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Re: Cross-ontologies reasoning

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@isr.umd.edu>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 18:21:43 -0500
Message-Id: <46063592-3343-11D8-B7A0-0003936A0B26@isr.umd.edu>
Cc: <public-sws-ig@w3.org>
To: "Ugo Corda" <UCorda@SeeBeyond.com>

On Dec 20, 2003, at 2:34 PM, Ugo Corda wrote:
[snip]
> But let's look at something much simpler and down to earth: the goal 
> of code sharing. It has been discussed for so many years within the 
> computer community, and in theory it makes so much sense. But the 
> reality has been very disappointing so far. Ontology sharing has some 
> of the characteristics of code sharing, and I would like to understand 
> what would make ontology sharing much more successful than code 
> sharing.

Interesting, code sharing exactly occurred to me as a relevant thing to 
consider.

But is it really analogous? Ontologies (at least, in OWL) are much more 
like data than they are like code. And code reuse is harder (especially 
with the sorts of relatively intractably analyzable languages in common 
currency).

So whew! It reduces to the the data integration problem.

Oh wait....shoot :)

Less sillily, I *think* it'll be hard for languages like OWL to do much 
worse than XML

Take that as comfort or despair inducing, as your nature dictates :)

Cheers,
Bijan Parsia.
Received on Tuesday, 23 December 2003 19:52:59 GMT

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