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From: Nicola Guarino <guarino@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 18:26:01 +0200
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I like very much Ali's proposed introduction, especially his reference to large 
socio-technical systems (modelling which is the real challenge nowadays - see 
separate note).    (01)

However, there is an old terminological issue which creeps in here (also 
implicit in Mike Bennett' point that "your systems all have ontologies 
anyway"). I prefer to use the term "conceptualization" for "the things presumed 
to exist in the world" (and the relevant relations among them) in the mind of 
an agent, or implicitly assumed by the designer of an artifact. I would keep 
the term ontology to denote an *explicit* specification of such 
conceptualizations. Of course, this is just a terminological convention, since 
we could certainly use "ontology" for the two things (the conceptualization and 
its specification). This is an old story, but it is better to avoid any 
confusions here.    (02)

Talking to you soon (but with a limited time)    (03)

Nicola    (04)


On 7 Apr 2011, at 18:01, Michael F Uschold wrote:    (05)

> That is good news. Is their a clear simple story to tell about how the 
>ontology was a critical piece of the infrastructure?  A paragraph or two with 
>a digaram or two?  If we can make this work, it will be great - due to its 
>high profile. 
> 
> Michael 
> 
> On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 8:37 AM, Ali Hashemi <ali@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear All,
> 
> 
> 
> I liked the direction that Matthew W and Mike Bs contributions pointed 
>towards. Heres a rough draft which is a variation on the aforementioned 
>themes employing a slight deviation from the skeleton John Sowa proposed 
>above. The phrasing needs to be refined, but it might be a start:
> 
>  
> Every person, organization or system in interacting with the world access (at 
>the very least) an internal ontology  the things presumed to exist in the 
>world and how they behave. Indeed, these very assumptions pervade and underpin 
>our deliberations, inform our decisions and ultimately guide our actions. In 
>large socio-technical systems, such as companies or organizations, each 
>person, each technological artefact and system carries with it their own view 
>of the relevant world. Reconciling and streamlining these fragments\, means 
>understanding and reconciling the employed, often tacit ontologies.
>  
> Growing complexity and a need for smarter use of resources and solutions that 
>cut across silos, means that it has become ever important to make explicit 
>these implicit ontologies.
> Concurrently, advances in computing, networking technologies and the Internet 
>means that it is possible to fruitfully leverage computational ontology to 
>address an increasing array of socio-technical problems. Moreover, in recent 
>years, we have witnessed the increased maturation and transition of ontology 
>from academia to industry and government. The time is ripe to know what you 
>know and share it with others.
>  
> Right now, [[examples of what ppl are doing that demonstrate the above 
>claims...]]
> 
> Best,
> Ali 
> 
> On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 7:39 AM, Mike Bennett <mbennett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Or to put this another way, your systems all have ontologies
> anyway, but how are you managing these? And did you know that
> with formal management of ontologies comes a wealth of new
> opportunities for what you can do with your information assets?
> 
> Mike
> 
> On 07/04/2011 07:16, Matthew West wrote:
> > Dear John,
> >
> > How about something like:
> >
> > Ontology is like the air we breathe. In information systems it is all around
> > us, but we often do not notice it. However, if there are problems with it
> > can choke us.
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Matthew West
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> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: ontology-summit-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ontology-summit-
> >> bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John F. Sowa
> >> Sent: 07 April 2011 06:55
> >> To: Michael F Uschold
> >> Cc: Ontology Summit 2011 discussion
> >> Subject: Re: [ontology-summit] Ontology Summit 2011: Communique draft
> >> review session - Thu 2011.04.07.
> >>
> >> On 4/7/2011 1:20 AM, Michael F Uschold wrote:
> >>> Did you get a chance to put together the introduction paragraphs?
> >> I'm still working on it.
> >>
> >> As you may have noticed, I can write 3 paragraphs very quickly in
> >> response to an email note.  But trying to think of a good "hook"
> >> for a title of an article or an opening paragraph of the article
> >> is extremely difficult.
> >>
> >> I'll sleep on it.  If I can think of anything when I wake up, I'll
> >> type it up.  But right now, I can't think of what to say.
> >>
> >> Exercise for the readers:
> >>
> >>    1. Can anybody think of some idea that would really grab the readers'
> >>       attention -- i.e., the readers we want to reach.
> >>
> >>    2. It's not necessary to phrase that idea in a catchy way.  The first
> >>       thing that comes to mind is rarely a good hook, but it can be a
> >>       starting point to start the thinking process.
> >>
> >>    3. The second paragraph should be the "anecdote", which develops the
> >>       idea.  That could consist of one or more examples of promising
> >>       applications for ontology, along the lines we discussed in our
> >>       previous telecon.
> >>
> >>    4. Then the third paragraph generalizes the examples into a principle
> >>       that could be applied to many things similar to the ones given
> >>       in the anecdote(s).
> >>
> >> Notice that I just wrote up the material in this note very quickly.
> >> That is because I was talking about something that I had thought
> >> about years ago.
> >>
> >> But as I said in earlier telecons, my mind is a blank when it comes
> >> to selling ontology.  I can write pages and pages *about* ontology,
> >> but I don't really know how to sell it.
> >>
> >> John
> >>
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