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Re: [ontolog-forum] An ontology will have to be as easy to use as Java

To: cassidy@xxxxxxxxx, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Internet Business Logic <ibl@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 17:44:31 -0500
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Pat --

You wrote...

"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 vocabulary English.

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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