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Re: [ontolog-forum] visualizing ontologies to blind people

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From: chaim Zins <chaim.zins@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:01:17 +0200
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Dear Dima,
Dear Peter,
Dear John,

I am receiving interesting responses on this idea.
I will update you by Sunday/Monday.

As you know, I am the author of 10 Pillars of Knowledge (10PK) at www.success.co.il
I am looking to enable blind students to understand the structure of human knowledge. 

(1) Printed maps shape our cognitive maps and, thus shape the way we think, see the world and act in it.

(2) 10PK - as well as other knowledge maps [will hopefully] shape the way we understand the structure of human knowledge and the meaningful relations among the main fields.

(3) How do (totally who were born) blind people understand the structure of knowledge? How do they perceive the structure of our world (world map)? Is there a way to visualize geographical world maps?

(4) I am not dealing with theoretical aspects. I am looking for practical solution?

Any idea? Please come forward. Thanks 

All the best,


On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 3/16/2012 10:57 AM, Dima, Alden A. wrote:
> Many of them do not use Braille or magnification to read print but are
> for all practical purposes blind – they need a blind cane for mobility.
> They may be able to read the individual text on a diagram but will tend
> to get lost if the data are spread out.

That is a very important point.  And that is why the semantics should be
defined in a way that is independent of any specific notation,  graphic
or linear.

And the notation-independent semantics should be designed in such a way
that it can be easily mapped to any format that anybody might prefer
for any purpose whatever.

In particular, I strongly recommend controlled natural language (CNL)
as a notation for logic that can be automatically translated to a
spoken form.


Chaim Zins, PhD.
Knowledge Mapping Research, Jerusalem, Israel;
Visiting Professor at the Information Science Post-Graduate Program, São
Paulo State University (UNESP), Marilia, Brazil.
Mail: Chaim Zins
26 Hahaganah St, Jerusalem 97852, Israel;
Tel/Fax: 972-2-5816705
Email: chaim.zins@xxxxxxxxx
Homepage: www.success.co.il
10 Pillars of Knowledge: Map of Human Knowledge

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