|To:||<patrick@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "Ontology Summit 2007 Forum" <ontology-summit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>|
|Cc:||"Thomas J Beckman (E-mail)" <tombeckman@xxxxxxx>|
|From:||"tom beckman" <tombeckman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Fri, 19 Jan 2007 11:33:00 -0500|
From my AI world view, ontologies (as opposed to taxonomies) are fully described concepts with a primitive <concept attribute value> structure that can be further elaborated to describe:
with a structure something like <relation concept attribute value importance certainty>. Facets can also be added to further describe differing <value> types.
I hope this helps. Could you describe the characteristic structure and features of a "folksonomy" for me? I'm not familiar with the term.
Best, Tom 301-920-0715
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From: "Patrick Durusau" <patrick@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 8:53 AM
Subject: [ontology-summit] Defining "ontology"
> I am concerned with the suggestions that it is possible to create a
> continuum along which to organize what are known as "ontologies" in one
> or more circles.
> At least unless we are willing to concede that the creation of such a
> continuum is itself an imposition of assumptions from an undisclosed
> I am sure there are those who would say that folksonomies are "missing"
> features that are present in "formal" ontologies. Perhaps, but
> folksonomies predate "formal" ontologies by several millenia and have
> proven robust enough for many purposes. If the goal is to represent the
> opinions of the many rather than the few, perhaps it is "formal"
> ontologies that "missing" features.
> I am not taking a position one way or the other. But, I do think it is
> important to realize that any attempt to construct a continuum is with
> an unstated choice of a winner before the the continuum is populated.
> Hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend!
> Patrick Durusau
> Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
> Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
> Member, Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, 2003-2005
> Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!
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