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[ontolog-forum] What do ontologies have to do with meaning?

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Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 19:21:29 -0400
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Hi All --    (01)

In case you have not already seen it, there is a very interesting call 
for workshop papers [1].     (02)

The workshop theme begins:    (03)

"What do ontologies, as used in the semantic web and elsewhere, have to 
do with meaning? In particular, where do their predicates get their 
meanings? Semantics, no matter what formalisms are applied to it, is 
ultimately a cognitive phenomenon: it refers to the meaning that symbols 
have for human beings. ...."    (04)

This is a question that is also raised at a nuts-and-bolts level in [2], 
where a technical, implemented answer is attempted.    (05)

Any thoughts or pointers about [1] and/or [2] ?    Peter -- is this a 
suitable topic for an extended discussion on this forum?    (06)

                                                 Thanks in advance,  -- 
Adrian    (07)

[1] http://fois2004.di.unito.it/workshops.html    (08)

[2] "Semantic Web Presentation" at www.reengineeringllc.com    (09)

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