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Re: [oor-forum] OOR architecture & API Workshop-III - Fri 2011.03.25

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:19:41 -0500
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On 3/25/2011 9:54 AM, Tim Darr wrote:
> Some of those questions, specifically the ones related to terms,
> are partly addressed by the IDEF5 method
> http://www.idef.com/IDEF5.htm    (01)

Thanks for the reference.    (02)

Following is a quotation from that page:    (03)

> Ontological analysis is accomplished by examining the vocabulary
> that is used to discuss the characteristic objects and processes
> that compose the domain, developing rigorous definitions of the
> basic terms in that vocabulary, and characterizing the logical
> connections among those terms.    (04)

But the fundamental issue is that different ontologies will
define the same terms differently for different purposes.    (05)

All the departments of Acme Widget Corp. talk about widgets.    (06)

But the engineering, manufacturing, sales, finance, and shipping
departments need to know very different kinds of information about
widgets.  There is no such thing as a one-size-fits all description
that is suitable for all of them.    (07)

Each department will have a very different set of terminology
about what they do.  There is a small subset of common terms
used by all of them.  The word 'widget' is in that subset,
but in each department it has very different relations to
other things and activities of that department.    (08)

How do you relate them?    (09)

John    (010)

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