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Re: [ontolog-forum] Islands of intelligence (was: UML something)

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 10:56:20 -0500
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John Bottoms wrote:
> Likewise, it seems that implementations of ontological systems
> will vote with their pocketbooks; which translates to small workable
> systems (implementable) which provide economic benefit. Where are
> the "islands of intelligence" that ontologies can provide? Joining
> the islands comes after working applications (IMHO).
>       (01)

I think this is a very succinct and accurate characterization of the 
success of an emerging technology.  I like the "islands of intelligence" 
term.     (02)

Because this is IT, we are seeing a many islands of intelligence that 
have little economic value -- they are academic St. Helenas.  But, 
particularly in health care and geospatial models, we are beginning to 
see some that do.  The function of our communities of practice is to 
produce ontologies that are useful to the communal purposes.  And that, 
my friends, is us.  We can talk about it, or we can do it.  A few can do 
both.  (Not me! ;-) )    (03)

-Ed    (04)

P.S. The 7090 was my 3rd computer as well.  But that is a topic for the 
bar.  The question is what we have learned from our experience.  John's 
analogy to the major systems development and integration experieces of 
the 1980s is the product of experience, and is a useful paradigm for 
understanding our current state.    (05)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8263                Tel: +1 301-975-3528
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8263                FAX: +1 301-975-4694    (06)

"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST, 
 and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (07)

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