tools for this purpose. But of course, others did the
same (the STP.SCA committers created a OWL concept digger to semantically
annotate their services and in various local or EU-funded projects I am
aware of similar work).
Please note that we are not interested in building a new ontology design
tool such as Protégé. We are only interested in having a consistent set of
tools that people who build on Eclipse can use to load ontologies, browse
them, make a reasoning upon them, etc. The first focus would be on RDF(S)
and OWL, not on WSMO(-Lite) or other languages that are around, but maybe
that might change after a while.

So, I've already talked to Wayne Beaton (Technology PMC) about such a
proposal and he would very much be interested in it. But of course, each
proposal needs committers and interested parties. So, you are the first
ones that I thought I should ask in this context. I wanted to contact you
at EclipseCon but alas didn't find the time. Maybe you are at Eclipse
Forum next week, so we could meet up there?

It would be interested to hear your opinion about this project idea.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,

Florian Lautenbacher
-JWT project co-lead-
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