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Re: [ontolog-forum] standard ontology

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From: Matthew West <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 22:08:35 -0000
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Dear John,    (01)

> I wouldn't claim that upper levels are totally irrelevant, but
> that there is no unique upper level that would be ideal for all
> purposes.      (02)

[MW] That is a bold statement. Can you prove it?    (03)

> Rather than try to improve the Cyc and WordNet upper
> levels, I would ignore them.    (04)

[MW] That is OK just as long as everyone does actually use the same one.
Otherwise you will have problems when you try to integrate two smaller
ontologies. Of course you are fine, just as long as you do not bring them
together for some greater purpose, but we are talking about integration here
aren't we? And if we don't have an explicit upper ontology before we
integrate the two sub-ontologies, the fastest way to integrate them will be
to discover the implicit upper ontology each has, and then integrate or map
those.    (05)

Regards    (06)

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