Message 12552 of the SUO list

Subject: MSO Ballot Results 
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 21:19:18 -0400
Follow-Up: msg12554 by Philippe Martin
           msg12647: MSO Voting List


        MSO ballot results follow:

        Number of SUO voting members:         70
        Required YES votes to pass motion:    36

       Ballot Results
                YES:                          40
                 No:                           4
                ABSTAIN:                       6
                Acknowledge (but no vote):     8
                No Response:                  11
                Chair chose not to vote        1

        Motion Passes.  Congratulations Philippe Martin


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ATTN Voting Members of IEEE P1600.1 Standard Upper Ontology Working Group:

1.  Please acknowledge receipt of this ballot by April 21, 2004.  If you
vote by this date, there is no need to also
acknowledge.  Those who do not acknowledge by this date will be contacted
by the Chair to ensure they received the ballot.

2. Please respond to the below ballot question.

3. Responses may be in the form of YES, NO, or ABSTAIN.  The motion will
pass if a majority of eligible voters vote YES.  For example, if there
are 74 eligible voters, 38 must vote YES.

4. The balloting period will end at 23:59 UTC on May 12,  2004.

5. Please email your resonse to me (at,  not the SUO
list, unless you specifically want your response (and any comments)
shared with everyone.

6. Comments and discussions on the merits of this question are permitted
during the balloting period, but the wording will not be changed.

Jim Schoening
Chair, IEEE P1600.1 Standard Upper Ontology  Working Group


Ballot Question:

  "The IEEE P1600.1 Standard Upper Ontology Working Group resolves to
   commence work on the Multi-Source Ontology (MSO) of the WebKB-2
   knowledge server ("


The features and rationales of WebKB-2 and its MSO have been previously
(plus subsequent messages stored in the same directory).

In short, each object - a category (type or individual), a link between
categories, or a more complex statement (graph) - has an associated
source (user and/or document), and a Web user can
1) query, re-use and add new categories, links or graphs,
2) remove those he or she has created (and mainly only those),
3) "correct other graphs" (represent alternative beliefs) by using
relations such as pm#corrective_specialization.
Knowledge additions being centralized and incremental, the objects can be
highly interconnected (hence, retrievable and re-usable) and each
detected inconsistency or redundancy is solved by its author, thus
guiding him or her to write more precise and (re-)usable knowledge.
However, the users can (and are advised to) store and document
their knowledge within Web files and ask WebKB-2 to parse these files
(until no error is detected and the knowledge is commited in the KB).

The MSO of WebKB-2 is currently mainly composed of an extension and
correction of the noun-related part of WordNet 1.7 plus some top-level
ontologies (mainly, extensions of those of John Sowa in his books of 1984
and 2000, DOLCE, OWL and various categories from other sources): details
are accessible from

The integration of the SUMO is in progress. The 4D ontology named
"Lifecycle integration Schema" is (and will remain) loosely integrated.
This ontology, some general statements, and a few small domain ontologies
are listed as example files in A 4-level indented
list of the upper part of the resulting taxonomy can by accessed via

If the link encodings are a problem, add &longLinkNames at the end of the
URL or see
An indented list of the relation types can be accessed via

Filtering on a particular source can be done, e.g. enter sumo#* in the
Category Search interface:
(in the displayed taxonomies, dots replace categories not from the SUMO).