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Re: [ontolog-forum] what wisdom would you impart?

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From: John Bottoms <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:50:48 -0500
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Ray,    (01)

You've definitely done some thinking about the needs to move forward. 
These are part of "Go West Young Man, Go West" movement. Horace Greely's 
statement was mostly about hand-waving, implying that all you have to do 
is "Go West" and things will be better. It is also "Plastics". All of 
these types of statements are satirical in that they are diagnostic but 
not prescriptive. Those of us interested in useful ontologies need to 
help others understand the uses of ontologies. This is one of the issues 
with Linked Data. We are encouraged to make data available but it is 
difficult to put metrics on the conversions.    (02)

So, if you do decide to "Go West", the real questions relate to finding 
a scout or guide, buying horse and wagon, deciding how you finance your 
trip and what will you do once you get there. In marketing terms these 
are generally covered by the rubric of defining the migration path. We 
make light of IBM's Watson and MIT's Affective Robots, but we must 
realize they each are part of the process in defining the migration 
path. Commercial enterprises operate best when there is a viable 
migration path and each step is self-funding with discretionary money or 
O.P.M., Other People's Money.    (03)

-John Bottoms
  FirstStar Systems
  Concord, MA USA    (04)

On 1/14/2014 9:47 AM, Ray Martin wrote:
> Passing through your favorite little coffee shop, you see a RE-USER 
> sipping coffee and scratching on a napkin.  The napkin contains 
> several use cases and a diagram like the attached.
> From your expert position and experience, what few words of wisdom 
> would you provide to the re-user?
> There are decades of articles, ideas, and theories.  There are 
> examples coded for various pieces.  There are great open source 
> projects that have answers to parts of the attached diagram.
> (Note: this is NOT a funded project. it is merely a learning 
> experience for the re-user.)
> How does one build quality integrable ontology utilizing excellent 
> efforts that have gone before?  where are the starting points? where 
> are the pitfalls?
>    (05)

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