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

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Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 12:42:23 -0000
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Dear Pat,    (01)

> >Debbie,
> >
> >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).
> 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)

MW: There are two levels here. On the one hand, ontologies can be
complex artifacts. Engineering is the discipline of building complex
artifacts, and applying engineering discipline and techniques to building
them is likely to be beneficial.    (03)

MW: On the other hand, there is also the question (that you ask) of what
the ontolgy is being used for. Most of the use I have seen of ontologies
is in the design, and use of information systems. An ontology is the 
basis for database design, and also the Reference Data that populates
and drives the information systems.    (04)

Regards    (05)

Matthew    (06)

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