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Re: [ontolog-forum] Data Models v. Ontologies (again)

To: edbark@xxxxxxxx, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "Neil Custer" <neil.custer@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 13:45:13 -0500
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Knowledge engineering is an engineering field.  Thinking of it as
fundamentally either philosophical or scientific in nature makes it more difficult for the would-be practitioner to do it well.

... among those applications is the representation of scientific knowledge in a form suitable for automated reasoning.  That
is what ontology engineers do, and it is not itself science.  Please
don't confuse them.  I don't know what an ontologist is, but I think of it as some form of omphaloskepsis.  I do know what knowledge engineers do.

So, Ed.  Would you agree with the following?:

1.  Ontologists model for Knowledge Capture/Representation
2.  Data Engineers model for Knowledge Application
3.  Ontology/Knowledge Engineers model for Automated Reasoning (a specific class of Knowledge Application)

-- Neil

Life is Great!-- It sure beats the alternative!!

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