Additional comment at the bottom: (01)
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> From: ontolog-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ontolog-forum-
> bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Christopher Menzel
> Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 3:30 PM
> To: [ontolog-forum]
> Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] ISO merged ontology effort "MCO"
> 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. (03)
> > #### There are commercial companies which are selling NL interfaces.
> "selling" being the operative word here.
[[PC]] Yes, and they are not based on an ontology used for reasoning to
improve the interpretation, and the details are closely held proprietary
secrets. There are plenty of NL interfaces - have been for over 20 years.
I haven't seen one that uses an ontology for reasoning (WordNet is not an
ontology). They tell us ***nothing*** about how an *ontology* can be used,
which is the whole point of the project. (04)
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