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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontologist Aptitude Test?

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 22:34:02 -0500
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Joel -    (01)

On Dec 18, 2009, at 5:43 PM, Joel Bender wrote:    (02)

> How do *you* measure success?    (03)

For this (mythical?) ontology beast:
- it exists  in some form so accessible/useful that people who know  
(and probably care) nothing about ontologies will find it & use it  
with minimal training... some motivated users going so far as to  
helping to correct & extend it
- the ontology(s) become self sustaining    (04)

I harp on the evolution of the automobile.  In its early days, aside  
from being rich to afford such an exotic toy, you had to know (or  
hire someone who knew) a tremendous amount about the cranky (pun)  
beast.  120 years later the automobile is effectively a "sealed- 
unit."  You need to know virtually nothing about it to use it.  The  
amount of basic engineering/fix-it knowledge I had to acquire to keep  
my 1953 Chevy running was extensive.  My 18 year-old son (who wants  
to be a mechanical engineer & has built his own computer) barely  
knows what a spark plug is & I seriously doubt if he's ever seen one.    (05)

What was once exotic, becomes common-place.    (06)

Also... we've been doing software (creating 1,000s of languages in  
the process) for about 50 years & still have no widely accepted means  
of measuring it.  Few alleged software "engineers" have heard of,  
much less use, Function Points.  The "accepted standard" of lines-of- 
code is accepted without blushing... very much along the lines of "If  
you believed that last whopper, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn for  
you..."    (07)

David Eddy
deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx    (08)

781-455-0949    (09)

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