The same person actively arguing against any
possibility of standard ontology at the same time pushing a US Army baked
"semantic foundations" as an ISO standard.
A case of double personality? "A person having
two minds and when they are in the next state or character they don't know about
their previous stage." Or just hypocrisy?
O tempora o mores!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 5:45
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] ISO merged
ontology effort "MCO"
On Apr 13, 2009, at 5:07 PM, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:
Patrick Cassidy wrote:
FYI: Result of 'MCO' study on a standard
Proposal not adopted.
The issue is still important, and I would suggest
we continue this thread
for a while.
Doc No: 2N1854
Doc Type: Summary of voting/Table of
Title: Summary of Voting on
32N1833 Request for SC32/WG2 study period
on standardized concept systems and semantic
descriptions for merged core
ontology (MCO) as proposed in 32N1807 Due Date:
Status: proposed SC32 resolution is
not adopted due to insufficient
number of P-members voting (JTC1 Directives,
Interestingly, the proposal was defeated by lack of quorum -- too
national bodies sent in their ballots. That suggests that
little interest in such a standard. Another tempest in a
Now this has died the death, I can with a clear conscience
reveal that the initiative for this ISO merging of merged upper ontologies
came from the US Army, in the person of Jim Schoening, who has been active in
promoting "Upper" ontologies for some time now (including the granddaddy of
The motivation, among US Government agencies, for seeking ISO
certification, is not to establish a New World Order that all must obey, or
indeed to impose upon anyone else in any way at all. It is simply that there
is a broad Government mandate to use ISO standards where possible, so that
anything that has achieved ISO standardization status is easier to get funded,
easier to get supported and easier to "sell" to other agencies. ISO
standardization, amazingly enough, is a potent aid towards achieving
interoperability within the US government, as well as outside
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