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Re: [ontolog-forum] Please thread the discussion

To: "Barker, Sean (UK)" <Sean.Barker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 12:02:06 -0600
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>Those of us who get lumbered with corporate disclaimers also get the
>company <i>standard</i> build of software, including Outlook.
>The problem for any distributed organization is always to find the
>compromise between what is technically superior and what is affordable
>(given the constraint that you have to justify the differences to
>management - see Dilbert for details). The history of technology is
>littered with forgotten standards which lost out to de facto standards.
>Thus, while it may be annoying that some of us don't use software based
>on 'professional standard', it is also a reminder that ontology could go
>the same way, and that the semantic web may well be dominated by the
>first ontology that is good enough, where 'good enough' means
>'profitable for a set of companies with significant web presence'.    (01)

The bad thing is the following sequence:
1. A standard is set and publicly announced
2. The standard gets used reasonably widely
3. One company deliberately or carelessly uses an incompatible standard    (02)

This isn't so bad (think of Java):
1. One company creates a product which is widely used
2. Other companies use it also
3. It is endorsed by standards bodies.    (03)

I see no reason to think that SW ontologies will 
be on the first rather than the second track.    (04)

Pat    (05)

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