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

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From: Bill Andersen <andersen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 16:55:00 -0400
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On Apr 17, 2009, at 16:05 , Pat Hayes wrote:    (01)

> I agree. But (see above) we need subject-matter experts involved with
> this, as they have distinctions that we amateurs will fail to make,
> and thereby cause structural problems for others. So now we have a
> social/political/financial issue: how do we get the ontology writers
> into close collaborative contact with the SMEs?    (02)

Pat,    (03)

Read Roald Hoffmann's "The Same and Not the Same" before beginning.   
It will save you a lot of work before talking to SMEs.  SMEs will have  
lots of distinctions, yes, and a lot of them will confuse the issue --  
I was thru this process 9 years ago on a biochemical pathway project.    (04)

Hoffmann goes a long way toward explicating the issues of chemical  
ontology -- specifically there is a chapter on "chemical identity".   
This book is a gold mine!!    (05)

        http://www.amazon.com/Same-Not-Professor-Roald-Hoffmann/dp/0231101392    (06)

bill    (07)

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