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Re: Ontology Wars? Concerned

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 19:59:51 +0000
Message-ID: <4B045237.2090007@webr3.org>
To: Bill Roberts <bill@swirrl.com>
CC: pedantic-web@googlegroups.com, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
Bill Roberts wrote:
> Hi Nathan
> I think you have to try harder than that to cause offence!
> I think an attempt at standardisation on the one 'true' set of
> ontologies is futile, not scalable and ultimately a dead end.  However,
> using suitable existing ontologies in a sensible way leads to a kind of
> lingua franca of properties and classes that supports a useful interchange.
> If you are both creating the markup and writing the SPARQL then you
> don't really have a problem.  The difficulty I suppose is trying to
> maximise the chance of independently created query tools and data sets
> talking to each other meaningfully.  I don't think there is a miracle cure.
> As Kingsley explained, you can define mappings between ontologies - and
> these mappings might be for a specific purpose, maybe not universally
> valid.  Such a mapping  combined with some reasoning can increase the
> capabilities of automatic tools.  Ultimately, for maximum accuracy, some
> human input is probably going to be required for data normalisation
> and/or query design.  But whatever happens, by using linked data your
> properties are uniquely identified and someone can track down what the
> properties mean and how they are used, so interoperability is possible,
> if not always 'for free'.

nicely summarised; thanks again bill.

feeling suitably mentored by the group(s)! will have to buy you all a
beer when this project is over.

thanks again,

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