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Re: [ontolog-forum] Just What Is an Ontology, Anyway?

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:41:26 -0400
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Mike -    (01)

On Oct 26, 2009, at 8:14 PM, Mike Bennett wrote:    (02)

> Agreed. If you want systems within an enterprise to interact, the
> starting point is an enterprise ontology.    (03)

We've been building enterprise information systems for 50+ years with  
nary a mention of ontologies.  Why do we need ontologies now?    (04)

Or from another perspective... IF ontologies are useful, how are we  
going to construct said ontologies for existing systems?  Only build  
ontologies for "new" systems & wait for the old systems to be  
replaced?  That will take decades.    (05)

Who's going to PAY for discovering these ontologies?    (06)

- David    (07)

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