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Re: [ontolog-forum] SME (subject matter experts) and Ontology developeme

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From: "Matthew West" <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:55:29 -0000
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Dear John,
I'm afraid there is a long way to go on this...    (01)

Dear Matthew, Tom, and Chris,    (02)

> How can we design tools and methodologies that could help lesser 
> mortals with smaller budgets achieve good results?    (03)

> I think the methodologies exist. The key is to take what I would call 
> an evidence based approach. This means not simply taking an SME's word 
> as law, but seeking evidence (in documentation, data, the real world) 
> that this is the case.    (04)

> SMEs generally do not know what they are talking about.    (05)

I agree with both of you.  Good methodologies exist.  But they require a
highly skilled KE to drag the expertise out of the SMEs. 
[MW>] I agree.
For the future, I believe that we can and should develop *automated* or at
least *semi-automated* tools that can help extract the underlying
assumptions from anyone -- even a SME.
[MW>] I admire the ambition. Generally, you can only automate things where
you have reliable and repeatable procedures. We don't. At best we have
methodologies that need training in, and experience of execution before a
new member of the fraternity can be welcomed. Indeed at present if I had to
choose one of the SME or KE to develop an ontology for a domain, I'd go for
the KE. It will generally be easier for him to become an expert in some
domain, than for the SME to become a KE.    (06)

Regards    (07)

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