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Re: [ontolog-forum] Interoperability

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From: John McClure <jmcclure@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:01:07 -0800
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Rich says "That kind of interoperability problem is much more a problem of data variability and complexity, not a problem of the ontology being “wrong”, but of there being TOO MUCH DEPTH of ontology challenging the providers."

Are you referring to the classes, or the properties, or both?  IMHO the primary issue with ontologies such as you describe is the sheer number of (class-specifiic) properties, not so much the depth of the ontology -- users don't interact with depth directly (or at all), they interact primarily with ontology properties. When you have people replicating substantial portions of an ontology's class structure as a property structure, this is where IMHO the idiocy begins. Eliminate that replication, and the ontology becomes more practical.


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