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   RE: local, global (was various ontology, RDF, topic maps)

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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>,"Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 12:36:56 -0600

That's a bit of a word game.  Such games are the 
problem of ontologies.   A service can offer to 
negotiate with an agent for a best price and 
the service can provide a BAFO (Best and Final 
Offer).  That is what "terms and conditions" means 
and why you want the agent to negotiate on your 
behalf.  Otherwise, catalog-based business is 
about as good as B2C gets.  B2B is Ts&Cs.

They are not on the "same playing field".  We seldom are 
in business this side of Burger King.  

Write an ontology for buying a used car.  If you 
can't "deal", you don't buy.

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Borden [mailto:jborden@mediaone.net]

To me the concept of a "service" implies that everyone gets the
same thing from a given input. The concept of an "agent" implies something
more individual. While we all exist on the same playing field, I might have
the capability of giving "my" agent "my" instructions. 


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