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Re: [ontolog-forum] What the difference re., Data Dictionary, Ontology,

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:37:08 -0500
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Frank -

On Feb 14, 2014, at 6:29 PM, Frank Guerino wrote:

As that definition is the globally accepted definition that is common in most English Dictionaries.  For example, take a look at Merriam-Webster or Oxford.

I would argue there is minimal connection or relationship to OAD, MW, etc. & a data dictionary used by an organization to document, describe & support it's applications.

Two significant differences:

- the words in a dictionary are vetted by lexicographers

- the "words" in a data dictionary are heavily skewed to cryptic abbreviations, meaningful to the context of specific applications & rarely if ever seen in formal word dictionaries.  In a data dictionary M0760 is an entirely valid word.

David Eddy
Babson Park, MA


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