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Re: [ontolog-forum] Plural taxonomies?

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 11:26:01 -0400
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Mike -    (01)

On May 31, 2010, at 10:23 AM, Mike Bennett wrote:    (02)

> In the EDM Council
> semantics repository ontology, we have built the model around a
> polyhierarchical taxonomy, in order to formally model each of the  
> terms
> that is considered meaningful in the industry.    (03)

I am by NO means a professional taxonomist.  I watch them.  I get  
VERY nervous when I see "hierarchy" used in the context of the  
concepts & terminology in & around software information systems.    (04)

How does the taxonomy/classification process handle the situation (I  
assume the reality) of terms having multiple meanings?    (05)

I am thinking in the context of having worked on "a" mutual fund  
system that was a continually growing combination of a core package  
which had been extensively modified, extended & customized plus the  
addition of at least 7 additional "systems" (both packages & custom  
written) grafted onto/into the original package.    (06)

Obviously the chance of the same term meaning the same thing across  
such an expanse was very close to zero.  And this was looooooong  
before the concept of taxonomies being useful in information systems  
came into the popular vernacular (as distinct from USE).    (07)

David Eddy
deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx    (08)

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