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  • Do you have plans to provide a CORS [1] compatible output at any point?

We have seen some about CORS recently, and we generally support JSON in our standard import/export services. Our current plans for 1.00 have not identified this enhancement, but we'd welcome working with any party on such an implementation.


  • Are there plans for internationalization?

If you check out the full specs, you will see the internationalization approach, which has been true for UMBEL since the first version. One of the motivations for version 1.00 with its mapping to Wikipedia is the relative ease this will bring in linking alternative languages. The idea of reference concepts is to avoid using labels as the linking basis; rather, the idea or definition of the concept that is the referent is the important point.

This means that multiple language potential is baked into the UMBEL cake. We just need to complete the next Wikipedia steps, and the pathway for multiple languages should be made much, much easier.

  • Will there ever be non-English vocabularies or equivalents?

Yes, as soon as version 1.00 is completed.

  • Do externally linked ontologies need to be OWL 2-compliant?

No. While the UMBEL Vocabulary and UMBEL Reference Concept Ontology are OWL 2-compliant, the linkage mechanism allows any external ontology to be mapped to UMBEL.

  • What ontologies do you plan to formally link to UMBEL for the version 1.00 release?

Requests for specific ontologies have been made by numerous individuals. We welcome such mappings and would gladly aid any party wanting to add a linked ontology to the list. However, at present, we only plan to link to these ontologies for version 1.00:

    • PROTON
    • Wikipedia
    • BIBO (the Bibliographic Ontology)
    • FOAF (Friend-of-a-Friend Ontology)
    • RSS 1.0 (Really Simple Syndicate Ontology)
    • SIOC (Socially Interlinked Online Communities Ontology)
    • GEO WGS84 (Geo wgs84 Ontology)
    • GEONAMES (Geonames Ontology)
    • CC (Creative Commons Ontology)
    • EVENT (Event Ontology)
    • PO (Programme Ontology)
    • MO (Music Ontology)
    • FRBR

In addition, the FactForge installation will provide mappings of its own.