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Re: [ontolog-forum] Theoretical issues and practical applications

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 23:23:51 -0500
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John -    (01)

On Jan 4, 2010, at 10:56 PM, John F. Sowa wrote:    (02)

> Bottom line:  Focus on message processing, not on merging KBs.    (03)

Interesting.    (04)

Particularly in the context of Experian... just take a look at the  
physical mail you get.  By a show of hands, who got a piece of mail  
with either your name misspelled or your address mangled?  THAT is  
the result of massive efforts to "merge" KBs since when merchant/post  
master general John Wanamaker created "advertising mail" in the late  
19th century.    (05)

So gin up a process very much like telecommunications handshaking...?
- (sender) Hi... I want to send you a message, are you ready?
- (receiver) go ahead
- (sender) I'm sending a list of 28,321 SSNs
- (receiver) what kind of SSN are you sending?
- (sender) I'm using Dictionary XXXX, definition #22
- (receiver) wait [I have to find Dictionary XXXX]... do you mean  
"system sequence number"?
- (sender) NO
- terminate    (06)

Is that what you have in mind?    (07)

- David    (08)

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