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Re: [ontology-summit] Scope of ontology: Issues:

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From: "Matthew West" <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:05:39 -0000
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Dear Alan,

I think that “getting ontology development right” is part of Track C, but we are not at the stage of development where the other detail you mention has  surfaced yet. The process is one of successive refinement, so I would expect all the things you mention to turn up by the time we are finished (please make sure that is the case).




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From: ontology-summit-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ontology-summit-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alan Rector
Sent: 18 December 2012 15:00
To: Ontology Summit 2013
Subject: [ontology-summit] Scope of ontology: Issues:




An issue that I don't see clearly in the correspondence is:


How does ontology development fits into the larger life cycle of information system development?  Answering requires some statement on the scope of ontologies and how they relate to other knowledge and information models.


*        What are the different paradigms for roles for an ontology in information or knowledge systems? As a terminology to be carried by the information model?  As part of the the information model? As a means of validating the information model? Reconciling multiple information models?  Other?   In each case is it one model or several?  If several, how are the interfaces defined? Maintained?


*        How does this integration into use affect the life cycle?  Can we avoid too close a coupling between the ontology development and 

other developments so that one does not become a drag on the other.  In particular   how to  front loading development with the work on ontology development that the applications never get built.  This has been a major issue in the Health Informatics area, with enormous effort going into developing resources such as SNOMED CT and the NCI Thesaurus with much less attention to how they will be used (not to mention the related front-loaded efforts in other areas of information modelling, e.g. both HL7-v3 ).


Are these issues the Summit should address?  (Or have I just not looked int the right place or interpreted the comments correctly)




Alan Rector

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School of Computer Science

University of Manchester

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