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

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From: "Len Yabloko" <lenya@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:44:15 +0000
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Jim, John and All    (01)

I found this presentation which compares several practical approaches using 
experimental data. It also provides a (predicted)time line for future progress.    (02)

http://www.larkc.eu/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/larkc-kickoff-meeting-greaves.pdf    (03)

>To answer your question about when we can expect to merge independent
>knowledge bases, I suspect that the answer is never.  When two banks
>merge, they never merge their databases.  Either they keep both DBs
>operating independently, or they close the accounts from one DB and
>open new accounts in the other.  But banks have been interoperating
>successfully since the Italian Renaissance by passing messages
>(either paper or electronic).
>People also interoperate by passing messages.  Except for the
>rather rare Vulcan mind-melds, they never merge their knowledge
>bases.  I doubt that computerized KBs will be merged any more
>easily than banks or people.
>Bottom line:  Focus on message processing, not on merging KBs.
>    (04)

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