As I pointed out in the email that initiated this thread we need to
distinguish two jobs:
(i) We need to develop a set of minimal requirements that any ontology
needs to fulfill in order to be accepted as part of the Open Ontology
Repository (= Gatekeeping).
(ii) Further, we need to discuss the different ways the quality of an
ontology within the OOR can be evaluated and what kind of services the
OOR needs to provide to support these kinds of evaluation. (= Caretaking
or Stewardship) (01)
This discussion thread began with a discussion of possible gatekeeping
criteria (e.g. "the ontology has to be published under an 'open'
license" or "the syntax of the language has to be specified"). At some
point the topic changed and people started to discuss ontology
evaluation and stewardship. Which is fine, but it probably would have
been better if they would have used the thread started by Rex, just to
keep the topics separated. (02)
John F. Sowa wrote:
> Fabian and Bill,
> I have suggested that we drop the word 'gatekeeping' as misleading.
> A better term is 'caretaker' rather than 'gatekeeper'. I also
> like Bill's term 'stewardship'.
> FN> Gatekeeping -- at least in the context of this thread -- is exactly
> > about the minimal criteria that any ontology needs to meet in order
> > to be accepted as part of the repository.
> The problem with the word 'gatekeeping' is that it puts the emphasis
> on closing the gates and possibly excluding valuable contributions.
> BA> There seems to be a lot of worry about gatekeeping. But why
> > not simply follow the sourceforge model?
> I prefer the openness of the Sourceforge model, but their caretaking
> is rather limited.
> BA> So, what can an OOR add to this [the Sourceforge model] ?
> > ... If we go from global gatekeeping to project-based stewardship,
> > then don't all these controversies just evaporate?
> Very likely, but that's a good basis for further discussion.
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