Thanks, Peter, for this message and the link that presents the Celtic
Tree. It's a great metaphor, and also a great image. That particular
image should be credited (it appears) to Jen Delyth
who appears happy to allow it to be expressed in non-commercial ways,
but with appropriate credit. Inverting the image appears to have removed
the artist's signature. (01)
Your analysis of that as a metaphor, I think, is spot on. (02)
Peter F Brown wrote:
> Absolutely agree with you: I’m not trying to invent anything new (at
> least, I don’t think so, if this week’s discussions are anything to go
> by) but just give a neologism to something we seem to be struggling
> with: as for example, with the step already taken yesterday in
> recognising the dimensions of ontologies and seeing the need to identify
> ways to collaborate – that’s what I’d call Folksology – both the
> inclusion of folksonomies in the broad family of ontologies, and the
> approach that folksonomies take in enabling collaboration and
> interoperability in a relatively unstructured manner with an easily
> accessible on-ramp.
> To switch metaphor, the Celtic Tree is interesting because what one
> person might think of as a branch out from their work, another may
> consider as a root for their own work… such as we saw yesterday around
> the point on “ontology as a designed artefact”: is it an output or in
> input? It’s both. if we tried to visualise it, I guess it’d look more
> like something from MC Escher ;-)
> *From:* ontology-summit-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:ontology-summit-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Deborah
> *Sent:* 25 April 2007 13:52
> *To:* Ontology Summit 2007 Forum
> *Subject:* Re: [ontology-summit] Ontology Summit follow up - "Folksology"?
> Thanks for sending this Peter. Really interesting image selections and
> objectives in the slides 
> If the disciplines working on defining and trying to solve this problem
> are as intertwined as the tree and root metaphor - why force
> distinctions between them? Rather, what purpose does it serve in the end
> to separate different (sorry to use this term...) approaches?
> If the purpose of identifying a new discipline is to be able to measure
> or otherwise indicate the levels of translation or formalization needed
> to evaluate, import/export, and integrate ontologies to accomplish what
> the authors Lynch and Ardito describe as "Stalking the Semantic Sweet
> Spot" - is the issue that a hybrid discipline needs its own name within
> the tangled knot?
> I think we will be forever merging and dividing the fields that tackle
> this problem over the next hundreds of years. Would it be simpler in the
> long run to cordon off and somehow signify basic levels of translation
> or formalization that need to consistently recognized up and down the
> spectrum regardless of user's special knowledge? Of course each area
> will eventually need a name but it seems like the bigger picture still
> needs to be clearer first.
> Deborah L. MacPherson
> Specifier, WDG Architecture PLLC
> Projects Director, Accuracy&Aesthetics
> On 4/25/07, *Peter F Brown* <peter@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:peter@xxxxxxxxxx>>
> Firstly, many thanks also to Peter Yim, our NIST hosts and everyone on
> the organising committee for a very successful meeting.
> My immediate "takeaway" was that we seem to have made a significant
> breakthrough in finding a means of discourse between some very diverse
> disciplines and broadened all of our appreciations of the range and
> depth of work on ontologies.
> Further, we need a different mindset to address the problem of capturing
> and encapsulating so-called "tacit knowledge" that goes beyond the
> limitations of the largely "transactional", process-driven approaches
> that are used today , even in many so-called "Web 2.0" applications.
> For me, one of the most powerful ideas that came out was the need to
> have ontology definition as a permanently evolving and refining process
> rather than a single, static, designed artefact.
> Switching domains this morning, to the Semantic Interoperability
> Community of Practice meeting  I have been already struck by the
> similarity of the discourse and the problems identified. One
> presentation already this morning  has used an image of the "Celtic
> Tree of Life" - with the roots nourishing the branches and vice-versa -
> to depict a major information architecture problem and this image seems
> to be a powerful metaphor of the need to work across all parts of the
> "spectrum" of ontologies from folkonomies up to highly formal ontologies.
> Put the two together and maybe you get: Folksology. Could this be the
> new "discipline" that we all ought to master?
>  see, for example, "Interactive SOA - Towards content-centric
> that I referred to at the Summit
>  http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?SICoPSpecialConference2_2007_04_25
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