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Sure, but TimBL didn't invent that.  It shows 
up all over Demming et al.  It is the fundamental 
problem of sustaining an organization and of 
keeping it efficient by not overloading it with 
tracking software that the humans quickly 
learn to outwit.  If you have to track them 
in that detail to get them to work, you are 
in the wrong business or they are.

No, the problem of trust has to rely on 
being able to assert tests.  That is the 
ontological commitment thing that came 
up last year.  And to agree to the tests. 
A lot of government work based on contract 
deliverables is determined by creating, 
documenting, and authoritatively signing 
the tests.  That works for procurement. 

Is it a general approach to the semantic 
web?  Maybe for some kinds of ontologies, 
but I think we will end up with recognized 
authoritative assertions; eg, the scholastic 
method of establishing credentials, and even 
then, it will only work insofar as a body 
of corroborating work exists.   For some 
ontolologies, we will have to classify them 
as speculative, merely opinion, possibly 
misinformed and so on.  Trust metrics will 
be a mixed bag based on other metrics: criticality, 
knowledge stability, and so on.

There is no substitute for an admin module 
to vette intel.


-----Original Message-----
From: Danny Ayers [mailto:danny666@virgilio.it]

>The semantic web cannot escape the problem of
>identifying the "preferred reading".  Humans
>can't either.

Nope, but the web can already help a bit, and a bit more metadata and agents
that can use it should help enhance that.

Old TimBL note, mentions trust :


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