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

To: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Francis McCabe <frankmccabe@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 08:28:32 -0800
Message-id: <69D68EAA-84D3-40B0-9AD0-B8806A11915F@xxxxxxx>
If there are no primitive symbols, then all you have a network of  
relationships. For that to be useful, there has to be a way of  
relating the network to the Real World™. One might imagine that it is  
straightforward to 'link' a symbol to a feature of the RW; but  
relating a sub-graph to a feature sounds more challenging.    (01)

On Jan 12, 2009, at 7:26 AM, Pat Hayes wrote:    (02)

> On Jan 11, 2009, at 11:00 AM, Francis McCabe wrote:
>> Pat
>> May I assume, based on your responses to this somewhat repetitive  
>> thread, that you might recognize that a major issue for Ontology  
>> engineering is the symbol binding problem?
> Hi Frank. Well, I do indeed think that symbol binding is a major  
> issue, yes. For the semantic web it is the elephant in the living- 
> room right now. However, I am rather at a loss to see how you got  
> there from reading this particular thread. Maybe there's some  
> obvious link I havn't noticed.
> PatH
>    (03)

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