At 12:54 PM 12/16/2005 -0800, you wrote:
The argument for ontologies is often that they are a pre-requisite for
Actually, I believe the usual argument for ontologies is that they are a pre-requisite for meaningful communication between machines.
Current work on the Semantic Web seems unconcerned with how machines will explain what they are doing to (non-programmer) people , and how such people will communicate with the machines.
There's been quite a bit of discussion recently about how to "jump start" the semantic web. Easy communication in both directions between machines and business and scientific end-users would seem to be necessary, if perhaps not sufficient.
There's more about this in the "e-Government Presentation" at the site below. There's also an online system at the same site that illustrates how something like this can work in practice.
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