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Re: [ontolog-forum] Two ontologies that are inconsistentbutbothneeded

To: "Chris Partridge" <mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'[ontolog-forum] '" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 01:34:32 EST
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Chris,    (01)

Unfortunately, that is very, very true for almost everything
that has to do with ontology, knowledge representation, natural
language semantics, etc.    (02)

> My experience is that it is difficult to make the distinction
> consistently for a range of practical cases.    (03)

Even when one person has reached a good level of consistency,
the task of teaching others to follow the same practices
consistently is very difficult.    (04)

Standards, of course, are desirable, but even where standards
are available it is very difficult to state clear, consistent
criteria for applying those standards in a way that two or more
people can follow consistently -- or even one person can extend
consistently to a related, but somewhat different range of
phenomena.    (05)

The work that has been done in ontology, especially the more
recent work for the semantic web, provides an overabundance of
examples to illustrate these points.    (06)

John    (07)

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