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Re: [ontolog-forum] ISO merged ontology effort "MCO"

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 14:30:09 -0500
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On Apr 14, 2009, at 2:14 PM, Richard H. McCullough wrote:
>> ...
>> RHM: > We will advance the state of the art more quickly by  
>> building useful single ontologies for particular applications,  
>> instead of searching for an upper ontology which is suitable for  
>> all applications.
>> [PC]  That would definitely be helpful.  But since there are no  
>> such practical applications yet accessible to the general public,  
>> my suggestion for a Foundation Ontology project includes the  
>> development of some practical applications, among which I would  
>> recommend a basic natural Language capability (5-6 year old English  
>> speaker) and integration of several databases as examples.  These  
>> efforts would in my expectation be synergistic and would benefit  
>> from the integrating effect of the common FO.  If we want real  
>> practical applications **available to public inspection**, the  
>> public is going to have to pay for it.
> #### There are commercial companies which are selling NL interfaces.    (01)

"selling" being the operative word here.    (02)

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