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RE: How does RDF/OWL formalism relate to meanings?

From: John Black <JohnBlack@deltek.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 21:13:17 -0400
Message-ID: <D3C8F903E7CC024C9DA6D900A60725D9057C2614@DLTKVMX1.ads.deltek.com>
To: "Pat Hayes" <phayes@ihmc.us>
Cc: <public-sw-meaning@w3c.org>

> From: Pat Hayes [mailto:phayes@ihmc.us]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 9:54 PM
> To: John Black

[snip of lots of good stuff]

> Software knows zilch and is dumb as dirt, 
> so instead we have to actually convey the needed 'shared common 
> knowledge' or whatever you call it in the form of explicit 
> ontologies. Fortunately the global 'open' structure of the Web at 
> least holds out the hope of a system of mutually used ontologies (and 
> hence agreed-on, in effect, though its the mutual use that really 
> matters)  providing this kind of shared background understanding of 
> meanings.

Mutual use or agreed-on, it must surely happen prior to the successful
exchange and interpretation of my message.  But how can I be sure that 
my terms will be interpreted according to the ontology they were 
created with?  I certainly don't want any triples, with truth 
values attached, attributed to me, if the URIs are going to be 
interpreted according to a different ontology than the one I used to 
code my message.  I would say that in critical cases, I would insist 
on, that is, stipulate, that the ontology used to interpret my triples, 
be the same one I used form them.


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