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Re: [ontolog-forum] standard ontology

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:59:11 -0500
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Pat Cassidy wrote:
>>>  Portion of that cost that could be reduced by a common foundation
>>> ontology: 1/5 (20 billion per year)    (01)

Pat Hayes wrote:
>> Here's where we disagree. I suggest that the correct proportion here
>> would be more like 0.01 percent. Not because it wouldn't work if
>> people would all use it, but because people will not in fact use it.    (02)

Matthew West wrote:
> [MW] That is of course still more than we could think of how to spend.    (03)

I make that 10M$. I thought PatC was talking about 30M$.    (04)

> One thing I have no doubt about is that there are huge benefits possible.    (05)

 From a "foundation ontology" developed by 100 nominal experts (chosen 
how?) by voting to resolve conflicts?   You'd have a better chance by 
requiring every computer science student to take a course in using 
DOLCE, and providing the funding for the textbooks.  (But since DOLCE is 
3D, that wouldn't be Matthew's favorite.)    (06)

> What I agree is a lot less certain is how to harvest them effectively.    (07)

Yes.  If we could just get everyone to _use_ terms in a way we all 
understand, there would be enormous benefits.  But I too am not certain 
how we should go about that. ;-)    (08)

-Ed    (09)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
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