Dear Jim, (01)
It depends of course on what you mean by "use". But as you know,
Shell is using ISO 15926 as the foundation for its Downstream
Data Model to specify an integrated view of its information
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> Subject: [ontac-forum] Why Build Yet Another Upper Ontology?
> Existing upper ontologies (SUMO, DOLCE, OpenCyc) aren't
> being used much today, so why attempt to build a better one.
> Why not try working with existing ones?
> So why are they not being used? Some possible reasons include:
> 1. A system needs a system-wide ontology and wouldn't gain
> much from a domain or upper ontology. A company with many
> systems can probably get by with a domain ontology. It is
> only a large and diverse organization, such as the U.S Army
> (my employer) that would need an upper ontology, to enable
> cross-domain interoperability.
> 2. Metcalf's law states that the "value" or "power" of a
> network increases
> in proportion to the square of the number of nodes on the
> network. The value of an upper ontology is semantic
> interoperability with all others using the same upper
> ontology, so there is little benefit in being the first.
> So, let me ask. Are there any members of this forum willing
> to select an existing upper ontology and try working with it?
> If so, I suggest they conduct an evaluation, make a
> selection, and see what tests and demonstrations can be run.
> If they show promise, a case can be made for building a
> better upper ontology.
> Jim Schoening
> C-E LCMC CIO/G6
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