Anders Tell wrote:
"Normative considerations: who can mandate/direct the use of a "global"
ontology, what are the enforcement mechanisms and consequences for non-use,
are all issues that must be addressed." (01)
Just an idea to try. There is a new category of international organizations,
Global Public Policy Networks, along with the existing International
Nongovernmental Organizations (as UN, EU, WTO) and Intergovernmental
Organizations (as Int Olympic Committee).
It could be the World Commission on Global Ontology, the Gobal Standards
Partnership, or the Universal Standards Network, as multi-stakeholders
partnership, including members from civil societies, governments, government
agencies, industry groups, multilateral organizations/institutions, etc.
Azamat Abdoullaev (02)
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From: "Anders Tell" <opensource@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:54 PM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Relating and Reconciling Ontologies (03)
> On Apr 25, 2011, at 7:53 PM, AzamatAbdoullaev wrote:
>> John Sowa wrote:
>> "I prefer to use the analogy with science. Governments and businesses
>> sources of funding for science, but nobody can predict where the
>> next breakthrough will come from.
>> But let's float and field-test the idea of a global ontology as far as it
>> looks to be a life-and-death matter. We mentioned the world
>> representation/reasoning equation:
>> A Federated Ontology = A Global Ontology + Domain Ontologies.
>> Where the world representation is distributed between a central ontology
>> (maintaining a global schema, general semantics, and common
>> framework) and multiple regional ontologies and specific information
> While global centralisation is a tempting approach it has some serious
> Normative considerations: who can mandate/direct the use of a "global"
> ontology, what are the enforcement mechanisms and consequences for
> non-use, are all issues that must be addressed.
> Secondly: the benefits of a canonical grounding, it has proven to be the
> case that it often pays to be different (new business ideas, product
> differentiae, ...), that mistakes can be transformational/evolutionary
> forces. Research indicates that process standardisation/TQM etc. leads to
> minor improvements but fewer larger innovations.
> Thirdly: Some time ago I made a small maturity ladder for explanatory
> purpose. With the steps: ad hoc, description, sharing, harmonization,
> Here important steps are Description and Sharing. Are the ontologies
> described in a way some that they can be used by all concerned? Is the
> description shared so that all concerned know where it is and have access
> to it?
> Fourthly: In an ecosystem setting the notions of self-purpose and
> self-regulation are of interest. Then maybe Harmonization (coordinating
> ends) should be the target maturity level instead of a mandated global
> standard (single ends)?
> Fifthly: Systems (man made) are often related to life cycles (and life
> span), investments have a horizon etc. How long is the life expectancy of
> a global ontological system with its commitments? How does this life cycle
> correlate with the life cycles of all affected systems?
> Sixthly: If agreeing (on concepts, assumptions,..) is complicated then
> Disagreement management is an interesting approach that could complement
> static mappings with a process component.
> /Anders W. Tell
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