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Re: [ontolog-forum] A "common basis"

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From: Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 21:41:00 -0400
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>Who, other than teenagers on myspace, is going to trust anything 
>produced by such a process?    (01)

It depends on what you mean by trust.    (02)

For example, my kids are not allowed to use Wikipedia as a reference 
for school.  However, Wikipedia often has very useful information. So 
they read it, use it, find the same information in a more 
"trustworthy" but usually impenetrable source, and cite that.  I use 
Wikipedia and the like all the time.  Of course I know all the 
caveats.  On topics I know well, I know there are plenty of errors, 
but often it's surprisingly good.  I don't take it as the last word, 
but it's better than many of the professors I had in college.    (03)

>Do you want this kind of thing, for example, undergirding the 
>software that runs your intelligent highway or local nuclear power 
>plant?    (04)

Again, it depends on exactly which "kind of thing" you are talking 
about and exactly how it is being used.  Obviously, there are 
different requirements for safety-critical systems, and they need to 
be engineered accordingly.    (05)

>...Who says there is no via media?    (06)

Usually between two diametrically opposed straw-persons shouting 
epithets at each other there is a viable via media.    (07)

K    (08)

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