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Re: Cross-ontologies reasoning

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@isr.umd.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 17:43:16 -0500
Cc: "Ugo Corda" <UCorda@SeeBeyond.com>, <public-sws-ig@w3.org>, Jack Berkowitz <jack.berkowitz@networkinference.com>
To: Francis McCabe <fgm@fla.fujitsu.com>
Message-Id: <6941D1BE-2C2B-11D8-A29D-0003936A0B26@isr.umd.edu>

On Thursday, December 11, 2003, at 05:00 PM, Francis McCabe wrote:

> Ehem
>   Notwithstanding the technologies being discussed, *translation* 
> between ontologies is about as tractable in the general case as 
> mapping between English and Japanese.

Depends on what you mean by general case, of course. But I don't think 
Jack and I were misleading on this front.

I mean, the simplest reading of "reading across ontology" compatible 
with all that Jack wrote is fairly trivial (i.e., reasoning across 
concept heirarchies partial defined in many files owned by diverse, 
non-coordinated authors; of course, such reasoning may often be 

>  However, an approach based on translating queries is, in principle, 
> more doable than arbitrary mapping.

Care to articulate the difference that makes the difference in your 

Bijan Parsia.
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