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Re: semantic technologies training/request

From: Enrico Motta <e.motta@open.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 17:06:16 +0000
Message-Id: <p06240808c5893d9347cb@[]>
To: "Azamat" <abdoul@cytanet.com.cy>
Cc: "'SW-forum'" <semantic-web@w3.org>, <paola.dimaio@gmail.com>

At 20:18 +0200 30/12/08, Azamat wrote:
>On Sunday, December 28, 2008 12:55, Paola wrote:
>"PMI am starting to be introduced to great sw 
>tools being released by the various EU funded 
>projects, for which lots and lots
>of public money is been used such as 
><http://ontoware.org/>http://ontoware.org/ as 
>well as lots of others"
>Thanks for an intersting link.
>I was intrigued to see what is presented as 
>"ontoware", finding the following  project as 
>most engaging, 
><http://www.neon-project.org/web-content/>http://www.neon-project.org/web-content/.  Being surprised 
>with overwhelming ontological activities, one 
>is attracted to browse the project boasting that:
>"NeOn is a 14.7 million Euros project involving 
>14 European partners and co-funded by the 
>European Commission¹s Sixth Framework Programme 
>under grant number IST-2005-027595. NeOn started 
>in March 2006 and has a duration of 4 years. Our 
>aim is to advance the state of the art in using 
>ontologies for large-scale semantic applications 
>in the distributed organizations. Particularly, 
>we aim at improving the capability to handle 
>multiple networked ontologies that exist in a 
>particular context, are created collaboratively, 
>and might be highly dynamic and constantly 
>Here is the NeOn basic defintion: "A Network of 
>Ontologies is a collection of ontologies related 
>together via a variety of different 
>relationships such as mapping, modularization, 
>version and  dependency relationships". Indeed, 
>all fundamental troubles are in assumptions and 
Glancing at the content, one might start 
questioning the promised tools and applications 
for justified reasons. First, instead of a 
variety of diverse, modular, individual 
ontologies, the Semantic Web implies an 
integrated collection of domain ontologies ( 
knowledge bases) supported by a common global 
schema as a "standard ontology for machines and 

Dear Azamat,

A lot of people (including myself) believe that 
it is both extremely unlikely, not to mention 
undesirable, that a common global ontological 
schema will become a "standard ontology for 
machines and people". And indeed, if you look at 
the SW as it is today, you can already see 
thousands and thousands of alternative 
conceptualizations. This is why the NeOn project 
is developing a variety of practical solutions 
that focus on enabling the development, 
maintenance and use of networked ontologies, 
rather than assuming that some individual or 
organization will give us the 'global ontology'.

Very Best Wishes

Enrico Motta


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