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Re: Any reason for ontology reuse?

From: Martijn van der Plaat <martijn@profec.nl>
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 11:52:48 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTimFEcWfZmDXtM8JWOKZERfEGbVD-mkJTqtkhGTb@mail.gmail.com>
To: Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Cc: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>, Percy Enrique Rivera Salas <privera.salas@gmail.com>, public-lod@w3.org, Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>, ProjectParadigm-ICT-Program <metadataportals@yahoo.com>
Thank you all for the detailed comments, but in my initial message I
didn't mean a "formal list" from an organization like the W3C or other
standardization bodies as some of you mentioned. I was just looking
for an indexing service (API) where I can find properties and classes
based on popularity with conservation of the decentralized approach of
the Web. A concept is not popular due to standardization or applicable
in every language and every domain perspective, but is popular because
it simply works or because the popularity is caused by powerful
organizations like Facebook,Google,etc who accepted these
vocabularies/ontologies in their system.

I think the API I talk about should be included into eg. ontology
editors. I can imagine a simple string search possibility to find a
popular ontology/property/class and easily reuse it into your own


2010/12/8 Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>:
> In general, I think that the Semantic Web must use a decentralized approach
> for the definition and adoption of conceptual elements, same as the Web uses
> decentralized, fault-tolerant approaches as a fundamental principle. So
> calling for standardization bodies to maintain "authoritative" vocabularies
> will not work at Web Scale, IMO. At least, standards bodies may be to slow
> to provide ontologies and ontology updates (INCOTERMS, for instance, updates
> it's definition of trade terms only once per decade)
> A few related papers:
> 1. Possible Ontologies: How Reality Constrains the Development of Relevant
> Ontologies, in: IEEE Internet Computing, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 90-96, Jan-Feb
> 2007
> PDF: http://www.heppnetz.de/files/IEEE-IC-PossibleOntologies-published.pdf
> 2. E-Business Vocabularies as a Moving Target: Quantifying the Conceptual
> Dynamics in Domains, Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on
> Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW2008), September 29 -
> October 3, 2008 (forthcoming), Acitrezza, Italy, Springer LNCS, Vol. 5268,
> pp. 388-403.
> PDF: http://www.heppnetz.de/files/ConceptualDynamics-EKAW2008-CRC-final6.pdf
> Best
> Martin
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