|From:||Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:37:56 +0200|
On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM, Rich Cooper <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Ah yes, the old chestnut we "professors and logicians" only traffic in "theory" and have no experience with the *real* world. In fact, it is about as closely connected to reality as the idea that universities are liberal indoctrination mills.
Rich, what do you think "ontology engineering is about the representation of information" means? "Information" here means information about the real world. That is, the constants of our representation languages refer to real things in some domain; the predicates of those languages pick out real properties of, and relations among, those things. The point of my post is that the quasi-philosophy that has come to dominate this list has gotten away from issues related to the central task of ontology engineering, namely, the construction of actual ontologies, actual logical representations of information that are rich and precise enough to be used by computational systems. I'm not saying the quasi-philosophical stuff is entirely out of place, just that there is way too much of it, especially given that much of it covers material that is discussed more deeply and in more detail elsewhere.
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