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Re: [ontolog-forum] Next steps in using ontologies as standards

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From: "Len Yabloko" <lenya@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2009 22:43:23 +0000
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Ron and all, 
>You mean that you actually want to do something practical? Have we run 
>out of "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" discussions?
I know of at least one commercial efforts that is attempting to collect many 
ontologies under the same umbrella and make it useful and practical. I am 
talking about http://www.freebase.com/explore     (01)

I the past there were similar efforts undertaken by MIT medial lab, but I don't 
remember exact name and url. It was allowing anyone to make basic statements in 
English.     (02)

The reason I am mentioning this is because there is no lack of practical 
efforts in unifying common knowledge. However, this problem requires different 
approach then simply "let's do it", as should be obvious to anyone following 
this field.    (03)

This is why I recommend you to try to understand the question rather than 
describe it as "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?". This is not 
what people here are trying to do.    (04)

>Perhaps a good start might be to make a wiki with:
>- 1 page for each ontology
>- a sensible and easily extensible set of categories to group them together
>- a section of pages for comparisons and analysis with link to the 
>ontology pages
>- sections for candidate sets of ontologies that might make up 
>reasonable FOs (in case  hell does not freeze over or $10 million fails 
>to fall out of the sky) for someone
>- pages to discussions of the comparison of the FO candidate sets.
>I think that a wiki would do the job and let everyone participate. It 
>would be easy to add new ontologies (or links to ontologies) and make 
>"peer" review very easy.
>I have used MediaWiki (Wikipedia's wiki tool) for a couple of sites and 
>it is easy to set up and fairly intuitive to use.
>If it would help, I would be happy to host it.
>We could also just do this on the Wikipedia site if they do not object 
>to the amount of pages that this would add.
>Ron    (05)

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