Public Review Begins for ebXML Registry Profile for Web Ontology Language (OWL) Version 1.5

OASIS announced the publication of a public review draft for the "ebXML Registry Profile for Web Ontology Language (OWL) Version 1.5" specification, ending 11-February-2007. Produced by members of the OASIS ebXML Registry Semantic Content Management Subcommittee, this document defines the ebXML Registry profile for publishing, management, discovery, and reuse of OWL Lite Ontologies. The SC was chartered to define use cases and requirements for managing semantic content within the ebXML Registry 4.0, seeking to establish a formal liaison with relevant groups within the Semantic Web Activity (SWA) at W3C. The requirements: must include the ability to utilize ontolgies for classifying RegistryObjects and to enable intelligent discovery using ontology based queries. The SCMSC was tasked to identify specific Semantic Web technologies (e.g. RDF, OWL) that are necessary to support the requirements identified for semantic content management. From the specification introduction: The ebXML Registry holds the metadata for the RegistryObjects and the documents pointed at by the RegistryObjects reside in an ebXML repository. The basic semantic mechanisms of ebXML Registry are classification hierarchies (ClassificationScheme) consisting of ClassificationNodes and the Association Types among RegistryObjects. Furthermore, RegistryObjects can be assigned properties through a slot mechanism and RegistryObjects can be classified using instances of Classification, ClassificationScheme and ClassificationNodes. Given these constructs, considerable amount of semantics can be defined in the registry. However, currently semantics is becoming a much broader issue than it used to be since several application domains are making use of ontologies to add knowledge to their data and applications. This document normatively defines the ebXML Registry profile for Web Ontology Language (OWL) Lite. More specifically, this document normatively specifies how OWL Lite constructs should be represented by ebXML RIM constructs without causing any changes in the core ebXML Registry specifications. Furthermore, this document normatively specifies the code to process some of the OWL semantics through parameterized stored procedures that should be made available from the ebXML Registry. Although this Profile is reIated to ebXML Registry specifications and not to any particular implementation, in order to be able to give concrete examples, the freebXML Registry implementation is used. Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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