A selling argument I am using sometimes is that an ontology is like a
contract's fine print, one of those things which require a very precise
technical jargon, which you might ignore in many cases, but which can save your
business in critical situations... (01)
Just a thought... (02)
On 2 Mar 2011, at 18:10, John F. Sowa wrote: (04)
> Jack and Mike,
> I agree with that point, but I'd like to add some qualifications:
>> The primary purpose of a semantic model is to facilitate knowledge
>> exchange and choice making in a gaggle of humans in hopes of
>> morphing the gaggle into a system. A key usage is to inform the
>> development of an executable ontology, e.g., application software,
>> for automation of information flow and decision. Another key purpose
>> is to provide a basis for objective assessment of enterprise
>> situation (aka evidence-based management).
>> Yes, this is the kind of thing I'm after.
> The primary qualification is that the "gaggle of humans" can only
> agree on what they understand. The people who work in a field
> can all agree that a list of familiar words, as documented in
> their familiar texts, cover their familiar subject matter.
> But when ontologists start to axiomatize those terms in some
> arcane notation based on some arcane distinctions about
> endurants, perdurants, continuants, etc., all bets are off.
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