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Re: [ontolog-forum] standard ontology

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From: Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 07:48:17 -0800
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On Sunday February 22 2009, John F. Sowa wrote:
> ...
> Another point:  When Ontology Works got started, they used a
> large monolithic ontology.  But as time went on, they discovered
> that it was more useful to break it up into smaller modules
> that are easier to "plug in" to various applications.    (01)

One of my biggest problems with Cyc is its notion of "The Ontology." Not 
only do they adopt this singular, all-encompassing ontology, but they 
entirely centralize its storage at Cyc headquarters. Far flung 
installations of Cyc still phone the mother ship with all additions 
entered by external users and these additions are then subjected to 
vetting at Cycorp. (*)    (02)

Maybe ontologies are special things, but this sort of centralization 
hasn't ever been a good idea in any kind of large-scale technology 
development that I can think of.    (03)

(*) Again, I point out that I last used Cyc as part of the HPKB and RKF 
projects circa 2000, so maybe this has changed in the near decade that 
has passed since then.    (04)

> John    (05)

Randall Schulz    (06)

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