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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology-based database integration

To: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Edward Barkmeyer <edward.barkmeyer@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 15:46:52 -0400
Message-id: <4ACF932C.4030607@xxxxxxxx>
John,    (01)

you wrote:
> Ed,
> I agree with most of your response to my remark, with the exception
> of one sentence.
> JFS>> DL is just one of a large number of logic-based technologies
>  >> that produce useful results for certain kinds of problems.
>  >> Unfortunately, people are being forced to use OWL for tasks
>  >> that it was never designed to do.  They go through contortions
>  >> that make Perl look like the epitome of structured elegance.
> EB> I fully agree.  Part of that is the silver bullet mentality:
>  > OWL is the best technology available; so whatever contortion you
>  > have to perform to use it is the best you could have done.  And
>  > we are both familiar with the software engineer's pride of
>  > accomplishment in building a Rube Goldberg device to solve a
>  > problem that would be a simple application of a technology he
>  > is unfamiliar with.  But we have made progress -- it is not
>  > a primitive AI application coded in Fortran anymore.
> The point that I very strongly disagree with is that "OWL is
> the best technology available."      (02)

I obviously must learn to express myself more clearly.  That was to be read:
  "the silver bullet mentality: (to wit, that) OWL is the best 
technology available; so ..."    (03)

We do not disagree. :-)    (04)

-Ed    (05)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
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Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8263                FAX: +1 301-975-4694    (06)

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 and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (07)

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