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Re: [ontolog-forum] Webby objects

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:01:33 -0500
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On 11/21/2012 12:05 PM, Peter Yim wrote:
> just so we are clear ... ONTOLOG (a.k.a. Ontolog Forum)
> is a community of practice...
> Therefore, we don't do standards here    (01)

I'm *not* proposing a new standard. We already have lots of standards.
What I am proposing is that we ask some fundamental questions.  The
basic question is "Why aren't practitioners using ontologies?"    (02)

The WWW grew very rapidly without any standards.  Tim B-L put together
some good ideas in a very fruitful combination, and the growth curve
for the WWW was exponential.  There was no need to promote it --
people jumped on the bandwagon as soon as they saw it.    (03)

Instead of promoting anything or standardizing anything, I believe
we should be asking some soul-searching questions:    (04)

  1. Why aren't mainstream IT and web sites using ontologies?    (05)

  2. Google, Microsoft, IBM, and other major corporations are
     well aware of the SW tools, but they don't use them.  Why?    (06)

  3. What is missing from our tools, techniques, and logics?    (07)

  4. What methods work in mainstream development?    (08)

  5. Instead of telling mainstream developers to adopt our methods,
     perhaps we should adapt our methods to theirs.  But how?    (09)

In addition to the questions, we should also discuss ideas about
new directions and approaches that might lead to answers.    (010)

John    (011)

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