Thank you very much for the response. (02)
> [MW] If you want a different view on this, I could give a
> talk on ISO 18876 - integration of industrial data for
> exchange access and sharing (IIDEAS). This provides an
> architectural framework for integrating/federating and
> what it involves. (03)
[ppy] That would be wonderful! Since coming up with some
"ontology-based applications" is one of the goals of our
"ontologizing the Ontolog body of knowledge" exercise, your ISO
18876 talk would definitely expose us to some of the things you
have already thought through that may be pertinent to our
exercise here. I'll try to schedule something with you off-line
and report back to the forum here. (04)
West, Matthew wrote Sat, 29 Apr 2006 11:02:37 +0100:
> Dear Colleagues,
> I was unfortunately not able to attend this talk, but Peter asked
> me to comment on it. So here goes.
> The talk essentially proposes Federating ontologies (rather than
> integrating or merging them) and using Topic Maps for the purpose.
> Federation is nothing new, and you don't need Topic Maps to do it
> (though it is one way). Federation basically says that you can map
> (interface) different ontologies instead of merge/integrate them.
> This is of course true. There are however disadvantages, in that
> you have to "hop over" into another ontology to do the things it
> does, so you can find yourself having to understand multiple
> ontologies, rather than just your favourite one. The overall
> capabilities are also more limited, since not everything is visible
> History shows that we integrate as much as we can, and then
> interface between the bits we can't (don't have time) to integrate.
> It is the old islands of automation story, with interfaces between
> the islands where you continuously try to make the islands bigger.
> Federation tries to make this a virtue. I was always
> expecting that we would federate the main ontologies, but with
> some integration/cross over as well.
> If you want a different view on this, I could give a talk on
> ISO 18876 - integration of industrial data for exchange access
> and sharing (IIDEAS). This provides an architectural framework
> for integrating/federating and what it involves.
> I don't follow the worked example they have from the slides, but
> it looks a little simplistic to me. Also, to form aribtrary mappings
> my experience is you need FOL, and Topic Maps falls short of this,
> so I would expect some limitations to what could be mapped.
> Matthew West
> Reference Data Architecture and Standards Manager
> Shell International Petroleum Company Limited
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