> [John F. Sowa] 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.
[Anders Tell] > Couldnt agree more, I don't want to diminish that role of
> 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.
If you are interested in **accurate** transfer of information among
ontologies that can usefully share information, there is no substitute for
some common method of expressing meaning, rich enough in the basic concepts
to be able to translate among multiple views of the same object. That is
what I consider the function of a foundation ontology that has as many of
the basic concepts as can be identified. But that kind of ontology will be
only as useful as the number of people that adopt it as the means of
translating among their diverse preferred representations. It would be
feasible to build such an artifact for a large community if adequate funding
were available to support the work of a large consortium.
I think that anything less will be a stopgap with results only useful
within any smaller community that adopts a common standard of meaning. But
each of those communities will have great difficulty sharing information
with any others.
Is there a reason not to try to organize such a consortium, to create and
present a proposal for funding of such a project? We can wait for the small
communities to evolve into larger communities, but why waste all that time??
>From past history, it could easily take decades. A focused project could
achieve the same result in a few years. (01)
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