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.
[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
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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