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[ontolog-forum] What is an Ontologist?

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:17:41 -0500
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I am sure many of you have been asked one of the following questions over the years:

1. What is an Ontologist?
2. Are you an Ontologist?
3. Do you have an Ontologist in your organization?

Anyway, in our buzzword (and buzz-phrase) oriented world, we do have to provide answers to these kinds of questions, for sure. Unfortunately, being referred to as an Ontologist (circa. 2014) doesn't deliver the same kind of sizzle that's associated with Data Scientist.

Bearing in mind our buzzword laden reality,  what's a meaningful and zeitgeist friendly alternative for Ontologist, bearing in mind we know it doesn't imply Data Scientist ?

Personally, I've always considered Ontologists to be Data Artists due to the artistry that goes into creating a usable ontology aimed at enabling conceptual views over heterogeneously shaped data :-)

Why is this important?

Bridging Ontologies, Big Data, Open Data, Linked Open Data, and the Semantic Web is a strategic goal of the 2014 ontolog conference series.


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