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

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 16:38:36 -0400
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> EB>> I, for one, would prefer to see the next 5+ years spent on
>  >> in vivo testing of knowledge engineering concepts, and on
>  >> the development of a discipline.  Think of it as the medical
>  >> experience that will give us some knowledge of the required
>  >> properties of your panacea.
> [MW] I agree. It would be a good idea to know what we are doing
> before doing it on a large scale.
> [JFS] I strongly agree.  That was the point of my note on methodology,
> which emphasizes the distinctions as more fundamental than the
> particular choice of categories.    (01)

Now that we are all in violent agreement, I would point out that Amanda 
said it first:    (02)

> The best way to develop an upper ontology may be to let it emerge.  Pursue
> applied ontology projects as described above, and bring in the upper (and
> upper-middle) as they are needed. Bring in higher level concepts as you need
> them to connect concepts accross domains, to model the logical behavior and
> other characteristics of the domain-specific concepts, to avoid redundant
> and oddly-placed assertions on domain concepts that can accurately be placed
> on shared concepts shared across the domains.      (03)

-Ed    (04)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
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"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST,
  and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (06)

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