As a former registry-repository company CTO, I give #1 a BIG thumbs up.
This would be a great manner in which to capture and share knowledge. Ed
Buchinski, from the Canadian Government, has been trying to get this sort of
a project afloat for years. (01)
On 5/3/07 4:08 PM, "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: (03)
> I would like to make a suggestion about the question of
> common vs. federated approaches to sharing ontologies.
> Unless we have a detailed specification of what features
> would be in either a common approach or a federated approach,
> we have no clear basis for comparison. Therefore, I'll begin
> with some suggestions for what I'd like to see:
> 1. A repository, based on the ISO Metadata Registry standards,
> for organizing and making available ontologies, large and
> small, their pieces, components, or modules, and all the
> info about who, what, when, where, how, and why.
> 2. Translators for logic-based languages, at least Common Logic
> and the W3C standards, but also any others that anyone might
> wish to contribute.
> 3. Tools for aligning ontologies and modules of ontologies.
> 4. Collections of all the ontologies and modules anyone might want
> to contribute, either for free or for whatever fee the developer
> wishes to charge. SUMO, OpenCyc, DOLCE, BFO, and any others
> would all be included.
> 5. Etc. (open invitation for anyone to add their "druthers").
> This approach is necessary for a federated approach and it would be
> extremely useful for the current state where multiple groups are
> proposing competing (or cooperating) ontologies.
> Instead of debating which approach is better, I suggest that we
> start designing something along the lines above and let users
> "vote with their feet" for whichever collection(s) of resources
> they find most useful.
> John Sowa
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