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> > I have no idea
> > why I need to have some sort of magical referent to the actual person of the
> > doctor in my computer in order to file and classify his bill.
> You don't. You merely need some way of distinguishing assertions about
> the doctor from assertions about *documents* that are about the doctor.
Well, this is the crux of it. I strongly disagree with you here, and
everything else we're saying on this matter is just a variation on this
Perhaps one problem is that I'm not really into the Semantic Web. I basically
use RDF as a sort of mulidimentsional DBMS (sort of a more flexible Pick). I
have had plenty of opportunity to connect multiple ontologies, but I don't
build "Web"s. I'm not that ambitious.
I have never seen the problems that TM folks talk about in "map/territory"
speeches in individual systems. Nor have I seen such problems when connecting
separately designed systems. Perhaps it takes more orders of magnitude of
connectivity before such problems become tangible, but I have a feeling that
*computer resource* scalability will become a problem in such systems far
before ontological "scalability". Given that these supposed problems seem so
improbable in practice, I'm certainly not going to put myself through a model
as complex as that of TM,. I just can't find that it's demonstrably
necessary. The funny thing in all these is that most practical applications
of TM I've heard of have been closed systems, so I'm not sure why designers of
those systems feel they need to deal with the complexity. But again, to each
Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com
The open office file format - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/librar
Python Generators + DOM - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/01/08/py-xml.html
4Suite Repository Features - https://www6.software.ibm.com/reg/devworks/dw-x4su
XML class warfare - http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6965