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Re: [ontolog-forum] Is there something I missed?

To: edbark@xxxxxxxx, "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 01:39:51 -0600
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On Jan 30, 2009, at 1:58 PM, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:

I strongly believe that the knowledge engineering/ontology community
generally has many more and different concerns from the stated intent of
the Semantic Web.  

OK, but...

SemWeb is about creating and using knowledge models
to mark up documents (and other resources) in order to improve
information searches.  

No, really, this isn't accurate. The SWeb is about creating and publishing K.models to be used by software agents on the Web, not primarily as document markup. And performing inference from those knowledge models is central in SWeb thinking. 

Most prior knowledge engineering was aimed at
facilitating decision-making by automated means.  Those are different
ideas, and there is only some overlap in the requirements on the
underlying technologies.  In Mike's own terms, "trusting our business to
<a knowledge engineering activity>" is NOT a SemWeb concern.  

Wrong; this is exactly what some people are aiming to do. Nokia phones already trust their business to SWeb knowledge engineering, for (one) example. 

I don't mean here to defend SWeb progress or technologies, only to set the record straight on what the SWeb project is trying to do. 

Pat Hayes

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