|To:||"Pat Hayes" <phayes@xxxxxxx>|
|From:||"Gary Berg-Cross" <gary.berg-cross@xxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Sun, 24 Jun 2007 19:02:45 -0400|
To follow up.
Yes, but speaking for myself, as long as we stay on topic and are responsive to points (and you are very generous with your time, and give a fair hearing, so thank you) I’m glad to hear these expositions on various
conception of what some call “information ontology” which does raise some old philosophical issues like categories of being, but in the context of of information representation. Seems to me this is very important in a new “science field” and might avoid getting locked into a early paradigm that will be limiting down the road. Of course we have to balance this off with a demonstration of real progress.
As the recent Ontology Summit shows there are different understanding of what an is ontology - "Ontology, Taxonomy, Folksonomy: Understanding the Distinctions" is an attempt to bring together various communities (computer scientists, information scientists, philosophers, domain experts to foster dialog and cooperation among these communities.”
The meeting showed there are lots of divergent ideas (from the folksonomy to formalists) of what we are about and no single definition of ontology.
So Barry isn’t the only one doing it differently, but maybe more persuasively than others in (my simplication, which I hope doesn’t misrepresent the position grossly) focusing on the reality of what an ontology represents. This is in contrast to, among other things to, those who focus formal and logical properties of the way that the “what” is represented … that is formal models remains somewhat neutral about what it is that the representational units in an ontology should be construed as referring to.
BTW, to see an article where Barry does what seems a useful analytic job on an ontology see his Against Idiosyncrasy in Ontology Development presented at FOIS 2006.
He presents several principles that might be useful in this young stage of “information ontology”
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