Indeed, we need to keep in mind this point, well-made during last year's summit: even applied, formal ontologies are not always used as part of an IT system. They maybe used as part of a primarily human system, e.g., as a method of building a model of something complex in order to understand it better. And even those that are part of an IT system don't get all -- perhaps not even most -- of their requirements from the IT; many requirements derive from the intended use and its human, business process, and other characteristics. |
That said, it is still fair to say that essential requirements -- those from which evaluation dimension relevance is derived -- are themselves derived from the use cases. We just need to avoid artificial closure of the types of use cases. If it is a real ontology (whether or however embedded in IT) use case, it matters to understanding what, and when, ontology evaluation dimensions are important.
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