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

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From: "Matthew West" <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 08:38:49 -0000
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Dear John,    (01)

I'm sorry, but whilst this might be what happens in this specific situation,
it is not the general case in my experience.
> That transfer preserves only one important aspect:  the value of
> the deposited funds.  All the rules of A are ignored, and the
> new rules of B are applied without any need for "aligning"
> the axioms and definitions.    (02)

What I have seen over the last 40 years is that computer applications are
developed to meet specific needs, eventually enough are built so that there
is a cluster of applications that overlap in scope in a way that makes
interoperation important. Doing this with interfaces is expensive, and there
are problems with inconsistencies between the systems. Eventually someone
sees an opportunity to build a bigger application that covers a larger area,
and the process starts again. The result of this process after several
rounds is large applications like SAP.    (03)

The key difference to your example is that you are looking at applications
that do the same sort of thing, whereas the sort of integration I am talking
about is between systems that do different things.    (04)

Regards    (05)

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