How about Semaphore, developed by SmartLogic? This ontology software is
supposedly able to be used to augment search in Google Search Appliance,
among others. Unfortunately the software is quite expensive which also
makes buy-in difficult. (02)
On 3/7/2011 8:17 AM, John F. Sowa wrote:
> On 3/7/2011 6:36 AM, Anders Tell wrote:
>> It is not clear that IT people are the best people to steer and
>> guide "business" people in their work, id rather prefer that the
>> business people learn the value of using ontologies in their work.
> I agree. But I'd like to point out that it's much easier to show
> them the value of good terminologies.
> The chemists, for example, started to develop standardized ways
> of naming chemical compounds over a century ago. Their naming
> system is actually based on a formal ontology for chemistry,
> and it has a unique mapping to and from the compounds.
> Every branch of engineering also developed systematic terminology
> for their structures. Some of the traditions go back to the
> medieval cathedrals, the Renaissance palaces, and even the
> Greek, Roman, and Egyptian temples.
> Naval architects had systematic terminology for their sailing
> ships and the rigging down to fine details. The practices also
> went back to ancient times -- both in Europe and in Asia.
> The banking system and double-entry bookkeeping also began in the
> Renaissance, and the system was so precise that the IT personnel
> quickly mapped it to punched cards in the early 20th century
> and then to computers as soon as they became available.
> Every business larger than a mom& pop store has a catalog of
> products, and the IT staff begins with the catalog in developing
> their databases and software.
> The primary obstacle to convincing business people to adopt ontology
> should be obvious: none of the software for processing ontology is
> integrated with mainstream IT.
> Don't blame businesses for the failures by the people who designed
> the software for ontology.
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