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Re: AW: (SeWeb) KAON - KArlsruhe ONtology and Semantic Web Infrastructure

From: Seth Russell <seth@robustai.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 09:16:21 -0700
Message-ID: <3DA304D5.2090308@robustai.net>
To: Alexander Maedche <Maedche@fzi.de>
CC: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@bestweb.net>, www-rdf-logic@w3.org, www-rdf-interest@w3.org, www-webont-wg@w3.org, seweb-list@cs.vu.nl, kaw@swi.psy.uva.nl

Alexander Maedche wrote:

>With respect to ontology editors we
>were confronted with the problem that
>each ontology modeling tool implements
>its own "specific data model", typically
>focusing on a specific representation 
>paradigm. Thus, this results in the fact
>that it is impossible that one just 
>takes a specific tool and uses it as 
>a frontend for some specific backend 
>software. Thus, the only thing that works
>is to provide import/export facilities.
>In our case we provide an import tool for 
>Protege-based ontologies and RDFS ontologies
>in general. 
>
That is certainly true; however lamentable.  Lamentable because our 
tools do not seem to be able to share the higher level  programming 
resources simply because of the plethora of data models designers are 
allowed to choose from.  Lisp was great, it gave us a common data model, 
we were able to share many programming resources.  However, Lisp did  
not seem to have enough restraints on the many ways we can represent 
knowledge, we still have too many choices if we want our tools to share 
methods.  But I think there is a structure that does have enough 
restraints for our purposes.  It's just labeled directed graphs.  I've 
been playing around with these for some time [1], they seem to work.  
Note that attempting to integrate the data model with a semantic model 
theory will just give us more choices and more bickering between 
designers and gets the logicians involved too.  So ... why not just not 
do that .... ?  There can be very little bickering about what a labeled 
directed graph is.  The semantic model theories naturally factor into 
the vocabulary of the arc labels;  logicians can continue to bicker 
about which logics apply to which classes of arc labels , and 
programmers can have a structure to share with that is independent of 
all of those quibbels.  

[1] http://robustai.net/mentography/Mentography.html

Seth Russell
Received on Tuesday, 8 October 2002 12:16:54 GMT

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