[sc34wg3] From another committee: ISO 18629 Process Specification Language - still more meat for the ontological stew

Mason, James David (MXM) sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Wed, 22 Jun 2005 09:14:52 -0400

Murray, this is a subject that comes up from time to time, particularly =
reference to grounding PSIs.

ISO itself is unwilling to take this on; it's totally outside what they =

However, WG3 just negotiated posession of a domain name from empolis, =
generously let them take it over. I think Steve Pepper is now the =


Murray Altheim wrote:
> Mason, James David (MXM) wrote:
>> Noticed this in the SUO discusion. Might be useful for PSIs?
>>Jim Mason
> You're thinking along the same lines as I. I've downloaded the draft=20
> and am looking at a PSI set for it, perhaps even a translation (if=20
> possible) into LTM for import into Ceryle (or other LTM-enabled=20
> tools).


I note that there seems to be plans for committee production of an XML
rendition of ISO 18629, which would be (I believe) an easier conversion =
straight from the KIF. There's 17 axioms in the document I have, which =
perhaps be translated by hand faster than trying to manage a KIF =
Unless someone has created a KIF-to-XTM tool (wishful thinking).

Unfortunately, the XML rendition is not yet available, but I'll try to =
my eye on the project, and possibly send Rich Cooper a note about this. =
strikes me that I might even talk them into providing a base URL in the =
domain for the PSIs, though that might be wishful thinking too. But if
there's some way to use an ISO domain namespace rather than
"http://purl.org/ceryle/" I'd be happy to know. Perhaps it could be =
by SC34WG3? I don't know if you are authorised to create and/or promote =
a thing.
ISO PSIs are an interesting idea.

Alternately, I could see if there's a PURL available for PSL, too, as it
least that's a bit more neutral than using a domain of my own, though =
case I'll certainly do that.


>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: owner-standard-upper-ontology@ieee.org
>>[mailto:owner-standard-upper-ontology@ieee.org] On Behalf Of Rich=20
>>Sent: Monday, June 20, 2005 2:10 PM
>>To: John F. Sowa; cg@cs.uah.edu;=20
>>Rob Freeman
>>Cc: cassidy; West, Matthew R SIPC-OFD/321
>>Subject: ISO 18629 Process Specification Language - still more meat=20
>>for the ontological stew
>>ISO has reached the last stage of approval for a new ontology that has =

>>about 300 concepts related to temporal duration, precedence, interval=20
>>logic, time, ordering, activities, and other concepts that they=20
>>believe are related to process specification in a manufacturing=20
>>environment.  Surely these concepts are general enough to handle many =
of discrete process descriptions.
>>Does anyone have experience, opinions, beliefs, ... about the new PSL=20
>>sc34wg3 mailing list



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