David Collins wrote:
"In particular, the search string that led me to
the ontolog forum was ontology+of+everything. And here I find discussion related
to the gap between the desire for and the realization of a universal ontology.
That's why I'm here. I'm certain that reading these forums will leave me better
prepared to write news, reviews and reference material about scientific modeling
for both a popular and a professional readership."
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Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:44
Subject: [ontolog-forum] Hello
This is a note to introduce myself to the
forum. I am a journalist and programmer located in the United States.
My midlife entry into radio journalism, freelance writing,
investigative journalism and daily news reporting led to my development of Web
programming skills, which in turn led to a broad interest into computer
science, especially in the context of mass communication. I found this forum
while surveying Web activity related to a site I recently registered -- modeleverything.com
registering the site to support research related to my broad interest in
practical and popular applications for scientific modeling, I found myself
daunted by the task of writing even introductory prose for a site that
explores such a broad and improbable concept. Faced with such a daunting task,
I continued my research, compiling loosely assembled notes wiki style at modeleverything.com.
generally interested in interoperability of models from various domains,
popular applications of domain-specific models, and the broad categories of
agent-based modeling, complexity theory, neural networks and... of course...
ontology. I'm particularly interested in epistemological aspects of scientific
modeling and especially with regard to the impact of scientific modeling on
popular belief systems.
The site where I maintain my growing collection
of links and definitions runs on a content-management system I developed while
working in a state-capital newsroom. I used the system in the newsroom to log
my notes, to provide collaborative work environment with granular access and
to serve as a front-end for other data-management scripts. Compared to the
work of my peers in the world of computer science, my modest effort to develop
a content-management system development is rough and incomplete, but the
ModX-like system is particularly well suited for my approach to organizing the
results of exploratory investigations.
As to that introductory prose
for ModelEverything.com I so far have found too daunting to write, I know it
must say one thing -- I can't and we can't model everything -- not on a wiki,
not even a HubZero-powered wiki, and not in the world's best funded,
collaborative, extended laboratory networks. From a practical perspective
then, the question I pose with the URL ModelEverything.com instead asks what
benefit might we realize by expanding our models and ontologies before the
effort required to represent greater scope or detail exceeds any practical
In particular, the search string that led me to the ontolog
forum was ontology+of+everything. And here I find discussion related to the
gap between the desire for and the realization of a universal ontology. That's
why I'm here. I'm certain that reading these forums will leave me better
prepared to write news, reviews and reference material about scientific
modeling for both a popular and a professional readership.
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