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RE: [ontolog] Request for Input

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From: "Dean Black" <dblack@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 22:09:19 -0800
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My quick intro:    (01)

I'm a system modeler and database consultant in Portland, Oregon.  I spend a
lot of time trying to figure out how to raise the awareness of the
importance of language within businesses.  I think that one of the main
reasons IT has been a disappointment to businesses over the last 40 years is
because far too many folks are focused on TECHNOLOGY (hence the name IT) and
failing to realize that systems are really all about language.  Until we
make strides promoting more universal language, we're going to continue to
be disappointed by what we get out of our systems.    (02)

Also, it seems like systems keep modeling variations of the same concepts
over and over again.  Let's cut out all of this rework and develop universal
models that are commonly accepted and used.    (03)

Those are my interests and why the forum caught my eye.  I'm not too sure
what I have to offer, but I thought I'd come along and observe and learn and
try to stay up to date with where this kind of thing is heading.  Who knows?
Even if we can never get people to understand each other 100%, maybe
machines will be able to speak semantically pure and therefore they can be
our salvation-- by cutting fallable humans (and their misunderstandings) out
of the information loop!  :)    (04)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ontology_site22@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:owner-ontology_site22@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Kurt Conrad
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 10:50 PM
To: ontolog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ontolog] Request for Input    (05)

Ontolog Members,    (06)

First, on a personal note, I'd like to say that things have picked up
quite nicely on the ontolog forum.  We have added a few more active
members and observers. I'm very impressed with the volume and quality
of the discussion, especially as it relates to the relative strengths
and weaknesses of different representation schemes.    (07)

Now, on to the official portion of this message:    (08)

The conveners are planning to do a detailed analysis of the
introductions and "wish list" items to develop a candidate program
for the forum, including a proposed organization and action plan.    (09)

To simplify this process, Peter has prepared an online form.  It can
be found at http://ontolog.cim3.org/survey/ontolog0.html    (010)

Please complete the form at your earliest convenience.  For those of
you who already provided an introductory statement, we would greatly
appreciate your assistance in loading this information into our database.    (011)

For the few people still haven't provided an introductory statement,
this is an ideal time to do so. Your input, even if you joined as an
observer, is important to us in our efforts to draft a program that
is of interest to the greatest number of members.    (012)

In closing, let me again express my appreciation to all of you who
have joined "our little forum".    (013)

/s/ kwc 2002.11/24 22:50    (014)

Kurt Conrad
2994 Salem Dr.                     408-247-0454
Santa Clara, CA 95051-5502         408-247-0457 (data/fax)
http://www.SagebrushGroup.com      mailto:conrad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx    (015)

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An archive of the [ontolog] forum can be found
at http://ontolog.cim3.org/forums/ontolog    (016)

To post messages mailto:ontolog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
An archive of the [ontolog] forum can be found
at http://ontolog.cim3.org/forums/ontolog    (017)
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