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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology of Commands

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From: "Obrst, Leo J." <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:30:54 +0000
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Typically folks will use speech act theory and performatives as the basis for much of the semantics of “commands”, i.e.,  by getting into more of the formal pragmatics.




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Hello, Ontologists – I’ve got a question that’s been ping-ponging around my brain lately and thought I’d solicit your input.


What is a “command” in an ontological sense?   I can certainly envision a hierarchical part-of structure of commands, but is it accurate to interpret this as a kind of process decomposition (e.g., a Script in the sense of http://www.jfsowa.com/ontology/toplevel.htm)?  While a process connotes a “do”, it doesn’t necessary connote “go do”, as a command/imperative would.   What is a “command” in the real world?


Context of question:  In a SOA-based software development effort, how would ontological principles help with naming/function of services and commands offered through the service interface?


What do you think?  (Is that a dangerous question to ask this crowd?  ;-))





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