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[ontac-forum] Re: ontac-forum Digest, Vol 8, Issue 55

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 00:06:04 -0500
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John -    (01)

> LR> Some researchers in Artificial Intelligence claim they have
>  > a better top level Ontology, and maybe they are justified.
>  > However, WordNet has some 15 years behind it, so the set-
>  > descriptions of the any different concepts should be carefully
>  > spelled out so that we may judge.
> WordNet is certainly the world's most widely used resource for
> ontology/terminology, and most people who are developing similar
> resources have adopted, adapted, modified, used, or considered
> it in one form or another.
>    (02)

[Again... only somewhat artificially, coming to this discussion with the
viewpoint of a maintenance programmer...]    (03)

I noticed recently the version of WordNet offered in VisualThesaurus
<http://www.visualthesaurus.com/> claims some 145,000 words and 115,000
meanings.    (04)

I would offer the thesis that the necessary vocabulary/language of an
enterprise is in the 1,500 to 6,000 range.      (05)

I can cite a real world--20+ year Zachman Framework
implementation--example for the 1,500 number.  The key to their success
was they had an ex-Marine as the data controller.    (06)

Allegedly, the 6,000 comes from the DoD/DISA forgotten 1990's 8320.1-M-1
effort for "standard data elements."  It is my understanding that
8320.1-M-1 was "promoted" to ISO 11179.    (07)

I am counting thusly... water, ice, snow, fog, rain, hail, cloud, etc.
are many terms/words/synonyms around the SINGLE core concept of H20.    (08)

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