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I agree. The tricky bit to manage the bottom up
incorporation of the ontologies by first getting
them into use in the currently and near-term
fielded architectures that are smartly optimized
for managed extensibility from procurement to
maintenance. The data dimension is easy, but
cross-ontolgical or relationships are not because
these are the most localized dimension, that is,
they require the most flexible implementation.
The challenge is that a boiled-down set tends to be
a subset of the local enterprise set, and that is
what the RFP is written to. Tools like JIEMS can
enable the ideal design but the ideal is always
compromised by the nesting of the enterprise in
the supra-organizational layers, say the state
vs the local ordinances. There is no common
criminal justice system and even within a local
domain such as cities in a state, reporting requirements
are still variable for operational reasons.
It's shrinkwrap vs customization with the global
vocabulary as a mediator.
The ideas outlined below are what can be done
most effectively now to make that commitment real
today. Guidance to procurement sources will be
From: Chiusano Joseph [mailto:email@example.com]
Thanks Len - all excellent thoughts. Acknowledging that I'm stating the
obvious, ontologies - and cross-ontology reasoning - go a long way in
realizing the approaches that you outline below.