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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology similarity and accurate communication

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From: "Christopher Spottiswoode" <cms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:58:21 +0200
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Some comments further to my reply to Sean, below:    (01)

> Sean
>> A wide variety of schedules depend on two independent 
>> variables - e.g. change oil every 10,000 miles or six 
>> months - so do we need a 5-D system?
> Yes.  Other than the possibility you mention, there is already 
> another time dimension.  It's the one we often call something 
> like program or ontology version number.
> Christopher    (02)

The version dimension has several rather obvious yet still 
noteworthy aspects, for example:    (03)

1.  Like (physical) relativistic and (IS) operational realtimes, 
it does not result in a total ordering.    (04)

2.  Since the development and testing processes in a more 
advanced operational environment should be managed too, release 
numbers are a mere subset of version numbers.    (05)

3.  The version dimension does not have to be measured with 
integers.    (06)

4.  The lack of systematic and managed provision for versioning 
is well on its way to much tragic obsoleting of historical data.    (07)

5.  Version management is essential to orderly deployment and 
smoother migration, including the migration of legacy data.    (08)

6.  More frequent deployment and migration means faster 
evolution of knowledge and its forms.    (09)

7.  Easier evolution is a great facilitator of change, 
considering that fear of confusion, not change itself, is the 
major obstacle to progress.    (010)

Therefore integrated version management should be seen as a 
simplifying aspect of practical ontologizing, not a complicating 
one.    (011)

That is much as the dimension of realtime, with relativity in 
general, is also, once integrated and accustomed, in the end 
simpler than vast monolithic or absolutist constructions, 
Newtonian or otherwise.    (012)

(P.S. the promised 3rd instalment of my "MACK basics" series has 
not fallen by the wayside, its regrettable delay 
notwithstanding.  The above does also feed into it, though.)     (013)

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