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Re: [ontology-summit] Ontology Summit 2013

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:27:33 -0500
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On 12/6/2012 11:47 PM, Michael Gruninger wrote:
> "Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle"    (01)

That's an important topic.  But the lifecycle of an ontology is
co-extensive with the lifecycle of any application or system that
uses or is based on that ontology.    (02)

This morning, I sent replies to two email lists that most people
on this list subscribe to.    (03)

  1. To Nancy W. on IAOA, I made the point that you can't separate
     the ontology of a system from its architecture or design.    (04)

  2. To Rich C. on Ontolog Forum:  "Imagine an IT department that had
     one group doing the architecture, a second group doing the design,
     a third group doing the ontology, and a fourth group doing the
     implementation."    (05)

Amanda responded,
> Sadly, John, some of us don't have to imagine this; we can remember it!    (06)

I would relate that point to evaluation:  a critical issue in a good
ontology is its accuracy in reflecting the design and/or architecture
of the system.    (07)

There are aspects and modules that could be distinguished.  For
example, the complete ontology of a system might combine multiple
modules or microtheories.  But the complete ontology of a system
and its complete architecture must be closely coordinated.    (08)

Any evaluation of an ontology must address these issues.    (09)

John    (010)

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