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

To: "Patrick Cassidy" <pat@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "'[ontolog-forum] '" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 11:06:38 -0700
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At 11:47 AM -0400 5/23/08, Patrick Cassidy wrote:
>    Just a response to one of your points, on conversion of info from one
>model to another:
>>  Since in practice, any system is only a partial representation of its
>>  domain, and therefore will be described by a partial ontology, there
>>  exist two further problems:
>>  - How to identify the subsets of OA and OB for which the transformation
>>  can be defined;
>>  - How to identify subsets of OA and OB that in principle cannot be
>>  mapped to each other because of differences in the bases.
>>  (There is also the occasional row over whether it is possible to
>>  construct a single ontology that can form the basis for all domains.)
>   I do believe that constructing such an ontology is practical -    (01)

...    (02)

>The range of
>interoperability will depend only on how many different data managers decide
>to use the same foundation ontology.    (03)

Quite. Absent a World Data Manager, I see no plausible way to ensure, 
or even make it remotely likely, that such convergence of intentions 
will take place.    (04)

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