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

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From: "Anders W.Tell" <opensource@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 17:08:24 +0100
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John,    (01)

John F. Sowa wrote:
> I agree with your main points, including the point that much of the
> work of harmonization is difficult or even impossible to formalize.
> But formal theories and tools based on them can be very important
> for deriving and analyzing many of the similarity relations that
> must be considered.
Couldnt agree more, I don't want to diminish that role of formalisms, 
iis just that I believe that from a ecosystem point view (macro 
economical) there is a need for more discussions of pragmatics. Im 
interested in feasible mechanisms that could improve an (eco)system of 
interconnected ontologies, specifications and federated managed entities 
with intentional and unintentional relationships.    (02)

In a national gov report I added a section on maturity where we 
discussed a registry and repository in the light of standardisation. 
There we argued that it is often more "economical" (TCQS) to aim for 
*harmonisation* of alternatives than going after standards. Being able 
to *share* information, knowledge bases, axioms, drawings, data 
definitions, models etc. is a very efficient steppingstone (on regional, 
national or industry levels) before attempting harmonisation. And in 
order to effectively share it is, most of the times, efficient to use 
that same principles for (representing and) *expressing* managed 
entities, such as CLIF or MOF+XMI. (very simply explained)    (03)

> That is certainly true in every field.  You can replace the terms
> 'ontology' and 'ontological' with the names of any technical field.
> I frequently cite Aristotle, not because he's the latest authority,
> but because his work is still better than many of the ontologies
> on the WWW today.  You can find many modern papers in which the
> author cites his buddy down the hall for insights that were published
> by Aristotle and analyzed in detail for centuries.  For examples, see
>     http://www.jfsowa.com/ontology/ontoshar.htm
>     Building, Sharing, and Merging Ontologies
>       (04)

Thanks for the link, I have it (and other lattice links) on my readers 
list in preparation for a short paper Im writing on the subject of 
"specification ecosystems".    (05)

/anders w. tell    (06)

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