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Re: [ontolog-forum] vague wish lists VS formal specifications

To: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:47:37 -0600
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>Yes, but it's necessary to know why the user must participate:
>  > I ... want to emphasize the point is to have the end user
>  > participate in the design process.
>The users' participation is essential to educate the chief
>designer, who must fully understand the problem.
>The users can never discover all the details of what might be
>possible unless they become technologists -- and in most cases,
>that is not practical.  Therefore, the chief designer must learn
>from the user (without prefiltering by managers, planners, and
>requirements surveys).    (01)

I am having trouble understanding what it is that you guys are all 
happily agreeing about here. This managementspeak would make sense if 
we were talking about designing a building or a chemical plant or a 
nuclear power station. But we are talking about ontologies. Who 
exactly is the "user" of an ontology? Can anyone give me an example?    (02)

Pat    (03)

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