The problem of lack of semantic interoperability has been with us for
dozens of years. I would hope that the fact that we are still far from a
visible solution would make you consider the possibility that the past
approaches you consider optimal may not in fact be what is needed to solve
this problem? (01)
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> Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Fw: Next steps in using ontologies as
> Respectfully I think you are barking up the wrong tree - or rather you
> are barking down the tree rather than up it.
> Most industries have efforts aimed at standardizing terms and
> definitions. The use of XML as a common EDI standard has given such
> efforts a real boost, and in doing this most of them have discovered
> that XML is not the answer, or rather that they have been framing the
> question wrongly.
> As a result there should now be the appetite and the budget to solve
> real problem of data interoperability and enterprise data management.
> The last message these industry groups need to hear is that a bunch of
> some unknown new creature called ontologists is going to come along and
> solve the same problem all over again.
> Meanwhile there is the legacy of these various EDI standards and data
> models that now cry out for some business-led governance if they are to
> survive going forward. Explaining this problem is easy and doesn't need
> any O-words in the text. Indeed, in the EDM Council efforts, we
> generally explain the entire project to business stakeholders without
> once mentioning ontology. It's things and facts, just what they needed
> all along.
> Patrick Cassidy wrote:
> > >From Don Conklin:
> >> The trick is to find the organization in the US Government that
> >> fund such an effort. It's not DARPA. They don't see a new technology
> >> such an effort, just the machinations of using existing technologies.
> >> It's not DISA, they want to field and maintain systems today. The
> >> Service labs (AFRL, ONR, SPAWAR) are not going to jump on this
> >> bandwagon
> >> either. So there goes DoD... Any other USG contenders? NIH? NSF?
> > Good question. All suggestions welcome!
> > Pat
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