Hi Ron, (01)
Thanks for the endorsement - I've corresponded with Elizabeth now and
that looks like a great connection. (02)
Our presentation in the slides was quite ambitious because Bill and I
were trying to highlight two important questions - how we achieve an
ontology for financial services, and how this can be used in a practical
way in relation to real data problems within financial firms. So one of
those is happening and the other ought to happen but isn't yet. (03)
There is so much to get right in such a small window of time. I just
came off the phone with one of the architects of one of the financial
industry messaging standards, and many folks are despairing of getting
much value or traction out of some of these standards. My take on this
is that many of these efforts were driven from the technical side
without someone understanding how basic development methodology requires
a good linkage between the business problem and the technical solution.
In the case of data and message standards, the business problem is
surely the semantics of the data that will go into messages and things.
For this reason, I find it odd that all standards groups aren't, by
default, looking to create an ontology of their terms. This to me is far
more important than the whizzy new stuff one may or may not be able to
do with OWL/Web3.0 and all that New New Thing stuff that's talked about. (04)
Hopefully that puts our presentation into some context. (05)
Ron Wheeler wrote:
> You will probably find this interesting.
> You might want to add the US Justice Department to your list of places
> to look for interested and interesting people.
> They seem to have acquired a sudden interest in ways to describe complex
> financial instruments and the relationships between the purchasers,
> sellers and rating agencies that dealt with them.
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ikmf_figs is a Canadian Federal government
> group discussing Knowledge Management. I am one of the few industry
> members. They are focused on KM in general and are not spending much
> time on ontology but I suspect with a bit of member interest they will
> start to pay attention to it.
> I am pretty sure that your MLIS background and experience will be of
> interest to the other members.
> Elizabeth.Hostetter@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Hello. Bonjour.
>> I have just joined ONTOLOG as an observer and I am interested in
>> learning more about Ontology development, particularly in regards to
>> Business and Finance.
>> My professional background includes 12 years of combined experience in
>> the high tech industry and government libraries. During my MLIS I
>> specialized in electronic information management. I also hold a BA in
>> Linguistics, with a focus in Theoretical Linguistics (Semantics.)
>> I’d be interested in hearing from others in the Government of Canada
>> and people working in Finance/Treasury Departments worldwide.
>> Elizabeth Hostetter, B.A. (Hon.), MLIS
>> Manager, Metadata Services | Gestionnaire, Services des métadonnées
>> Information Management and Technology Directorate | Directorat de la
>> gestion de l'information et de la technologie
>> Department of Finance Canada | Ministère des Finances Canada
>> Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
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