John F. Sowa wrote:
> JB> ... the design and development teams saying "we need an ontologist"
> > or he/she goes to lunch with a colleague that says "we've done so much
> > better after we hired an ontologist".
> On what planet have you ever heard anybody say anything like that?
I had the same reaction. Then I wondered: Why would the great minds
discuss the solution to a problem that doesn't exist? (02)
> ... Doug Lenat did use a simple test, but only to weed out the
> incompetent. (03)
At least Doug had a requirement for an ontologist, and the personal
skills to make the judgement.
And I foresee that being the state of the practice for some time: It
takes one to know one. (04)
I don't know how to teach knowledge engineering skills; so I can't
imagine developing an abstract test for them.
I suppose that, since one can now be a Certified UML Modeler, one could
probably be a Certified OWL Modeler. OTOH, the relationship between
Certified OWL Modeler and "ontologist aptitude" is unknown. (05)
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