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Re: [ontolog-forum] Need advice - Request a quick opinion on ontologylan

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 21:56:05 -0400
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Cory and Brand,    (01)

I have some sympathy with both of your views, but I'd like to go
a bit further.    (02)

> My bias is that we have to capture the semantics of the domain in as
> technology neutral and user friendly way as possible. Everything you
> mentioned (as well as OWL) is optimized for other purposes, generally
> supporting a reasoner.    (03)

I strongly agree with that point, and there is good R & D going in that
direction.  But more work is needed to develop it further.  See the
following article for more about the issues:    (04)

    Future directions for semantic systems    (05)

> I think the right environment exists in a production software -
> http://semanticommunity.info/Build_SEMIC.EU_in_the_Cloud/Be_Informed_Video    (06)

I agree with the following point from the web site:
> Public Sector processes are very much rule-driven. Most of the software,
> developed originally to support commercial enterprise, is not rule-driven,
> or is not capable of handling 10,000s of rules in a coherent way.    (07)

But I am not as impressed with the video because it puts too much
of a burden on the people who have to develop the rules.  A lot more
can be done with automated and semi-automated methods.  That is the
primary theme of the futures.pdf article.    (08)

On the other hand, I'll admit that the Be-Informed software can be
useful for many applications today.  But if I were the developer,
I'd want to use much more automated methods.  And if I were required
to maintain a rule-based system that somebody else had developed
using that tool, I would quit and look for another job.    (09)

John    (010)

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