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So, are we moving to a web of formally defined ontologies
and bottom up ontologies being integrated dynamically?
I think yes and it may exhibit
behaviors similar to the ecosystems of outlying regions
intereacting with highly organized systems such as
farmland (colloquially, 'country' in the Southern US)
to suburb to city to city center. Note the power and
authority/organization and distributed resources paradigm.
There is no great undifferentiated "they". Just clusters
of services with differentiated resources to be applied to tasks. The
interactions of the formally defined ontologies and the
dynamically or bottom-up ontologies created by folksonomies
and the mediated systems such as Google Base should be an
interesting process to watch.
Yes, Bryan, an ecosystem, but that is a pretty worn out
metaphor today from the perspective of an old speaker.
and an earlier paper
Relationships among ecosystem members have strong and
weak qualities. One can think of 'force vectors' if
that is a useful model. We may want to improve the
That's enough to push this discussion into a fun place.