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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology vs OWL implementation

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008 11:57:16 -0400
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Pat Hayes wrote:    (01)

> No. Well, yes: there isn't one (a minimal criterion). So lets stop 
> talking about it. Its not a complicated question, its a meaningless 
> question. Anything written in OWL counts as an ontology. Some ontologies 
> might not be much use, but they are ontologies. I don't want OWL tools 
> telling me that my OWL isn't beautiful enough to count as an ontology, 
> so they refuse to process it.    (02)

No argument there.  But some of the would-be "ontology repository" folk 
have very definite opinions about "gatekeeping" on the basis of 
"quality".  Now that we have created a buzzword in funding circles, it 
would be nice if the ontology community could agree on some nicer 
classifications before they are thrust on us by funded gatekeepers with 
their own rules.    (03)

OTOH, I might be tempted to adopt the Groucho Marx view: I wouldn't want 
to be a member of a club that would have a person like me for a member!    (04)

-Ed    (05)

P.S. Like Cataline, I hold the view that most of the Optimates do not 
have the competence to be the arbiters they make themselves.  The Greek 
philosophers had a word for that -- hubris.    (06)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
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Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8263                FAX: +1 301-975-4694    (07)

"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST,
  and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (08)

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