"But I also think that if programmers
are going to be able to use ontologies to their full potential,
**using** an ontology will have to become as easy as using an
object-oriented programming language like Java. "
I would respectfully disagree -- IMHO, using an ontology will have to
become much easier than
programming in Java.
That's because working with industrial strength ontologies is itself a
highly complex business, so the supporting tools have to be highly
declarative, rather than procedural as in Java.
As you know, we have an online tool* that addresses executable,
declarative specification of ontologies, written as rules in open
A concrete example in support of the above argument is
Even if one could program that in Java, it would be near impossible for
a person to understand the reasoning that is done, via reification and
so forth. So, the explanation capabilities that come with using
English rules are important too.
Just some thoughts.... Cheers, -- Adrian
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