Response to GL1

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Hi Georg,

Thank you for the feedback!

-The RIF WG

Georg Lausen wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> 
> I am the head of the Database and Information Systems group at the 
> University of Freiburg in Germany. We have been working with rule 
> technologies since many years. We have been implementing full F-Logic 
> and applied the resulting Florid system for data integration, web data 
> extraction and for the implementation of workflows. We have learned that 
> specifying rules with a certain semantics in mind and to evaluate them 
> is not the same thing.  One has to observe that rule engines may have 
> subtle differences in semantics even when syntax is identical. What has 
> been missing for all the years is a layer of neutralization which makes 
> it possible to clearly decide on the semantics of rule programs with 
> respect to different rule languages and rule systems.
> 
> I am now glad to see that the RIF initiative was successful to fill 
> exactly this gap. They cover the whole range of rule languages between 
> those having a foundation in mathematical logic and those being based on 
> the production rule paradigm. The evolution of the semantic web is given 
> profound attention by clarifying the compatibility between ontologies 
> based on RDF and OWL on one side and rule languages on the other.
> 
> I expect that the RIF Framework for Logic Dialects (RIF FLD) will 
> amplify recent efforts on the integration of languages based on OWL 
> using open world semantics with deductive rule languages using closed 
> world semantics, as well as the efforts of the development of a logical 
> basis for production rule languages. We are now motivated to investigate 
> ways to built a rule language on top of SPARQL. I am convinced that RIF 
> FLD will give us the needed framework to start.
> 
> The RIF working group is doing a great job and I wish them all the 
> necessary support they need to continue their successful path.