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Reminder: Discussion: Reflect on Tom Gruber's interview in AIS SIGSEMIS Bulletin

From: Miltiadis Lytras <mdl@eltrun.gr>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 13:09:45 +0200
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	A reminder: (check out some interesting posts / comments and get involved)

> Thomas Gruber interview available in AIS SIGSEMIS 1(3) 2004 (http://www.sigsemis.org/newsletter/october2004/tom_gruber_interview_sigsemis ) is an excellent piece of knowledge. 
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> I had a discussion with Tom and we would be grateful if you share your reflections, critical thinking, thoughts and ideas on the key propositions of Tom. In a later stage Tom could provide more insights on your thoughts and feedback. 
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> Use this link to post your commnents on Tom's Interview:
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> http://www.sigsemis.org/bulletinboard/grubersInterview
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> Please comment on:
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> 	(1)	His reconsideration of its classical definition that > "> ontology is a specification of a conceptualization> "> 
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> 	*	> "> Well, the most important components of that definition of ontology <http://www-ksl.stanford.edu/kst/what-is-an-ontology.html> are that the ontology is representation artifact (a specification), distinct from the world it models, and that it is a designed artifact, built for a purpose. I think most computer scientists get the distinction between a specification and the world, even for synthetic worlds.  In retrospect, I would not change the definition but I would try to emphasize that we design ontologies.> "> 
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> 	(2)	His new insights to the concepts of informal, semi-formal and formal ontologies
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> 	*	So, to conclude, I would say that all practical ontologies are semiformal, and the > "> sweet spot> ">  is an ontology that specifies clearly how you can commit to it.  Both the formal and informal parts should be designed to make it easy to play by the rules: the formal by automated testing and the informal by well-written documentation. 
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> (3) His overall interview. 
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> Use this link to post your commnents on Tom's Interview:
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> http://www.sigsemis.org/bulletinboard/grubersInterview
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> Finaly a great thank to all of you for your support. We have already 5800 downloads of the Bulletin 1(3) 2004!!!! 
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> Best Miltiadis
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