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Re: [ontolog-forum] Architectural considerations in Ontology Development

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:47:31 -0500
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On 2/16/13 9:37 AM, Matthew West wrote:
> MW: The whole purpose of an integrating ontology is to be able to leave the
> legacy systems alone, but bring together their data in a uniform environment
> so that data can be analysed across multiple applications.    (01)

Yes!    (02)

I usually refer to this as data virtualization driven by a conceptual 
schema. In many ways, this is what John has always pushed too, but from 
time to time subtleties are overlooked. Yes, you want' to enable folks 
take advantage of contemporary and future technology advances while 
minimizing disruption (if any) to legacy systems.    (03)

In my experience, our industry conjures up new reasons, every 
generation, to drive the complete opposite of what's espoused above. Too 
often, the message is simply "rip and replace" because the benefits of 
the new utterly exceed the costs of the old -- which is an utter fallacy 
known to any IT decision maker with a modicum of experience.    (04)

--     (05)

Regards,    (06)

Kingsley Idehen 
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