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Re: [ontolog-forum] Generalization, specialization, and interoperability

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:26:36 -0400
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On 9/19/2014 10:25 PM, Rich Cooper wrote:
> Why just 'very underspecified'?  Wouldn't it [EFT] be
> 'minimally underspecified'?    (01)

Yes.  It specifies nothing about the kinds of accounts other than
how to identify them and what operations on them are permitted.    (02)

> There is no other knowledge built into EFT other than how to
> transfer money electronically, so bank account numbers,
> routing numbers, and so forth are specified in EFT.  So adding
> anything at all to EFT would be nonminimal.    (03)

Yes.  That principle of minimal ontology supports interoperability
among systems of any kind -- legacy or the latest and greatest.    (04)

Amazon.com can sell anything -- books, cameras, or dog food -- without
having an ontology that says anything about them other than their cost,
shipping requirements, and grouping with related products.  A product
description is just uninterpreted text to be displayed on the web page.    (05)

More detailed ontologies are only required when there is a need
to do more complex computation or reasoning.    (06)

John    (07)

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