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Subject: RE: [huml] History, Introduction,Purpose and Scope of HumanML for CIDOC 2/03

Title: RE: [huml] History, Introduction, Purpose and Scope of
My primary concern is that it is a 30-minute time slot with 10 min./ea. for Sylvia and James and 10 min. for Q&A, so getting into details needs to be done with care to be certain that our very qualified presenters can express their viewpoints about the "humanness" of communications which follows the theme of the symposium about "sharing" knowledge. In that context, I leave it to them to collect and edit material from all of us to fit in with the best chance of a very favorable reception.

As a chuckle, I am tempted to send you the first draft from which I chopped down to this, since your notes are so very nearly verbatim of what I struggled to pare down to my self-imposed limit of 500 words, that we could be thought to be telepathically linked. Unfortunately, I would have to reconstruct it since I didn't keep it, but trust me, I have absolutely NO objections to what you have mentioned here. I suspect that since my own effort was so short, what you suggest could easily be accommodated, but I will leave it to you to select what you think ought to be included. I am planning on doing another Tree Schematic of Classes as part of the powerpoint, with the first draft included for comparison, but I wanted to produce the powerpoint slide show to the scripts and/or abstracts provided by Sylvia and James. I am doing the Use-Case in a pictorial way rather than as UML in consideration of the audience, but the Tree Schematic is very nearly indistinguishable from a functional class diagram one would expect to see in software development.



At 11:44 AM -0500 2/9/03, Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga wrote:
Hi Rex,
The introduction looks fine, and mostly on target from my perspective.  I made a couple of suggestions below.
Additionally, I would suggest explicitly mentioning some of the early milestones and ideas--of you and Len especially--regarding the early UML class diagram structure, the HM.Frameworks work and PBS Version 0--perhaps shorten the pre-history a little bit to accomodate if needed. 
Other than that, I think it looks good.
Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga
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Subject: [huml] History, Introduction, Purpose and Scope of HumanML for CIDOC 2/03

Hi Everyone,

Please excuse the mutliple posts for those of you whose memberships allow the TC post, but I want all to get this short paper. I am attaching it as well in Word. I went slightly over 500 words, but this is pretty bare bones as is.

The Development, Purpose and Scope of the Human Markup Language:
A Brief History and Introduction

The effort to create The Human Markup Language, HumanML, started with Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga's frustration during his study of Psychology at XXX. It was due largely to the discrepancy in the 
 ( rapid improvement of technology developed from the "hard" physical sciences of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, )  etc., and the  ( lack of similar improvement in the "soft" human-centered sciences of Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, etc. )  This discrepancy continued to occupy Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga as he entered into the workplace in the burgeoning arena of web development in the 1990s. 
rapid development of applications based on "hard" sciences, including Computer Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry
lack of rapid development of applications based on "soft" human-centered sciences, including Psychology, Sociology, ... 

In this environment, Ranjeeth concluded that one way to help such improvements to human concerns in Information Technology was through XML, the eXtensible Markup Language. XML allows for standard vocabularies or "Markup Languages" to be developed in the various "domains" of information technology. XML allows for interoperability across digital information systems, platforms and software programs.

Ranjeeth started the Humanmarkup discussion list on YahooGroups in February, 2001 to explore how to bring 
 ( technological improvements to the practices of soft "human" sciences. )
technological applications of soft "human" sciences. 

The initial discussions were captured in the archives of YahooGroups. The discussions brought out a number of purposes to which various members wished to see improvements.

Chief among these  purposes was clarifying communication, especially within digital information systems. It was also seen that standardizing Human Information was occuring in various efforts to establish a system to assure uniform authentication of basic Human Identity.

Extending this to ensure both greater depth of individual information and control over that information was identified as another important purpose.

Further purposes were identified by application-area. Among them were:
                        * Anthropology
                  * Archeology
                    * Artificial Intelligence
                       * Biometrics
                    * Business Decision Support (Heuristics)
                        * Communications
                        * Conflict Resolution
                   * Cultural Studies
                      * Diplomacy
                     * Economics
                     * Emergency Services
                    * Government Record Keeping
                     * Human Behavior Representation
                * Individual Personalization and Identity Authentication Enhancement
                    * Linguistics
                   * Marketing
                     * Medicine
                      * Psychology
                    * Sociology
                     * Virtual Reality

It was decided that HumanML would consist of XML Schemata for defining use of terms and RDF Schemata to associate those terms with standard resources in Academic, Governmental and Business use to ensure interoperability. It was also decided to associate HumanML with standard Ontological and Taxonomic frameworks.

It was decided to concentrate on improving communication as the mission and to move the effort to OASIS, The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, to provide public access, credibility and the protection of Intellectual Property Rights for the standard specifications anticipated.

The OASIS HumanMarkup Technical Committee was established in September, 2001.

The early months of the TC were spent in gathering requirements, during which the principles of Semiotics, or Semiology, were adopted as the guiding prinicples of this effort.

We delivered our first version of a Requirements Document April 31, 2002:

and our first Committee Specification, The Human Markup Language Primary Base XML Specification 1.0 December 12, 2002, which was modified slightly after an initial Public Comment Period of Thirty (30) days and adopted January 12, 2003:

Some of you will be getting the four images for the Social Services-Child Protective Services, Status Report, Court Hearing Report and District Data Generation Use Case later today.


Rex Brooks
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