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Re: [ontology-summit] [Quality] What means "open" in "Open Ontology Repo

To: Ontology Summit 2008 <ontology-summit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:13:09 -0500
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At 12:15 PM -0400 3/19/08, Fabian Neuhaus wrote:
>Let me put it this way: even the best argument
>for the advantages of chocolate ice cream would not be a reasonable
>argument for a prohibition of vanilla ice cream.    (01)

Aptly put.    (02)

>Barry summarized very well what the goal of gatekeeping is: "if an OOR
>is to be useful, then potential users need to have reliable
>expectations as to what it will contain".    (03)

It seems to me that the best way - perhaps the only way - to 
determine this, is to read the ontology itself (or to put it through 
more dynamic tests, such as inputting to a reasoner or trying its 
effect on a battery of test cases.)  What more does Barry expect by 
way of telling a potential user what it will contain? Can we see some 
examples? For example, consider the OWL-Time ontology, with a 
covering statement consisting of the observation that it is an 
ontology of time and temporal relationships, including dates and 
time-zones, intended for general use, and written in OWL-DL. Would 
that suffice?    (04)

>The question that we need to
>answer is: In order to archive this goal of gatekeeping, do we have to
>ban all ontologies that don't meet (i-v)?    (05)

Clearly not. All this is required is open access to the actual 
ontology. IMO this is the only criterion whose necessity is worth 
serious discussion.    (06)

PatH    (07)

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