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Re: [ontolog-forum] Automatized databased generated Ontologies

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 01:38:00 -0500
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Paola,    (01)

Your points are well taken.    (02)

But the field of ontology involves so many different disciplines
that there is very little common ground among the participants.
Various people feel comfortable talking about logic, databases,
philosophy, artificial intelligence, linguistics, computer science,
mathematics, software engineering, and different applications.
There is very little common vocabulary that everybody shares.    (03)

> This problem could perhaps be overcome by undertaking the schema
> development iteratively, which means have a notional, semantic,
> conceptual schema first, developed based on a first analysis, derive
> the logical and relational schemas from that, then abstract the exact
> map of the representation of the ontology from the relational schema,
> as suggested in the first post.    (04)

That's a reasonable approach.  But the people who subscribe to this
list come from so many different backgrounds that the words in that
in that paragraph have different meanings (or sometimes no obvious
meaning) for the various groups.    (05)

 > So I would think that this method is suitable mainly for functional
 > purposes, and suited only to some cases, but surely it should be
 > in the 'manual of ontology development'    (06)

Such a manual would be very helpful.  But before people decide
that ontology is the solution, they have to be clear about what
problem they are trying to solve.    (07)

I think that a major reason for the confusion and lack of clear
direction is that different people have different problems in mind,
and they're all hoping that ontology will be the answer.    (08)

Before we start specifying the solution, we should get a clear
understanding of the problem we're trying to solve.    (09)

John    (010)

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