Boxed Lunch Panel: Rules on the Web – Where are We Now?

Thursday | 12:20pm - 1:40pm |

Attendee Box Lunch

Panel Session: Rules on the Web – Where are We Now?


Speaker Photo: John Hall

John Hall

Principal, Model Systems





Joint Business Rules Forum / RuleML Boxed Lunch Session

The W3C Rule Interchange Format (RIF) is an important component of rules on the web. At the time of the 2009 BR Forum, RIF was ‘almost ready’. Then, requests for public comment produced a lot of interesting and valuable discussion and RIF became a W3C Recommendation in June 2010. The OMG’s Revision Task Force for Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR) found that some of the issues from version 1.0 took longer to resolve than expected. SBVR Revision 1.1 is on track for submission in September 2010.

This kind of rescheduling doesn’t always happen - the OMG’s specification for Production Rule Representation (PRR) was published as expected and is now well into its first revision – but it isn’t unusual (or unexpected) in development of standards.

People whose work is based on rules – researchers, tool developers, industry practitioners – cannot wait for publication of the standards. They have to work from the best view they have of drafts of the standards, develop workable solutions, and adapt as and when necessary as drafts are updated. Related standards also appear: Version 2 of W3C’s Web Ontology Language (OWL2) became a recommendation in October 2009; the specification of Version 2 of the Business Modeling and Notation Specification (BPMN 2) was accepted by the OMG in June 2010.

So, the theme for this panel session is: where are we now? How are we actually applying these standards in practice, and what do we expect to have to do in future to make best use of them?

If you are interested in rules on the Web, pick up a boxed lunch and come to this joint BR Forum and RuleML panel session.



John Hall is a principal of Model Systems based in London, UK, and has more than 40 years experience in business and IT systems. John is a charter member of the Business Rules Group, and from 2001 to 2008 was co-organizer of the annual European Business Rules Conference.

John is also active in the OMG, as co-chair of the Regulatory Compliance SIG, chair of the BMM revision task force, and one of the OMG representatives on the W3C Rule Interchange Format (RIF) working group. He is a consultant to the EU ONTORULE project (