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[ba-ohs-talk] Ontology Hard Work

Hi,    (01)

On 000221 Jack Park discussed creating a consistent ontology....    (02)

http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/00/02/21/113701.HTM#8044    (03)

...and noted the task can become a Pandora's Box of complexity that is
hard to manage...    (04)

http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/00/02/21/113701.HTM#7455    (05)

As well, on 000307 Dick Karpinski submitted information to the team
confirming Jack's research showing that knowledge management is hard
work using methods everybody likes that you can learn in 20
minutes....    (06)

http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/00/03/07/073530.HTM#5182    (07)

Seems like Dick earlier reported on a solution, but it is hard to
remember after such a long time with so much that has happened.  Does
anyone remember?  It is a good case for ontology to figure out how to
ask for something.    (08)

Rod    (09)

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"N. Carroll" wrote:
> [snip]
> > The idea that there is only one definition for any given thing
> > strikes me as more a horror than a benefit. What does anyone mean
> > when they say a word? How does anyone else interpret that word? One
> > of the reasons I joined the PORT list and have been digging into
> > the works of Charles Sanders Peirce (and of course others) is
> > because it's a fallacy to believe that such a thing as a "global"
> > ontology makes any sense whatsoever.
> A global ontology definitely doesn't make any sense, unless
> one gets God to write it. (Perhaps He is hanging on some
> other hypermail list?)
> In fact seeing "ontology" in the plural confuses me. Like reality
> itself, an ontology is, or it is not. "Ontologies" makes about as
> much sense as talking about "my reality" -- which in fact means
> "the way *I perceive* reality" -- at which point one has grossly
> misused the word "ontology."
> Marcia Bates from UCLA information sciences has a few choice
> words on the subject at:
> http://www.hastingsresearch.com/net/08-net-information-retrieval.shtml#3
> N.
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> "The hardest single part of building a software system
> is deciding precisely what to build." -- Frederick Brooks    (011)