Hi John, Everyone
I am seeking a brief explanation for how ontologies can help bridge the gap from legacy software to web services. For example - the role of ontologies versus APIs, middleware, and relational databases - a process model or short narrative of all the parts that would need to work together.
For facility and geospatial data, most likely a large set of RDF assertions and small set of Tiny Ontologies All Stitched Together (TOAST) could solve many of our current problems. However to pitch this better, a concise explanation is needed for exactly where an ontology should live in relation to projects at firms behind firewalls versus accessible across an enterprise/industry. And what the effect is on legacy software and databases i.e. not losing or recreating data, instead bringing them up to speed for more precise information sharing and requirements tracking.
DEBORAH MACPHERSON, CSI CCS, AIA
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