The thread on using ontologies as standard is most interesting. (01)
I would like to bring up three observation, the first that development
of quite a few "standards" are nowdays part of organizations
*economical* activities on a strategic level. They are tools for
creating (technical) means for interoperability as well as means for
guiding (both in positive and negative sense) research and development
efforts into certain areas. Thus making it very difficult to talk about
the "best" standards etc". Best for whom and in what sense? (02)
Secondly I support the comments on the need for "killer applications"
and the importance of actual implementations in standardisation work.
Standards are there to be used and from experiences important
corrections are usually found. (03)
Thirdly, finding *one* *best* solution, ontology, theory, model, formula
etc. may be a worthwhile goal for projects. although on a international
and multiorganisational level it is a huge undertaking. I prefer to talk
about *harmonisation* instead of standardisation in the sense that
harmonisation means that the number of alternative XYZ are *reduced*.
Using an harmonisation approach to increase knowledge, bring people and
organizations together promise to be more efficient than most
standardisation approaches. (04)
Why not add Harmonisation activity to the ontology summit? (05)
/anders w. tell
Steve Ray wrote:
> To the ontology community,
> We have now established the overall objective for this year’s ontology
> summit (see:
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologySummit2009#nid1Q2F )
> and the following conversation breakout suggests itself. What might be
> productive is to have people sign up for one or more of these aspects
> of the problem, with the aim of producing some concrete results and
> recommendations prior to the face-to-face meeting. Specifically:
> 1) Background:
> Compilation of existing ontological representations of standards,
> along with their associated definitions – conformance classes, testing
> suites and methodologies
> 2) Participants - identification and outreach:
> Organizations that should participate or be represented, e.g. NATO,
> UN/CEFACT, ISO, OAGi, NCBO, OASIS, OMG, …
> 3) Technical discussion
> 1. What is the role of an ontology in establishing a standard?
> 2. What kind of constraints or rules [standards?] should be applied to
> ontologies that are used to establish a standard?
> 3. What kinds of standards lend themselves to the use of ontologies as
> their representation?
> 4. What ontological languages are best suited to represent standards?
> 4) Strategic vision and roadmap
> Articulating a stretch vision, and the steps needed to get there. What
> do we think information standards are going to look like 20 years from
> now? Who are the movers to get us there? Who are the enablers and
> stakeholders? This is an environment where we can be bold.
> I encourage everyone to identify themselves with one or more of these
> activities, and we can set up wiki pages to hold the results. Just as
> last year, we will especially need people to synthesize the
> conversations under each of these activities on a wiki page, as we
> proceed. If we divide up these tasks, we can make a significant
> contribution in a short time, without having to abandon our day jobs!
> Let’s see how much we can accomplish together.
> Steven R. Ray, Chief
> Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
> National Institute of Standards & Technology
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